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Help fund messengers documentary-Cinecycle

I just wanted to spread the word on a documentary project I truly believe in.

For over ten years film maker Daniel Leeb of Cinecycle has been immersed in the world of NYC bike messengers and the underground culture of Alleycat street racing.

Primarily he has followed two of the scenes most prolific riders and fiercest competitors, Alfred Bobe Jr. and Felipe.

Daniel is a superb film maker on this subject and has acquired years of footage and although the film is not yet complete, I know it Is going to be an amazing portrayal of this unique cycling lifestyle.

There is now a kickstarter page for this project to raise funds for its completion.

Here is more about the project from Daniel:

It was the summer of 2001 when I began a journey that has lasted over 10 years. I have followed and documented the rise of an underground subculture with its own language, code of conduct, mysteries, heroes and dreams. Racing along side these urban athletes, the world of the bike messenger has become my life, their community has become my family, and some of the fastest men on two wheels have become both my closest friends and the subjects of this documentary.

We are launching this Kickstarter to raise the funds necessary for post production and our last remaining shoots. After filming for 10 years, the editing process is no small task, especially when we are talking about editing 500 hours of footage down to 90 minutes. By participating in the project, you will become part of our family and you will aid in the completion of a film that is a true testament of human survival and a document of a magical time in New York when anything was possible … as long as you had a bike to get you there.

Video trailer:

Help fund this awesome project at their kickstarter page.

Race to Candyland 2

Race in Boston, August 18th to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

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NYC bike news cycle

Here are a bunch of NYC bike news that I decided to group into one post.

How about that bike sharing? Guys? Delays in Chicago could be similar to what’s taking so long here.

Chicago Delay Fuels Concern About New York Bike Sharing
–NY Times

Here are a couple stories from the Brooklyn Paper.

What’s the scariest bike lane in Brooklyn? Jay Street? That’s what their readers claim in an online poll.

Mean Streets: Jay Street is the scariest bike lane in Brooklyn.–Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn Bridge Park advisory board member used her influence towards new velodrome project.

Greasing the Wheels. Bridge Park Velodrome pedaled by Crony, Some Allege.–Brooklyn Paper

There are new two-way bike lanes around Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, but tell that to the double parked cars.

Parked Cars Already Blocking Grand Army Plaza’s Two-Way Bike Lane–Prospect Heights Patch

And a plan to expand the bike and pedestrian path on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Here’s The Plan For An Expanded Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian And Bike PathGothamist

New Bike Shop/Juice Bar-Juice Pedaler

Whoah, this is the woman who runs my kids preschool, Parker’s Place.

Looks like there is a new juice bar and family oriented bike shop in Windsor Terrace Brooklyn.

Juice Pedaler-154 Prospect Park SW.

Juice Pedaler Sails Toward Summer Opening
A new bike shop-slash-juice bar will soon open its doors on Prospect Park Southwest.
By: Lauren Evans
Published: July 9th, 2012

Fort Greene’s Red Lantern Bicycles may be the only spot in the borough that offers up a beer with your bike repair, but Windsor Terrace will soon have its own, family-friendly take on the ultra-hip bikes-and-beverages phenomenon.

The brainchild of Windsor Terrace parents Nicole Bilu and Deborah Capone, the Juice Pedaler will offer customers not only bikes—for sale or to rent—but a healthy menu of juices, coffee and pre-prepared snacks.

Read more: here.

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Update and reminder on 32BJ Union Ride-Ride for the American Dream

Ethicist Randy Cohen who wrote a great piece on his style of riding in NYC in the NY Times, will be joining this ride for justice…

PEDALLING IN PROTEST – JANITORS AND BIKERS TO RIDE AGAINST “RACE TO THE BOTTOM” IN NYC LUXURY RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

- Working Conditions at some Cornerstone Luxury Residential Buildings Denounced as Substandard-

New York, NY – Park Avenue South will be swamped with bikes this Friday with cyclists expected to turn out for a family-friendly ride to protest what many building service workers denounce as a “race to the bottom” at some luxury residential buildings developed by TF Cornerstone.

T.F. Cornerstone, one of the fastest growing real estate developers in New York City, is denying its service workers industry-standard security, retirement, safety-training, citizenship assistance, scholarships and advancement opportunities afforded to 55,000 building workers in the city.

For just $2 per hour per worker more, Cornerstone could stop this destructive race to the bottom that stands in the way of the American Dream for service workers.

VISUAL: Bikers, Doormen and Supporters Wearing Bright T-Shirts and Signs that Read “$2 for the American Dream”

WHAT: Ride for the American Dream

WHO: New York City Residential Building Service Workers
Supporters include Randy Cohen former New York Times Ethicist
Larry Engelstein Officer of 32BJ SEIU

WHEN: Friday, August 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

WHERE: Outside 387 Park Ave South, (between 27th and 28th ST. ) Manhattan
(Train 6 to 28th Street)
(At 3:30pm the cyclists will bike across the Queenboro Bridge into Long Island City)

With more than 120,000 members in eight states and Washington, D.C., including 70,000 members in New York, 32BJ SEIU is the largest union of property service workers in the country and the largest private sector union in the states.

Time’s Up spearheading a Community Garden Sustainability Series

Everyone’s favorite environmental direct action and education group, Time’s Up, now in it’s 25th year is hosting a Sara D. Sustainability Series.

More Info:

TIME’S UP! & GREEN MAP SYSTEM TEAM UP WITH M’FINDA KALUNG COMMUNITY GARDEN FOR THE SARA D SUSTAINABILITY SERIES

WHAT: Sara D Sustainability Series includes free bike repair workshops, green job skill training, learning to compost and creating mud balls to clean our waterways.

