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New Eastside Greenway Design contest: Close the Gap

What to do about the Eastside Greenway? It’s the last missing link to completely surrounding the island of Manhattan with a green path dedicated solely to bikers and pedestrians.

Transportation Alternatives, along with D3 have come up with a idea.

A design contest called: Close the Gap

From the site:

“Close the Gap, an international design competition sponsored by Transportation Alternatives and d3, invites architects, landscape architects, urban designers, engineers, and students worldwide to broaden the dialogue of alternative solutions for sustainable urban living. The competition focuses on the Midtown sector of New York City’s East River Greenway–a critical missing link in Manhattan’s alternative transportation infrastructure.”

New Blog-Grid Chicago

Just wanted to introduce a new sustainable transportation blog coming out of Chicago, created by urban planner, Steve Vance and Author John Greenfield.

Check out: gridchicago.com.

It’s loosely modeled after Streetsblog.

A description of their site:

“Grid is an outlet for news, commentary, and photography about sustainable transportation-related events, projects, and ideas. Grid is a platform for critical analysis and thought, and will take a stand on issues important in pursuing progressive and sustainable transportation – transportation that is efficient or uses clean or no energy. Additionally, Grid will help advance the culture of sustainable transportation modes, like walking, biking, and taking transit, with articles that explore the fun and livelier side of sustainable transportation. This may include pieces about trips and travel in Chicagoland and the Midwest, or interviews with locals about how they share bicycling with their peers.”

They recently posted a great interview with Messenger legend, Augie Montes who discusses the upcoming 2012 Cycle Messenger World Championships, (CMWC) in Chicago. (This year it’s being hosted in Warsaw, Poland– warsawcarkillers.org)

Augie Montes on plans for 2012 messenger championships in Chicago
By John Greenfield On June 23, 2011 ·
(photo by Christopher Dilts Article also appears in momentum magazine.)

“Every year hundreds of bike couriers from around the globe descend on a different city for the Cycle Messenger World Championships, with races, arts events and parties celebrating one of the toughest, most enjoyable jobs around. This year the 19th annual worlds take place in Warsaw on July 27-31; next year Chicago does the honors.

Augie Montes, an eleven-year veteran of the delivery biz who spearheaded the 2008 North American Cycle Courier Championships (NACCC) in Chicago, talked with me about the recent championships in Tokyo and Panajachel, Guatemala, and filled us in on the Windy City’s plans for hosting the worlds in 2012.

What’s the purpose of the messenger championships?

It’s a chance for folks from all over the world who do the same job to meet each other, hang out and celebrate the fact that it’s a fun and unique job due to the culture that’s built up around it.

What countries have you gone to for messenger championships?

I’ve been to a bunch of the NACCCs but the only time I got to leave the country for a world championship was Tokyo in 2009. I always work too much [as an owner-rider at Four Star, a Chicago courier collective] to make it to the other ones.

Read more here.

Our book is finally here! Bike NYC

After a year of interviews, rides and writing…the book I co-authored with Marci Blackman and Ed Glazar has hit the shelves.

BIKE NYC. The Cyclist’s guide to New York City.

Pick it up in your local book store or order it from Amazon.com.

Here is the official press release from our publisher, Skyhorsepublishing.com

A ONE-OF-A-KIND CYCLIST’S GUIDE TO NEW YORK

BIKE NYC
The Cyclist’s Guide to New York City
By Marci Blackman, Ed Glazar, and Michael Green

Good news for both the health of city dwellers and the planet—regular bicycle riding has doubled in New York City in the past four years! With protected paths and bike lanes popping up everywhere from Broadway to Prospect Park West, commuter biking and joy riding is safer and easier than ever. BIKE NYC is the definitive guide to navigating the city via its fastest growing mode of transportation. Three seasoned riders and bike tour guides, including the creator of Bikeblognyc.com, offer advice on fabulous rides through all five boroughs. Part guidebook, photo-essay, history, and human-interest story, BIKE NYC is all about rediscovering the city and being a part of the bike culture movement. Get exercise and gain a new perspective on New York City with adventures such as:
• Riding Manhattan tip to tip, from 122-year-old Pier A to the Cloisters
• Checking out the “Cemetery Belt,” an eighteen-mile ride through ancient cemeteries of Brooklyn and Queens
• Pedaling your way through a Manhattan and Queens art crawl
• Seeing Coney Island’s beaches as never before
• Experiencing “the Dead Pool” on Staten Island up close and personal—the place where tugboats go to die
• Taking a spooky Halloween night ride through Brooklyn brownstones
• And more!

