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Bikeportland: Story on Women riding the Tour De France route

Happy International Women’s Day!

In honor, here is a story from Bikeportland.org about a group of women cyclists (3 from Portland, Oregon) taking on the challenge of riding the same course of this years Tour de France.

Three Portland Women to tackle Tour De France Route
By: Jonathan Maus
March 6th, 2012

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The Tour de France is the ultimate stage in all of pro cycling; but it’s a stage where only men stand.

What would happen if a team of women with regular jobs and just a little racing experience upstaged the men and rode the exact same route a day before them (all 3,479 kilometers/2,162 miles of it)? This summer we’ll found out.

“To be honest, I think that this is an interesting challenge regardless of gender and I think that’s what makes it powerful. If we continue and drive the ongoing national discussion about women on bikes (and I expect we will) by providing one more point of visibility and a story that is compelling, all the better.”
— Heidi Swift

In July, a team of six women — including three from Portland — will attempt an epic challenge that will pit them against the legendary mountain passes that make up the world’s most famous bike race. Rêve, a company that specializes in taking “teams” of riders on the exact same route of the Tour the pros ride, is behind the event. They’ve partnered with the pro cycling lifestyle and culture publication, peleton magazine (it’s always lowercase they tell me) and the ride will benefit national advocacy organization, Bikes Belong

Read more: here.

Eco-friendly saddle

New eco-friendly saddle:

Becoz: the environmentally friendly saddle

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Press release:

Cycling is good for you and is good for our planet too. Now so is the saddle you ride. Selle Royal has combined its technology with ecological awareness to create Becoz – a new range of environmentally friendly saddles. Selle Royal has always followed a maximum sustainability approach to saddle making and the Becoz range has a significantly lower impact on the environment than traditional saddles.
Selle Royal has examined every aspect of its production process and wherever possible it has replaced fossil-based materials with renewable, sustainable resources. Selle Royal has always campaigned for cycling. The latest battle is to help the environment: Less fossil, more green.

Many cyclists sit and suffer in silence when they ride their bike, perhaps using a hard and narrow racing saddle even as they commuting or enjoying leisure ride with family and friends. Now every cyclist can choose a saddle that suits their style of cycling.
Thanks to the use of Corkgel, the Becoz range of saddles offers a comfortable alternative, with four different models for men and women, suited for every type of riding.
When it comes to cycling comfortably and being environmentally friendly: Becoz is the answer.

Environmentally friendly
Selle Royal has decided to take an active approach to improving the ecology of saddle making. It examined every aspect of the production process and wherever possible it has replaced fossil-based materials with renewable, sustainable resources.
The creation of the Becoz saddle is the start of a strategy to use more and more bio-sourced materials and less and less fossil fuels. Selle Royal’s ultimate goal is to produce a 100% ecological saddle that offers great comfort and is of the highest possible quality.
Selle Royal has invested in research and development to find the most eco-friendly materials for the Becoz saddle.
Becoz stands out from the crowd because of the use of CORKGEL – Selle Royal’s innovative saddle covering that combines a bio-sourced polyurethane gel and natural cork, giving the saddle extra comfort and its distinctive natural brown look. The elastomer of the saddle covering is also made of vegetable palm oil.
Using natural oil-based polypols produces a smaller environmental footprint. The results of a preliminary lifecycle analysis by Five Winds International, indicate that polyols from renewable source result in 36% less global warming emissions and a 23% reduction in total energy demand.
Whoever decides to use a Selle Royal Becoz saddle will be making a conscious decision to help the environment.

Selle Royal is doing as much as it can. The packaging for the Becoz saddle is made from recycled cardboard, while both the floor display and the table display for the Becoz range are made from recycled wood.

The Becoz saddle comes in four models for both men and women, to match for different riding styles: Sport, Athletic, Moderate and Relaxed.

