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Horse Cycles and Ace Hotel

Thomas Callahan of Brooklyn based Horse Cycles,

GET TO WORK from Horse Cycles on Vimeo.

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:

ACE HOTEL+HORSE CYCLES = this … from Matt McClain on Vimeo.

Video from Blvds of Death 2 alleycat

Video from Blvds of Death 2 alleycat race, Stoned Tone–keeping it real in Queens.

As seen on Urbancyclistworldwide.com Nice video Diablo!

Don’t forget, Cranksgiving charity race, 11/19

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.

Cranksgiving 2010 nyc from crihs on Vimeo.

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 (p)Art project

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photo of: Allen Brewer–Village

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:

Here’s a box of 100 SRAM high-performance bike components. Now make something of it. That’s the challenge SRAM laid down for a group of noted artists from across the country, handpicked by Milwaukee’s art Guru Terrence Coffman and SRAM’s very own Marketing Chief David Zimberoff. The participating artists more than met this challenge.

The works they created were recently displayed at the Interbike national bicycle show. They will also be displayed in a juried exhibition in Chicago and sold to collectors in an online auction. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to World Bicycle Relief.

Find out more about the SRAM (p)Art project: here.

DOT giving away lights, tonight-2 locations

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!

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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!

Times Up, powering up Occupy Wall Street

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.
2. Daily compost pick-ups from occupywallstreet to local community gardens
3. Supplying each committee with their own bicycle with combination locks to share
4. On-sight bicycle repair workshops

ALL WORK TO BE DONE BY VOLUNTEERS AND WHEN POSSIBLE, USING LOCAL MERCHANTS & RECYCLED MATERIALS

Status of all programs
1. Just recently, the city confiscated all the gas-powered generators which were providing electricity to all of OWS NYC. Time’s Up! has been working on pedal-powered energy sources and have now been getting a lot of press. Every committee wants one and we have been working around the clock to make them. Right now, volunteer mechanics are recycling bikes at Time’s Up! BK space and Brooklyn Machine Works are welding bike stands. Other parts, like generators, batteries, and wires are all being assembled at different locations. Along with donated parts we are receiving donations are from all over to finance this project.

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.
$4,000 a month to rent a space (possibly basement space) in the area and stock with tools equipment

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!
Find out more: here.

Here is some recent press:

Occupy Wall Street turns pedal power ~Rawstory.com

Time’s Up doesn’t need generators, they have people power~Animal New York

With Generators Gone, Wall Street Protesters Try Bicycle Power~Gothamist

Bike more, live longer.

Hey guess what? Bicycling is good for your health and a recent University of Wisconsin-Madison study, proves it.

Live longer: Go by bike?
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison have confirmed: Bicycling is good for your health. That’s not exactly new. The most interesting aspect of the study is that they were able to quantify the benefits.

The researchers found that 20% of car trips within that region were for distances of 5 miles or less. If even just half of these short trips were made by bike instead of car, the impact would still be a $3.8 billion in savings, and 400 fewer deaths each year.

Read more here.

Source: Bicycle Habitat’s blog.

Essay about riding in NYC’s bike infrastructure.

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
by: Michael Kimmelman
published: November 7, 2011

New Yorkers should love bicycling. We’re control freaks. We want to get from here to there in a New York minute and moan about the subways and the buses, about lunatic taxi drivers and the gridlock that slows us down.

The other day I jumped on my bicycle and rode downtown to meet Janette Sadik-Khan, transportation commissioner for New York City. She is the driving force behind the city’s new bike lanes.

Read the essay, here.

After all–These go to 11.

Getting into the theme of 11/11/11, the Ride to Eleven Alleycat in Pittsburgh.

More info here.

Cranksgiving 2011 coming to NYC


One of New York City’s premiere messenger style alley cat race is coming to NYC November 19th, with a different twist. It’s called Cranksgiving and every year the race participants, instead of just whipping through checkpoints, have to gather food items affiliated with a thanksgiving meal. Then all money and food is donated to charity.

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 is a charity bike ride that began in 1999, organized by New York City bike messengers. Food is collected at grocery store “checkpoints” and then donated to a soup kitchen at the end of the ride. All kinds of cyclists are welcome! There is no set course, and you can ride at your own pace. The event benefits 5 charities including City Harvest, The New York Bike Messenger Foundation, Nazareth Housing, Yorkville Common Pantry, and St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen.

Along with other great local companies, like Chrome Bags, Continuum Bike Shop and Affinity, I’m proud to be a sponsor of this great event.

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.