Here is one way to take action using smart phones and social networking.
It’s called bkme.org an it was developed by an NYU/ITP graduate student. I learned about it from Nona’s blog, thebirdwheel.com. Check it out and start #hastagging these annoying culprits.
Not so sure how much these negative exposure campaigns will work to change motorist behavior…but it’s definitely an interesting experiment and good data mapping in seeing where high concentrations of violators originate.
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.
Bike stolen? One Park Slope family simply stole it back
By: Eli Rosenberg
Published: December 13th, 2011 (photo by: Elizabeth Graham)
Here’s one way to defeat bicycle theft: steal back the wheels yourself.
A Park Slope family became vigilantes after a week-long search for their stolen bike led to Ditmas Park, but police called to the scene would not reclaim it for them.
Christian John and his family’s oversized Dutch cycle disappeared from its nightly parking place on Fifth Avenue and Third Street sometime between Nov. 23 and Thanksgiving Day. After finding the beloved bike gone, John filed a police report, mounted a neighborhood fliering effort, and alerted members of his church congregation.
The story was reported on BikeBlogNYC and BrooklynSpoke, who published pictures of the unique cycle with the family’s number, as well.
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
By: Natalie O’Neill
Published: December 13th, 2011
Brick-tossing teens have turned a major cycling route through a public housing project in Fort Greene into death trap, injuring or terrorizing at least six cyclists, one seriously, in a spate of attacks this year.
The attacks are launched from the maroon-colored pedestrian bridge that links the Walt Whitman and Ingersoll houses between Myrtle Avenue and Tillary Street.
In the most violent crime, the attackers pelted a computer programmer from Park Slope in the face with a brick, cracking his helmet and ripping a gash in his cheek on Aug. 12.
“It’s shocking unwarranted violence,” said the victim, Stephen Arthur, whose injuries were first reported by Gothamist, a blog. “This is a dangerous spot, something needs to be done.”
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:
A 3.5 mile stretch of the old Rockaway Beach Branch railroad right-of-way currently lies abandoned in Central and Southern Queens. Over the past 60 years, since rail service ended, it has become a dumping ground for garbage, abandoned cars and other debris, and is one of the largest tracts of unused land in an area populated by hundreds of thousands.
An incredible opportunity exists to transform this abandoned, unsightly and in many places hazardous space into a beautiful 3.5 mile public park extending south from Rego Park to Ozone Park. A multi-use path would provide a recreational and commuter corridor through Rego Park, Forest Hills, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill and Ozone Park.
Their trying to get a petition signed with 1,000 signatures to take the next steps with the city council.
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,
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
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?!?!
(seen on bikerumor.com)
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.
Here is Ralphy Ramos
and a plug for New Era and Animal, from New York’s Nigel Sylvester:
Until the city gets it’s bike sharing program off and running, you may want to consider this for an option for bike rental.
A message from Bike and Roll, NYC’s largest chain of bike rentals:
New York, NY
New York City is famous for cramming lots of stuff into small spaces, but sometimes you just don’t have room for a bike.
Bike and Roll NYC has the answer: our new Membership Program. For just $9.99/month you can take one of our Trek Hybrid Comfort Bikes for as many rides as you want as often as you like. Take it for an hour, take it for the whole day, it’s up to you.
These hybrid bikes are perfect for city riding. They allow the rider to sit upright comfortably, navigating bike lanes or bike paths easily. They’re light and easy to maneuver. As part of the largest bike fleet in the city, they are constantly rotating into our shops for check-ups and tune-ups. They come with a helmet, rear rack, water bottle cage, and bike bag — perfect for a day that includes a picnic or some time on a bench reading.
In the city, bike rooms, stairs, elevators, and small apartments shouldn’t keep anyone from enjoying the hundreds of miles of bike paths and bike lanes available. So become a Member and have a bike whenever you want one. New York is becoming a cyclist’s city, so having access to two wheels means enjoying Central Park, the Hudson River Greenway, Riverside Park, Prospect Park, East River Park, and the newest paths extending south from Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Members pay an annual Activation Fee of $29.99 and then are charged $9.99 each month.
Having trouble thinking of the perfect holiday gift? You’ve just found it. Just call 212-260-0400 and we’ll set up your gift recipient with a healthy, green gift that doesn’t have to be stored anywhere! Plus, you’ll be happy to know that a helmet goes out with every bike. We’ll send you a certificate to give the new Member.
The gift that feels really good to give and get!
Bike and Roll NYC’s new Membership Program. Gives you New York’s great, wide-open spaces without taking up any space!
Contact: Claire Gorayeb firstname.lastname@example.org
Bike and Roll NYC 152 W. 36th St., Suite 801 New York, NY 10018–212-260-0400– www.BikeNewYorkCity.com
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
Date and Time: Thursday, January 20, 2012, at 2:00 PM
Description: Built is our flavor of a maker, hacker, DIY, Ignite-style event, with the bike as a backdrop.
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.