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Find out more: www.selleroyal.com/becoz

Time’s Up Calendar-March

Here is the latest schedule from Time’s Up your local community bike activist organization:

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3/7/11-March on into March, well, at least ride a bike.

Call us nostalgic but Time’s Up is always proud of it’s decades long history in New York City, working for a more ecologically, sustainable future for all. To document this epic history, we are creating a new museum and are looking for your help to raise funds.

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Announcements:

We want to thank you so much for your support over the years. This year, Time’s Up! has reached 25 years old. At this point, and with your support, we will help to launch a brand new history museum highlighting the community’s rich, positive history of grassroots activism and sustainable practices. Please check out today’s story in The New York Times:

www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/nyregion/east-village-museum-shares-a-piece-of-activist-history.html?ref=nyregion

And to help launch this incredible and crucial project, The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS), please check out and donate to the Crowdrise video here:

www.crowdrise.com/helpusstartanewhisto

Time’s Up! environmental organization, is helping to launch this innovative, living history museum which will highlight how East Village community members and grassroots organizations stepped up and helped transform abandoned buildings and vacant lots into vibrant community spaces and thriving community gardens as well as used direct action to draw awareness toward diverse public space issues. Many of these grassroots, sustainable efforts and values spread to communities outside the neighborhood and can be seen today throughout the world. Time’s Up! will lend some of its extensive archives to the museum; more information on Time’s Up!’s archives can be found in this New York Times article:

www.nytimes.com/2009/11/28/arts/design/28archives.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1328558671-IHrSzTtS+HGT6aoaGdLWag

We have a storefront location, tour guides and the community’s approval, we just need your support to help open the museum to the public. With every donation we get closer and closer to preserving the neighborhood’s vibrant history and opening the museum so please, please donate, spread the word through e-mail, Facebook and Twitter and know that it is deeply appreciated. All donations will be 100% tax deductible and every donation over $50 will receive a free membership to the museum.

**Please donate here to help get the museum started:

www.crowdrise.com/helpusstartanewhisto

If you would prefer to donate through Paypal, please visit the donate page on the museum’s website:

www.morusnyc.org/support-us/donate

You can also donate by writing a check out to Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space and mailing it to:

Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space
PO Box 2030
New York, NY 10009.
Thank you so much.
With gratitude,

MoRUS and Time’s Up!

www.morusnyc.org

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Recap:

With ongoing support of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, Time’s Up participated in #F27 (February 27th) Global Day of action to reclaim the Food Supply.

Here are some pictures of Time’s Up involvement in the Garden’s Ride and Seed Bombing here in NYC.

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www.flickr.com/photos/brecav/sets/72157629134409102

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SUPPORT TIME’S UP! Environmental Organization today by making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member at http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support
ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE
Time’s Up! is a 20-year-old nonprofit, grassroots environmental organization working to make New York City- and the world- a healthier and more sustainable place to live. All of our events and campaigns are free and open to the public- educational and fun bike rides, bike repair workshops, movie nights and presentations, community garden workdays and outreach, bike and public space advocacy and more.
Become a member, here.

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Come join us for the rides, events and workshops listed below. Details follow the headlines.
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Come join us for the rides, events and workshops listed below. Details follow the headlines.
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1. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, March 9th, 7:00pm (2nd Friday of the Month)
Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park and Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge
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2. CYCLISTA! LADIES & TRANS DANCE RIDE
Saturday, March 10th, 3:30pm
Zuccotti Park, Liberty St. between Broadway and Trinity Pl.
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3. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, March 10th, 9:00pm
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn (Northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave. and Eastrern Parkway Intersect.)
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4. PIES OF MARCH RIDE
Thursday, March 15th, 11am, 12pm and 2pm
ABC NO RIO 156 Rivington St.-Manhattan
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5. 7th ANNUAL MEMORIAL RIDE AND WALK
Sunday, March 18th
Various Locations, all five boroughs.
(check the schedule)
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6. PEACE RIDE
Sunday, March 18th, 11am
SW corner of Union Square, at the Gandhi Statue.
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7. OCCUPY THE EMPTY SPACE RIDE
Sunday, March 18th, 1:30pm
Meet at Zuccotti Park, off Liberty and Trinity Pl.
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8. TIMES UP RADIO HOUR
Sunday Nights from 9pm-10pm
www.radiohive.org/category/shows/times-up
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9. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
In both NYC and Brooklyn locations!
See events listing for details.
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BOOKMARK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR!