WHERE: Enter M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden on Rivington Street (between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets) in Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side.

WHEN: The workshops will take place each Friday in August from 6:30-8:30pm:

• 8/10 – Bike Repair & Safety with Time’s Up!
• 8/17 – Green Jobs in our Community with Green Map System
• 8/24 – Composting, Bokashi & Mud Ball Making with MoS Collective
• 8/31 – Bike Repair & Safety with Time’s Up!

New York, NY – - Time’s Up! Environmental Group and Green Map System will be hosting free practical training workshops, the Sara D Sustainability Series, each Friday from 6:30-8:30pm in the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden, which is located in Sara D Roosevelt Park. Participants will be learning about carbon-free mobility, green jobs and waste reduction in this wonderful outdoor space. Workshops will be postponed for heavy rain.

“Presenters of the series all have strong experience in their field and passion for the subject they will be discussing. Each is eager to share their knowledge with New Yorkers of all ages,” says Bill DiPaola, Director of Time’s Up! Environmental Group.

“Come join us for this free, exciting opportunity to learn green collar job and sustainability skills, share your ideas with others, and take an active role in making our city more livable,” says Wendy Brawer, Director of Green Map System.

For updates, check Facebook events page.

Yes it’s that bad, Bike Thieves turn to Grave Robbing

If you think the bike theft in NYC isn’t so bad, check this out…

From the Park Slope Patch

Thieves Targeting Ghost Bikes For Parts
By: James Schuh
Published: August 7th, 2012

Thieves are now stripping parts from “ghost bikes,” the white bicycles placed as memorials to slain cyclists, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

“It’s very disrespectful and it makes me furious,” said bike activist and filmmaker Dan Gingold. “People wouldn’t be disrespectful in a cemetery or a national monument.”

The paper says that the thieves have mainly gone after “easy-to-snatch parts,” with the frame usually remaining chained in place.

Read the rest of the article, here.

CMWC Chicago Final Results

Being a big fan of the Cycle Messenger World Championships, held this year in Chicago, I always look forward to the group shot.

Here is a nice photo from Takuya Sacamoto.20120807-182429.jpg
Couriers of the World!

The final results are in:

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The fastest male courier in the world, is Seattle’s Craig Etheridge, who won in 2010 in Guatemala.

For the ladies, Joesphine Reitzel from Lausanne, Switzerland, which happens to be the home of the 2013 CMWC

The 2014 worlds was just decided on for Mexico City DF.

Complete results are posted here.

Congratulations to NYC’s Austin Horse for 4th place and Heather Muller and Kym Perfetto for 2nd and 3rd female.

Check out photos on: Urban Cyclist Worldwide and a Flickr group, here.

Brooklyn Bike Patrol

Here is an LA Times story about how one Brooklyn resident started his own bike patrol to escort woman home at night in order to feel safe.

Brooklyn Bike Patrol on a roll after attacks on women

By: Tina Susman
Published: August 7, 2012
20120807-171802.jpgBrooklyn Bike Patrol volunteers, from left, Ryan Finger, Timothy Wright-Bodine and Jay Ruiz prepare for a Friday night of providing safe escorts home from subway stations. (Aaron Showalter, New York Daily News / April 20, 2012)

NEW YORK — Jay Ruiz’s cellphone rang about 3:30 a.m. on a stifling Saturday.

It was a woman. As usual, she wanted Ruiz to meet her within the hour and take her home.

Ruiz hauled himself off the sofa where he’d been watching TV, jumped onto his bicycle and pedaled swiftly through Brooklyn to the subway station where the caller was due to arrive. Then, after walking her safely to her door, he rode back home, back to his wife of 19 years, and waited for the next call.

Read more: here.

10 tips on riding in NYC

Here is some really good advice on mapping out your rides and being safe in NYC. Also some good shout outs to local bikers and bike business.


By: Jessica Marati

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Though officials are tight-lipped, rumor has it that New York City’s much-anticipated Citi Bike share program will launch this month. As we previously reported, Bike will provide residents and tourists with the opportunity to borrow from 10,000 bikes parked in 600 stations scattered across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Pricing for the privately run system will range from $9.95 for a 24-hour pass to $95 for an annual membership.

While Citi Bike is a welcome addition to New York’s transportation scene, tourists might be wary of tackling the streets of Manhattan, and for good reason. Between bumpy roads, unclear signage, reckless taxicabs and texting pedestrians, the city’s streets are not for the faint of heart.

But once you get over the initial fear, New York can be a magical place to explore on two wheels. We spoke with a handful of avid city cyclists, who shared their tips for staying safe while making the most of your bike share experience.

1. Research your route. “Study a map of NYC before you go out to get a sense of what areas are easy to bike,” suggests Eva Mohr, an avid cyclist whose biking e-commerce shop, All That I Want,launches this fall. Google maps offers a way to search bike routes online and through its Android App. iPhone users should invest $1.99 in the Ride the City app, which generates a number of routes from “Safest” to “Direct.” The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) also publishes a free City Cycling Map, available for download and in select locations throughout the city.

2. Obey the traffic rules. “Bicyclists have the same traffic rules as motorists,” says Alison Lucien, founder of Eleanor’s NYC, a bicycle accessories shop for women. “The ticket for running a red light on a bike is the same as for a driver, with the exception that bicyclists do not have to pay the surcharge.” Laws on riding recklessly and against the flow of traffic also apply.

Read more: here.