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NY Times on fustration of a family looking into their sons death

“More people are killed in traffic accidents than by guns in New York City; death by motor vehicle is rarely treated as a crime. Someone died in city traffic every 29 hours, on average, from 2005 to 2009, according to a study by the city’s health and transportation departments.”

These are some stunning facts which emerge from a recent New York Times article by Jym Dwyer that looks at one families frustrations with the NYPD, looking into their son’s death, Mathieu Lefevre, a Canadian artist killed by a truck while biking, back in October.
After a Son Is Killed, Facing a Police Runaround
photo by: Robert Stolarik for The New York Times. Photo caption: A so-called ghost bike stands in memory of Mathieu Lefevre, an artist from Canada who was killed on his bicycle in a crash in October.
By:Jim Dwyer
Published: December 6, 2011

The Lefevre’s mother, father and one of their surviving sons, took the first flight to New York, spent the night with a friend, and the next morning went directly to the city morgue on Winthrop Street in Brooklyn. The second of the Lefevre sons, Mathieu, 30, had been run over by a truck two days earlier, just after midnight on Oct. 19, while he was biking home to Williamsburg. The truck did not stop.

His parents looked at pictures, then the remains, under a sheet. “The detective at the morgue told us to go to the 90th Precinct to do two things,” said Erika Lefevre, Mathieu’s mother. “A detective there would be able to give us an accident report, and we would be able to get our son’s personal effects.”

Read more here.

Yardstash-storage for your bikes and gear.

Here is a cool storage product. Yardstash.com.

Probably not secure for your front stoop, but perhaps an excellent solution for a backyard garden or apartment patio.

Rat Race-new Alleycat 12/10/11

A new alleycat from JT and Stone Tone.

Rat Race

A Straight up messenger style race, no sponsors just Cash. Starts at the Red Hook Crit. office (72 Van Dyke-Red Hook, BK) and ends at the Ice House in Red Hook Brooklyn.(318 Van Brunt)

The Checkpoints are already posted and can be done in any order: 1. the cotton club, 2. studio 54, 3. 940 flushing, 4. weehawken street, 5. 17 essex, 6. sothebys 72nd and york, 7. the 5 points in queens, 8. grand army plaza, Brooklyn.

Holiday gift guide from Velojoy


I had this big plan to put together a holiday gift guide, but luckily, NYC cycling blog, velojoy.com beat me to it. She’s got some great ideas here from cool tech gadgets to fashion to keeping warm on the bike this winter season. She’s made it into an easy downloadable pdf (which includes hotlinks) which includes some companies that have been extremely generous to me such as Boombotix speakers and Pearl Izumi. This guide does cater to the ladies but has great ideas for all including a whole list of books for the urban cyclist, including mine (plug plug…Thanks Susi)

There is also highlighted products form blog creator Susi and her crew who put this whole thing together.

So if your not blowing off gift buying to have a hunger strike in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, or been influenced by the poetic anti-consumer message of our own Reverend Billy. (His documentary-“What would Jesus Buy?”)

Hey, maybe you just owe that crazy biking Aunt Gertrude and it’s time to repay your secret santa…
Head Here, (velojoy.com/gift-guide) and Check it out.

Boxbike found!

Looks like the family who had their box bike stolen may have got it back. Saw this on Brooklynspoke.com

Stolen Box Bike
UPDATE 12/2 8:26 PM: The bike has been found! See the comments below. Thanks to Mike Green at BikeBlogNYC for first alerting me to this story and to reader Mike for making the discovery on Cortelyou. More to come…

Look out bikers, NYPD eyes Prospect Park

Well it looks a if the NYPD are wrapping up their year of harassment (yeah I said it.) otherwise known as “operation safe cycle,” by setting their sites on Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Safe cycle, would be an appropriate title, if the cops truly were into a safety campaign instead of what we’ve seen through the last 12 months, misuse of enforcing the laws and a ridiculous effort to penalize cyclists.

Now they are handed out this to riders in Brooklyn’s most cycled park:

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Wow, what an intricate graphic campaign they’ve designed to educate the ridership in the name of safety. Instead of taking an artistic approach like the D.O.T. and it’s Curbside Haiku signs, the NYPD simply ripped out a page from the vehicle code and are handing out in the park. Their goal is to maintain a 25mph speed limit and ticket bikers and skaters who violate it. This may be a crushing blow to the dentists and their $10,000.00 titanium filled peletons that often wreck havoc but for the rest of us I think it’s hard to achieve that speed.

Here is an article on this in the Brooklyn Paper.