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1. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, March 9th, 7:00pm (2nd Friday of the Month)
Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park and Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge

Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of bicycles and other nonpolluting means of transportation,
exercising our right to the road. Critical Mass is a movement, not an organization; no two riders participate for exactly the same reason. Brooklyn Critical Mass started rolling in 2004.
Second Friday of every month, 7:00 p.m., meeting at Grand Army Plaza. Come out and join Critical Mass in Brooklyn. Celebrate cycling, and assert your right to the road — Brooklyn style!

More info from the calender: here.

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2. CYCLISTA! LADIES & TRANS DANCE RIDE
Saturday, March 10th, 3:30pm
Zuccotti Park, Liberty St. between Broadway and Trinity Pl.

“Hey girlfriend, I got a proposition that goes something like this: Dare ya to do what you want. Dare ya to be who you will.”
Female-bodied persons and transgendered folks all around the world are taking a stand for sustainable, self-propelled transportation. Even in countries that discourage them from cycling they are being brave and getting on their bikes. Join us on a ride, a dance and a safe, fun environment where you can learn how to fix your own bike and teach others!
Empower yourself! Ride ends in a party and bike mechanic workshop at Brooklyn Time’s Up space, South 6th St. at 5:30pm. Bicycle dance by Hellz on Wheelz.
Woman, men, trans, queer…everyone welcome.

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3. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, March 10th, 9:00pm
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn (Northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave. and Eastrern Parkway Intersect.)

Join us as we discover Prospect Park at night. Prospect Park is a 526-acre urban oasis located in the heart of Brooklyn.
The Prospect Park Moonlight Ride is opened to bikers and skilled skaters. Meet at 9 p.m., Grand Army Plaza, on the second Saturday of the month, every month. This is a safe, peaceful ride that visits many of the little-known treasures the park has to offer. (There is also a Central Park Moonlight Ride.)
Rain at 8:45 pm cancels the ride, period. Snow is good!!!
If you want to race, this is NOT the ride for you. The ride is at night, and it gets dark amongst all the trees in Prospect Park, so bring your favorite bike — the one with lights.
Grand Army Plaza is at the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West all intersect.

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4. PIES OF MARCH RIDE
Thursday, March 15th, 11am, 12pm and 2pm
ABC NO RIO 156 Rivington St.-Manhattan

11am, prop making at ABC NO RIO, 156 Rivington St.-Manhattan
12pm, ride meets at Astor Place Cube at Lafayette St.-Manhattan
2pm, pie-fight at Zuccotti Park, Liberty St. & Broadway-Manhattan

E tu Big Banks? Beware the Pies of March!
Feeling a little betrayed by your banks lately? Feel like banks got bailed out and you got sold out? Don’t want to associate your money with dirty coal and oil? Get on your bike and join us as we ride and take the banks to task. It’s time to Occu-PIE the Banks! Let them eat humble pie! Ride will end in a 4th annual unforgettable pie fight!

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5. 7th ANNUAL MEMORIAL RIDE AND WALK
Sunday, March 18th

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 in the past year. 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.

