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
Always on the front line of bike fashion, fellow blogger Velojoy has some tips for staying cool in the NYC summer heat:
“1. Be prepared â€“ Traveling anywhere in New York City requires planning, no matter what the mode of transportation. So, I pick clothing both for comfort on the ride and to look put-together at my destination. In the heat, that sometimes means folding a fresh blouse or a T-shirt (or two) into a plastic bag that I tuck into my tote.
Ever since we launched the Session 700 people have been asking us when weâ€™d come out with our next tire. Weâ€™ve been working on this for a while and just received our pre-production samples and we couldnâ€™t wait until the fall to offer a quick preview of the Fyxation Accela.
Meanwhile, I got this email from Mary Beth about her stolen FBM sword.
“My bike was stolen last night (7/7/11) between 10pm and 7:30am on Hall Street between DeKalb and Lafayette-
it is a 51cm FBM Sword, yellow (custom)
it has/had a sparkly red brake housing, a Serfas Furano women’s saddle, Continental tires (Gatorskins, the front one significantly more worn than the rear), a post-mounted rack, non-descript non-deep V rims, cranks with a matte black finish…hmmmm…
The grips and seat are/were different from this picture…it’s the yellow bike
Thanks for helping,
Mary Beth Burton
Any information about this bike contact:
(seen on the left)
Now, if you think this type of theft is only a rumor, guess again…
“The bike was locked with a “good” kryptonite u-lock to a parking sign on Hall St. between DeKalb and Lafayette. The thief dragged a waste bin over and unbolted the placard from the sign and lifted the bike off the post.
I’ve locked it there overnight many times- in fact, my boyfriend keeps his bike outside every night, in general…but not attached to a sign. sigh…..
Local Brooklyn community is looking for support for a bike lane:
“Please help us bring a bike lane to Franklin Ave in Brooklyn by copying the text below into an email, signing it and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org
CREATE A DESIGNATED BIKE LANE ON FRANKLIN AVENUE
We, the undersigned support Crow Hill Community Associationâ€™s proposal to convert the 2 existing traffic lanes on Franklin Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway to 1 lane of vehicular traffic and 1 designated bike lane. This would make traffic conditions on Franklin Avenue safer for pedestrians as well as create a secure thoroughfare for cyclists continuing on Franklin to Crow Hill/Eastern Parkway/Prospect Park from the designated Franklin Avenue bike lane that currently exists north of Atlantic Avenue.
Learn cool things like how to home brew in your kitchen.
Here’s one about planning a multiple-day bike trip:
â€œNew Mini Skills Class: How to plan for and enjoy a multi-day bike trip (and why they are awesome)
Teachers: Joel Martin & David Little
Description: Come listen to two seasoned veterans of vagabonding abroad by bike talk about their past trips, why they like it, why other people would like it, equipment you need, skills, planning, and what to expect!
Good timing too because today, bike traveler Bruce Weber wrote an article about finding the perfect bike for a long ride.
Life Is a Wheel: The Story of the Bike
By Bruce Weber
July 14, 2011
InTransit Blog/NY Times
Photo: Paskova for The New York Times
Bruce Weber tests his Independent Fabrication bike at the NYC Velo shop in Manhattan.
â€œA bicyclist not in possession of his bicycle is at sixes and sevens. Mine, after only about 65 miles of test driving here in New York City, is now winging its way, via FedEx, to Portland, Ore., where Iâ€™ll pick it up on Monday for the trip home. (Cost of shipping: $180.) In the meantime, like any bereft parent missing a child, I can tell you about it. (You can read about my previous cross-country bike ride, and why I am going to cycle across the country again, in my recent story in the Travel section.)