With 60 degree winters and scientifically proven man made climate change, one possible epitaph for the human race could read:
“We tried to become more environmentally conscious. Take things like putting in more bike lanes so more people who feel safe to ride their bikes and thus reduce CO2 emissions. But alas, that just wasn’t convenient for a few rich neighbors…so oh well.”
Well if you thought making significant changes to make NYC more environmentally friendly would come easy, meet this crew.
Looks like the fight for the Prospect Park West bike lane hasn’t completely come to a halt. These people want to appeal the judges decision and weld their power and influence over very helpful infrastructure for making NYC healthier, safer and cleaner.
Here is a recent article from Streetsblog about the appeal, by Ben Fried.
Like a reanimated corpse, the PPW bike lane lawsuit is stumbling on a little while longer, as NBBL appeals Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Bert Bunyan’s dismissal of the case. The surreal part of the spectacle this time around is that bike lane opponents are basically repeating what they said last year, even though their own correspondence has since revealed that they knew claims in the lawsuit had no merit. Who needs merit when you just want to fire some heavy artillery in the political attack against DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan?
New Bandolier Colors & Chari and Co. Collaboration
First off we here at SSCY want to say thank you for the amazing response to our first product, the Bandolier. It’s great to have an idea and then make it real, but it’s a whole other thing to have people respond so positively to it.
Now we are excited to introduce our new colors for the Bandolier: Fire Red, Beige Sand, the staple Coal Black, and a special limited edition Midnight Navy with reflective accents in collaboration with the world famous NYC bike boutique Chari & Co.
Like any good creative, we have other ideas and products in development. We can’t reveal much except that there is a new bag in the works and we think it’s going to fill another gap in your needs as someone who is always ready for the next spontaneous jaunt or about to cross out the next item on your to-do list.
As always the bags are designed and made with great pride in Brooklyn, New York.
What if bikes ruled the world, it might look something like this.
Seen on: www.urbancyclistworldwide.com
The Skinny: Watch Oakley/HTC Highroad Cyclists, fixie athletes, BMX riders, Mountain Bike athletes and more share the love of bikes as they charge through Warsaw, Poland!
More bikes in offices…
Converse Office Fixie
Scene on: www.prfixed.com
the Skinny: Freestyle fixed gears and converse shoes.
Arkady Ultim8 DownMall 2012
Seen on: www.pinkbike.com
the Skinny: On Saturday the 28th of January, Prague was host to the fourth edition of Arkady Ultim8 Downmall. This year in the mall – Arkady Pankrac. The race was attended by 30 professional riders specializing in three different disciplines – fourcross, downhill and freestyle. After two qualification runs only 15 riders get in a third and final run.
And who says the kids hanging out in the mall aren’t being productive.
Now take it outdoors, another one from pinkbike.
the skinny: With the recent mild winter in Victoria BC, Mark and myself were able to get out and take a few shots. We had a lot of fun with this edit, it is kind of a montage of random clips we have gathered over the last few weeks. Me and Mark both go to the same college, so it was an easy excuse for us to blow off class and make this. Hope you enjoy!
Some BMX action:
seen on Post BMX/facebook
the skinny: FitbikeCo-Mexico from AZ, Roll with Raul Ruiz, Dan Conway, Josh Smith & Quincy Dean on their road trip from Mexico to Arizona to kick off 2012.
Urban D – DJ Lopez Remix
R Luna – Luna Ballad Line 11
R Luna – Luna Bite Time
Mykill Miers – Take Notes
Camera: Stew Johnson & Dan Conway
Editing: Stew Johnson
Speaking of the bikejerks, last weekend was the 15th annual StuporBowl in Minneapolis. Here is a video from the start:
Here is another one:
skinny: The “Gearunkie”, Stephen Regenold, Parker Roefanzo and I (T.C. Worley) compete in the 15th running of the StuporBowl Alleycat race in Minneapolis, MN. We poured into the streets with nearly 400 other riders to try to be the first in either the “stupor” (drinking) or “speed” categories. We placed in the top 20 for speed. SO fun! Long live the StuporBowl!
Hey this could be the new sport of the future, indoor bike gymnastics. Maybe in Korea.
skinny: I came across these videos on Prolly and even though he points out they are a little dated, I’m soooo glad he still shared them. These videos are so well done that it was hard to stop watching them at work and wait until I got home.
The videos document a bike tour by a group of professional skateboarders who ride their bikes down New Zealand, hitting skate spots along the way. There has been a recent trend in skateboard culture that pairs skateboarding with Easy Rider-like motorcycles, but I had yet to come across skateboarders holding any interest in bikes, let alone bike touring. The melding is a little awkward, but the outcome fascinating. Read more here.
seen on: www.prollyisnotprobably.com
skinny: When I first met Ricky Feather, a few years back, he was on his BMX. He told me he was getting into framebuilding and months later, he sent me his first complete bike. Check out this video Hypebeast put together showcasing his company, Feather Cycles.
Bike Nashbar is having a video contest to win a trip to the 2012 Giro d’Italia.
