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Who need bike sharing, Time’s Up has 450 bikes for sale.

Ok, so no bike sharing till next year. There are some other options. Why not get your very own bike?

Time’s Up just got a whole shipment of used Dutch style bikes and they’re rapidly fixing them up for sale.

Here is more about the lot of bikes from Time’s Up:

Times Up! introduces low cost Dutch bikes to its Brooklyn space.

We ordered 450 bikes from Japan that we are recycling and getting on
the streets fast, for the cheapest prices possible. While Bike Share
stutters to a start, we are getting people on their own perfect
commuter bikes at an affordable price.

While Time’s Up! recycle-a-bike program offers all different styles of
bikes, we focused on providing a very practical Dutch-style non-gender
specific recycled bicycle. This single speed bicycle can be ridden in
the rain and includes full fenders, both front and rear, full chain
guard, and in most cases rear rack baskets, and a kick stand. The
upright safe design of a Dutch Bike provides more visibility than
typical bicycles. The introduction of low-cost (just over $100) Dutch
bikes is a way to change the mindset of New Yorkers. Many times in
America, biking is viewed as more of a sport rather than a mode of
transportation. Through the use of more practical and leisurely
designed Dutch Bikes, the American concept of biking can be
transformed from solely sport biking to an enjoyable method for
everyday commuting or enjoying the city’s bike paths and greenways.
Subsequently, bike ridership can spread to various groups of people
and increase non-polluting forms of transportation. This program has
been remarkably successful. We are starting to see more and more Dutch
bikes all over NYC

We’ll be recycling bikes in the back yard of the Brooklyn Space four
days a week every week from now on!

–VOLUNTEER BICYCLE RECYCLING DAYS
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
99 S 6th St, Brooklyn
http://times-up.org/calendar/calendar.php

Wednesdays and Sundays from 4pm-8pm and Thursdays and Fridays from
12noon-6pm, join us for bicycle recycling in the back yard of our
Brooklyn Location. This is a great opportunity to learn basic bike
repair from our mechanics on a one-on-one level, and also to help
Time’s Up! with this hugely important project to get more New Yorkers
on bikes – the best way we know to create a greener, more livable
city. We need people to help recycle bikes, sell bikes, input bike
sales into our database, keep the shop in order, and more! Follow us
on twitter to get the latest schedule changes – we’ll probably be
working even more hours and days than these.

This is a great way to learn bike mechanics skills and get first dibs on a great street-ready bicycle.

Now here is more on the schedule of Time’s Up events:
Continue reading Who need bike sharing, Time’s Up has 450 bikes for sale.

Bike sharing NYC, but not now…2013

In case you hadn’t heard (I hadn’t until just now) the NYC bike sharing program has officially been delayed until 2013.

Here is a more informed news service than me, the NY Times.

Bike-Share Program Delayed Until Spring, Mayor Says

By: Matt Flegenheimer & Michael M. Grynbaum
Published: August 17, 2012

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Photo by: Michael Appleton for The New York Times.–
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan held a news conference to announce the program in May.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on Friday that the city’s much-heralded bike share program will not begin until next spring, ending weeks of speculation about the program’s fate and dashing cyclists’ hopes of seeing the city’s newest public travel alternative this year.

Speaking on his morning radio show, Mr. Bloomberg attributed the decision to software problems, which he has cited repeatedly in recent weeks amid calls for a further explanation for the delay.

Read more: here.

Not to fear however, says the NY Time’s reporter Joshua Brustein. There are several social network sites where people set there own prices and rent personal bikes like Spinlister.

Read more: There’s More Than One Way to Share a Bike.

Diamond Derby DC

Ready for some underground bike racing in a garage in DC?

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Diamond Derby, September 29th, 2012

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www.diamond-derby.com

Cyclists confronts thief, gets it all on video.

Have you ever wanted to meet a bike thief? Confront them? See what kind of lowlife human being would steal our livelihoods, our modes of transportation, our friends we call our bicycles?

Well thanks to one tenacious Portland resident who got some friends together and documented the whole thing, now you can get a front row view.

Jake Gillum was the victim who’s pride and joy bicycle was stolen from his hometown of Portland. He found his bike posted on an ad in Craigslist in Seattle and went there, posing as a potential buyer. This is some great insight into what to do if you find yourself in a similar circumstance. Here is his story:

My bike was stolen in Portland. I found it on craigslist in seattle. My friends and I did a home-made sting operation. We got my bike back. And the thief got a felony arrest. It was peaceful, and no laws were broken. We got it all on video.