Small enough to carry anywhere, BIKE NYC is packed with safety tips, historical facts, photographs, and listings of the best food stops and bike shops no matter where you are on your ride. Whether you’ve got a custom-built bicycle or an old hand-me-down, BIKE NYC will be your new key to the city.

About the Authors:
Marci Blackman has cycled through Europe, across the United States from San Francisco to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and through the high octane, traffic–snarled streets of New York City. Blackman writes and lives in Queens and works as a bicycle tour guide for Central Park Bike Tours.

Ed Glazar has been riding bikes for most of his life—from the ditches and BMX tracks of east Texas to the streets of New York City. His street cred includes several years of experience as a bike courier and a dispatcher, and most recently as a New York City bike tour guide. He has been taking photographs for more than ten years.

Michael Green is the founder of the innovative blog www.BikeBlogNYC.com, one of the key resources for urban cycling in New York and around the world. Michael has been quoted in the New York Times and has been interviewed by New York magazine, Time Out New York, the Village Voice, CBS, and several radio programs.

BIKE NYC
The Cyclist’s Guide to New York City
By Marci Blackman, Ed Glazer, and Michael Green
Skyhorse Publishing Paperback
On Sale: July 2011
ISBN: 978-1-61608-313-7
Price: $12.95

Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
212 643 6816
www.skyhorsepublishing.com

Streetfilms-MY NYC biking story featuring Steve O’Neill

Streetfilms.org has been doing a video series profiling NYC bike riders, entitled: “My NYC Biking Story.”

The latest is Steve O’Neill who’s been riding in NYC for over 15 years. Now he commutes with his 5 year old son Beckett.

Bike Bike in San Marcos Texas this weekend.

(photo from last year’s Bike Bike in Toronto)

Bike!Bike! is an annual international conference for bicycle non-profits and bicycle initiatives. A weekend of bike lectures and events for bicycle organizations to share ideas, meet each other and further develop their goals for work in the non-profit sector.

This year the conference is being held in San Marcos Texas and being hosted by the San Marcos Community Bike Project.

Find out more at the Bike Bike website, bikebike.org

Last year’s conference was held in Toronto and hosted by the Bike Pirates, Do-It-Yourself Bicycle Collective.

Bike Trade-in this weekend with Bicycle Habitat and Recycle-A-Bicycle

Bicycle Habitat, NYC’s premiere bicycle shop is teaming up with amazing non-profit Recycle-a-bicycle, for a trade-in event at BH’s newest Brooklyn location in Park Slope.

Here are more details from BH’s Blog (bicyclehabitat.wordpress.com)

“Clean out your bike room, for a good cause.

This Sunday, we’re hosting a bike trade-in from 11am-3pm at our store in Park Slope.

Bring your bike to our store at 476 Fifth Avenue, and get a voucher for serious savings:

$50 off a new bike
$100 off a road bike (any bike that retails at $1200 or more)
OR: 20% off any accessory

May 2011: New Yorkers donated bikes to Recycle-A-Bicycle

Bikes will be accepted by Recycle-A-Bicycle, an awesome local non-profit organization that works with NYC youth to teach bike repair and maintenance, as well as encourage environmental stewardship such as upcycling and carbon-neutral transit. With locations in the East Village and DUMBO, Recycle-A-Bicycle works on hundreds of bike every year – and raises up some skilled mechanics. (In fact, we’ve hired some of the folks who have come up through their program.)

RAB will accept bikes in any condition. And for whatever they accept, we’ll give you a voucher.

So, get to it! Grab your old bikes, get ready to save $50 or even $100 – and see you Sunday!

**Note: The trade-in will occur ONLY at our Brooklyn store, between 11am and 3pm. The voucher is valid at both store locations, but Recycle-A-Bicycle will NOT be at our store in Manhattan. Bikes can be accepted only at our store in Park Slope.

Kingsbridge Armory, Bronx-used for bikes?

The massive Kingsbridge Armory, located in the Bronx is known to the film industry as a giant space for staging such epic sci-fi films as, “I am Legend,” or as I remember it a massive Macy’s commercial:

Now there is talk of revitalizing this space to be used for BMX and a possible indoor velodrome.

Here is article from the NY Daily News:

History Bronx building, Kingsbridge Armory, may become cycling center and BMX course.
BY Daniel Beekman
DAILY NEWS WRITER

Monday, June 20th 2011.
(photo by: Michael Schwartz for News)

The Bronx’s long-vacant, hotly disputed Kingsbridge Armory could become a massive cycling palace, housing a velodrome and a BMX course.

A proposal submitted this spring to the borough president’s task force calls for the rundown, fortresslike building to host international racing events and free programs for kids. The armory’s large 600-by-300-foot drill floor makes it especially appealing, said would-be developer Michael Green, former president of the Century Road Club Association.