Bronx-Manhattan Ride
11:30 La Finca Del Sur Community Garden, S138th & Grand Concourse (4 or 5 to E138th St, Bronx)

Queens-Brooklyn Ride
11:30 Cross Bay Pkwy & Beach Channel Dr. (A to Beach 90 or Beach 98, Queens)

Staten Island Ride
12:00 Everything Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay St (between Victory and Hannah, Staten Island)

Brooklyn Ride
12:30 Avenue T & 9th St. (D to 25th Ave. or N to Avenue U, Brooklyn)

Convergence
4:00 Unnamed memorial, Union Ave. & S5th St., Brooklyn

The event is free and open to all.
Rain date: Sunday, March 25

Day-of updates: www.twitter.com/nycstreetmem
Detailed ride schedule: www.ghostbikes.org/node/906
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/179473128822259/
Contact:
http://www.ghostbikes.org/contact
More information: www.ghostbikes.org/new-york-city
Like us: www.facebook.com/NYCGhostBikes

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6. PEACE RIDE
Sunday, March 18th, 11am
SW corner of Union Square, at the Gandhi Statue.

Meets 3rd Sunday of every month at the Ghandi Statute, SW corner of Union Square across from Staples. Join us for a leisurely “peaceful” ride to some of downtown Manhattan’s peace sites, including: Tibet House, former residence of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Point Thank You, Teardrop Park, the Irish Hunger Memorial, art from the Berlin Wall, Robert Wagner Park and the Labyrinth for Contemplation. Great ride for kids and cyclists new to group rides. Co-sponsored by Peace Museum NY.
www.peacemuseumnewyork.org

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7. OCCUPY THE EMPTY SPACE RIDE
Sunday, March 18th, 1:30pm
Meet at Zuccotti Park, off Liberty and Trinity Pl.

Ride to Judson Church where Occupy Wall Street is organizing a teach-in on Occupying Empty Spaces from 2:30-7:30. Dance party out front with Time’s up radical sound biking machine.

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8. TIMES UP RADIO HOUR
Sunday Nights from 9pm-10pm
www.radiohive.org/category/shows/times-up

Times Up!, the NYC Direct Action Environmental Organization, now has a show exclusively on Radiohive. Hosted by Geoff and Keegan. Tune in Sundays from 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM EST. Details: The Time’s Up! Radio Hour will keep you abreast of Time’s Up!’s current campaigns. Hosts Geoff and Keegan will introduce you to the volunteers who are spearheading those campaigns, update you on past victories, and inform you of upcoming events and ways you can get involved. Come listen to our radio show, join our bike rides, and volunteer to save the planet!

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9. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
In both NYC and Brooklyn locations!

times-up.org/index.php?page=bike-co-op

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday–Every Week!

*MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS*
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets in the Lower East Side
*BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS*
99 South 6th Street, off of Bedford Ave, right under the Williamsburg Bridge.
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TUESDAY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOP
Every Tuesday, 6:30pm
Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes
*Manhattan Location*

Woman’s Bike Repair Class:
Basics
6:30pm
*Brooklyn Location*

Repair class designed specifically for woman.
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WEDNESDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Wednesday, 6:30pm

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.
*Brooklyn Location*
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THURSDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Thursday, 6:30pm

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.
*Manhattan Location*
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SUNDAY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOP
Every Sunday at 4:00pm

Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes

SUNDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Sunday, Open Workshop from 6:00pm

*Both at Brooklyn Location*

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TIME’S UP! IN THE NEWS
Great Video!
www.vimeo.com/1130599

Times Up! Best Environmental Group of the year 2009!

www.thelmagazine.com/newyork/the-nyc-green-awards/Content?oid=1199158&storyPage=15

Bicycle Film Festival-NYC-June 27-July 1

A message from Brendt Barbur, of the
Bicycle Film Festival.


Hello All

We have a couple of announcements.
1. CALL FOR ENTRIES
2. New York Dates
2. KICKSTARTER for THE COMMENTATOR

1.Calling all filmmakers to submit their films
to the BFF. The due date is April 1.

2.BFF New York dates for June 27- July1!
Please come out and enjoy. There will be folks in New York from
all over the world.

