Don’t forget tomorrow is Time’s Up Valentine’s Day bike ride and “love your lanes,” super bash.
Here is a nice hand drawn flyer from dedicated lane productions and bike punk rocker Chris Ryan. Time’s Up! Valentine’s Dance Party Friday, February 10, 2012, 10:00 PM
The Living Theater, 21 Clinton Street
between Houston & Stanton Streets, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Bring your friends, make-up with your enemies, kiss your lover and dedicate this dance to your big time love – your bicycle. Get ready to spread the bike love and support your community. Lots of sweets, strawberries, chocolate body painting! Beer, wine, and Love Potion 69. Burlesque by Faux Pas, Chicava HoneyChild, and more. Visuals by VJ XU. Music by Hungry March Band & DJ Fake Money. Photos from 2011 Valentine’s Dance Party. More 2011 photos!
Love Your Lane Pre-Party Bike Ride
Friday, February 10, 2012
9:30 PM – Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge
10:00 PM – Tompkins Square Park, center park, Manhattan
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your true love—your bicycle, and help support the new green infrastructure and spread the love through our communities. Wear red and passionately decorate your bicycle. Spread the love through the the streets. Ride ends at Valentine’s Dance Party.
After realizing I may have made this a bit too complicated, I simply asked my followers how they would best use this handy portable sound system. This was Kim’s winning response:
Kim and her crew have put together group commutes in the spirit of car pooling to work, from the Upper West Side and Brooklyn.
Follow along on twitter at #nycbiketrain (a website is in the works)
My contest came just in time for an awesome bike mounted speaker review form Nona over at: thebirdwheel.com.
Bicycle Mounted Speakers
The problem with bicycling isn’t a lack of infrastructure, kind and responsible drivers and pedestrians… It’s that there’s not enough music cranked to 10 when riding to work or where ever. And sadly you’re probably not serious enough to do it in the traditional style:
If you can’t cruise through Brooklyn blaring “My Way” or “Born to Run” Through NJ, the Beach Boys in California or whatever it is that seems like a good time, you might be in danger of NOT having a good time. Terrifying.
But lucky for you, it turns out there are a lot of ipod based cheap & fast options out there.
Learn about a ton of options, including the Boombotix line, Here.
Speaking of Boombotix, they just released a handlebar mounted option. Find out more on this from Urban Velo.
Oski is a 26 year old anarchist bikepunk living in the city of Caracas Venezuela. He documents life there on his tumblr: oskinoka.tumblr.com Things like kidnapping and the violence witnessed while biking in this turbulent city.
On a positive note, their is one event that seems to be bringing the bike community together, Critical Mass.
Here is a recent article from the New York Times: The Urban Bike Guerrillas
By: Francisco Toro
January 31st, 2012
CARACAS, Venezuela — Start with one of the world’s highest murder rates, add in a mountain setting and some of the cheapest gasoline anywhere, then sprinkle liberally with a hostile and chaotic car culture and you get Caracas, perhaps one of the least bike-friendly cities anywhere.
That hasn’t stopped a small but hardy breed of bike-enthusiasts and cyclo-environmental activists from trying to shake up the city’s transportation scene with the one American import on Caracas’s streets that doesn’t run on a V-8 engine: Critical Mass.
This one from Urban Velo. Film-maker, Sasha Perry, and registered dietician, Matt Ruscigno, have been creating a series of documentary films on the efforts of vegan athletes, of which the first 3 of 5 videos involve cycling. The series is called Day in the Life and exists to show that if athletes, who have some of the most demanding nutritional needs, can be vegan than anyone can.
A group of bicycle aficionados from Hamburg St. Pauli made their way to break-in the city of Los Angeles. During 12 days the group scattered the city in all cardinal directions. They cruised through the barrios of East LA, blazed to the beaches of Venice and ascended the Hollywood Hills.
Here’s an article on NYC’s upcoming bike sharing program and how you can get involved.
New York City bike sharing: coming this summer
By: Channtal Fleischfresser
Published: January 30, 2012
This summer, New York City will launch a bike sharing program featuring 10,000 new public bicycles at 600 bike sharing stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The idea is that each bike station would be no more than 1,000 feet away from the next one, so New Yorkers between 79th Street and northwest Brooklyn would not have to walk far to find the closest station.
The good news is that individual neighborhoods can decide where bike stations will go, and they are looking to residents for guidance. Over the next two months, the Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold community planning workshops in the relevant neighborhoods, and residents are encouraged to attend to help determine where to place the bike stations.
The first of these meetings is scheduled for this Tuesday, January 31, to determine the placement of stations in Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and Clinton. See the New York City Bike Share timeline to see when your neighborhood’s meeting will be held.
The DOT is also asking for input on its website: residents can suggest locations for bike share stations and indicate why they’d be good spots for sharing stations.
Red Bull Hill Chasers will see 16 elite and 16 amateur cyclists from BMX, mountain bike, road cycling and fixed-gear compete in a series of gruelling head-to-head knockout rounds on the unforgiving incline. Riders will be paired randomly giving amateur riders the chance to compete against the elite. Look out for some big name competitors!
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.