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718cyclery has moved!!

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718 cyclery has moved from it’s 7th Ave location in Park Slope to it’s new home in Gowanus at 254 3rd Avenue (at the corner of Union)

This Saturday, November 5th, there having a launch party. From their owner Joe Nocella:

Join the crew at 718 Cyclery for our 2nd launch party in as many years. We quickly outgrew our last space, and look forward to hosting the bike/Brooklyn community on Saturday, November 5th starting at 7pm. We are working on getting a Billy Squier cover band, or possibly Billy Squier. Food and drink will abound.

Cyclist killed, family demands investigation

So apparently if you hit and kill a cyclist with your truck, and then abandon it, you won’t be charged with anything. This seems to be the case of the recent tragic death of a 30 year old artist, Mathieu Lefevre who was killed by a flatbed truck in East Williamsburg.

Yesterday his family gathered for a press conference at 1 Police Plaza, demanding an investigation into Mathieu’s death and other cyclists killed.

From Gothamist.

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The family of Mathieu Lefevre, the 30-year-old artist who was run over by a truck in East Williamsburg earlier this month joined Transportation Alternatives at a press conference today at 1 Police Plaza, calling on NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly to reinvestigate the case of Leferve, as well as other cyclist fatalities. On Monday we learned that no charges would be pressed against the flatbed truck driver who left the scene after killing Lefevre. He parked his truck just two blocks away and, according to the NYPD, “had no idea” that he’d hit someone. Lefevre’s mother Erika says there were markings on the truck from the accident, which is why investigators decided to track down the driver.
Lefevre’s family has been in New York since Thursday and has received little word from the NYPD. Earlier today Erika Lefevre told us that the detective she’s been told to contact has not yet bothered to return her calls. Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, opened the press conference by listing many cases where drivers have clearly broken the law, killing pedestrians and cyclists who were obeying the law, and yet charges were not filed. He went on to explain how, in his opinion, this has become an epidemic:

Read more: here.

Philly Bike Expo-this weekend

This weekend is the Philly Bike Expo:

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Check it out: www.phillybikeexpo.com

*Show Hours*
Saturday 10AM-6PM (Industry hour 9AM-10AM)
Sunday 10AM-5PM
Purchase tickets online here!

Awesome video of Stephen Bilenky chatting about the exhibitors at the Philly Bike Expo: here.

Halloween in NYC…on bicycles.

It’s Halloween time in NYC–on bikes.

As far as events:

Here’s what we know so far:

1) Time’s Up–pirate ride along with the Occupy Wall Street movement against corporate greed.

Friday, October 28th, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Aarrrrgh-walk the plank you scurvy dogs–The richest 1% bankers who knowingly tanked our economy, stole our jobs, our homes and our future prosperity-got bailed out and then asked the rest of hard working America to front the bill.

It’s time for them to Walk the Plank!

Time’s up, known for putting on a pirate event or two, are heading over to rally with the occupyers, so start your Halloween early and ride like a pirate.

Details:

OCCUPY WALL STREET PIRATE RIDE
Friday, October 28th, 1:00pm
meet at the Occupy the Boardroom March in midtown. (location TBD)

Pirate Ride
Be a Bank Pirate this Friday!
Pirates meet up with the Occupy the Boardroom March in midtown 1pm.
The march will deliver thousands of letters from the 99% to 5 big banks.
The event should be done by 3pm.
1st meet-up point at ABC No Rio for ship building at 11am,
leave ABC No Rio for midtown at 12 noon!-we have 6 ships to build and need help.
Ride to 2nd meet up point- Bryant Park in front of the library, at 1pm, there
we meet the marchers with stealth and no mercy, cannons blazing.
We have a box of extra pirate hats assorted accessories….
we’ll bring what we can to Bryant Park.

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2) CRITICAL MASS MANHATTAN-HALLOWEEN EDITION
Friday, October 28th, 7:00pm (last Friday of each month)
Union Square North-Manhattan

**This is the Halloween Critical Mass so you are highly encouraged to decorate your bikes and dress in costume for the most festive CM of the year!!