3.Have you seen one of the greatest cycling films ever
made? A SUNDAY IN HELL was made in 1976.

We are making a movie very last minute thirty years later about the Paris Roubaix race in France April 8.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2105237365/the-commentator

THE COMMENTATOR

Stefan Ruiz and Albert Maysles are shooting the film along with Patrick Trefz and Brian Vernor. I am directing. Legendary filmmaker Jorgen Leth who helped popularize the race with his film A SUNDAY IN HELL will be our main character. The rest of the cast are the fans, racers, and the race itself. The over 150 mile race course across the french landscape is our set. This will all be lightly topped off by a musical score by Blonde Redhead. And Rebekah Maysles and Stefan Ruiz and I are making a book about it too.

If 700 people get behind it
with $10- $50 or so we will make our goal.

Please check it out and let us know what you think?

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2105237365/the-commentator

Any support is really appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Liberated Hoodie from Outlier

Get liberated with fashion that functions, handmade in Brooklyn. The Liberated Hoodie from Outlier.

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The Liberated Wool Hoodie marks our latest Experiemental Edition, combining the Liberated Wool fabric from our lauded Peacoat with our Classic Hoodie pattern to create a revolutionary 2.5 layer wool softshell that is both breathable and warm.

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A beautiful yarn-dyed worsted wool outer face, soft fleece interior and four way stretch come together for a remarkably light and virtually weatherproof jacket to keep you moving in comfort and style. The Liberated Wool Hoodie has your head covered with a three panel drawstring hood and hidden cord pulls. Nylon/merino cuffs won’t slip and the raglan sleeves make for ease of movement. Nanosphere® treatment shrugs off light rain and spills while the polyurethane membrane and fleece interior keep you comfortable in a wide range of temperatures.

Outlier.cc/liberated

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Bike lame duck, cyclist sues.

Cyclist sues for false bike lanning.
Bicyclist sues over New York bike lane law after he’s ticketed for leaving lane to turn
Evan Neumann is suing the state DMV after getting socked with ticket on Lower East Side

By: Barbara Ross
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
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A Manhattan bicyclist is suing the state Department of Motor Vehicles, arguing a bike-lane law doesn’t make a lot of street sense in New York City.
Evan Neumann, 31, claims cops cited him in the lower East Side last February for violating state law by leaving a bike lane to make a right turn.
“I was pretty shocked when the officer told me why I had been pulled over. I didn’t think I had done anything wrong,” Neumann said in an email to the Daily News Monday.

Read more: here.

Schedule for Memorial Ride

More details about the upcoming:

7th Annual Menorial Ride and Walk.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

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 in the past year. 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.

Bronx-Manhattan Ride
11:30 La Finca Del Sur Community Garden, S138th & Grand Concourse (4 or 5 to E138th St, Bronx)

Queens-Brooklyn Ride
11:30 Cross Bay Pkwy & Beach Channel Dr. (A to Beach 90 or Beach 98, Queens)

Staten Island Ride
12:00 Everything Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay St (between Victory and Hannah, Staten Island)

Brooklyn Ride
12:30 Avenue T & 9th St. (D to 25th Ave. or N to Avenue U, Brooklyn)

Convergence
4:00 Unnamed memorial, Union Ave. & S5th St., Brooklyn

The event is free and open to all.
Rain date: Sunday, March 25

Day-of updates: www.twitter.com/
Detailed ride schedule:
www.ghostbikes.org/node/906
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/179473128822259
Contact: www.ghostbikes.org/contact
More information: www.ghostbikes.org/new-york-city
Like us: www.facebook.com/NYCGhostBikes

Speaking of, here is an article from treehugger quantifying the number of cyclist deaths in America.

Two Per Cent of US Road Deaths Are Cyclists
By: Warren McLaren
Transportation / Bikes
February 24, 2012

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630 “pedalcyclists” were killed in the USA during 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who’ve just released the official data. Those cyclists made up two per cent of the total motor vehicle fatalities for the same period.

