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Short Skirt ride

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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”.

Casey Neistat, not riding in the bike lane.

Great video from Casey Neistat about getting a ticket for: “not riding in the bike lane.”

Parking spots removed for bike racks…Believe it or not!

Forget Anthony and his Weiner, even bigger monumental news for NYC…
Parking spots have been replaced with bike racks!!!

More from Streetfilms.org
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3 way street

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.

Another Stolen bike-Black Raleigh

Johnny asked me if I could post this:

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.

Any information contact:
Johnny-
oh.no.whoa@gmail.com

Tweet nightmares and motor vehicles that do more than bump, news from the city council and local community boards.

It’s June, it’s hot and great weather for biking. Unfortunately members of our city council and community boards still haven’t embraced the green future of biking and continue to throw up obstacles to advancements in infrastructure and the aims of getting more people on bikes here in NYC.

25 year old Queens City Councilman Eric Ulrich who was trying to bring us a bill registering all cyclists recently had a bad dream. He wrote about it on twitter and then later took it back. According to Gothamist he tweeted: “Had a nightmare last night that NYCDOT installed a bike lane on my block. #ohthehorror.”

Read more in Gothamist.

Meanwhile New York City commuters have nightmares of their own as they are continuely mowed down in the streets by reckless motor vehicles.

Last Friday a collision of two vans sent a 53 year old grandmother to the hospital in critical condition, right in Ulrich’s backyard of Ozone Park Queens.

More from ABC news.

And June 4th a 16-year-old music prodigy student, Aileen Chen was fatally killed on her bike in Brooklyn.

More from Gothamist and the NY Post.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Spoke has been following the Ulrich tweets and points out how the city councilman retracted the tweet and when confronted on it, told his followers to: #getalife.

Read more at: BrooklynSpoke.wordpress.com.

In community board bike news, L magazine reports on how Bob Cassara, member of the community board that serves Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, was rewarded for trying to bring up a rejected bike lane in his neighborhood, by being booted of the community board. So much for trying to get a bike lane.

Read more here.

Ride to Figment Fest with Brooklyn by Bike

Brooklyn by Bike, has a new ride this Sunday 6/12/11

New Ride!

Sunday June 12th @ 12 noon. Meet at Grand Army Plaza under the arch and we’ll ride over to the Governor’s Island ferry for the Figment festival! You’ll be free to ride around on this car free island or join us for a picnic in Noland Park. Several groups will be combining for this event.

For more info and RSVP go here.

Stolen bike alert-Nishiki road bike, Williamsburg. Help

Just got this from Julie Buchik

Hello,

I wanted to let you know about a stolen bike. My Nishiki Prestige road bike was taken from the lobby of my apartment building at South 2nd and Union St in Williamsburg. (6/1/11) It was U-locked to a pipe (as you can see in one of the photos). It is purple, the frame is scratched up and it has some stickers: Affinity (the “A”), Monster Trak, and Regulators. It’s a 10 speed road bike with all old parts including a shimano derailleur. The last time I saw it was two nights ago when that photo was taken. Estimated time of theft is between day of June 1st and evening of June 2nd. The other pic of it is from 2 years ago when it was new-ish but you get a really good idea of what it looks like there.

Please let me know if you are able to post this. My name is Julie Buchik, (917) 945-7733, greenqueen@gmail.com.

THANK YOU!


Photos from bicycle fetish day

Some photos from yesterday’s 7th annual Bicycle Fetish day.

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photo by: Jim Kiernan)

More from Gothamist.com

WNYC’s ticketing crowdsourcing results

WNYC did some crowdsourcing to gather information about cyclists receiving tickets. They’ve created a map based on reports sent in by those ticketed.

Reporter Alex Goldmark recently posted results of the NYPD’s landmark ticket blitz and the information gathered.

WNYC News Blog:
Map | Tracking Bike Ticketing in the Five Boroughs

By Alex Goldmark : Senior Producer
Friday, May 27, 2011

The crackdown on cyclists who break NYC traffic law is widespread around the city and not targeted at any one neighborhood or offense, according to results from our crowdsourcing project.

Click here for full size map.

The results are in from our crowdsourcing project to map the uptick in tickets to cyclists who break traffic laws. Poke around on the map above for details about each ticket submitted by readers and listeners. (Add your ticket)

The most common violation was running red lights, which carries a fine of up to a $270, just as it would in a car if issued by a police officer. (Drivers caught by a red light camera pay a $50 fine.) Riding on the sidewalk was also frequently cited, earning cyclists in our survey $25 and $50 fees, sometimes more depending on the danger it caused.

Mapping the Tickets

WNYC has requested data from the NYPD on the number and locations of cycle summonses several times, starting in March. With no response from NYPD, we asked our readers and listeners to help us map the scope of the crackdown, as laid out in the map above.

Find the complete story here.