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Adele, Now what?

Congratulations to UK pop sensation Adele for winning 6 Grammys. Now what?

(seen on Transportation Nation.)

NYPD grilled about investigation of Cyclist Death

This Wednesday (2/16/12) morning was a meeting of the City Council Transportation Committee: NYPD Accident Response & Enforcement.” The hearing was lead by ongoing investigation of slain cyclist Mathieu Lefevre.

Time’s Uplead a bike ride to the event and was on hand for the proceedings.

Times up volunteer Barbara Ross filed this report:

“Thanks Joe and Keegan for rolling out of bed early morning so we can start the ride at the crash site, Laurie for putting the call out and Ben & Keegan for writing up the testimony and release with lightning speed.

The hearing was amazing. The NYPD’s lack of knowledge when answering such basic questions from the City Council members was revealing. The packed audience were stunned and evidence of corruption was out there in the open for all to see. The stories of the ordeal the family members of the victims had to endure working with the NYPD while dealing with a death of a loved one caused everyone in the room to get very emotional.

Time’s Up! was represented at the hearing with over 7 of us and they allowed me to tape most of the testimony of the NYPD and victim’s family. We really really need editors. Peter and I got so much great footage but we just don’t have time to put it out there. Keep you ears open for editors. I put the footage on-line of Erika Lefevre’s full testimony, mother of Mathieu Lefevre, the cyclist killed by a motor vehicle last year. She flew in from Montreal to expose the horrendous job NYPD did on the investigation of her son’s death.

Brooklyn Paper article.

DNAinfo.com story.

Turnin 8

February marks the 8th year I’ve been running this blog. Not sure of the exact date but things have come along way since the days of ranting about critical mass back on blogger in 2005.

Thanks to all who have supported me through the years, given me advice, ridden with me and supported this site. Much more to come in the future.

Don’t hesitate to drop me a line and let me know you’re out there and how I’m doing.

Stone Tone in SF-throwin an alleycat

Stone Tone of NYC Messkings is heading to San Francisco in two weeks and will be throwing an alleycat.

718 cyclery video-The Inverted Bike Shop

Lately I’ve been holding off on videos until Friday. I received this one made by Peter Crosby and just couldn’t wait. This is about one of my favorite bike shops in NYC, where you really become involved in the creation of your perfect ride.
From the film maker:

Amongst the multitude of bike shops across Manhattan and Brooklyn, 718 Cyclery stands out for their unique approach to the business. This is the “inverted bike shop”.

This video was filmed and edited by Peter Crosby for Show Love. Contact Peter at showlove@showloveworld.com

The Inverted Bike Shop from Show Love on Vimeo.

Bike Hugger at SXSW, mobile Socials

Since we’re talkin SXSW, Seattle based Bikehugger.com will also be on hand in Austin, TX with their mobile socials, also teaming up with Tern Bicycles and others.

Here is a description of one of their events.

Mobile Social SXSW: Party People(photo by: hugger industries)

SXSW 12 with Social Cycling ATX and Tern

Event: SXSW 2012
When: March 11, 2012, 5-7PM
Where: Austin, Texas
Who: SXSW Attendees, Austin Locals, cyclists
RSVP now at Facebook |

Double the MoSo this year. We’re riding together twice. This is the second one with Social Cycling ATX and Tern. The first one is on Saturday and and ends up at Mellow Johnnys

We represent the intersection of bikes, technology and culture at SXSW. Join us for our annual social ride(s) with SXSW attendees and Social Cycling ATX. We’ll ride, blog, party. Meet at Brush Square Park, across the street from the Convention Center.

Directions:

Meet at Brush Square Park, across the street from the Convention Center.

For more on their events schedule, check it out: here.

Tern Bicycles offers bike sharing at SXSW

Maker of popular foldis-ups Tern Bicycles are planning on offering bike sharing at this years SXSW.

Presenting SXcycles.

Here is a press release:

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Tern Bicycles and SXSW Announce Festival’s First-Ever Bike Share Program

February 14, 2012 — Los Angeles — Urban transport specialist, Tern Bicycles, and Austin’s SXSW, announce the conference’s first ever bike share program while serving as its exclusive cycling industry partner. Dubbed “SXcycles,” the bike share program will be available Friday, March 9, through Tuesday, March 13, from 9:00am until 2:00am. SXSW-Interactive features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology.

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With a Tern Link D8, SXSW-Interactive attendees can leave buses and taxis behind while cruising through the sights and sounds of Austin, dropping in to different venues around town on a whim.