More info: here.
Good resource for other critical mass rides and info:
here.

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3) TIME’S UP Annual Halloween Dance Party.

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Friday October 28th starting at 8pm and going until late.
C-Squat
155 Avenue C, Manhattan NYC, between 9th and 10th Street
(L train to 14th St. and 1st Ave. or F train to Houston and 2nd Ave.)
Or just ride your scary bike.
Entrance is a sliding scale starting at $9.99
Come join Time’s Up annual Halloween party featuring:

C-Squat is located at:
155 Avenue C, Manhattan NYC, between 9th and 10th Street
(L train to 14th St. and 1st Ave. or F train to Houston and 2nd Ave.)
Or just ride your scary bike.

Entrance is a sliding scale starting at $9.99

Come join Time’s Up annual Halloween party featuring
dance-till-you-drop performers & sounds with…
Dog That Bites Everyone , Devestation Wagon. Ninja Turtles,
R-Tronika, Heelz on Wheels,
Video Projection by CJ.

Scariest costume prizes!
Police are ineligible.

Free Valet Bike Parking.

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Saturday, October 29th

4) Annual Halloween messenger style alleycat race.

A legendary tradition dating back to 1995. (according to cyclehawk messenger Squid)

One of NYC’s oldest Alleycat races;

The Annual Halloween race, 10/29/11

2:30PM Registration- Brooklyn Base of the Williamsburg Bridge.

3:30PM Start
$5 with Costume, $10 without.

5) then the madness continues in Bushwick, BK

8th annual BikeKill!-Saturday, October 29th.

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Youall know where and when it is.

Halloween Alleycat-10/29

One of NYC’s oldest Alleycat races;

The Annual Halloween race, 10/29/11

2:30PM Registration- Brooklyn Base of the Williamsburg Bridge.

3:30PM Start
$5 with Costume, $10 without.

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Bike Kill 2011

A dirty finger told me, Bike Kill 2011 is coming October 29th…stay tuned.

Midnight Keirin in Prospect Park-Boogie Nights are back!

Wanna get down and race some track bikes and lick some wheels like Prolly?

Boogie Nights racing in Prospect Park is back.

Two years ago I interviewed race organizer, Alexander Barouh, about hosting this underground series. Check it out here.

Recap of the 3rd Tour de Taco

Anita Singh and her gang (brooklynbybike.com) held the third annual Tour De Taco. Here is a quick recap of the event.(photos)

Our biggest and most anticipated ride, Tour de Taco went off without a hitch this past Sunday! Around 75+ riders joined us for one last summer day (85 degrees!) and five different taco spots. A big thanks to my co-organizers Tishon and Emily and to our added leaders, Danny and Matt. Also thanks to all the riders and readers who came out. Without you all, it wouldn’t have been possible or fun!


Read more here.

SF bike expo-November 12th/13th

The San Francisco Bike Expo, is coming November 12th and 13th. Here is a preview: (as seen on Urbancyclistworldwide.com)

A look at the success of bike sharing

Is a bike sharing program successful for reducing pollution, increasing efficiency of transport or revenue generating for a city? New York Times reporter, David Jolly, while researching Paris’s bike sharing, Velib program says it depends who you ask. One success may not show up on the balance sheet, but is more of a long term goal, preparing people mentally for much needed ecco-friendly transport and accepting the bicycle.

From the NY Times Green Blog:
Are Bike Rentals a Success? Depends Who You Ask
by: David Jolly
published: October 10th, 2011
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As I reported last week, Paris has begun rolling out new electric vehicles in a car-sharing program called Autolib.
The city says the goal is to reduce car ownership, traffic and tailpipe emissions, improving residents quality of life. Bollor, the company funding the project, wants to showcase its electric vehicles and its lithium-metal-polymer battery technology.

Read more here.