I could go on about this but I think Brooklynspoke best summed it up in his last blog post, especially with this part:

I’m all for an enforcement of rules and safe riding in Prospect Park; lord knows the park would benefit immensely from an improved culture of respect among all users, especially training cyclists. But if the standard accident rate for initiating an NYPD response is at least two serious crashes in six months, why isn’t the NYPD passing a similar flier out to drivers all over the city every single day of the week?

Read more here.

Chicks on Bike Radio Project

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Check out the Chicks on Bikes Radio, a collective documenting and educating young woman about the benefits of cycling across the US.

Our Story: We travel, we talk and we interview…celebrating the extraordinary girl next door. An internet radio show, podcast and interview project aimed and women and cycling. (That’s bicycles – if you were wondering). Over the next six months we are raising funds and awareness to launch the initial pilot project aimed at getting teen girls riding bikes – called The Riders & Writers Project

Find out more, here.

Sweet contest from Chrome

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Chrome Bags got together with another American original, Miller high life beer and to celebrate their new line of bags and apparel,

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their having a sweet giveaway.

In celebration of the release of the limited edition Miller High Life & Chrome bag collection, the two brands have partnered to bring you the greatest Holiday sweepstakes ever! Enter here for a chance to win this incredible prize package for you and a guest:

–Round trip airfare for two to Chicago.

–Accommodations for three nights.

–2 custom Miller High Life Citizen messenger bags made to order at the Chrome Chicago Shop.

–Ground transportation to Milwaukee.

–A VIP Tour of the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee.

–Beer sampling at the Bavarian-style Miller Inn.

–Two Tickets For the Annual “Holiday Lites” Festival in downtown Milwaukee’s Miller Valley.

Enter to win: here. You have till December 7th.

Of course when I think of Miller high life this classics Spike Lee scene always come to mind.

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Bike Polo Texas style

Maybe because I’ve been deeply immersed in season 2 of AMC’s zombie thriller, the Walking Dead and I love cool flyers,

It’s Bike of the Living Dead, for the League of Bike Polo in Austin TX.

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Video Fridays

Here is some videos found on the webosphere to fill your Friday with bike love.

I was sent this one from a reader: Kiel. Seems like this bike train (bike pooling) is taking off. Here is one about biketrainpdx.org biking to school in a group, Portland Oregon style.

How bout bombing some nice fall folage on a klunker bike? Saw this one on All Hail the Black Market, who got it from the Cascade region blog, Hellingham.blogspot.com.

Lars N Bars gets Klunking from Transition Bikes on Vimeo.

Here is a video of how the Dutch got their cycle paths, through hard work of cycling activists:

Find out more here.

Trailer for the documentary, Beyond this place.

Cloud Rock La Belle is the quintessential hippie, still living a perpetually stoned and carefree lifestyle 40 years after the 60s ended. In BEYOND THIS PLACE Cloud Rock’s son, writer/director Kaleo La Belle, attempts to re-connect with his absentee father by taking a 500 mile bike trip together around the Pacific Northwest. From behind the camera, Kaleo struggles to understand a man so different from himself while Cloud Rock works to form a functional relationship with the son he has never truly known. Poignant and often funny, BEYOND THIS PLACE examines the sometimes unconventional bonds of family.

Trailer for Bushwhacked new film Velo:

Velo Trailer from BuckNaked Visual Works on Vimeo.

Video I saw on Trackosaurus Rex about the ultimate design challenge in Oregon, for the perfect urban commuter cycle:

Oregon Manifest 2011 Constructors’ Show from oregon manifest on Vimeo.

Video from Urban Velo

The Dirty Dozen Race-a masochistic challenge up a steep ass hill in Pittsburgh.

Dirty Dozen Race 2011-Canton Ave from Matt Dayak on Vimeo.

Some Helmet cam action from NYC’s champ alleycat racer, Crihs. From the Bombing Broadway race, as seen on John Prolly,

broadway bomb 2011 from crihs on Vimeo.

and this one of building the Red Bull mini drome in Manchester (also on Prolly)

Red Bull Minidrome | Manchester from Stephen Hughes on Vimeo.

A look at what it’s like to attend the Koichi Yamaguchi’s frame building school in Rifle, Colorado.

Yamaguchi from Jon Chew on Vimeo.

A little shop in Barcelona barcelonetabikes, puts on a night group ride.

Barceloneta Nights from Barceloneta Bikes on Vimeo.

And last, a nice little helmet cam from the recent Cranksgiving in NYC.