Redhook Crit, 3/24/12

Registration for the March 24th, 2012 Redhook Criterium begins March 1st.

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NYPD grilled about cyclists deaths makes the news

Two more articles about the NYPD’s investigation or lack there of into the death of cyclist Mathieu Lefevre and they way they handle similar traffic deaths.

One from the Village Voice: Council Grills NYPD About Cycling Death
By Nick Pinto, February 22nd, 2012.

And the one from the New York Times: City Council looks at Police Investigations Into Deaths of Cyclists. by Hannah Miet, February 15, 2012.

Kingsbridge Armory Article

With one month to go to submit proposals, here is another article about plans for the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, that will hopefully include cycling.

Bicycles and Basketballs Could be in the Armory’s Future
By: Jeanmarie Evelly
Published: February 22nd, 2012

There’s less than a month left for those ‘vying to take over the Kingsbridge Armory to submit their proposa?ls to the city, and a number of organizations have come forward with ideas for filling the long-vacant, 600,000-square-foot building.
Recently, a group of cycling enthusiasts who have been campaigning to turn the Armory into a giant bicycling center have teamed up with New York Gauchos, a Bronx-based youth jbasketball program, as well as several other sports-oriented groups, with the intent of converting the structure into an enormous sports, recreation and wellness center.
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm for our vision,” said Rocky Bucano, vice president for the Teamwork Foundation, Inc., the nonprofit that runs Gauchos. “They know the previous roadblocks were the pure retail plans, which were not a good fit for the community.”

Read more: here.

Another family bike nabbing

Greg Stare and his wife are the owners of the baby boutique in Greenpoint Brooklyn, Caibou baby. They’re the latest victims of a family bike theft which happened 2/18 in Brooklyn. This has been at least the third report of a bike used for transporting children, thats been stolen in the past three months. I hope this is not the start of some new trend. Perhaps the bike thieves have all grown up and are stealing bikes to get their thieve kids around to preK. It’s probably more a reflection that these bikes are targeted because their are mostly left outside because of their size.

Here is a description of the bike from Greg:


“Our family bike was stolen directly across from the Greenpoint police precinct (94) on the corner of Meserole Ave and Lorimer St. The bike is army green and the rear racks are painted black. The Surly decals were removed except for a few letters on the fork. The black child seat was attached.”


I always ask the victim to describe some information about how their bike was stolen to better learn from this negative experience.

“Our bike was lifted up over a pole. We shouldn’t have locked it to that pole, but we thought being across from a cop station would be a deterrent. Also, given the difficulty in lifting the bike, we thought it would be unlikely someone could even pull it off. One day we got home just after dark and noticed our bike was gone. In it’s place was a nyc trash can. So not only did the thieve(s) lift our bike in front of the cop station, they grabbed the city trash can and moved it over to the sign post.

Just the other day I saw a guy from B’s Bikes in Greenpoint with a cargo bucket-style bike that was recently recovered. In that case the thief cut the frame and re-welded a piece back over the notched out portion. Never saw that one…yikes! Does that mean I have to lock my frame in two places? I imagine a multi-pronged approach is what’s needed.”

If you have any information about this bike, contact Greg: or call (917) 698-8175

Put the revolution between your legs!

Occupy Wall Street has a bicycle coalition:

“Put the revolution between you’re legs.”

They’re getting ready for a big event on Monday, February 27th.

#F27: Occupy the Food Supply: GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION

On Monday, February 27th, 2012, OWS Food Justice, OWS Sustainability, Oakland Food Justice & the worldwide Occupy Movement invite you to join the Global Day of Action to Occupy the Food Supply. We challenge the corporate food regime that has prioritized profit over health and sustainability. We seek to create healthy local food systems. We stand in Solidarity with Indigenous communities, and communities around the world, that are struggling with hunger, exploitation, and unfair labor practices.

On this day, in New York City, community gardeners, activists, labor unions, farmers, food workers, and citizens of the NYC metro area, will gather at Zuccotti Park at noon, for a Seed Exchange, to raise awareness about the corporate control of our food system and celebrate the local food communities in the metro area.

At 2pm, this event will take to the streets, to educate the public about the effects of GMOs on our health and environment, with GMO labels and GMO buying guides. Also at 2pm, the Seed Ball Bike Ride will depart, launching seed balls to remediate soil & green NYC en route to the La Plaza Community Garden, where Lower East Side Community Garden Tours will commence at 3pm.

Join us throughout the day in this community celebration, and help us realize our shared healthy food future together!!

CREATE: Local, Just, Fair Solutions
RESIST: Corporate Control of our Food Supply

The NYC Events …
Noon – Symbolic presence at Stock Exchange
Noon – Seed Exchange at the “Stock Exchange” (location: Zuccotti Park)
2pm – GMO labeling (leave from Zuccotti Park)
2pm – Seed Ball Bike Ride (leave from Zuccotti Park)
3pm – LES Community Gardens Tours – (meetup location La Plaza Community Garden)

NYCGA Event:

National Event – Facebook page Link:

Seed Ball Bike Ride – Facebook page Link:

In Solidarity,
OWS Food Justice
OWS Sustainability
Occupy Oakland Food Justice
Global Occupy Movement
Occupy Cargill
Occupy Bike Coalition


Monster Track Pre-event

Come find out about the greatest Alleycat ever. Panel discussion with some of the street culture pioneers: Kevin “Squid” Bolger, Carlos “Jc” Ramirez and Victor Ouma. Those who’ve been there since the beginning of NYC’s only, longest running, no brakes, in the streets race. Hosted by the illustrious street poet, Kurt Boone.

March 8th, 2012

at the Chrome Store-Manhattan


Handlebar Happy Hour

Tomorrow, have a drink with Handlebar.

HANDLEBAR is a roaming happy hour to benefit local bike initiatives. Join us for the first ever HANDLEBAR featuring bike-themed drink specials to benefit Local Spokes! Handlebar will also feature a show of paintings by Pasqualina Azzarello, Executive Director of Recycle-A-Bicycle.

Local Spokes


Check out more details at their Facebook events page.

Meeting tonight for a safer Jay St.

Come to a meeting tonight for a safer Jay St. in Brooklyn.

Anyone who rides Jay Street regularly to get to and from the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges knows how dangerous it can be for all street users, and how little any of the most common infractions are ticketed or discouraged. If New York City streets can sometimes feel like the wild wild west, then Jay Street is Dodge City in more ways than one.

Tuesday, February 21st at 7 pm, the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Committee will present the NYPD’s 84th Precinct Community Council with the results of the Jay Street Traffic Monitoring study, conducted last October. They’ll also show the short video, above.


“Dude, where’s my bike?” Found in China

From the feel-good department, here’s a story from China about a Japanese man who’s stolen bicycle was found thanks to social networking, including the popular site Weibo China’s hybrid of twitter and Facebook.

Japanese Man Cycling Globe Has Bike Stolen in Wuhan China


Recently, a young Japanese man with dreams of cycling around the world became the center of attention when his bicycle was stolen in Wuhan. His story and call for help in finding the bike has been forwarded over 60,000 times and is currently #1 on Sina Weibo. Last night around 11pm, police finally recovered the bicycle and returned it to him.

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7th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk

Sunday, March 18th, 2012 will be the 7th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk.

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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 since 2011. 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.

Please look out for a full schedule and route to be posted in the next few weeks.

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