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What’s so cool about LA’s biking scene? Lots.
Here is an interview profile with Orange20bikes.com’s cat 3 racer, Fabian Vasquez talking all about why he races and the underground bike culture that is thriving on that other coast.
The underground racing scene in LA is blowing up, especially with the amazing races of the wolfpackhustle.com.
Here is an article from the LA Times about a recent drag race they did at midnight through a major traffic tunnel, downtown.
Renegade bike race in L.A. tunnel goes mainstream
Read more: here.
Do you know fashion designer ( www.nonavarnado.com ) and blogger ( thebirdwheel.com ) Nona Varnado?
Don’t worry, Nona has great stuff planned no matter what coast she ends up on.
Here is more about what’s going on with this bike community super star:
First the bummer: The cycling apparel concept (pop-up) that I had been planning with Hudson Urban Bicycles is NOT happening. The good news? I’m taking it to Los Angeles!
More than just a project: I’m moving myself and the production of my apparel line out to LA. I’ve accepted a role with Orange20 Bikes to develop their community outreach, development and sponsorship programs. (shhh!) Plus a super fun LA-based bicycle travel project that’s yet to be announced! No launch dates yet, but by XC season, be prepared for things to get super awesome in Southern California.
The apparel line will go on hiatus while the move, projects and production come online over the next year.
The Bird Wheel will continue to be an active voice in bike culture and cycling for women. My partnership with Mike Green’s BikeBlogNYC.com will grow as the ‘sister blog’ focused on the female perspective, but the content will also develop a bi-coastal emphasis on events in both NYC & LA. Liz Jose, who organizes the amazing WE Bike Program in NYC has generously agreed to take on much of the NYC specific advocacy work that I have done over the last several years through the resources and people that are working to make women’s community development in NYC the gold standard (sorry! couldn’t resist There is the very good chance that through Liz and Transportation Alternative, The Ladies Program for Bike Month will also continue as well as the events, shop outreach and creative side projects. I have absolutely loved creating the ‘Meet Your (Bike) Match parties, Maintenance & Manicures, women’s intro rides, Ladies Bike Brunch and so much more. I would like to thank everyone who has been so supportive and encouraging over the last several years.
I’m not disappearing – I’m just bringing the party to a new city! More than NYC, #BikeLA needs help to get the tidal wave of support and participation happening for everyday riders. I would please ask that you extend your talent, experience and generosity in helping me crush car culture! There will definitely be times that I will need all of you to give a little advice, make something happen or just send goodwill out to the giant car-clusterfuck that needs to be saved and that takes everyone working together.
Together we’ve changed NYC. I hope you’ll continue to support me as I move my efforts to #BikeLA.
You can get a chance to say goodbye to Nona and meet great #bikenyc people at a going away party hosted at:
Red Lantern Bicycles (345 Myrtle Avenue, between Adelphi and Carlton.) in Brooklyn.
Please come by Wednesday, August 8th starting at 6:30pm until, they kick us out.
Preliminary results were posted www.chicagocmwc.com/results.php
The main race was today and were are eagerly waiting to find out who won.
Big shout out to all the NYC couriers in effect.
I got an email from Eugenio H. Villasante, Assistant Director of Communications for SEIU’s local 32BJ. This union has more than 120,000 members in eight states and Washington, DC, and is the largest property service workers union in the country.
He wanted to let me know about an upcoming ride in solidarity with workers rights. Always down to support my local brothers and sisters especially when they taking it to the streets…on bikes.
“Hey Mike, I’ve seen your blog and I may want to give a heads up to NYC bikers on 32BJ’s Bike Ride for the American Dream to call attention on some luxury real estate developers like T.F. Cornerstone denying their building service workers, safety-training and advancement opportunities afforded to 55,000 building workers in NYC.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer described this fight as “an issue about fairness and equality,” and many of the workers at the Chelsea and Long Island City luxury Cornerstone developments where residents pay “big bucks” in rent think is a matter of developing the skill they need to advance in this industry.
See our facebook invite for more info: www.facebook.com/events/443988712291068
Earlier this week I had a rare night out. First stop, I meet up with Rydel, organizer and blogger with Miami Bike Scene for drinks in Bushwick at the Trophy bar.
He said the strategy that worked was less democracy. Ride routes are picked in advanced and rotated semi-randomly between 1-4 set paths. There are also dedicated riders who act as ride leaders, corking intersections and keeping everyone together.
We had a real good bike blogger pow-wow discussing each others cities cycling culture histories and what has worked and not towards our corresponding critical mass rides.
