Here is an article about Garrick Pohl, who during an age of the dying bike courier business used social networking to connect clients and deliveries with the startup, zipments.
Startup Courier Company Connects Small Businesses Amid NYC Tech Boom
Published: October 8, 2012
DNAinfo Garrick Pohl of Zipments
MIDTOWN — When Michigan native Garrick Pohl decided to create a new way for couriers and their clients to connect online, the city of New York — with its massive bike courier network — made perfect sense for the launch.
Zipments, his online, same-day delivery service with on-demand couriers at the ready, was a perfect fit for NYC’s endless demand for delivery jobs, prompting him to move it from Grand Rapids, MI to NYC earlier this year.
I haven’t been paying as much attention this year but Transportation Nation Alex Goldmark has an interesting article on recent activity.
NYPD Focus Shifts on Bike Ticketing
By: Alex Goldmark
Published: October 7th, 2012
If the flared tensions around cycling in New York City ease a bit this year, it might have to do with a more targeted approach to policing bike riders, according to NYPD data provided to Transportation Nation.
Tickets to cyclists this year are on pace with 2011, but New York Police Department Deputy Chief Brian McCarthy tells TN that delivery cyclists are getting more police attention than last year, as are locations where bike-related accidents occur. Data show fewer red light tickets have been issued than during the same period last year, while riding on the sidewalk remains the top offense.
Anecdotal reports from cyclists point to a greater understanding of bike traffic laws by riders and police alike. Last year much ruckus was caused when police held a ticket trap for cyclists not riding in the bike lane, which is legal on most streets. Though similar speed-trap like efforts aimed at cyclists continue, more cyclists have told TN they got off with warnings and were handed educational pamphlets in place of tickets than in the past. It’s not a vast shift in policy, but it’s a slightly kinder and gentler Operation Safe Cycle, or as Chief McCarthy called it, “more focused.”
Here is a nice article about WeBike a female based cycling organization in NYC.
(They are having a party Oct. 10th)
Article from DNAinfo:
Female Riders Flock To New Gender-Based Bike Club
Published: October 5th, 2012
For years, Liz Jose considered creating a cycling group for teenage girls. But when the 28-year-old bike mechanic started seeking women volunteers to help lead the program, the adult riders convinced her otherwise — they wanted a bike group of their own.
“All the women I was talking to asked if they could take the program,” said Jose, a Williamsburg resident who works at Bike Works on the Lower East Side. “So I sent an email out to 40 women to go on a group ride, and it started getting circulated. Suddenly, I had 100 responses.”
I first meet Meredith Sladek on Staten Island, when researching for our travel book Bike NYC
She was an outstanding resource of the area along with her boyfriend Peter Lang and some other friends who gave me a thorough bike tour of this rather uncycled borough.
Now she is working with a special comittee of Transportation Alternatives to develop a 50 mile bike and pedestrian loop around the New York Harbor, uniting Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, and New Jersey (Bayonne, Jersey City)
More from Meredith: The Harbor Ring provides stunning views of the metro area skyline, Statue of Liberty, the Verrazano Bridge, and Ellis Island, while reconnecting residents and visitors to New York and New Jersey’s spectacular waterfront, offering access to enjoy some of the region’s most historic landmarks and destinations. Spreading the word about the Harbor Ring project will build support towards our ultimate goal: bicycle and pedestrian access over the Verrazano Bridge, the “missing link” to the Harbor Ring.
This Tuesday, we officially launched our campaign and also kicked off our fundraising efforts to produce a print fold-out map of the entire route, which we will distribute gratis at businesses, bike shops, and at events along the Harbor Ring, so anyone can easily get a copy and locals and visitors alike can make the most of their trip around the New York Bay and experience the charm of the local sights and tastes. Donations are 100% tax-deductible–$25 or above gets you a copy of our new map, and $50 or above gets you a map and a T.A. membership. We also have opportunities for businesses to buy ad space on the map.
Title: Hellion First Ramp
Seen on: reddit.com/r/bicycling
Father and 4 year old son downhilling. Great commentary by the youngster and his first run.
Title: I Hate My Bike!
Seen on: reddit.com/r/bicycling
Kind of sad yet enduring of a child’s bicycle riding experience. Good insight into parenting and lessons of patience and not giving up.
Title: Best 3 peaks faceplant 2012
Seen on: reddit.com/r/bicycling
The exciting world of cyclocross. The glory and the mud.
Classic video of our good friend doing a superb face plant coming down from Ingleborough during the 2012 3 peaks cyclo cross race.
Title:Tour d’ÖÖ Tallinn (Estonia) X and Goldsprints Party
Seen on: urbanvelo.org The final Tour d’ÖÖ Tallinn of the season is happening this Friday in Estonia starting with the opening of Premium Rush and ending with Goldsprints and the usual partying to go along with.
Title: BicycleSPACE Demo Week: Back to School with Christiania Cargo Bikes
Seen on: urbanvelo.org A bike shop in DC, BicycleSPACE put out a call for volunteers to try out their line of Christiania cargo bikes which I understand are pretty standard in Europe. A family that usually rides their kids to school took them up on the offer and this video documents their experience and thoughts on riding as a family. The information is pretty 101 and there doesn’t seem to be a great deal difference between a front-loading cargo bike and a rear situated trailer. Regardless, whatever gets more of these in our culture is awesome in my book. Contact BicycleSPACE if you live in DC and want to try one of these out for yourself.
Title:Alleycat (LMR add-on)
Seen on: urbancyclistworldwide.com What a crazy night in Downtown LA. We shot this footage of an alleycat race for our short documentary “Last Men Riding”. But somehow we couldn’t fit it in anywhere, so we decided to make a little add-on out of it.
Strada Customs online retailer of bicycles, known for having mix-and-match color schemes custom made to order and shipped directly to their customers…now has a pro model.
Taking it to the next level of urban bike chic.
Check out this recent article in Hyperbeast:
Strada 2013 Pro Model Bike
On a quest to assemble the finest personalized bicycles, Strada Customs releases its 2012 Pro Model track bike. Equipped with a VP-A46ACK threadless headset, a high modulus carbon fiber fork and Sugino messenger 48T crankset, the 6061 aluminium track frame offers impeccable style and performance thanks to its light-weight, aero dynamic design. Additional performance features include a Velo racing saddle with chromoly rails, Maxxis Xenith 700x23C tires, 43mm deep V rims and Wellgo track pedals with metal toe clips and leather straps. The Pro Model was built to take amateur riders to the next level, and it does just that with a reasonable price tag of $949 USD. Options and sizing are available now through Strada’s online store.
Bike sharing programs in America may be even more successful if they (gasp) lose the helmets.
New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal explains why in this op-Ed.
To Encourage Biking, Cities Lose the Helmets
By: Elisabeth Rosenthal
Published: September 29, 2012 Image by: Eric Hanson
ONE spectacular Sunday in Paris last month, I decided to skip museums and shopping to partake of something even more captivating for an environment reporter: Velib arguably the most successful bike-sharing program in the world. In their short lives, Europe’s bike-sharing systems have delivered myriad benefits, notably reducing traffic and its carbon emissions. A number of American cities — including New York, where a bike-sharing program is to open next year — want to replicate that success.
So I bought a day pass online for about $2, entered my login information at one of the hundreds of docking stations that are scattered every few blocks around the city and selected one of Vélib’s nearly 20,000 stodgy gray bikes, with their basic gears, upright handlebars and practical baskets.
Then I did something extraordinary, something I’ve not done in a quarter-century of regular bike riding in the United States: I rode off without a helmet.