Get your mallets and your passport ready.
Coming to Geneve, August 14th-18th. 4th annual World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships.
Seen on: urbancyclistworldwide.com
More info: geneve-velo-polo.com
Got this message from the NYC Surf Blog, NYCUrchin.com
I’ve started a resources page on this blog, which so far includes a calendar of upcoming bike and environmentally friendly events in and around the NYC area.
Like this one:
For more information: times-up.org/25thanniversaryparty
To get your event added to the list, just email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the nice weather out, I’ve been able to do much more of my favorite pastime. No not mutant bike polo,
So I’m forced to write about the latest NYPD crackdown on bicycles.
Here is an article in NYMAG:
With Nice Weather Comes Ridiculous Bike Tickets
Entire article, here.
–>So how does everyone feel about this new NYPD crackdown with secret checkpoints? Please leave your comments below, I’d really like to get a discussion going.
Just saw this in the village voice:
Read the posting, here.
Typical. Another summer where biking popularity soars and a massive bike sharing program set to launch in a month. Meanwhile the NYPD increase their harassment campaign with secret sting operations in the name of safety, such as the egregious offense as not having a bell. Wonder how NYC drivers would feel about an increase of roadblocks checking every car for a working horn?
Well NYC is getting a lot of bike love these days. Eclectic artist, musician and avid cyclist, David Bryne, wrote a piece in Sunday’s NY Times endorsing the bike sharing program coming to NYC in a month. (Citibike.)
Mr. Bryne’s essay had a simple way of highlighting the benefits of what’s coming here to NYC, by describing how he used the program in London and other cities, where bike sharing already exists:
Read the full op-ed, here.
Granted, NYC’s is going to be the most expensive at $9.95 a pop, but he broke it down how to keep the trips under 30 minutes and how this program is designed to be another viable transportation option along side public transportation, not to be used for long tours of the city. He was really psyched about the transformative prospects of bike sharing in NYC.
The higher price for NYC, has already begun to alarm people such as this recent article in Gothamist. Headline: “CitiBike, NYC’s Bike Share, WIll Cost $77 For A Four-Hour Ride”. Read more, here.
Those fears were addressed in a blog posting from Scientific America:
Meanwhile, D.O.T. commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan was busy answering questions about which neighborhoods will be getting the bike sharing program at a recent city council meeting. This according to WNYC:
Read more, here.
Meanwhile, in Tuesday’s AMNY they had praise for bikes with a short piece on how businesses are specifically targeting the rising trends in cycling:
Continue reading here.
Now the hate…
With all this love and praise of the bikes in NYC to help transform our transportation and increase business, Cyclists continue to be harassed, especially those brave souls who participate in the monthly critical mass rides.
Here is one cyclist going through a 20 minute ticketing process for not having proper lighting on his bike, which clearly shows in the video to be FALSE.
and there’s never a dull moment for our city legislators to look for new revenue streams in punitive ways, especially towards cyclists.
Here is new legislation being presented trying to make it mandatory for all adults to wear helmets when operating a bicycle.
It’s still the same ol dual edge sword here in NYC, making me skeptical of real transformation. Sure great things have happened with infrastructure, laws and soon a large scale sharing program…but that comes at a price of continual harassment and a police force who tends to always side with the motorist and corporate powers.
My hope is that all sides of NYC’s governance, get on the same page and find ways to promote biking and allow it to thrive so they can see it as the future and not just as a passing trend that needs to be clamped down on.
Saw this on: urbancyclistworldwide.com
It was created by artist, Grant Snider and posted on his site: Incidentalcomics.com.
He wrote this: “In less than 6 months my wife and I will be learning to ride cycle #5! It’s sure to be an exciting and terrifying course. You can order a poster of this comic at my shop.
If there were a chart of complaints of the transportation set of NYC, topping that list for cyclists would be cars blocking bike lanes. Of equal value of kvetching for pedestrians would be bikes riding on the sidewalk. Biggest of those offenders are food delivery workers who seem to relentlessly use these spaces designed only for pedestrians, thus making average commuting cyclists feel their getting a bad rap.
Now I’m not a big fan of using punitive punishment to try and correct this behavior, but this seems to be the direction the city may be taking with new proposed legislation.
Great more ticketing. In light of giving the NYPD more power to target cyclists, it may be the only way to transform the mindset that it’s time we all started using the road in order to transform the city into a more livable place.
Kurt Boone, the messenger poet, sent me this Daily News article:
City looking to increase fines for delivery cyclists who ride on sidewalks.
Read more: here.
Saw this one prollyisnotprobably.com
(picture from Prolly’s 2011 NACCC coverage in Chicago.)
Congratulations to Chaz (SF) for winning this Year’s 2012 North American Cycle Courier Championship, (NACCC2012) held last weekend in Richmond, VA.
(photo from: team murder-2010)
A great video from: CXHairs.com
Let’s not forget our own Austin Horse taking 2nd place and Crihs Thormann taking 6th. Great job.
Full results posted on: Urban Cyclist Worldwide.
More coverage of the NACCC,