ABC News story on proposals for the Kingsbridge Armory including a new Velodrome.
City reopens proposals for Kingsbridge Armory site
Friday, January 27, 2012
NEW YORK (WABC) — Military use of the Bronx Kingsbridge Armory ended in 1996, and since then, it has sat vacant.
A plan to convert it to a retail mall was rejected a few years ago, but now, the city has re-opened the proposals.
The armory was built in 1910 with an interior so large, you could fire a cannon at one end and not hit the other end. It’s that kind of size that is both a positive and a negative when it comes to finding a company or an organization to take it over.
Nona Varnado of The Bird Wheel organized a whole program of events geared (get it) for the ladies during May’s Bike Month.
This year she’s at it again and looking for submissions:
OPEN CALL: Ladies Biking Events For Bike Month NYC
The Ladies Program:
A Diverse Series Of Events Aimed At Promoting Cycling, Community, Education & Good Times.
Are You A Local NYC Based Organizer-Type Who Wants To Put On A Bicycling Themed Event?
Last years events included movies night, introduction workshops, maintenance and manicures, garden parties, fashion events, comedy & burlesque and rides. This year we’re aiming to make it more diverse and involve more organizations. Shops, clubs, groups and individuals are all encouraged to respond with ideas or availability. Not the organizer type? Volunteers are needed to help make things awesome. It’s basically the most fun you can have in May.
Submit ideas, availability or any help you can lend.
Here is a great Op-Ed piece from the Drum Major Institutes, Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein about the recent case with killed cyclist Mathieu Lefevre. The author looks at why this tragic fatality was not treated in the same fairness as another accident involving a woman in midtown elevator and how to move forward in treating traffic deaths more seriously.
End the Culture of Accepting Traffic Deaths
by: Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein
In December, a horrific elevator accident killed a young executive named Suzanne Hart in Midtown Manhattan. The city’s response was swift and firm: the Department of Buildings quickly inspected all 650 elevators owned or maintained by the company involved, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office also launched a criminal investigation into the botched maintenance work.It was a horrible incident necessary of a thorough investigation.
Two months earlier, another horrible incident resulted in the death of a young New Yorker. However, the difference between the city’s responses to both incidents is stark and shocking.
In October, Mathieu Lefevre was struck and killed by a truck while commuting home on his bicycle in an industrial part of East Williamsburg. The truck driver left the scene.
The NYPD tracked down the driver that struck Lefevre a few days later, the truck having been found parked a few blocks away. The driver claimed he never felt the collision and was unaware that the incident took place.
No charges were filed against the driver and the NYPD brought the investigation to a close, falsely concluding with the notion that Lefevre had run a red light.
It wasn’t until after being threatened with a lawsuit by the victim’s family that the NYPD released the file of the investigation. This is when certain facts of the incident became known: investigating officers were unable to take pictures of the incident because of a faulty camera (no camera phones, I suppose); and video footage from a private security camera captured the incident, showing that the truck driver struck Leferve while making a right hand turn without signaling. This video proved that Lefevre did not run a red light and makes it difficult to believe that the driver was unaware that the collision took place.
But one especially eerie detail stands out: the NYPD had taken pictures of the victim’s family while attending a rally in support of better enforcement of traffic laws. It was in the file.
Why was the city’s response to these two tragedies so different? There is a general culture that simply accepts traffic deaths as a way of life; this is a culture of acceptance. Traffic deaths are, after all, common. One New Yorker dies roughly every 35 hours in a traffic incident.
Velojoy welcomes new contributor Susan Lindell, director of retail operations and chief “wrench” for Recycle-A-Bicycle in Brooklyn. Susan’s monthly posts will help keep you in the know about the basics of bike maintenance and mechanics.
(photo by: Velojoy)
Find out some great tips for cleaning a bike, especially with grime filled winter on its way.
And they say it couldn’t be done. A pedal powered talk show. From Urban Velo: “The first episode of the newly coined Pedal Powered Talk Show is live, featuring Daniel Baldwin of all people. The entire studio setup is built into a cargo bike, and everything is pedal powered allowing on-site production no matter how remote the location. Links to episodes 2 and 3 and besides the scenes photos are available at www.pedaltalkshow.com”
While the NYPD have no problem being thorough about ticketing cyclists for minor traffic violations, such as $270.00 for running a red light, they seem unable to but as much time and energy into investigating a cyclists death, caused by a truck driver breaking similar laws.
This became evident recently when the NYPD was outted for lying to a family about their sons death, knowingly omitting evidence the truck driver was at fault. It took a public outcry, protests, a good pro-cyclist lawyer and a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) to finally come clean about the investigation of Mathieu Lefevre killed in October by a truck driver, breaking the law.
Now the Brooklyn DA has opened a review of the case.
Streetsblog has more:
Craig Esswein, chief of the vehicular crimes bureau, told Streetsblog that reviewing deadly traffic crashes is standard procedure. “Any time there’s a fatality the NYPD does their investigation, and we do our own.”
Lefevre’s death at the hands of a hit-and-run truck driver in Williamsburg last October has made headlines, owing to revelations that NYPDwithheld details of the crash from the victim’s family and failed to gather evidence at the scene. Asked about NYPD’s handling of the investigation, Esswein said, “We will be looking into the matter.”
On going saga of one family trying to get justice, or at least a proper investigation behind the death of their son, Mathieu Lefevre.
Family Of Killed Cyclist Mathieu Lefevre Sues NYPD For Withholding Information
Article and Photo by: John Del Signore
On Friday, the NYPD finally released the documents pertaining to the investigation of the death of cyclist Mathieu Lefevre. According to a statement released today by Lefevre’s mother, the files show that the driver of the truck, Leonardo Degianni, made a right turn without signaling, “knocked Mathieu 40 feet, left him for dead, and then dragged his bicycle another 130 feet before depositing it and driving off.” Incredibly, there are no photos of the scene of the incident in the NYPD’s file because “the investigators’ camera was broken.” However, the file does contain “numerous” photos of the Lefevre family and their attorney, prompting Erika Lefevre to write, “Apparently, NYPD cares more about investigating our family’s efforts to get information from it, than about properly investigating Mathieu’s death.”
January 1st 2011 we took a fully loaded bike, bells, basket, lights and chained it to a post on a busy Soho NYC street. Everyday for the next year we took a photo of it and watched it slowly disappear before our eyes. Then, we assembled it into a calendar where every page is the image of one day, perforated at the top for easy ripping. We call this experiment Life-Cycle – a fascinating glimpse of elegant decay.
(Still looks like the bike lasted over 200 days without an issue.)