What the dry statistics don’t tell us is what percentage of the total number of American cycling public this number represents. And even bicycle advocacy groups like The League of American Bicyclists and Bikes Belong seem to have a hard time locking down such a figure. But Sustainable Energy Transition (SET) can at least advise that in 2009, sales of bicycles outstripped cars, with 2.55 million bikes sold, compared to 2.4 million cars and trucks.

Read more: here.

The Urban Playground-panel at EMS Soho-March 6th

Get to know the forces behind some of NYC’s fiercest street events, who treat this urban jungle as their playground.

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
7pm-8:30pm
Eastern Mountain Sports–Manhattan Soho Store.
530 Broadway

Hosted by Kurt Boone, the author of “Asphalt Warrior.” (Kurt will be on hand to sign his book from 5:30-6:30pm)

Meet some of NYC’s top personalities involved in the new wave of urban sports, running, track bike racing, skateboarding and BMX riding.

Panelists:
Stone Tone–Bicycle Messenger and alleycat organizer.
Tony Marrero–Owner of Post BMX, bike shop.
David Trimble–Red Hook Crit and Trimble Racing.
Micheal Cohen –Owner of Shut NYC skateboads.
Michelle Sauer–Homage Brooklyn.

One of the panelists is David August Trimble who is throwing the Red Hook Criterium. (March 24th)

Here is an essay by past event winner Neil Bezdek, about what it takes to win that event.

How to win and lose the Red Hook criterium

March 21, 2011
By Neil Bezdek

–In racing, I wanted to be a winner and to be a winner, you have to be willing to roll the dice.

-Bobby Rahal, IndyCar driver

The 2009 Red Hook Criterium stands out in my memory as my all-time favorite race. Like Dave Trimble’s other events, the second rendition was one-of-a-kind, set apart by an artistic flair and cultural appeal that only a former racecar driver could produce. The crowd was enthusiastic, the prizes were creative, and the after-party rivaled any celebration I’ve seen. While there’s a long list of reasons to love this race, a general theme emerges: Red Hook takes conventional bike racing and turns it on its head. Everything from the race format to the marketing is unique and surprising, and the race always unfolds accordingly. In its first year, a woman outsprinted a field of all men for the win. Last year a lapped rider crashed in front of the leaders and completely interrupted their approach onto the homestretch. In my case, crowd energy and slippery conditions enabled me to ride in a solo breakaway for the entire race, a feat I’ve never repeated elsewhere. The outcome was a surprise, and winning has never felt so good.

Fast forward to the Red Hook Crit Milano in the fall of 2010. With a full season of professional racing under my belt, I was the obvious favorite. Event sponsors had paid my way out to Europe and provided me with clothing and a bike for the race. Needless to say, my mentality had changed since my first Red Hook Criterium, and I was sure I had the race figured out. Confident that the race was mine to lose, I was content to cruise along conservatively, waiting for final moment when I would launch my sprint and bask in the glory of my inevitable victory. The odds were in my favor.

Not surprisingly, the only “inevitable” result was a reality-check: Jon Ander Ortuondo of Basque Country, Spain snuck away with a brilliant late-race attack, a move that almost certainly would have been doomed in a conventional crit. Ortuondo, an impressive cyclist in his own right, raced aggressively all night, and his performance left no doubt as to who was most hungry to win. Sure, Ortuondo showed up to the race with the right equipment and the fitness to use it. He also rode intelligently and exploited two of the race’s unique features – traffic from lapped riders and the limited gearing of his opponents. But what truly earned him victory was his aggressiveness and willingness to gamble on a risky move that ultimately worked out in his favor. Like the winners before him, Ortuondo triumphed in a grand, unlikely fashion.

