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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!!!

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.