Here’s that video I made that basically says everything:

http://youtu.be/9-GVpIaPEGM

Check out my recent submissions on:

reddit.com/user/wheeldonkey

The thief’s name is Craig Eric Ackerman. He was booked in Seattle on 8/11/12… in case you want to look him up.

I have proof of everything. Police reports, documentation on my bike, his craigslist posts, lots of video not shown on youtube, email transactions.

I’m trying to get the word out to thieves that there are people like me that will track them down. I want to help empower victims of theft to actually stand up for themselves.

-Jake Gillum (It was my bike)

Unicycle on the sidewalk summons cleared. Whew.

A man riding his unicycle on the sidewalk in Canarsie must have been a huge torn in the side of the NYPD. 18 year old Isaih Rosemond was using non-polluting transportation to get to his high school, but was thwarted for his efforts by the cops who yelled: “Hey, Don’t you know it’s illegal to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk?”

Fortunately, a sensible judge who knows how to count things like wheels, threw out the case and said a unicycle wasn’t an illegal thing to operate on the sidewalk.

From the NY Post:
Unicycling teen gets sidewalk summons tossed

By: Antonio Antenucci
Published: August 11th, 2012
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He one!
A unicyclist who took on the NYPD was victorious yesterday when a Manhattan judge tossed his ticket for riding a “bicycle” on the sidewalk.
“Unicycling is not a crime!” Isaih Rosemond, 18, crowed after Judge John Delury tossed the ticket the Brooklyn teen said he never should gotten in the first place, because it’s not against the law to ride one-wheelers on the sidewalk.

Read more: here.

Words matter. Aaron Naparstek says No Accident.

Aaron Naparstek is a writer, scholar and cycling advocate. He is the founder and editor of the alternative transportation watchdog and news blog: Streetsblog.

He has just published a piece on use of language when involved with motor vehicle crashes, specifically those involved with cyclists and pedestrians. Words matter and have a powerful effect on changing policy and addressing street violence caused by cars and trucks.

No Accident. It’s Time to Change the Way We Talk About Motor Vehicle Violence

A few years ago, the New York Times published a five-sentence brief about a man who “intentionally ran over five people” with an SUV after a fight in North Bellmore, Long Island. The driver, the Times reported, “fled the scene of the accident.” The police later located the vehicle that “they believed was involved in the accident.” One of the victims was in critical condition.

Ho hum. News briefs about the previous day’s car crashes are as routine as box scores and the weather forecast. Yet, in this case, the Times’ (and, presumably, the Nassau County cops’) choice of one particular word stood out: If a man intentionally ran over five people, how could that possibly be considered an accident? If, instead of car keys, the man had picked up a gun and shot five people, would the press and police have called that an “accident” too? No. They’d have called it “attempted homicide.” Yet, for some reason when the weapon is a car, when the violence on our streets is done with a motor vehicle, it’s always just an “accident.”

Read more: here.

Video from Ride for the American Dream

A short video from Fridays Ride for the American Dream.

Throw Down in da Boogie Down

Coming soon to get your Bronx on. From NYC Messkings

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J. David Goodman on Transportation Alternatives past and future.

An in depth article on Transportation Alternatives, their history and moving forward in a time of new bike growth and possible delays.

For Bike Advocates Delayed Gratification

By: J. David Goodman
Published: August 10, 2012
20120813-164942.jpgADVOCACY Paul Steely White of Transportation Alternatives. Photo by: Chester Higgins Jr.

It was supposed to be the summer of bike share.

And for Transportation Alternatives, the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group, it was supposed to be a time to celebrate. A fund-raising party in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn — complete with a choreographed “Bike Ballet” — was set for Aug. 23, a date chosen early this summer and meant to occur long after the bikes had rolled out.

The party will go on. But, with Labor Day looming, the city’s bike-share program, to be the largest in the country and once promised for July, has not yet hit the streets.

Read the entire article: here.

Summer Streets portraits with Dimitry Gudkov

Summer Streets will have it’s final run this Saturday (8/18/12) Meanwhile photographer Dimitry Gudkov is busy sifting through tons of portraits he took of bikers in attendance at the last two summer streets.

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See them at: gudphoto.com/bikenyc/2012/08/13/summer-streets-2012-bike-portraits/