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This Sunday-Throwdown in the Boogie Down-Bronx, Alleycat

There’s a new alleycat in the Bronx this Sunday (8/20)

Throwdown in the Boogie Down!

Find out more at Urbancyclist Worldwide and nycmesskings.tumblr.com.

Time’s Up-Coney Island Ride

Time’s Up has been hosting these great rides to see fireworks at Coney Island. Here is the next installment,

Friday, August 19. Union Square, NYC

We leave 7p sharp (17th St & Park Ave South), or join us at:
7:30p (Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge) or
8p (11th St & Prospect Pk W., the “Bike Zone” at Celebrate
Brooklyn, just inside the park). 15 miles, easy pace,
as the crow flies.

Safe cycling, moon-lit schmoozing, and glorious fireworks await
you on this leisurely-paced 15-mile ride to Coney Island.
Using bike lanes and bike paths, both new and old, we’ll wander
from the East Village to Prospect Park and then off to Coney Island for
their weekly evening fireworks presentation. Ride ends at Windsor Terrace,
where some of the group will have a late dinner at Enzo’s Brickoven, and ride back
to Manhattan afterwards. Co-sponsored by Transportation Alternatives
and the Five Borough Bicycle Club. Please RSVP to fireworks@5bbc.org
and tell us which start point you’ll be using.Your hosts for tonight’s ride:
Ken Williams, Josh Gosciak, from 5BBC.

And this is how we’ll ride (with both hands on, though).

Bicycle debate on the Daily News live blog

Not sure if this type of thing is good for the NYC bicycling community or not, but I was contacted by the Daily News about an online debate they are having tomorrow and looking for your participation.

Find out more Here.

Vacation in Maine

I’m in lovely Bath Maine for the week on our annual family get-together. Enjoying the finer things.

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Posts are going to he a little sparse until next week.

Love
bikeblognyc

Book Release and Discussion-BIKE NYC

We’re having a book release and discussion for our new travel guide to cycling in NYC.

BIKE NYC by Marci Blackman, Ed Glazar and Michael Green

Saturday, August 6th at the Word Up Community Book Store
4157 Broadway @ 175th St.-Washington Heights
2-4pm

“Celebrate the release of Bike NYC: The Cyclist’s Guide to New York City by award winning writer Marci Blackman, Photographer, Ed Glazar and bicycle blogger Michael Green. Kurt Boone, a poet and freelance writer for Urban Cyclist Worldwide will host a discussion about cycling in New York City. After the discussion Marci and Ed will answer questions from the audience on cycling in the city. (Michael Green will not be in attendance due to family obligations.)

Press:

Urban Velo Magazine: review.

New York Press: article/interview.

Velojoy Cycling Blog: review.

Article about the Word Up pop-up shop book store in the NY Times.

Video of the Messenger Poet and host of the event: Kurt Boone–

Manhattan from Kurt Boone on Vimeo.

Dmitry Gudkov interview, Turnstyle

You probably know Dmitry Gudkov by now from his amazing photographic portrayal of the NYC bike community, through twitter (@gudphoto) or on his #bikenyc site.

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For those who don’t, check out this interview in Turnstyle news.

Dmitry Gudkov: Creator Of #BikeNYC Features Cyclists From All Walks Of Life

“According to the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, only .6 percent of New Yorkers ride their bikes to work. Even so, Dmitry Gudkov, freelance photographer in Brooklyn, makes it clear on his blog #BikeNYC that New York cyclists have a wacky, colorful, and bold way of taking over the Big Apple. The site started in February 2010, and the name refers to the Twitter hashtag that allows people to share and discuss information related to biking in NYC. Check out Turnstyle’s interview with Gudkov, and some of his bike portraits below.

Turnstyle: Where did the idea for the photo project come from?

Dmitry Gudkov: A couple of years ago I started riding a bike in New York and fell in love with the freedom of it. It’s a really great way to get around and really opens up the city. I didn’t have that many friends who rode, so I became curious about the other cyclists I’d see during my commute. I’d been kicking around the idea of doing a personal photography project, and suddenly had this idea of a portrait series of New York cyclists. I wanted the portraits to be very simple and direct – just the person, their bike, and the city. I also decided to write a short profile of each subject to show their experience of riding in the city.”

Read more: here.

Bikewatch on facebook

Your friendly neighborhood watch for bike theft, Bikewatchnyc, now has a Facebook page.

Join up and let’s watch out for our community.

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Bike Theft in NYC and SF

I’ve spent a lot of time on my blog trying to help with bike theft by using the social networking power of the Internet and having the NYC bike community be on the look out. Mainly this does little for the actual theft, but more for getting bikes back to their rightful owners.

The NY Times just published an article about a recent NYPD sting operation to thwart bicycle theft, primarily in the East Village where there have been a number of incidents.

Bike Sting Operation Draws Arrests and Criticism
by: Joesph Goldstein-NY Times.

The police sting operation involves posing as thieves and trying to sell bikes to food delivery workers, who are believed to be the biggest recipients of stolen bikes.

As much as I like NYPD involvement in bike theft, this seems counter productive. Why spend that energy posing as a thief with bikes that aren’t even stolen? Why not plant a nice bike in a high target area and wait for someone to attempt to steal the bike. In other words, go to the source, the actual people stealing bikes.

Targeting food delivery workers, often undocumented immigrants seems to after the fact and penalizes people just trying to make a living. It seems similar to the drug war in America, where we are going after the users and criminalizing drug use instead of the dealers and the sellers.

Speaking of theft, here is a story and video where a thief is caught red-handed by a female office worker in San Francisco. All caught on video.

More in the Huffington Post.

CMWC XIX-Warsaw Poland, 7/27-31

Saw this nice poster on urbancyclistworldwide.com.

The 19th Cycle Messenger World Championships are this weekend in Warsaw Poland. warsawcarkillers.org

World Bicycle Domination!

Cycle me home-to Budapest

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Meet Neza, she’s biking across Europe from Spain to Hungary with a group of friends in 38 days. A documentary crew is following along.

Here is more about Neza:

“Let us introduce to you NEZA, a supercool girl who joins us in Ljubljana! Here are some facts about her:

-Where do you come from, where do you join, what do you do, study, work, whats your hobby?
-I am Neza, and I am from Slovenia (Ljubljana). Finishing my degree in Graphic and Interactive communications. I also own a small “company”, called Embrace Softgoods.

-Since when do you ride the bike?
-I ride a fixed gear bike for about 8 months now, it’s a Csepel Royal, and I hate to ride it in single speed mode, so it’s always on a fixed side. I also have a race bike, which I use daily for a training, so fixie is only for a city ride.

-Why did you decide to join?
-It’s going to be a physical as well as psychological challenge for me, although I join the team only at their last stage of the travel in Ljubljana in their last 450km. I wish and I know it’s going to be a great experience!

Find out more about this cycling excursion and keep track of the groups progress at:

cyclemehome.com.

Here is more from one of the riders:

“Hey there,

Levi, after his Erasmus in Madrid decided to return to Budapest by bicycle. Of course, he does not ride alone. Adam, his classmate from Madrid is riding with him all the way to Hungary. He is also followed by a film crew, making a road trip – documentary – about their adventures.

Cycle Me Home – From Barcelona to Marseille from Cycle Me Home on Vimeo.

In the 38 days many things can happen, that’s why we are uploading videos of each days’ happenings. On the way home, we would like to meet people from all Europe, inspiring them to join the trip, even if it’s only for some kilometers.

You can find more info on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/cyclemehome”