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.
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.
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 â€œcompanyâ€, called Embrace Softgoods.
-Since when do you ride the bike?
-I ride a fixed gear bike for about 8 months now, itâ€™s a Csepel Royal, and I hate to ride it in single speed mode, so itâ€™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?
-Itâ€™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 itâ€™s going to be a great experience!
Find out more about this cycling excursion and keep track of the groups progress at:
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 â€“ documentary â€“ about their adventures.
In the 38 days many things can happen, thatâ€™s why we are uploading videos of each daysâ€™ happenings. On the way home, we would like to meet people from all Europe, inspiring them to join the trip, even if itâ€™s only for some kilometers.
You can find more info on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/cyclemehome”
Next up a music and bike tour with Levi’s and Urban Outfitters:
THE LEVIâ€™S BRAND AND URBAN OUTFITTERS LAUNCH THE
BIKE SHOP â€œGET IN THE SADDLEâ€ TOUR IN NEW YORK CITY
The Antlers and Unknown Mortal Orchestra Kick off Tour with Free Concert at
NYCâ€™s Ace Hotel on August 5
To celebrate the recent launch of Commuter by Leviâ€™s, iconic Leviâ€™s products designed for urban cyclists, the Leviâ€™s and Urban Outfitters Bike Shop will travel across America encouraging everyone to â€œget in the saddle.â€ Indie bands â€“ the Antlers and Unknown Mortal Orchestra â€“ will kick off the tour with performances at New York Cityâ€™s Ace Hotel on August 5.
This August and September, a specially outfitted trailer will travel to cyclistsâ€™ hot spots offering bike-enthusiasts access to a bicycle tuning center, custom tailoring shop and photo-booth to capture their Bike Shop experience. To check out the Bike Shop tour schedule and get updates from the road, check out: urbanoutfitters.com/levis.
TUNING CENTER: Bike Shop visitors are encouraged to bring their bikes and gear to receive free bike maintenance advice from the onsite mechanic. Services include replacing brake pads, rewrapping handlebars, adding reflectors, inflating tires and fixing flats.
TAILOR SHOP: The tourâ€™s professional tailor will be available to apply 3M reflective straps to garments and make repairs to biking apparel & accessories. The tailor will also produce complimentary bike totes to carry cycling gear. Other freebies include bike bells, custom water bottles, bottle holders, and a set of limited-edition patches designed by artists Misaki Kawai (New York), Geoff McFettridge (Los Angeles) and Matt Leines (Philadelphia).
All events affiliated with the Leviâ€™sÂ® and Urban Outfitters â€Get in the Saddleâ€ Bike Shop tour are free and open to the public.
WHEN:â€‹ Friday, August 5 â€“ Sunday, August 7
6 – 9 PM: â€‹Leviâ€™s and Urban Outfitters Bike Shop parked at
The Ace Hotel, 20 West 29th Street, New York
6 â€“ 11 PM:â€‹ Found bicycle photography exhibition in lobby gallery at
The Ace Hotel
7 â€“ 11 PM:â€‹ Antlers and Unknown Mortal Orchestra Concert at Liberty Hall in The Ace Hotel
1- 5 PMâ€‹: Levi’s and Urban Outfitters Bike Shop parked at
Urban Outfitters, 5th Ave New York City (521 Fifth Ave at 43rd St)
6-9 PMâ€‹: Leviâ€™s and Urban Outfitter Bike Shop parked at
The Ace Hotel
7-9 PMâ€‹Bicycle Film Festival screening at Liberty Hall in
The Ace Hotel
Time’s Up Coney Island Ride-Fireworks Ride.
Friday, July 29. Union Square, NYC
From Time’s Up: We leave 7p sharp (17th St & Park Ave South), or join us at:
7:30p (Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge) or
8p (the “Bike Zone” at Celebrate Brooklyn, 11th St & Prospect Pk W.).
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 (where, visiting the TA bike
parking operation, you can pick up front and rear bike lights if needed),
and then off to Coney Island for their weekly evening fireworks presentation.
Ride ends at Windsor Terrace, where some of the group will have 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us which start point you’ll be using.
Leaders: Ken Williams, Josh Gosciak.
So I’m heading to LA for a long needed family vacation. Just in time to watch it meltdown.
The big news is the closing of the 405 freeway this weekend for construction. This is being affectionately labeled as “Carmageddon!” Major news outlets are treating this like surviving a major disaster. Take this headline for example from CNN:
You’d think this would be a golden opportunity for a car obsessed population to think about the way they get around and why they sit in 3 hours of traffic with 6 lanes in each direction on major freeways.
Time’s up is throwing another group ride out to Coney Island. Looks like gorgeous weather, and a beautiful moon over NY Harbor
7:00 PM departs Manhattan
Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge (SW corner of Chambers and Centre St/Park Row)
OR 7:30 in Brooklyn at the Carroll St Drawbridge (btw Nevins and Bond)
OR 8:00 at the 69th St Pier in Brooklyn at the Shore Pkwy bike path entrance (take 68th St)
The Cyclone Ride goes to Coney Island Amusement Park (Brooklyn) from Manhattan.
Bring locks as we plan to lock up and ride the rides. Bring money for food and amusements, and a swimsuit if you plan to hit the waves. Some people return on the subway, and others ride back in informal groups. Rain cancels.
They should get there in time to see the fireworks
NEW Coney Island Cyclone Ride meeting spot. Southern Brooklyn. 7:50pm, Marine Park Parking Lot: Ave U. entrance just west of E.33 Street, (gathering NW corner of the