“Transportation Alternatives’ 4th Annual Tour de Queens once again didn’t disappoint. 2000 riders navigated thru the 18 mile, family-paced course experiencing neighborhoods from Forest Hills to Jackson Heights. As usual the festivities started and ended in fabulous Flushing Meadow Corona Park in the shadow of the iconic Unisphere.
New York Mets mascot Mr. Met was on hand to lead the riders on a loop around CitiField. Though led around by pedicab, Mr. Met is keeping himself in great shape at 49. He posed for plenty of photos with an awful lot of female admirers, and there was no sign of Mrs. Met. Hmmmmm….”
This is a continuation of a Select Bus and traffic calming project which started last year on First and Second Avenues, which now have dedicated bike paths separated from traffic from Houston Street to 34th Street. The DOT will now extend the protected bike path on First Ave up to 49th Street, at which point they’re shoving in a shared bike lane up to 59th Street. Over on Second Avenue, there will be a shared bike lane from 59th down to 34th. Also coming down the East Side’s throat? “Bus bulbs”; little curb extensions that enable the Select Buses to pick up new passengers without pulling over to the side of the street.
588 Grand Avenue
Showing the finest selections from New York Cityâ€™s own Bike Shorts and Streetfilms along with some special additions from Portlandâ€™s Filmed By Bike festival and wildly talented lady filmmakers from all over the country. A Q&A with filmmakers and organizers will follow.
Dudes welcome if accompanied by a lady or in fabulous drag.
An incredible line up of movies showcasing a wide range of creative and inspiring films, predominantly by women filmmakers. It was awesome the first time and the 2nd time around will be even better!
I’ll be announcing cool stuff like this Tour De France viewing party with FREE BEER!
What: Tour de France Viewing Party, hosted by Bicycling Magazine (Luz-Ardiden/Stage 12; free food & drinks, VIP gift bags, raffle prizes)
When: July 14th, 6 to 9pm
Where: The Press Box, on 2nd Ave b/w 49th and 50th (upstairs room)
RSVP: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The madness continues…of course it’s New York City after all. Here is the latest reports of stolen bikes to be on the look out for:
Michael Miszczak had his bike stolen 6/23. It was chained up on Java St near the corner of Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint Brooklyn.
any information, contact: email@example.com
Corbin Keech had his bike stolen, 6/27.
My bike was stolen Monday night, in front of a friend’s apartment on West 75th and Columbus.
It is a black Trek 1200, with faded pink detailing. The frame is 59cm. The pedals were bought new, and were Clipless Shimano Spd’s. The rear Derailleur was a used replacement – an older Shimano XT. It is missing its front wheel, because the thief left it at the scene. On the front handlebars was an attachment base for a front light, and attached to the seatpost was another attachment base for a rear light. The gear shifters on the drop bar were recently repaired, and a white zip-tie is holding the mechanism in place.
Corbin made the tragic mistake of locking the front wheel only with a U-lock, forgetting to lock the frame. He woke up to a lonely wheel remaining.
Summer seems to time when average cyclists crank it up a notch and seek out longer, involved bike travel, often known as bike touring.
In 2009, three friends of mine (Ken Stanek, Quinn and Andy) headed from Portland, Oregon across the country back to NYC. (the blog of their trip twoarmparty.com)
Last year, Brett Cleaver & Edie Perkins, a couple of racers from NYC, decide to do the same thing for their honeymoon. (their trip blog: Kissingwithhelmets.com)
This summer, I heard about Fletcher Moore, the co-founder of the poetry experiment website, Quickmuse.com who is taking a 2,000 mile journey along the Mississippi River.
Inspired by the free wheelin writer Mark Twain, he’s calling this trip: Bike Twain.
He’s got 30 days to complete his journey (left 7/1/11) Here is more about it from Quickmuse editor, Ken Gordon:
“Starting the other day, Fletcher Moore–the guy who co-founded QuickMuse with me–is going on an adventure that is (a) literary; (b) historical; (c) ecological; and (d) bicyclogical. OK, I made up the last term, but Fletch’s project is indeed a bike-based trip into bookish America’s natural past. He calls it The BikeTwain Project. Here’s Fletch’s description:
“2,320 miles to cover in a month, powered solely by an unremarkable pair of legs. This is a long-standing dream of mine, but I suppose it might sound like some folks’ idea of a nightmare. Would you like to come along?
The BikeTwain Project aims to complete a greenlined bicycle trip down the Mississippi River, from Lake Itasca, MN to New Orleans, LA. What’s ‘greenlined?’ Well, greenlining is the art of staying connected as sustainably as possible. I’ll be stocking this site with as much video, audio, photos, and text as I can squeeze out, given the power limitations of the sun and a bike-mounted generator, which I believe aren’t limitations at all. And I intend to prove it.
BikeTwain derives its name, of course, from that most clever of machines, conceived in the 19th century, powered by spaghetti and beer, and much overshadowed in the years since by the equally hoary but very problematic automobile. That and the great American writer and spokesman for the Mississippi, Mr. Mark Twain â€” also conceived in the 19th century (though whether he was powered by spaghetti and beer is a matter for conjecture only). Though he did in fact learn to ride a bike during his life, Twain did most of his river traveling by steamboat. That’s still possible today, but here’s a dose of serendipity for you: the average speed of a steamboat is about twelve miles an hour. The average speed of a touring cyclist? Yep.
So I expect to see the Mississippi that Twain saw, more or less. And for my purposes here, I’ll look to his Life on the Mississippi as a guide. No doubt a lot has changed in the hundred and thirty years since this classic travelogue was published, but therein lies the margin into which my own observations might fall.”
Even better than this lively description is this AWESOME video.
And what with the Mississippi flooding like it’s the End of Days… this story is now extremely topical.”
Oh BTW, Mark Twain had an amazing experience riding a big high wheeler back in a the day, he wrote an unpublished essay about it, which you can read here.
They’ve created a personalized visual storycorps project called: “My NYC biking story,” where they introduce us through a short video, to members of the diverse biking community of New York City. This episode features 23 year old Bin Feng Zheng who speaks three languages and is an ambassador to the Transportation Alternatives safe cycling program.
From the site:
“This spring, Transportation Alternatives launched a program to promote safe cycling throughout the five boroughs. Bin Feng Zheng, 23, works for this program as an NYC Bicycle Ambassador. Bin started riding a bike just two years ago, so he knows all about the challenges of learning to ride. He’s also tri-lingual — speaking Chinese and Spanish — which helps him promote responsible riding and the benefits of bicycling in the diverse neighborhoods where he grew up. He says one of his big motivations is to bring biking to Chinatown and the Lower East Side, “because in the end it’s not just about biking, it’s about having a more vibrant community, it’s about having safer streets.”