Here is a nice article from the Brooklyn Paper about the recent family box bike which was rescued. I just can’t get enough of this story. Thanks for the shout out, Brooklyn Paper.
Read the whole story, here.
The best way to get around NYC at night is to be seen. 2 local Brooklyn designers have a couple of new products that make cyclists more reflective and easier to be spotted by drivers.
First off there’s Alex Vessels & Mindy Tchieu, with We-Flashy clothing.
More about them on treehugger.com
and next is, Rydesafe.com decals for you and your bike from Tonky designs.
Choosing to commute on bicycle is a hard enough decision, dodging things like bad driving behavior and now we have to worry about bricks being thrown at us? Here is a recent article in the Brooklyn paper about a recent attack of a cyclist near the projects of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Time’s Up volunteer and computer programmer, Stephen Arthur had a brick thrown at him from the pedestrian bridge near the Walt Witman and Ingersoll houses on Myrtle Ave., causing serious injury. Seems if the police are so concerned about “safety” with their crackdown on cyclists…maybe they should post up an officer in a cushman cart at this well known hot spot for violence.
Cyclist Death Trap-Thugs terrorize cyclists on path between housing projects
Read more: here.
A concerned group of citizens want to transform a 3.5 mile abandon stretch of forgotten land into a mixed use commuter path being creative called the Queens High-line. Here is a little more about it from the Rockaway Beach Branch Greenway Committee:
Their trying to get a petition signed with 1,000 signatures to take the next steps with the city council.
Please read more about this project here.
and sign. Queens could definitely use revamped Greenway space and a cyclists would greatly benefit from the completion of this proposed project.
Here is my latest roundup of bicycle videos:
also on Urban Velo:
A trailer for Deep Custom, an 8 minute short documentary by Art Director Tony Franklin (of Publicconvoy.com) and Photographer T.C. Worley, featuring the passionate bike builder Erik Noren, owner of Peacock Groove Custom Cycles.
So what are you going to do in a 24 hour bike race? Why not shoot a short film. That’s what Kara Mulrooney did during the Riverwest 24 hour race and she used 100 riders from the Milwaukee cycling community. The Le Tour de Tami.
Zugspitze, it’s not a chic new seltzer from Bavaria, it’s Germany’s highest mountain 2962m above sea level. Here is technical rider Max Schumann, tackling the decent,
And now for some cool products and concepts:
When the economy sucks, time to make your own job. Lauren Junker of Totally Tubular Design is making cool and vibrant bags out of used bicycle tubes. Here is a short film by Keith Wells in a series called, “Labor of Love.” Seen on allhailtheblackmarket.com
How about these new mini fender from ass-savers.com (rumor has it they’re giving away the design fro a DIY template.)
Check out this amazing concept bike from Parlee cycles, and Toyota Prius. Shifting with brainwaves…duh.
Oh My Gawd, I couldn’t help including this one…What appears to be a great, large and full funtional diaper bag for the on-the-go cyclist parent. Timbuk2’s stork messenger diaper bag…where have you been all my life?!?!
You’ve heard of cyclocross, the steeplechase niche sport, part mountain biking, part road, part lunacy. Every year Pennsylvania’s own Bilenky bikes holds one in a junkyard. Coming up December 18th (seen on JohnProlly)
TCB courier out of San Francisco wants you to get the community to know it’s riders. They’ve put together short video profiles, which is an excellent insight into the bike messenger life and the business. Here is one on former NYer Alex Farioletti-Ah so that’s where you’ve been.
and for the ladies here’s Brie:
And for the BMX crowd, represent.
and a plug for New Era and Animal, from New York’s Nigel Sylvester:
A few seen Urbancyclistworldwide.com
and a BMX trip in Perth, Australia, from the Set.
And for the FGFS (fixed gear freestylers) from Grime Bikes, Ed Wonka:
Until the city gets it’s bike sharing program off and running, you may want to consider this for an option for bike rental.
Built is a lecture series originally created by super cool bike blog: BikeHugger.com, as a way of sharing innovative bike tech ideas.
Next Built is at WebVisions NYC
Built at WebVisions NYC will feature a series of talks by people who create. Specifics are:
Location: New York, New York :: during WebVisions
If you’ve got a cool bike tech project or idea you’d like to give a 5 minute presentation, sign up here.
Also contact Nona Varnado (projecta(AT)nonavarnado.com, who is coordinating speakers here in NYC.
Well, thanks to the vigilance of the NYC bike community and the Internet…they got it back.
Here is their story:
We saw the doctor, and then all three of my children and I jumped in a cab to Ditmas Park. We met Mike, called the police, and waited for over an hour, on the street, in the cold. Mike waited for a long while but then had to go, understandably, and another older gentleman waited with us for 45 minutes or so, lecturing us about stars and planes and such.
About an hour and 15 minutes later I called the police again to alert them that all four of us were still waiting, but had moved into the dry cleaning establishment just in front of the bike. We were cold. About 1/2 hour later the police arrived and after seeing my photographs and bill of sale said, “yeah, since you don’t have proof of purchase with any kind of number on it, I can’t really help you. The burden of proof is on you, and we can only use numbers. I also can’t tell you what to do when I leave here, though, and that doesn’t look like much of a lock.” I asked, point blank if it was illegal to steal your own stuff back to which he replied, “once the lock is cut, the burden of proof is on the other guy.” Nice.
The police departed, and Mike showed up again, shocked that we were still there, and offered, ultimately to no avail, to help us find some bolt cutters. So, I called my husband, already en route and asked him to bring some bolt cutters to clip, get this, a cheap master lock that the thief had used to secure our precious bike. My hubby arrived just as I had nestled our children safely inside our bike, and in less than a second, we were off, feeling the wind in our hair as we got as far away from Ditmas park as possible! We got our bike bike!
We feel incredibly indebted to the people of Brooklyn. The bloggers who posted and linked, and reposed our story and photos. The random people on the street who showed us their support and kindness. Mike who found it and called us! Darek, the homeless guy on 7th Ave. who was sure we’d get it back and spread the word to all of “his” people. And all the other people who have since shown us their support with excited shouts as we bike past, “you found it!” and “you got it back…that never happens!” We are so grateful. We’ve learned so much this holiday season about the love and strength of our community. My faith in people has been greatly renewed. THANK YOU. Thank you!