He seemed really modest about his involvement in the scene, but still with numbers into a thousand riders at their critical mass, in a such a car culture heavy city like Miami, he’s obviously doing something right.
Then I went to meet with fashion designer and sister blogger, Nona Varnado of thebirdwheel.com She has found some great opportunities in Los Angeles and sadly, will be leaving us within the month. We have been collaborating on few projects and she has vowed to keep her organizing of ladies events and female enriched cycling content alive and well no matter what coast she’s on. Besides, LA can use a real infusion of her community building, marketing skills, fashion sensibilities and bike culture creating. She was having drinks with Joshua Rechnitz, and wanted to introduce me to the wealthy patron and cycling enthusiast who’s donated 40 million dollars to Brooklyn Bridge Park in the hopes of creating NYC’s first indoor velodrome. This is the largest donation to an NYC park to date.
Oddly enough, that night was an article in the NY Times about the current status of Josh’s cycling dream.
Read more, here.
I can’t help but draw parallels to the new Barclay’s stadium about to open in downtown Brooklyn especially when listening to local community critics who seem opposed based merely on not knowing what a velodrome is. If rich rap star Jay Z can get his dream of bringing professional basketball to Brooklyn, why can’t Josh get a sports facility that has way more participatory potential and good for the health of NYC? This is also a facility that wouldn’t require any eminent domain to remove local businesses, but rather a vast improvement to an abandon space. Friends of mine often try and call me out on the Nets stadium, saying I wouldn’t be kvetching if it were the NY Rangers hockey team. I always tell them that’s not the point…Now if it were professional track cycling…I’d be in line for tickets faster then a Jewish Mom looking for seats to Barbara Streisand. Babs is returning to her home in Brooklyn, Thursday October 11th…I mean, if your into that sort of thing.
Weigh in your opinion on the Velodrome/Field House on brooklynheightsblog.com informal poll or leave comments here.
Sunday, August 5th, 11:30am–Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.
From Time’s Up:
We will be having a big communal picnic lunch so BRING SOMETHING TO SHARE (or take a quick detour to the grocery store in Breezy Point or the concession stands at Jacob Riis Park).
Critical Mass is a spontaneous cycling event that occurs in over 300 cities around the world and has been doing so since it started in San Francisco, coming up on 20 years ago. In most of the participating cities it is held on the last Friday of the month which can often coincide with other worldwide spectacles such as this years 2012 Olympic games in London.
Regardless of the peaceful history of the mass, law enforcement are so jacked up on security detail, when they see a thousand cyclists grouped together in a bike ride, they immediately assume the critical mass is some sort of violent anarchistic cabal, hellbent on destroying capitalism and blocking streets. After all, you have to justify the billions of dollars spent on militarizing the police force, especially around major events like the Olympics which are reported to be costing 17 billion dollars, 10 to 15 more than originally projected.
This was the case, last Friday when critical mass occurred in London, like it has been for decades and 182 cyclists were arrested.
Read more here.
Seems like the police were participating in their own version of the para-olympics by pepper spraying and arresting a violent threat to them…a man in a wheel chair.
Sadly, many of the seats promised to local residents have gone to more deserving institutions that have done great things for the planet, major “non-people” corporations such as DOW chemicals (1984 Bhopal disaster killing 3,800 people) and BP (2010 Deepwater Horizons oil spill in Gulf region) major sponsors of the games.
An article in the Telegraph explaining why their are so many empty seats at the games.
More Olympic dissent coverage from WBAI’s Democracy Now,
What is Artcrank.com you ask?
Bikes are the world’s most fun, accessible way to get around. Posters are the world’s most fun, accessible art form. ARTCRANK™ brings them together.
ARTCRANK is a show of bicycle-inspired poster artwork that introduces people to talented local artists and sends them home with affordable, original works of art. Every ARTCRANK show features posters created by local artists from the host city. Admission is always free, and posters are priced to let everybody take home at least one.
ARTCRANK began in Minneapolis in 2007. Since then, we’ve held shows in Denver, St. Louis, Portland, San Francisco, Des Moines and Bend. In September 2010, we held our first international show in London. And in September 2011, we held our first show at Interbike, the bike industry’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. For 2012, we’re adding new shows in Austin, Los Angeles and New York.
A poster party for bike people.
Now, Art Crank is coming to NYC, Thursday, August 9th. artcrank.com/newyork
RSVP here. for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Bicycle Habitat.
You may not be able to make your bicycle as flashy as say this creation:
But it is important to be seen at night, the brighter the better.
You know the drill, white light in the front, red in the back…BOOORING.
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