Thomas Callahan of Brooklyn based Horse Cycles,
is teaming up with the Ace Hotel (20W 29th St. NYC) and created a small fleet for this hip hotel chain.
Here is a video about the collaboration:
Video from Blvds of Death 2 alleycat race, Stoned Tone–keeping it real in Queens.
As seen on Urbancyclistworldwide.com Nice video Diablo!
In your typical messenger style alley cat race, a bunch of strong riders take their bike skills to the next level and race in open traffic, with the winners gaining some bike prizes and street cred. Coming up this Saturday, the winners are not only the bikers but the hundreds of local residents who get food and money donated fro this year’s Cranksgiving charity race. The race participants not only donate money for entering but the checkpoints are all food stops which all gets donated to local food pantries.
Last year, the super fast Crihs Thormann (his photography tumblr site: I love NY more than you.) took the winner prize and here is a little helmet cam video of the event, showing how Crihs got the job done.
Come on down to Cranksgiving 2011, Saturday November 19th. It’s a great event and awesome way to help feed the hungry this Thanksgiving.
SRAM maker of high-end bicycle components, came up with a unique way to raise money for World bicycle relief, an organization that provides bicycles to developing countries.
More about the project:
Find out more about the SRAM (p)Art project: here.
Just saw this of the D.O.T. Twitter feed: (@nyc_dot)
Meet DOT’s #bikenyc team tonight for FREE bike lights! First location: 3rd Ave Bridge, Manhattan side, 5:30-7:30. While supplies last!
DOT gives away FREE #bikenyc bike lights 2nite! 2nd location: BK side of the Williamsburg Br, S5th + 5th Pl 5:30-7:30. While supplies last!
I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying when they give you lemons make lemonade. This is definitely a good metaphor for recent actions of local bike activist group Time’s up and their support of Occupy Wall Street.
A while back the NYPD and FDNY confiscated the OWS generators and power source, Time’s Up came to the rescue with bicycle powered gennys. This led to the creation of a sustainability committee and later to providing bike sharing to the various committees in Liberty Plaza.
Here is more about what this life lifelong environmental bicycle education group has been up to:
OccupyWallStreet Sustainability Program Proposal
Time’s Up! volunteers have been working with occupywallstreet NYC since Day 1. Recently, we helped them start a sustainability committee. Below, are some of the sustainable projects we could use funding for:
1. Human-powered energy bicycles to help power phones, laptops, lights, etc.
ALL WORK TO BE DONE BY VOLUNTEERS AND WHEN POSSIBLE, USING LOCAL MERCHANTS & RECYCLED MATERIALS
Status of all programs
Project Budget-$14,000 -OWS has already raised 5k and Time’s Up! has raised 9k. If we get more money, we will be transporting Energy Bikes to other cities.
2. Composting Trailers -OWS is feeding thousands of people a day and Time’s Up! has set up daily composting with special trailers which can break and go missing. We are trying to develop systems so we can leave trailers around with locks for public access. We would like to buy at least 3 more trailers and locks.
Project Budget-$2,800 -Money raised, $400. We are working on a video highlighting the composting project as we speak, so we can try to raise money online.
3. Committee Bicycles -Several committees expressed that they would love to have their own bike. We are building them, but it is going slowly. We would like to paint the names of each committee on them and adapt them for each committee’s use. For instance, the medical team would have bicycles that have racks on the back stocked with First Aid kits. Food Committee would finally be able to deliver on-sight food and liquids to marches and traveling events. We also hope to implement a water distribution system using bikes to deliver tap water from local community resources and getting OWS away from using plastic bottled water.
Project Budget-$4,200 -Money raised, $650. We are receiving donated parts to start this project.
4. On-sight Repair Classes -This is going well, but it’s starting to get cold, so we’re looking for a space in the area to continue these workshops. We hope to expand the project so that people can build their own bicycles and be self-sustaining. A lot of these people are from out of town and have very little money for transportation. We already have about 30 donated bicycles. We need parts, tools and a space to realize this project.
Project Budget (w/o space & operating outside)-$1,800 for 25 bikes. $3,000 for 50 bikes.
Please let me know if you have specific questions on any of the projects. All donations to Time’s Up! are 100% tax deductible and come with progress reports.
All projects will be well documented and publicized to the press in hopes of spreading low-cost sustainable methods to other cities.
Please donate to Time’s Up! so we can make this a reality!
Here is some recent press:
Hey guess what? Bicycling is good for your health and a recent University of Wisconsin-Madison study, proves it.
Read more here.
Source: Bicycle Habitat’s blog.
A lot of New Yorkers are still complaining about the bike lanes and the eco-friendly direction the city has taken, providing more space to non-polluting transportation.
A lot of these opinions are based on entitlement, permiated by a deep rooted car culture engrained in us from the first time we played with a toy car.
Sometimes these opinions can change when people hop on a bike and actually see first hand the infrastructure changes that have taken place in NYC.
This is the case for a recent reporter who wrote this essay in the New York Times:
Pleasures of Life in the Slow Lane
Read the essay, here.
Getting into the theme of 11/11/11, the Ride to Eleven Alleycat in Pittsburgh.
More info here.
Here is an article about it from 2009. An Outlaw Street Race for a Good Cause–New York Times.
A little info from the Cranksgiving website.
Cranksgiving takes place in 19 other cities (for a complete listing, check the website) and one recently went down in St. Louis (Nov. 6th) with 700 riders.
An article from the Stltoday.com
Check out the Facebook page, where so far-106 people are attending.