Elly Blue is a feminist writer and cyclist based in Portland, OR. I picked up the first issue of her zine Taking The Lane at the SF Zinefest two years ago. It compiles essays, letters and imagery about being a female cyclist and provided some of the inspiration for me to start this blog. You can buy back issues of the zine ($3) or subscribe ($12/year) at the link above. She also has a great take on the cycling gender gap, in which she argues that it’s economics, and not aesthetic issues, that’s really keeping women from being equally represented as cyclists in the US.
Except for a few feature films and commercial shoots, the Kingsbridge Armory has remained mostly empty for more than a decade, but is a very hot and much anticipated property in the South Bronx.
There are new developments in the works as interested parties are working on proposals which must be submitted by March 22nd. The field has become more wide open mainly impart to some local politicians and an agreement by the city council and the national Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, as explained in this recent NY Times article.
Saturday, January 28
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
From Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, technology has played an important
role in shaping contemporary resistance and the representation of these
events in the media. What new tools of protest and occupation have emerged
over the past year? The Urban Research Group @ Eyebeam and The Public
School New York invite activists, technologists, artists, designers, and
community organizers who have a working prototype of an activist technology
to occupy a worktable at Eyebeam and share their work with the public. We
are curious about anything from the strategic use of social networking
sites to bicycle powered generators, instant architecture to anti-police
violence suits, real-time video streaming to counter-surveillance tools.
Our interest extends to the creative use of technology and designing its
social implications. This is an opportunity to meet with other makers with
similar interests. The day will culminate with a discussion with members of
the Urban Research Group and The Public School New York.
Want to participate? Please send a brief introduction and a URL for the
project to ActivistTechnology@gmail.com by January 20th. As desk space and
technology support are limited and we may not be able to accommodate all
projects. Selected participants will be notified by January 22nd.
Might be a great way to learn how to bring bike powered generators to your next occupation, like Time’s Up did for Zuccotti Park (before the cops tossed them in the garbage)
Here’s a sweet new contest I saw on NYC’s own bike maker and shop, Affinity Cycles blog.
“Crihs and Luke from Empire wanted to do a contest with COG magazine and myself to start the year off right. Rather than taking the easy route, as per the norm these days, the guys got creative and set up a pretty rad contest. The rules are above, so read them carefully and please, take your time with this one. It’s gonna be rad!”
Bike NYC announces a new change in it’s tickets to the largest group ride in America, a lottery system.
Here is a New York Times article explaining how the TD five borough bike tour has changed its policy partly due to the popularity increase of cycling in NYC.
Bike Tourâ€™s Popularity Leads to Changes
By: Christine Haughney
Published: January 10th, 2012
(photo caption: Five Boro Bike Tour participants waiting for the Staten Island Ferry in 2003. Photo by: Mary DiBaise Blaich for the New York Times)
Given the Bloomberg administrationâ€™s continued push to have the city become more hospitable to bicyclists, it should come as little surprise that the TD Five Boro Bike Tour has grown in popularity â€” almost to its own detriment.
Last year, the registration period lasted all of 24 hours, freezing out many who had wanted to participate. And once the event began, about 3,000 riders were stranded for hours in a major bicyclist bottleneck on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
You know me, I love events. Here’s an upcoming cool shopping/recycling group ride from the birdwheel blog who brings you great in depth articles like the inside scoop on cargo bikes, and why it’s important to support your local bike shop.
Market to Market Ride
(itâ€™s long been a secret, but weâ€™re here to let you know that YES people DO actually ride bikes in the winter)
Join us to shop locally and sustainably & get rid of â€œstuffâ€ as we #bikenyc Market to Market! Or just come along for the camaraderieâ€¦weâ€™re a pretty friendly bunch. Youâ€™re always guaranteed to make new friends.
We will be making stops at the following locations:
â€œIt is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are ..â€ – Ernest Hemingway– Saw this on Cycleangelo blog today and reminded me of the great experience of travel and biking.
DC Alleycat races are always a blast. The courier community always knows how to put on a good show and for out-of-towners it’s always a great way to see the city.
Here is an upcoming night race to benefit RVA’s NACCC.
from their Facebook page:
Washington DC’s late night alleycat is back!
Registration will be at the Looking Glass Lounge starting @ 8 PM. Enjoy awesome food, a $5 Jim Beam + Natty Boh special and stay warm before the race!
The main event starts @ 10 PM and will take you on a cold, long, tough course thru our nations capitol. First place will get a custom Seagull bag, and there will will be prizes for First Fixed and First Out of Town as well.
A killer after party will follow with a huge raffle to benefit our friends putting on the NACCCs in Richmond. More details on that later.
Cost to race will be $10 and will include a free FoF2 t-shirt!
Oh, and if you plan on racing you may want to bring a front light…trust us!
Sofia Maldonado is a well known graffiti artist with a hip-hop style and a keen female sensibility. She also has a thing for bikes. Just to keep video Friday going, check out this one about how Sofia rocks this Cinelli frame.
Did you miss that? Here is some more forward and reverse action.
Forget Cyclocross, too competitive? the Bike Jerks, out of Minneapolis, want you to know about Bandit Cross. Taking the sport back to it’s roots, less aggressive, more fun and more about community building. Here is a trailer form a documentary their working on:
Soon all the videos are going to turn into snow footage, right? Here is a little promo video from swallow bicycle works, a new bike shop coming to Loveland, Ohio, for the last days of good riding. (seen on AHTBM)
More videos– Amolador is the portuguese word for grinder, or knife sharpener. These skilled knife sharpeners push their bikes through the streets, playing a distinctive tune on pan flutes to signal their presence.
Their bikes serve as a mobile workshop, with a sharpening stone mounted on the top tube, a tool box strapped to the back, and umbrellas draped over the handlebars.
The 3rd Annual Pedal Savvy Fashion took place on Nov 12th & 13th at the 4th Annual San Francisco Bike Expo. The Fashion Show featured various innovative looks and special guest appearances by Ryan Leech and The Original Scraper Bike Team. Many thanks to our sponsors Nutcase Helmets, Fydelity, ONE Coconut Water and Portland Design Works. For more information, please visit pedalsavy.com and sfbikeexpo.com >/i>
Jimmy Rushmore, Clint Reynolds, Robbo & Louie ‘Bambi’ Mire pack up and head out with Coxie and Dye from Santander in the North of Spain and trek all the way down to Malaga in the far South.
Clint Reynolds managed to smash his hip into bits real early on the trip, but still hobbled around like a trooper with some crutches salvaged by Coxie.
Brief cameo by Ruben Alcantara on his huge dirt quarter in Malaga.