“SXSW-Interactive is an amazing event but it can get pretty hairy looking for a cab or parking when hundreds of people all need transport to a different venue at the same time,” said Steve Boyd, head of Tern in North America. “Our goal with SXcycles is to let people see how convenient, fun, and fast it is to get around by bike. Austin is an amazing cycling town and our hope is that if attendees enjoy their bike trips in Austin, they’ll think about incorporating more bike trips when they get home.”

One hundred and fifty Tern Link D8’s will be available for SXSW-Interactive attendees with “Interactive,” “Film,” “Gold,” and “Platinum” badges. Bikes will be available on a first come, first serve basis but riders can pre-register with their information on VeloLet.com to save time waiting for their Tern.

A bike with the perfect gearing for the city (8 speeds, 32″ – 85″ gear inches), a quick 10 second fold-to-unfold turnaround time, and zippy 20-inch wheels makes the Link D8 a versatile urban cycling solution. Each SXcycle rider will receive a Link D8 along with a helmet, a lock, as well as BioLogic front and rear lights, Portage Rack, and Commute bag for stowing laptops, tablets, and other festival necessities.

In addition, Tern will team up with Guerilla Cyclewerx, a collective of mobile mechanics who will be available to assist with flat tires, bike swaps, and other minor repairs on the road (full repair services will be available at the main rental area across the street from the Austin Convention Center). Providing the front end service is Austin Bike Tours And Rentals (ABTAR), Austin’s go-to bike tour guide and rental company.

NBBL appeal judge on PPW bike lane

With 60 degree winters and scientifically proven man made climate change, one possible epitaph for the human race could read:

“We tried to become more environmentally conscious. Take things like putting in more bike lanes so more people who feel safe to ride their bikes and thus reduce CO2 emissions. But alas, that just wasn’t convenient for a few rich neighbors…so oh well.”

Too negative?

Well if you thought making significant changes to make NYC more environmentally friendly would come easy, meet this crew.

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Looks like the fight for the Prospect Park West bike lane hasn’t completely come to a halt. These people want to appeal the judges decision and weld their power and influence over very helpful infrastructure for making NYC healthier, safer and cleaner.

Here is a recent article from Streetsblog about the appeal, by Ben Fried.


Like a reanimated corpse, the PPW bike lane lawsuit is stumbling on a little while longer, as NBBL appeals Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Bert Bunyan’s dismissal of the case. The surreal part of the spectacle this time around is that bike lane opponents are basically repeating what they said last year, even though their own correspondence has since revealed that they knew claims in the lawsuit had no merit. Who needs merit when you just want to fire some heavy artillery in the political attack against DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan?

Read the whole story here.

And another article in the Brooklyn Paper.

SSCY’s collaboration has new colors.

A collaboration has new colors:

New Bandolier Colors & Chari and Co. Collaboration

First off we here at SSCY want to say thank you for the amazing response to our first product, the Bandolier. It’s great to have an idea and then make it real, but it’s a whole other thing to have people respond so positively to it.

Now we are excited to introduce our new colors for the Bandolier: Fire Red, Beige Sand, the staple Coal Black, and a special limited edition Midnight Navy with reflective accents in collaboration with the world famous NYC bike boutique Chari & Co.

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Like any good creative, we have other ideas and products in development. We can’t reveal much except that there is a new bag in the works and we think it’s going to fill another gap in your needs as someone who is always ready for the next spontaneous jaunt or about to cross out the next item on your to-do list.

As always the bags are designed and made with great pride in Brooklyn, New York.

Chilling with you in the winter,

SSCY

Video Friday, 2/10/12

Here is the round up of this weeks videos:

What if bikes ruled the world, it might look something like this.

Seen on: www.urbancyclistworldwide.com
The Skinny:
Watch Oakley/HTC Highroad Cyclists, fixie athletes, BMX riders, Mountain Bike athletes and more share the love of bikes as they charge through Warsaw, Poland!

More bikes in offices…

Converse Office Fixie
Scene on: www.prfixed.com
the Skinny: Freestyle fixed gears and converse shoes.

converse office fixie from Creambun on Vimeo.

How about bikes in Malls,

Arkady Ultim8 DownMall 2012
Seen on: www.pinkbike.com
the Skinny: On Saturday the 28th of January, Prague was host to the fourth edition of Arkady Ultim8 Downmall. This year in the mall – Arkady Pankrac. The race was attended by 30 professional riders specializing in three different disciplines – fourcross, downhill and freestyle. After two qualification runs only 15 riders get in a third and final run.

And who says the kids hanging out in the mall aren’t being productive.

