Anyone who rides Jay Street regularly to get to and from the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges knows how dangerous it can be for all street users, and how little any of the most common infractions are ticketed or discouraged. If New York City streets can sometimes feel like the wild wild west, then Jay Street is Dodge City in more ways than one.
Tuesday, February 21st at 7 pm, the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Committee will present the NYPD’s 84th Precinct Community Council with the results of the Jay Street Traffic Monitoring study, conducted last October. They’ll also show the short video, above.
From the feel-good department, here’s a story from China about a Japanese man who’s stolen bicycle was found thanks to social networking, including the popular site Weibo China’s hybrid of twitter and Facebook.
Japanese Man Cycling Globe Has Bike Stolen in Wuhan China
Recently, a young Japanese man with dreams of cycling around the world became the center of attention when his bicycle was stolen in Wuhan. His story and call for help in finding the bike has been forwarded over 60,000 times and is currently #1 on Sina Weibo. Last night around 11pm, police finally recovered the bicycle and returned it to him.
Sunday, March 18th, 2012 will be the 7th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk.
More info: The Annual Memorial Ride and Walk brings New Yorkers together to remember pedestrians and cyclists killed in our city over the past year. This will mark the seventh year that this event has occurred. Riders will visit the site of each ghost bike, a white-painted memorial for cyclists, installed since 2011. Please help us show solidarity with the family and friends of those lost by joining us for this important event. Bring flowers and other items to honor those lost.
Please look out for a full schedule and route to be posted in the next few weeks.
Seen on: Mashafix.com
The skinny: So this is the second week in a row I got to go out filming with the LDG Fixed Freestyle team but this week we brought Joe McKeag along for the fun. This video is also the first time Jakob Santos rides 26′s !! Yes I said it ! … JAKOB SANTOS on 26′s !!
Baum Cycles Mini Doc
skinny: From Prolly (who is currently on vacation in the land down under)While we wait on my Shop Visit photos to Baum Cycles here is this little mini doc to give you the background on this superb bicycle framebuilder out of Australia. I was damn impressed with their bikes and operations at Baum. Expect to see them wow the world at NAHBS this year.
Jordan Hufnagel: Custom Bike Builder
skinny:I made this short piece on custom bike builder Jordan Hufnagel for Level Mag. Jordan’s shop is in Portland, Oregon, and he makes everything from Track to Cyclocross bikes, along with pretty much anything in between. I’ve been shooting studio photos of a lot of Jordan’s bikes for the last few months, and this is an extension of that.
Tree Summer 2011, Derek Nelson
skinny:In early 2011 we had the team go out with their friends and whatever video camera they could find to put together this simple DVD. This is the intro and Derek’s section. Derek doesn’t ride like anyone else. Enjoy
Good People In Cycling, Episode II – Jack The Bike Man
skinny: For Episode II of our “Good People In Cycling” series, we visit Jack The Bike Man, a most unique individual with an inspirational story for us all.
What started as a simple mechanical fix morphed into something that has changed his life and those of countless others.
For more information about Jack The Bike Man, visit: jackthebikeman.org
Thomas Porter whacky bikes mini doc.
skinny: Brooklyn resident William Thomas Porter builds wonderful – and really weird – bikes. “I wouldn’t call them mutants,” he says of his bike caricatures, “because that would make them sound ugly. It’s more like creating this… new splendid form.” We followed him around for a about a year documenting his projects and cajoling him into demonstrating the bikes’ awesomeness in a series of humorous, fast-paced vignettes.
Throughout the short Tom chats with good friend (and sometimes collaborator), Diego Guzman, about how and exactly why he does what he does.
The NYPD doled out 48,556 summonses to bike riders in 2011. That figure was reported by Executive Officer of the Transportation Bureau, John Cassidy at a hearing held by the NY City Council Wednesday on NYPD policies for traffic investigations.
About 250,000 people ride a bike each day in New York city, and about 500,000 ride at least several times a month, according to the New York City Department of Transportation.
At the start of last year the New York Police Department cracked down on cyclists breaking traffic laws. Bike community protests erupted, compromise was gingerly reached, and outrage faded. The pace of ticketing, however, did not abate.
By the end of 2011, police handed cyclists 13,743 moving violations — those are for less serious infractions like riding on pedestrian-only paths in parks, or riding on a sidewalk. Most of the summonses last year — about 35,000 — were the more serious criminal court summonses for infractions like running red lights.
By comparison, Cassidy said the NYPD’s specialized truck enforcement units issued about 25,000 tickets to truck drivers.
This Wednesday (2/16/12) morning was a meeting of the City Council Transportation Committee: NYPD Accident Response & Enforcement.” The hearing was lead by ongoing investigation of slain cyclist Mathieu Lefevre.
Time’s Uplead a bike ride to the event and was on hand for the proceedings.
Times up volunteer Barbara Ross filed this report:
“Thanks Joe and Keegan for rolling out of bed early morning so we can start the ride at the crash site, Laurie for putting the call out and Ben & Keegan for writing up the testimony and release with lightning speed.
The hearing was amazing. The NYPD’s lack of knowledge when answering such basic questions from the City Council members was revealing. The packed audience were stunned and evidence of corruption was out there in the open for all to see. The stories of the ordeal the family members of the victims had to endure working with the NYPD while dealing with a death of a loved one caused everyone in the room to get very emotional.
Time’s Up! was represented at the hearing with over 7 of us and they allowed me to tape most of the testimony of the NYPD and victim’s family. We really really need editors. Peter and I got so much great footage but we just don’t have time to put it out there. Keep you ears open for editors. I put the footage on-line of Erika Lefevre’s full testimony, mother of Mathieu Lefevre, the cyclist killed by a motor vehicle last year. She flew in from Montreal to expose the horrendous job NYPD did on the investigation of her son’s death.
Lately I’ve been holding off on videos until Friday. I received this one made by Peter Crosby and just couldn’t wait. This is about one of my favorite bike shops in NYC, where you really become involved in the creation of your perfect ride.
From the film maker:
Amongst the multitude of bike shops across Manhattan and Brooklyn, 718 Cyclery stands out for their unique approach to the business. This is the “inverted bike shop”.
This video was filmed and edited by Peter Crosby for Show Love. Contact Peter at email@example.com