There’s no shortage of useful, universal advice about bike racing: Train hard, but show up fresh and rested. Familiarize yourself with the course. Be smart about how you use energy. Spend as little time in the wind as possible. Carry momentum through corners. Get to know your competition. Exploit their weaknesses, and capitalize on your strengths. If people around you are struggling, take advantage. If you’re the one hurting, try not to show it.

And there’s a good deal of strategy that applies specifically to this race: The rough pavement means you’d better choose the right tires. Open registration means riders of all ability will share the same course, so you can’t just coast along in a group of 80 without paying attention to who’s riding up the road. Being limited to just one gear means you must choose carefully; use an easy gear if you’re concerned about being efficient and simply keeping up, but choose a hard gear if you want to have an ace up your sleeve. Remember that the best line through the cobbles along the finishing stretch is wide enough for only one rider, so the race will likely come down to a sprint into the final corner.

I could go on and on, but writing an exhaustive how-to manual for this race would be pointless. After all, the outcome at Red Hook is always a surprise. No amount of precise strategizing or thorough preparation will win you a famed cobblestone trophy. Convention has never ruled the day at Red Hook, so why would it this year? This isn’t a run-of-the-mill Central Park race or routine alleycat; you don’t get to make minor adjustments to your equipment or strategy and try again next week. The best advice anyone can give you is to throw caution to the wind, try something crazy, and hope that you can make this one count.

Injury lawyer wants you to be prepared

Injured in a crash with a motor vehicle on your bike? Now you can carry your very own accident report card.

In Fort Greene, one shop is staking it’s claim in the injury market by providing a form, cyclists can carry around, just in case.

Here is a recent article from the local Fort Green, Brooklyn section of the New York Times.

Injured? Cyclists Get Help Staking a Claim
By: Jesse D. Leon-CUNY J-School
Published: March 5th, 2012


Finally, an ambulance chaser for injured cyclists!

A Boston lawyer’s campaign to make biking safer — and, yes, drum up some business for his personal injury practice, has made its way to Fort Greene.

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(photo caption: Mike Rodriguez, owner of Bicycle Station, holds an “accident report card” that he distributes to cyclists. Photo by : Jesse Leon)


Bicycle Station, a shop at Park Avenue and Adelphi Street, is the first in the neighborhood to stock lawyer Josh Zisson’s “Bicyclist’s Accident Report” — free, wallet-sized cards that remind cyclists to collect vital post-crash information, such as contact information for the driver or any witnesses, the time of the accident and the car’s plate number.

“I was having clients come to me, and
they didn’t have the right information to make a claim against the driver’s insurance company after they got hit,” said Mr. Zisson, 29. “I realized there’s no real protocol for when you get in an injury on a bike.”

Mr. Zisson started distributing the cards in October and has already handed out more than 10,000 around the country. He’s handled 15 and 20 bike crash cases so far, on contingency, of course.

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The cards are especially useful because most cyclists are in a state of shock after getting hit, said Bicycle Station owner Mike Rodriguez.

Read more: here.

Note: Jesse D. Leon (writer of the article) is a second-semester student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Crystal City Diamond Derby in DC

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Unique cycling event from DC’s courier community, hosted by AZ.

Crystal City Diamond Derby

March 10th, 2012

Here’s more info:


This unique cycling race is born from the idea of an alternative, competitive cycling event that is free spirited, fun and imaginative. On Saturday, March 10 riders of all abilities will be able to test their skills on an indoor cycling course in a transformed underground parking garage. Our River Ride will cruise along the Potomac and into Crystal City for an adventure that celebrates our love for style, bikes and great times. The Diamond Derby Lounge will feature art, music, food and drinks where folks can take part in the fun and watch riders take to our underground course. Corehaus DC has agreed to curate a gallery show inside the lounge and to build custom furnishings for the lounge and bar. Featured artists will include Brandon Hill, Peter Chang, Truth Among Liars, Asad “Ultra” Walker, James Kerns, Gregg Deal and others.

More info: www.diamond-derby.com