Now take it outdoors, another one from pinkbike.

the skinny: With the recent mild winter in Victoria BC, Mark and myself were able to get out and take a few shots. We had a lot of fun with this edit, it is kind of a montage of random clips we have gathered over the last few weeks. Me and Mark both go to the same college, so it was an easy excuse for us to blow off class and make this. Hope you enjoy!

Some BMX action:

seen on Post BMX/facebook
the skinny: FitbikeCo-Mexico from AZ, Roll with Raul Ruiz, Dan Conway, Josh Smith & Quincy Dean on their road trip from Mexico to Arizona to kick off 2012.
Music:
Urban D – DJ Lopez Remix
R Luna – Luna Ballad Line 11
R Luna – Luna Bite Time
Mykill Miers – Take Notes
Camera: Stew Johnson & Dan Conway
Editing: Stew Johnson

Fit – Mexico to AZ from FITBIKECO. on Vimeo.

and I couldn’t help put this one in even though it’s a skateboard, well sort of…made with a 70’s tonka truck.

More BMX,

seen on: www.bikejerksmpls.blogspot.com
skinny: from their BMX Monday selection.
FBM BMX, Dumpster Dive Pizza.

Dumpster Dive Pizza- Part 1

seen on Boombmx.com
skinny: Scott Ditchburn proves that sometimes the cops don’t bust you while doing your session, they video tape your cool tricks.

Scott Ditchburn – ChainReactionBmx – Team Edit from chainreactioncycles on Vimeo.

Taking it to the dirt:

seen on sasquatchcanyon.blogspot.com
skinny: Here is my NEW HD BMX Web Movie…

WELCOME TO DELUXE-
Ted Van Orman
Made at the end of January 2012
Filmed on an HD Panasonic AG-HPX170
Edited and Color Corrected on Final Cut Pro 7.0
DeluxeBMX.com

WELCOME TO DELUXE- Ted Van Orman (2012) from Elliot Van Orman Productions on Vimeo.

Speaking of the bikejerks, last weekend was the 15th annual StuporBowl in Minneapolis. Here is a video from the start:

Here is another one:

skinny: The “Gearunkie”, Stephen Regenold, Parker Roefanzo and I (T.C. Worley) compete in the 15th running of the StuporBowl Alleycat race in Minneapolis, MN. We poured into the streets with nearly 400 other riders to try to be the first in either the “stupor” (drinking) or “speed” categories. We placed in the top 20 for speed. SO fun! Long live the StuporBowl!

Congratulations to NYC’s own Crihs Thormann for coming in 2nd.

Road bikes get to have fun too, and do tricks.

Hey this could be the new sport of the future, indoor bike gymnastics. Maybe in Korea.

seen on:
skinny: I came across these videos on Prolly and even though he points out they are a little dated, I’m soooo glad he still shared them. These videos are so well done that it was hard to stop watching them at work and wait until I got home.

The videos document a bike tour by a group of professional skateboarders who ride their bikes down New Zealand, hitting skate spots along the way. There has been a recent trend in skateboard culture that pairs skateboarding with Easy Rider-like motorcycles, but I had yet to come across skateboarders holding any interest in bikes, let alone bike touring. The melding is a little awkward, but the outcome fascinating. Read more here.

Riding the Long White Cloud Part 1 from predatory bir

seen on: www.prollyisnotprobably.com
skinny: When I first met Ricky Feather, a few years back, he was on his BMX. He told me he was getting into framebuilding and months later, he sent me his first complete bike. Check out this video Hypebeast put together showcasing his company, Feather Cycles.

HBTV: Modern Day Artisans – Ricky Feather from HBTV on Vimeo.

and more BMX…

Eben Fischer 2011 Re-visited from Tree Bicycle Co. on Vimeo.

and this amazing video…

Meet the paralympians from Pat Benson on Vimeo.

Bandama from Pedro Glez on Vimeo.

Bike Nashbar is having a video contest to win a trip to the 2012 Giro d’Italia.

More details: Wanna go to Italy? Make an original video then post it on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/bikenashbar The contest rules are simple: 1) Keep your video to 90 seconds or less; 2) Show us why you deserve to go to the Giro; 3) Say the phrases “Bike Nashbar”, “Giro d’Italia” and “I love Santini!” during your video; 4) The video’s gotta be 100% your work (including music, etc). Once your video is posted, vote daily to stay in the lead, through 2/26! The winner will be chosen by a combo of public votes and judges’ scores. US residents only.

and see what one company is doing in Barcelona, creating zero emissions:


Find out more at Smartplanet.com

LIVE FAST, STAY YOUNG by O’PIGNON.COM from O'PIGNON fixed wear on Vimeo.

And here is a little closer: