It’s been a challenging year for the New York City cycling community, fighting the crackdown of “operation safe cycle,” and defending needed infrastructure such as the Prospect Park West bike lane. Advocacy group Transportation Alternatives has been an instrumental player in these issues. As the year draws to an end, they are looking for donations and have a matching funds challenge. Here is a message from Executive Director Paul Steely White.
Ian and Joanna Smith, with sons Jasper & Wyatt, photographed on
the Prospect Park West protected bicycle lane, established 2010.
Image courtesy Andrew Hinderaker
Dear Transportation Alternative members:
This year, you and I have challenged the enforcement policies of the NYPD. We have brought bicycle lanes to all five boroughs, despite challenges in the courts and out. Challenges like these are T.A.’s bread and butter. To make our city great, and with the support of New Yorkers like you, we challenge New York City’s status quo.
Right now, T.A. has a new challenge. A local foundation has promised T.A. $600,000 — funds we need to empower advocates in every borough — but only if we can raise a matching amount. Will you help T.A. meet the challenge ahead? Donate to T.A. today.
When something is wrong on your street, you don’t just complain about it — you take action. You attend a meeting, you write a letter and you speak up to New York City’s most powerful. In every uphill battle, your commitment makes all the difference.
Today, T.A. needs your help for an extra-important action. For the second year in a row, a local foundation has offered T.A. an extraordinary challenge grant. Right now, your donation goes twice as far — that means T.A. will be a powerful advocate in every New York neighborhood. To take advantage of this foundation’s generosity, we need New Yorkers like you to take action. Help T.A. meet this challenge: Make a donation to T.A. today.
When you and I take on a challenge, we are what makes New York City great. Across the five boroughs, T.A. staff and volunteers are redrawing our streets and reimagining the possibility of our city. Your signature, your presence at a rally, your voice at a community meeting, your donation to T.A. — this is how we are changing New York City’s status quo. Give to today and we can make New York great, together.
Paul Steely White
P.S.: T.A.’s $600,000 challenge ends on December 31st. Donate to T.A. today.
Here is some press about Saturday’s upcoming charity race, Cranksgiving.
Feast on the 13th annual Cranksgiving
by: Adam Nueman-Bicycle Times
The New York Bike Messenger Foundation presents Cranksgiving, a charitable alleycat bicycle ride,open to all and now in its 13th year.
In Cranksgiving, riders navigate around Manhattan to purchase Thanksgiving dinner ingredients at designated grocery stores. At the finish line, they arrive with a bag full of food to be donated to various charities.
The ride will consist of a food drive, where participants will ride to 4 grocery stores & purchase food to be donated to St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, drop off jars of baby food at two shelters for women and children and raise donations to support City Harvest and the New York Bike Messenger Foundation. Winners will be determined by their times and also by the generosity of their food and money donations.
Cranksgiving is a race, but everyone is welcome to ride and participate in the fun! Bring a bag, some money, and a good lock!
Want to keep bike commuting in fall and winter but aren’t sure about riding at night?
Do you bike commute on the Hudson River Greenway from midtown to (way) upper Manhattan or points in between?
Want company and safety in numbers on your ride uptown?
Join the Westside Manhattan Biketrain (suggestions for catchier names are welcome) from midtown to Inwood.
WHY A BIKETRAIN? To promote winter bike commuting, especially for newer, less experienced riders, benefiting from safety in numbers and growing enough participation so that no one need ride or exit the greenway alone on dark fall and winter nights.
WHEN? We begin Thursday, November 3. Tuesdays & Thursdays only for now.
Westbound to Hudson River Greenway will leave NE corner of 55th St. at 7th Ave. at 5:15pm
Exits at end of Greenway at Riverside/Dyckman in Inwood, then up Seaman Ave to 215th St.
Iâ€™ll add days, locations, and adjust times if interest demands â€” if the initial times or starting points & greenway exits don’t work for now but you’re interested, let me know and include best times/locations for you. Iâ€™ll be in touch once Iâ€™ve heard from others who need similar locations & times. Let me know if you are interested in a morning biketrain, too.
We leave on time and ride safe.
SOUNDS GREAT! HOW DO I JOIN THE BIKETRAIN?
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Write a note that includes the following:
The DEPARTURE location you’ll meet (so far, just the one) at AND confirm that you know the time we leave.
Your DESTINATION, i.e., where you need to exit the greenway and the closest intersection to your final destination. This will help us connect folks who are going in the same general direction once they head off the greenway.
A CELL AND/OR OTHER # to reach you should we unexpectedly need to change times or cancel.
WRITE a few words telling me how long you’ve been riding, how comfortable or experienced you are riding at night, if you’d be willing to coordinate a biketrain stop near your office, or from your residence in the mornings, etc. Also tell me if you’re interested but current times/locations don’t work for, and which ones would.
I’ll respond with a confirmation and answer any questions not answered here, but please read on first!
You ride at your own risk.
An important goal of the biketrain to allow less experienced cyclists to gain experience and confidence and provide safety in numbers riding at night during the darker fall and winter months. That means it needs to be accessible to newer and possibly slower riders. If you’re speedy be prepared for a more leisurely pace: we probably wonâ€™t exceed 10 to 12 mph for most of the ride. If we have enough participation, we can always break into faster and slower packs.
Helmets are strongly encouraged. Bells and front and rear lights are required by law.
Always worth repeating: You ride at your own risk.
High Wheelers and High Fashion, well old school fashion. It’s the Tweed Run, started in London, it’s now a world wide event, a bicycle gathering of people who dress in tweed, as if their heading out for a vintage ride in the English countryside. The Bicycle Film Festival’s Jen Whalen put together this film of NYC’s tweed run.
CHROME just recently announced that theyâ€™re doing a video contest for the best minute of fixed freestyle footage. The winner will receive a fatty hook up on chrome products, shoes, bags, shirts, etc. Chromeâ€™s very own, Ed Wonka will pick the winner, and all submissions are due by November 28th. So if youâ€™re thinking about entering or want some free shit, now is your chance. Check out the Chrome site for upload information, and a list of the prizes.
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.