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Next week-Bicycle Film Festival-NYC #11

NYC Bicycle Film Festival kicks off next week!!

Need a little reminder?

Kicking things off with a dope party: BIKES ROCK! Wednesday-June 22nd.

Saturday, June 25th is the Street Party and Alleycat, hosted by Grimebikes.com and Stoned Tone.

Bike & Food event–June 25th-Slideluck and Trimble Racing

David August Trimble and the Slideluck Potshow are teaming up for a great event in Redhook.

Here is more from the facebook events page.

Following the overwhelming success of the first SLIDELUCK of this year’s Brooklyn Series in Bushwick, we invite you to join us for an evening in a fascinating little corner of New York City: Red Hook.

In 1636, the Dutch called this point of land “Red Hook,” because of its red, sandy clay. It then became a bustling maritime port, which fell by the wayside – and in the 90′s was considered the “Crack Capital of America.” Today, it is home to a lively and diverse community of artists – a number of whom will be featured in this slideshow.

Come join us at the amazing and spacious Kidd Yellin Gallery, for some great food (possibly a pig roast), live music, friends and fantastic artwork. Delicious beverages with be provided by Brooklyn Brewery, Perrier and Brooklyn Republic Vodka. And once again, we will work with Sustainable Party to make this a zero waste event!

SLIDELUCK Red Hook
Saturday * June 25 * 2011
7:30 Drinks & Food * 9:00 Slideshow * Afterparty at Sonny’s
Kidd Yellin * 133 Imlay St. * Red Hook * Brooklyn * 11231
$15 at the door *

More info: here.

Paralympic Athelete-cycling inspiration.

Here is a truly amazing and inspirational story by J. David Goodman of the New York Times, about a paralympic cyclist, who overcame all.

The Long Hard Ride of Damian Lopez Alfonso
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
Published: June 9, 2011
(photo by: Raymond McCrea Jones/The New York Times)
Photo caption: Damian Lopez Alfonso, 34, in July is scheduled to race in Canada, the first event on his road to qualifying for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Article: WITH only the tips of his elbows touching his bicycle’s upturned handlebars, Damian Lopez Alfonso pedaled along the Hudson River bike path on a cool March day. His balancing act elicited stares from disbelieving pedestrians and curious double-takes from fellow cyclists.
Because not only does Mr. Alfonso ride his bike without forearms, lost in a devastating childhood accident, but he also rides it very, very fast.
Tracy Lea first witnessed his unorthodox cycling method during a race outside Havana nearly eight years ago.

Read the whole story here. (includes video and photo slideshow)

Look…a “crackdown” actually about safety. Chicago

Here is a video from the Chicago Tribune that shows the D.O.T. and police force actually concerned about safety.

 

This comes from a story about Chicago recent “crackdown” on cycling and how they are working with the DOT and the cycling community for legitimate issues of safety. They recently parked themselves at one particular intersection and were on hand to warn cyclists.

Crackdown on bicyclists: 240 warnings, 1 ticket
By Jon Hilkevitch Tribune reporter
June 7, 2011

For motorists who think bicyclists in Chicago have been granted unconditional rights to violate every traffic law on the books, authorities were out in force today to suggest otherwise.

The sting was conducted at only one intersection near downtown, and only for two hours during the morning rush. But the site that was chosen is a complex intersection that’s a magnet for bicycling commuters, widespread disregard for red lights, and plenty of accidents and close calls, officials said.

Some 240 warnings and one ticket were issued by the end of the law enforcement and education operation, which was aimed at bicyclists pedaling through red lights and taking over crosswalks meant for pedestrians only, officials said. It was carried out by the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Department of Transportation and the City of Chicago’s Bicycling Ambassadors program in what officials dubbed a “share the road” campaign.

read more here.

Skirting the issues


Here is more about the now famous prudish behavior of the NYPD for stopping a woman due to her skirt length.

The village voice has a story about it on their blog-Running Scared.

Here Jasmijn Rijcken confirms this was harassment and not a publicity stunt.
She made the following statement:
“I understand that they say that. I actually never went to the press myself. I just posted it on our Facebook page. I would have never for a second thought that this would be all over the media. I never mentioned my bike because I don’t think that it matters what bike it is. It’s beside the point.

I don’t know really what to say to people who doubt it. It perhaps shows how insane it is that the police did this.”

More from Copenhagencyclechic.com.

There is a ride scheduled for tomorrow called: “Short Skirt Celebration Ride/Love the Broadway Bike.”

June 16th, 7:00-10:00pm

Columbus Circle.

Find out more at this Facebook events page.

Critical Mass Documentary-Kickstarter and Fundraiser

Chris Ryan has been documenting the critical mass bike ride in NYC for years. He has compiled thousands of hours of footage including his own journey on the rides and through the jails and courts.

He currently has a kickstarter campaign to finish his documentary and is looking to raise 25,000 by the beginning of July. Here is a promotional video:

There is also a fundraiser at the Time’s Up space this Thursday.

Time’s Up! Brooklyn Space
99 South 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY

6:30-9:30pm
Thursday, June 16th.
Come party w/ Chris&Allie on THUrSDAY! ( our first Blow-out since the Wedding ! ) A Fundraiser for “LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH” ( CRiTiCal MaSs NyC DOC.) Their will be Dancing, cheap booze, cheap bikes, cheap dates, auctions, and much more clothing than the last party* at the Times-Up! space.
(you may leave the party w/a new BIKE!)

PS- anyone interested in Donating SILENT AUCTION items / services, or volunteering ( bar tending, bike parking, music spinning, contact US !!! ;-)

Chrome store NYC, this Thursday, music, art and free beer.


Music and free beer at the Chrome Store NYC’s new event, 3rd Thursday.

Featuring-Trouble Andrew
Photos by Tak. Artist T reception starts at 6pm
Show at 7pm
FREE BEER – need we say more?

Chrome Store NYC

238 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012
(646) 792-7835
Subway: Spring St

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!!!

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