Cyclist, long time supporter of Time’s Up and owner of the East Village bar and institution: D.B.A. is in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.
54 year old Ray Deter, was hit by a Jaguar driver on Canal Street, yesterday around 5:30pm.
According to gothamist.com, one eye-witness says: “he was lying in the street like a rag-doll.”
Also from Gothamist:
“In photographs from the scene, the Jaguar’s sun roof and windshield are seen to be heavily damaged by the impact. According to the Daily News, the unidentified driver received a summons for possessing a small amount of marijuana. As you may know, New York State decriminalized low-level marijuana possession some three decades ago, making it a violation punishable by a fine, not an arrestable offense.
However, the NYPD has been criticized for arresting record numbers of minorities for possessing small amounts of marijuana that turn up during illegal stop and frisks. So isn’t it shocking and disillusioning that walking while black with a little grass lands you in the Tombs, but cops send a pot-possessing Jaguar driver on his way after nearly killing a cyclist? It almost makes you wonder if the police enforce laws differently based on the perpetrators’ social class!
UPDATE 4:35 p.m.: An employee at D.B.A. Brooklyn confirms that the injured cyclist is Ray Deter, owner of D.B.A. On the bar’s Facebook page, they’ve posted the following:
– We are reaching out to every one of our patrons and friends to please send your prayers and loving energy to Ray Deter at this time. As some of you may have heard, Ray was in a very serious bicycle accident yesterday and is in critical condition. For those of you who are hearing this for the first time, we are so sorry to share this news in this manner, though we are grateful for the tool to reach many of you.”
Ray’s recovery is our number one concern, but hopefully the NYPD will gain valuable information from this horrible incident due to the passing of the Saving Lives Through Better Information Act and work towards our streets becoming safer.
This weekend, July 2nd, is the annual Velo City tour in NYC, a multi-city velodrome series where participating track racers compete for tickets to the Cycle Messenger World Championships. (held this year in Warsaw, Poland)
You have to be a working courier to win tickets, but it’s an excellent time to watch some fierce amateur track racing at NYC’s only velodrome in Kissena, Queens.
Aaron does an informative job of explaining the recent controversy behind the Prospect Park West bike lane and the basics behind the Department of Transportation pushing a more bike friendly agenda with NYC’s streets.
Don’t worry, the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships are coming up in Calgary, Canada: 2011nahbpc.org, August 4th-7th. There are qualifying tournaments being held all over, like this one in Toronto:
Thanks to Urban Velo, for the review of our new bike guide to NYC.
BIKE NYC â€“ The Cyclistâ€™s guide to New York City
“BIKE NYC is a new guidebook to cycling NYC written by three Urban Velo contributors. Perhaps the best known of the bunch is Michael Green, the man behind BikeBlogNYC.com. Regular readers are more than familiar with Ed Glazar, as hardly an issue goes by without one or more of his photographs. And Marci Blackman, a professional author and NYC tour guide, wrote a feature for us back in issue #18.”
The site provides a nice list of host cities past:
“1993 Berlin, DE
1994 London, UK
1995 Toronto, CA
1996 San Francisco, US
1997 Barcelona, ES
1998 Washington D.C., US
1999 Zurich, CH
2000 Philadelphia, US
2001 Budapest, HU
2002 Copenhagen, DK
2003 Seattle, US
2004 Edmonton, CA
2005 New York City, US
2006 Sidney, AU
2007 Dublin, IE
2008 Toronto, CA
2009 Tokyo, JP
2010 Panajachel, GT”
“Close the Gap, an international design competition sponsored by Transportation Alternatives and d3, invites architects, landscape architects, urban designers, engineers, and students worldwide to broaden the dialogue of alternative solutions for sustainable urban living. The competition focuses on the Midtown sector of New York Cityâ€™s East River Greenway–a critical missing link in Manhattanâ€™s alternative transportation infrastructure.”
“Grid is an outlet for news, commentary, and photography about sustainable transportation-related events, projects, and ideas. Grid is a platform for critical analysis and thought, and will take a stand on issues important in pursuing progressive and sustainable transportation â€“ transportation that is efficient or uses clean or no energy. Additionally, Grid will help advance the culture of sustainable transportation modes, like walking, biking, and taking transit, with articles that explore the fun and livelier side of sustainable transportation. This may include pieces about trips and travel in Chicagoland and the Midwest, or interviews with locals about how they share bicycling with their peers.”
“Every year hundreds of bike couriers from around the globe descend on a different city for the Cycle Messenger World Championships, with races, arts events and parties celebrating one of the toughest, most enjoyable jobs around. This year the 19th annual worlds take place in Warsaw on July 27-31; next year Chicago does the honors.
Augie Montes, an eleven-year veteran of the delivery biz who spearheaded the 2008 North American Cycle Courier Championships (NACCC) in Chicago, talked with me about the recent championships in Tokyo and Panajachel, Guatemala, and filled us in on the Windy Cityâ€™s plans for hosting the worlds in 2012.
Whatâ€™s the purpose of the messenger championships?
Itâ€™s a chance for folks from all over the world who do the same job to meet each other, hang out and celebrate the fact that itâ€™s a fun and unique job due to the culture thatâ€™s built up around it.
What countries have you gone to for messenger championships?
Iâ€™ve been to a bunch of the NACCCs but the only time I got to leave the country for a world championship was Tokyo in 2009. I always work too much [as an owner-rider at Four Star, a Chicago courier collective] to make it to the other ones.