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Critical Mass 2011 survey

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Critical mass. Do you participate? If you get a chance take a new survey about this world wide phenomenon.

This is a survey for anyone who participates in Critical Mass. This survey is completely anonymous and all questions are optional, but please answer as many questions as you are able. Additional comments will be deeply appreciated.

The information gathered in this survey is for a graduate study project that seeks to learn more about decentralized movements that happen in public spaces. You are encouraged to pass this survey along to anyone who participates in Critical Mass.

Take the survey here.

East Coast Messenger Stage Race

I’d heard rumor about this from the organizer of the wolfpack hustle race in LA during the closure of the 405, where they challenged Jet Blue Airlines.

Our own messenger super star Austin Horse got back from racing in Europe and wanted to organize a multiple stage race involving cities along the Eastern seaboard. Looks like a reality.

The first ever:

East Coast Messenger Stage Race

Thursday, September 22 at 9:30am – September 26 at 11:00pm

Cities:
Boston, New Haven, NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC

A little about the event:

This is a 5 day alleycat style stage race, from Boston to DC. Racers are responsible for choosing their own route.

Racers can count on having a place for the night in each city and a vehicle to carry their stuff during the day.

Awards for individual stage wins, general classification, team & fixed gear category.

Find out more on this Facebook events page.

Sounds awesome!!

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Stolen Cannondale

Apparently the bike thieves didn’t take off for labor day. I got a message from Gregory who had his Cannondale stolen in broad daylight. (9/5/11) He had locked it to a scaffolding and was pretty sure the thief cut the lock, but most likely removed a piece of the structure and freed his property.

From Greg:

Stolen last night was a 2009 Cannondale Six with strike water cages, and a broken shifter (left) I’m trying every way possible to get some attention. It was stolen in broad daylight from outside southern hospitality on the UES. Its red and white. Any info/help is appreciated. I called the police but believe it or not they never came. I’m going to try again today.

Attached is a stock photo of the bike (not the actual bicycle stolen)

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Any info, contact
Greg
(716) 864-1055

Further talking with Greg he was able to file a police report which is just a formality, but can be a big help if you end up finding the bike in someone else’s possession and can therefore involve the police with a documented record. It’s also helpful with insurance for things like renters insurance which cover stolen bikes, even off your premises.

Core whore alleycat, Mobius Cycles

Bike Shop Profile: Seattle, Wa.

Mobius Cycles, located in downtown Seattle (1016 1st Ave.) gets great reviews from it’s loyal customer base. It’s listed as a holistic bicycle boutique and owner Nikki, along with her knowledgeable crew have a real hands on approach to fixing their customers rides as well as involving them in the process. It’s no wonder this spacious loft is a hangout for the local messenger scene, equipped with comfy couches, air hockey and video games. The space is also shared by working artists and has a warm friendly vibe for the Seattle bike scene. They love to show off their slick custom builds:

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It also looks as if they are spearheading the bike watch efforts in Seattle with a twitter feed for stolen bikes.

twitter.com/stolenbikessea.

This friday their hosting an Alleycat to see who the Core Whore really is.

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8-bit Freddy on a bike

Check out today’s google doodle honoring what would have been Freddy Mercury’s 65 birthday.

The google team took this graphic banner, now common place as a header for daily events, to a whole new level including an animated video and 8-bit game. Find out more here.

I especially like the part in the video where the 8-bit Freddy is riding a bike.

(thanks @brooklynbybike for pointing this out.)

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First Friday Ride!

I was working on this new CBS show, Unforgettable, on Prince and Lafayette St. and look who stopped by. The First Friday critical mass! Their new soundbike was blasting tunes, making an all night shoot a little more bearable.

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Happy to hear, Peter got his bike back.

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The First Friday Ride meets every month, 7pm Union Square North, Manhattan.

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Turning junk into art

Here’s how one Queens artist is dealing with the large amount of abandon bicycles spread around the city: making planters.

From the New York Times/NY Region section:

When Wheels Pile Up: Plant a Bike; Save the City

by: Neil Genzlinger
Published: September 2, 2011

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In 1880, New York City removed 15,000 dead horses from its streets, the historians Joel Tarr and Clay McShane wrote in an essay called “The Centrality of the Horse to the Nineteenth-Century American City.” Horse carcasses, they added, were sometimes dumped with garbage into the bays or the rivers, often floating there or washing up on beaches”.

In the late 1860s, a dock stood at the foot of West 38th Street, the essay continued. From there, the carcasses of horses as well as other dead animals and offal from the city’s slaughter houses was either dumped in the bay or sent to a rendering plant.

Read the rest here.

Eurobike 2011

What do we know about Friedrichshafen, Germany?

•It is a town on the northern side of Lake Constance (the Bodensee) in Southern Germany, near the borders with Switzerland and Austria.

•It has a population of 58,000.

•It was a big center of aviation technology during the first world wars, where Ferdinand von Zeppelin established his famous dirigible factory.

•It is the district capital (Kreisstadt) of the Bodensee district (Landeskreis) in the federal state (Bundesland) of Baden-Württemberg.

And it is the home to the annual Eurobike convention, (August 31st-September 3rd) where exhibitors come from all over the world to demo bikes and show off the latest goods.

Find out more at: www.Eurobike-show.de

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Motor Vehicle fines, fund biking…in Brazil

How do you make money to fund biking programs? If you’re in Brazil, you take it out of the motor vehicle tickets.
(photo by: Marcel Maia.)

After Brazil’s President Rousseff created Way to School, a national program that provides 100,000 donated bikes and helmets to students in public schools, the federal government took another important step to encourage the culture of cycling in the country.

Earlier this month, the Bicycle Program Brazil (PBB) bill was approved by the Urban Development Commission of the Chamber of Deputies. Under the measure, 15 percent of collected traffic fines will be used to fund bicycle projects in all municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants.

As an example, the Gazeta do Povo blog on cycling, Ir e Vir de Bike (Come and Go By Bike,) explains that in Curitiba this amount would represent nearly R$10 million per year to encourage the use of bikes. This amounts to almost five times the 2011 budget provided for the deployment and infrastructure revitalization of the cycling capital of Parana.

Read more here.

Urban Design Week (UDW) coming September 15-20th


Urban Design week is a public festival designed to engage New Yorkers in the future of public space and the challenges faced with the new urban landscape. Earlier this year, to coincide with this upcoming festival, there was an open design contest called By the City/For the City, architects, designers, artists, and urbanists were asked to submit their ideas, looking for new and innovative ways to help achieve the goals of a more livable, better designed city. The project submissions began with the title: “wouldn’t it be great if…” All of the submissions were placed on an interactive map (on the UDW site)


and into an upcoming book: “Atlas of Possibilities for the Future of New York.”

The schedule for the upcoming event has just been posted with lectures, film screenings, public space events like: (park)ing day (Friday, September 16th) and the New York Century bike tour (Sunday, September 18th)