More details: Wanna go to Italy? Make an original video then post it on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/bikenashbar The contest rules are simple: 1) Keep your video to 90 seconds or less; 2) Show us why you deserve to go to the Giro; 3) Say the phrases “Bike Nashbar”, “Giro d’Italia” and “I love Santini!” during your video; 4) The video’s gotta be 100% your work (including music, etc). Once your video is posted, vote daily to stay in the lead, through 2/26! The winner will be chosen by a combo of public votes and judges’ scores. US residents only.
and see what one company is doing in Barcelona, creating zero emissions:
Don’t forget tomorrow is Time’s Up Valentine’s Day bike ride and “love your lanes,” super bash.
Here is a nice hand drawn flyer from dedicated lane productions and bike punk rocker Chris Ryan. Time’s Up! Valentine’s Dance Party Friday, February 10, 2012, 10:00 PM
The Living Theater, 21 Clinton Street
between Houston & Stanton Streets, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Bring your friends, make-up with your enemies, kiss your lover and dedicate this dance to your big time love – your bicycle. Get ready to spread the bike love and support your community. Lots of sweets, strawberries, chocolate body painting! Beer, wine, and Love Potion 69. Burlesque by Faux Pas, Chicava HoneyChild, and more. Visuals by VJ XU. Music by Hungry March Band & DJ Fake Money. Photos from 2011 Valentine’s Dance Party. More 2011 photos!
Love Your Lane Pre-Party Bike Ride
Friday, February 10, 2012
9:30 PM – Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge
10:00 PM – Tompkins Square Park, center park, Manhattan
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your true love—your bicycle, and help support the new green infrastructure and spread the love through our communities. Wear red and passionately decorate your bicycle. Spread the love through the the streets. Ride ends at Valentine’s Dance Party.
After realizing I may have made this a bit too complicated, I simply asked my followers how they would best use this handy portable sound system. This was Kim’s winning response:
Kim and her crew have put together group commutes in the spirit of car pooling to work, from the Upper West Side and Brooklyn.
Follow along on twitter at #nycbiketrain (a website is in the works)
My contest came just in time for an awesome bike mounted speaker review form Nona over at: thebirdwheel.com.
Bicycle Mounted Speakers
The problem with bicycling isn’t a lack of infrastructure, kind and responsible drivers and pedestrians… It’s that there’s not enough music cranked to 10 when riding to work or where ever. And sadly you’re probably not serious enough to do it in the traditional style:
If you can’t cruise through Brooklyn blaring “My Way” or “Born to Run” Through NJ, the Beach Boys in California or whatever it is that seems like a good time, you might be in danger of NOT having a good time. Terrifying.
But lucky for you, it turns out there are a lot of ipod based cheap & fast options out there.
Learn about a ton of options, including the Boombotix line, Here.
Speaking of Boombotix, they just released a handlebar mounted option. Find out more on this from Urban Velo.
Oski is a 26 year old anarchist bikepunk living in the city of Caracas Venezuela. He documents life there on his tumblr: oskinoka.tumblr.com Things like kidnapping and the violence witnessed while biking in this turbulent city.
On a positive note, their is one event that seems to be bringing the bike community together, Critical Mass.
Here is a recent article from the New York Times: The Urban Bike Guerrillas
By: Francisco Toro
January 31st, 2012
CARACAS, Venezuela — Start with one of the world’s highest murder rates, add in a mountain setting and some of the cheapest gasoline anywhere, then sprinkle liberally with a hostile and chaotic car culture and you get Caracas, perhaps one of the least bike-friendly cities anywhere.
That hasn’t stopped a small but hardy breed of bike-enthusiasts and cyclo-environmental activists from trying to shake up the city’s transportation scene with the one American import on Caracas’s streets that doesn’t run on a V-8 engine: Critical Mass.
This one from Urban Velo. Film-maker, Sasha Perry, and registered dietician, Matt Ruscigno, have been creating a series of documentary films on the efforts of vegan athletes, of which the first 3 of 5 videos involve cycling. The series is called Day in the Life and exists to show that if athletes, who have some of the most demanding nutritional needs, can be vegan than anyone can.
A group of bicycle aficionados from Hamburg St. Pauli made their way to break-in the city of Los Angeles. During 12 days the group scattered the city in all cardinal directions. They cruised through the barrios of East LA, blazed to the beaches of Venice and ascended the Hollywood Hills.
Here’s an article on NYC’s upcoming bike sharing program and how you can get involved.
New York City bike sharing: coming this summer
By: Channtal Fleischfresser
Published: January 30, 2012
This summer, New York City will launch a bike sharing program featuring 10,000 new public bicycles at 600 bike sharing stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The idea is that each bike station would be no more than 1,000 feet away from the next one, so New Yorkers between 79th Street and northwest Brooklyn would not have to walk far to find the closest station.
The good news is that individual neighborhoods can decide where bike stations will go, and they are looking to residents for guidance. Over the next two months, the Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold community planning workshops in the relevant neighborhoods, and residents are encouraged to attend to help determine where to place the bike stations.
The first of these meetings is scheduled for this Tuesday, January 31, to determine the placement of stations in Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and Clinton. See the New York City Bike Share timeline to see when your neighborhood’s meeting will be held.
The DOT is also asking for input on its website: residents can suggest locations for bike share stations and indicate why they’d be good spots for sharing stations.