Here is a truly amazing and inspirational story by J. David Goodman of the New York Times, about a paralympic cyclist, who overcame all.
The Long Hard Ride of Damian Lopez Alfonso
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
Published: June 9, 2011 (photo by: Raymond McCrea Jones/The New York Times)
Photo caption: Damian Lopez Alfonso, 34, in July is scheduled to race in Canada, the first event on his road to qualifying for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Article: WITH only the tips of his elbows touching his bicycleâ€™s upturned handlebars, Damian Lopez Alfonso pedaled along the Hudson River bike path on a cool March day. His balancing act elicited stares from disbelieving pedestrians and curious double-takes from fellow cyclists.
Because not only does Mr. Alfonso ride his bike without forearms, lost in a devastating childhood accident, but he also rides it very, very fast. Tracy Lea first witnessed his unorthodox cycling method during a race outside Havana nearly eight years ago.
Read the whole story here. (includes video and photo slideshow)
Here is a video from the Chicago Tribune that shows the D.O.T. and police force actually concerned about safety.
This comes from a story about Chicago recent “crackdown” on cycling and how they are working with the DOT and the cycling community for legitimate issues of safety. They recently parked themselves at one particular intersection and were on hand to warn cyclists.
Crackdown on bicyclists: 240 warnings, 1 ticket
By Jon Hilkevitch Tribune reporter
June 7, 2011
For motorists who think bicyclists in Chicago have been granted unconditional rights to violate every traffic law on the books, authorities were out in force today to suggest otherwise.
The sting was conducted at only one intersection near downtown, and only for two hours during the morning rush. But the site that was chosen is a complex intersection thatâ€™s a magnet for bicycling commuters, widespread disregard for red lights, and plenty of accidents and close calls, officials said.
Some 240 warnings and one ticket were issued by the end of the law enforcement and education operation, which was aimed at bicyclists pedaling through red lights and taking over crosswalks meant for pedestrians only, officials said. It was carried out by the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Department of Transportation and the City of Chicagoâ€™s Bicycling Ambassadors program in what officials dubbed a â€œshare the roadâ€ campaign.
Here Jasmijn Rijcken confirms this was harassment and not a publicity stunt.
She made the following statement: “I understand that they say that. I actually never went to the press myself. I just posted it on our Facebook page. I would have never for a second thought that this would be all over the media. I never mentioned my bike because I don’t think that it matters what bike it is. It’s beside the point.
I don’t know really what to say to people who doubt it. It perhaps shows how insane it is that the police did this.”
Chris Ryan has been documenting the critical mass bike ride in NYC for years. He has compiled thousands of hours of footage including his own journey on the rides and through the jails and courts.
He currently has a kickstarter campaign to finish his documentary and is looking to raise 25,000 by the beginning of July. Here is a promotional video:
There is also a fundraiser at the Time’s Up space this Thursday.
Time’s Up! Brooklyn Space
99 South 6th Street
Thursday, June 16th.
Come party w/ Chris&Allie on THUrSDAY! ( our first Blow-out since the Wedding ! ) A Fundraiser for “LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH” ( CRiTiCal MaSs NyC DOC.) Their will be Dancing, cheap booze, cheap bikes, cheap dates, auctions, and much more clothing than the last party* at the Times-Up! space.
(you may leave the party w/a new BIKE!)
PS- anyone interested in Donating SILENT AUCTION items / services, or volunteering ( bar tending, bike parking, music spinning, contact US !!!
Did everbody see this? The latest in the NYPD embarassing harassment of bike riders.
Jasmijn Rijcken, the general manager of VANMOOF bicycles in Amsterdam was in town at the end of April to attend the New Amsterdam bicycle show in NYC. The NYPD welcomed her to our fair city by almost writing her a ticket for, get this: “riding with too short a skirt.” The police said it was a distraction to motorists. Read more by Noah Kazis from Streetsblog.org.
Liz Patek, of the NYC freedom cyclists facebook group has put a call out for:
“Short Skirt Celebration Ride/Love the Broadway Bike”.
Ron is an MFA in design from the SVA (School of Visual Arts) He decided to take a graphic approach to the issues of coexistence of street users in NYC, between pedestrians, motorists and cyclists.
He studied one particular intersection in NYC during a summer of 2010 and created the site blog.ronconcocacola.com to further explain his project.
Here is an interesting video showing some fairly bad behavior from cyclists.
He created this project as Ron puts it, “By focusing on one intersection as a case study, my video aims to show our interconnection and shared role in improving the safety and usability of our streets.
It happened between the hours of 7:30AM-9:30AM this morning (6/6/11) right outside my apartment in Fort Greene. I’m on Cumberland between DeKalb and Lafayette. It was a black single speed Raleigh One Way. I’d had European style handlebars out on the bike. The ID was U72U19535. I have just called the cops and they are coming now so I can file a report. I bought the bike on FRIDAY. It was locked to the fence in front of the brownstone I live at with a U-Lock and the wire it came with.
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