That’s right! With highly successful programs in Washington DC (Capitalshare) and Boston (New Balance Hubway) Alta bike sharing is going to be a reality here in our town this summer.
They have a newly revised website: nycitybikeshare.com with details about where the potential 600 stations will be set up and a pricing guide for how it’s all going to work.
Brooklyn designer Anthony “Tonky” Clune wants to get noticed. He also wants cyclists to be seen so he’s got these great decal packs to dress up your bike to be highly visible to motorists and look like something out of Tron.
Here is a recent article from the Brooklyn Paper and thanks for the interview and shout out.
Red Hook cyclist will make your bike glow in the dark
By: Kate Briquelet
Brooklyn’s streets would be safer if all of the cyclists looked like extras from “Tron.”
That’s the vision of Anthony Clune, a Red Hook bike rider and designer who has created a reflective armor that transforms two-wheelers into glowing neon rides.
Bikes decked out in the decals resemble futuristic vehicles ripped from science fiction movies — and they’re certainly more visible to motorists.
“This will keep your brain inside your skull where it belongs,” said Clune, 31, who goes by the name Tonky. “It would be a dream come true if I could prevent an accident.”
Called RydeSafe, Tonky’s diamond-shaped stickers are made from the same heavy-duty decals used on emergency vehicles and they fit on frames, rims, seats and helmets — potentially illuminating more parts of bikes and their riders than lights.
Reporter Alex Goldmark, from transportationnation.org does an investigative piece on the pitfalls of pursuing criminal charges against motorists who kill cyclists in NYC and the cultural landscape that is often too quick to blame the victim.
Killed While Cycling: Why So Few Fatal Bike Crashes Lead to Arrest in NYC
By: Alex Goldmark
Published: 4/8/2012 (A “bike lift” in silence during a memorial ride for killed cylists, March 2012 (Photo by Alex Goldmark)
Last year, 21 cyclists died in vehicle crashes in New York City. But only two drivers were arrested and local district attorneys are hard pressed to cite convictions for cyclist deaths. Instead, they say, cyclists and their advocates don’t understand how tough it is to call a traffic crash a crime.
As far as intersections go, Bowery and Delancey is a pretty big one, eight lanes cross six. It’s never really empty, not even at 1:30 in the morning. It was that time of night about four years ago when Rasha Shamoon was fatally struck there by a Range Rover while riding her bike home.
As is standard procedure in traffic deaths in New York City, the police arrived and treated the intersection as a crime scene. They interviewed the three people in the car, but no other witnesses were mentioned in the police report — several people had called 911 from the scene, but we’ll never know if they saw the crash or not. Police determined Rasha Shamoon caused the crash and let the driver go.
NYC CRITICAL MASS SPRING BLOOM! OCCUPY ALL STREETS!
7pm Union Square North
Bring lights, bells, whistles, cameras and knowledge of your rights.
Bring beautiful ideas on how to create safety, community and fun in the public streets of NYC. Tonight we gather in proximity of Occupied Union Square, the current front line in our shared battle for a future post-capitalism. Come out and show solidarity! No bike needed, you are free to march!
I’ve really been enjoying a copy of Robert Penn’s book and obsession: “It’s All About the Bicycle.” The basic premise is about a rabid cycling enthusiasts search to build his dream bicycle. He travels all over the world to find the best frame, best components and best wheel builders in a quest to find perfection.
It really makes you appreciate the time honored tradition and craftsmanship that is the very fabric of the bicycle industry creating fine quality products, innovated to keep up with cyclists needs, made to the highest level and forged to last.
Take for instance this quote from the book, by Chris DiStefano, the marketing director for one of the top component manufactures in the world, Chris King out of Portland Oregon:
“We don’t do planned obsolescence. We don’t have model years. We don’t change products annually. In fact the 1 inch threaded headset we still sell today is exactly the same model Chris King first started making and selling to friends in 1976.”
Perhaps its this paradigm of fine quality hand made products that has helped the bicycle reach new levels of popularity, a direct backlash to an age of dying manufacturing, cheap labor and products built to last about three years before you have to get the next ipad 7.
Recently I was given a product that truly honors the bespoke bicycle craft. The Campagnolo of soap bubble pipes.
Last week I hung out with the pole riders guy, innovator who brings the fine art of pole dancing to the streets on the back of a pedicab trike with a platform fully rigged with sound system and lighting.
I’ve always marveled at this guy, well to be honest, more about the spectacle he’s created on a bicycle.
That’s why I jumped at the chance to check out his latest creation. We went to his apartment rooftop to blow soap bubbles and talk.
With a nice early spring breeze in the air we reminisced about the good old days of biking in NYC when cyclists weren’t seen as terrorists by the NYPD and motorists basically ignored us because they didn’t feel threatened with their precious space being given to bikers on green paint. Also about city life, fatherhood and bringing our kids to alleycat races.
The we shifted our discussion to design and product building.
He has truly created the greatest pipe I have ever seen and chose to make it out of grade 2 commercially pure titanium.
In a quote from the Riderpipe site: Pure titanium is the ideal material for this application due to it’s strength, lightweight, low thermal conductivity, corrosion resistance, non-toxicity, elemental purity and neutral flavor.
It’s also indestructible and like a Chris King headset…it will last for ever! Not to mention won’t break on your ride.
The idea for the design was conceived by old school BMX cranks:
Holding this in my hand, regardless of its application, I really didn’t want to put it down, like those Chinese massage balls or if you’ve ever had a tongue piercing, you just can’t stop playing with it. It’s kind of cool to hold a hand crafted pocket sized piece of titanium.
Another really great feature is the easy clean up which compliments this sleek design. A pointed multipurpose cotton cosmetic applicator found at your local CVS, works best.
The pipe comes with an air tight container and a ballistic nylon sheath, with a belt loop to wear next to your Topeak Alien multitool or leatherman.
The riderpipemiester has only made a limited run of these and the price is in accordance with the materials, and rarity of this great tool. $160.00. But in true bespoke fashion, like an Outlier handmade hoodie or a Cinelli drop handlebar…why skimp on perfection.
You don’t have to be Robert Penn, jet setting all over the world building the perfect bicycle, but if you’re a cyclists who appreciates high quality and fine craftsmanship…this is a must have.