“We want to get more young people involved in cycling,” said Green, who pointed to the success of a similar project, the 168th St. Armory Track and Field Center in Washington Heights.”

Read more: here.

Brommie Yummie-BFF

Steven Huang has a thing for folding bikes, well not just any…Bromptons to be exact. They are truly his BFF and he has taken his love of the crown jewel of folders and created a whole series of city tours /group rides in NYC and Philly called: Brommie Yummie …Also known for his other favorite love, eating and exploring new venues.

Steven will be on hand at the block party for this year’s Bicycle Film Festival (Saturday, June 25th) and is also offering a special “Mini Yummie” tour. They start at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) at 11:30 and ride by Greenwich Village to munch down some Fish & Chips and Ginger beer before arriving in style at the Anthology Film Archives, host site of this year’s bicycle film fest and outdoor street jam.

Then at 1:30pm, participants will have a chance to become the fastest Brompton Folder in America by being part of the 1st Brompton Fastest Fold Competition.
Limited edition T-shirts will be on sale:

Now this is a Brompton only ride (you know who you are) so space is limited so:

Brompton only, space is limited, to reserve & confirm your spot, please email your name, mobile phone number and number of riders to: brommieyummie@gmail.com $10 guide fee is most welcome… Thank you!

my newest sponsor: Bike Werx

I wanted to introduce everyone to my newest sponsor.

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Owner Val of BikeWerx, has started a new direction in bike sales offering a complete service to fellow cyclists who are interested in selling their bikes, parts and other accessories.
Val has been involved in the bike scene in Miami for many years watching it blossom into a vibrant bike culture despite the spread out flat terrain and automobile dominance that spans the region (State) He has followed along closely with the work of Rydel Deed and his site Miamibikescene.blogspot.com, hosting great biking events like critical Mass.

Val witnessed a real turnover rate of his roadie friends of their bikes and the need to have quality service and a guide to selling ones trusted stead.
He took his vast experience in bike sales and opened a shop in Coral Gables, Florida:

Bike Werx
4105 Laguna St.
Coral Gables, FL. 33146

Now he works closely with his costumers in the retail space but one of his companies main goals is to be able to sell used bikes at top value. For example, let’s say your dual suspension mountain bike, you bought in the late 90′s, is gathering way too much dust and besides you’re more of commuter now. Sure you could sell this bike on ebay, but maybe you have no idea what the current value is or if anyone is even interested in an off road beast like that. This is where Val’s bikewerx comes in. They will work closely with you to come up with the proper price and sell the bike in the appropriate market, weather it be ebay, craigslist or around town. They’re goal is to personalize the used sales experience, make shipping easy and then offer their customers the best price, or use credit to get a new bike or equal trade in that more caters to what direction the cyclists is moving. Often times his customers start with an entry level road bike and then want to move into something more competitive or maybe go the other way and settle into a nice beach cruiser.

Here is a quote from bikewerks first blog posting, back in March 2011:

“Bike Werx launched on the idea that cycling enthusiasts need an option to cash in on unused or unwanted cycling gear without the hassle of creating and maintaining online listings, photographing items,paying auction fees, haggling with sketchy “buyers” over the internet, or dealing with bike shops and exorbitant consignment fees. The pro staff at Bike Werx has extensive buying and selling experience in the industry, and we’re confident we can get you top dollar for your gear”

I had a great conversation with the owner and was very delighted to offer a modest trade for some advertising. (see the top spot on my ad column)
So if your in the Miami area check out the store and if your looking to sell a used bike…this is the place for you.

Find out more about how it works, here.

Stolen Bike-56cm red IRO.

I was asked to post this recent theft.

My name is Tristan Jones and my bike was stolen last night (6 across the street from Cake Shop (on Ludlow street between Stanton and Rivington in the LES). The bike and wheel were locked with a u-lock to a horizontal scaffolding bar, which the thieves unbolted and slid the u-lock off of, sometime between the hours of 7:30pm and 9:00pm.

I built the bike myself on an IRO frame I purchased at Continuum Cycles.
It’s a 56cm IRO track frame with a custom red glitter paint job, so is unmarked. It has white swobo riser bars, FSA cranks, a red sugino messenger chain ring, red holdfast straps, cane creek tank-II headset, maxxis refuses, and tektro front brake calipers. I forget the wheelset, but the front wheel is silver, and the rear is black. I think they might be Velocities.

Big thanks for all your help. Hope to have good news to report on this soon.

Tristan Jones
Any information contact: iam.tdjones@gmail.com