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People get ready, there’s a bike train coming!

Here is an interesting idea in the vein of bike pooling or group riding for the daily commute, especially now that it gets dark so early…safety in numbers.

The blog: on-your-left.tumblr.com says it’s time to get on the train…

All Aboard the Biketrain!

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.

If you’ve heard of Portland’s Biketrains or Transportation Alternatives Bike Pool, you get the idea: a group of cyclists who stick together on their commute home.

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.
I’ll add days, locations, and adjust times if interest demands — 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. I’ll be in touch once I’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 nycbiketrain@gmail.com 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!

IMPORTANT NOTES

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 won’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.

RESOURCES FOR WINTER COMMUTING

Bike New York just launched a Winter Commuting 101 course. And they have great advice on night riding and safe cycling that’s always worth reviewing if you’ve been off your bike for a while or aren’t accustomed to riding at night.

November 17th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , | Category: Events | One comment - (Comments are closed)

Jen Walen BFF-Tweed Run Video

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.

Hey Check Me Out, video contest-Ed Wonka and Chrome Bags.

Do you like to bust tricks on your fixed gear? Like those blokes in New Castle?

Newcastle Fixed Gear Trailer from Mr. T on Vimeo.

Or this guy, Jonathan Bell:

Johnathan Ball for All-City from JBall on Vimeo.

You can be a video superstar and show off your bike trick skills. One of Chrome’s toughest riders, Ed Wonka, is judging the video:

More details as seen on: Wheeltalkfixed.com.

CHROME just recently announced that they’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. Chrome’s very own, Ed Wonka will pick the winner, and all submissions are due by November 28th. So if you’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.

Recap: Photos and video from SICX

New York City’s only Cyclocross race was held on Staten Island last weekend (Nov. 12th), known as the Staten Island CX.

Here is a video,

2011 11 12 – SICX: men’s 4 field (partial, unedited) from matthew vandivort on Vimeo.

and some great pictures from Alan Tansey.

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