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Stairmaster Challenge Alleycat

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Stoned Tone of NYC messkings, wanted you to know he’s helping his friend Eli throw an alley cat on Saturday. That’s right…the end of the world. So grab your bike and join the stairmaster challenge. There will be lots of checkpoints with stairs so get ready for armageddon on your calves.

Black Hills Fat Tire Festival

I get sent emails all the time for bike events around the world. Here’s the upcoming Black Hills Fat Tire Festival, May 27-30th. Rapid City, South Dakota.

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From the website:
“But the star of the festival is the trail itself, located within the city limits. Nancy Busching, a 2003 Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame Inductee as Amateur Athlete of the Year, frequently races in the Fat Tire Festival. She thinks other riders are often surprised to discover the quantity and quality of off-road trails so close to the shops, hotels, restaurants and even residential areas of Rapid City.”

More info: bhfattirefestival.com

Community Board bike update

A couple of community board bike related updates:

Community Board 10 rejected a proposal for a new bike lane in Bay Ridge Brooklyn:

the L magazine.

And Community Board 7 voted 11-0 for a temporary ban on vehicular traffic in Central Park.

the Examiner.

Bike to work week

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(illustration by: Andy Singer taken from Urban Velo magazine.)

This week is bike to work week (May 16-20) which is just in time because Saturday, May 21st the world ends. On second thought, maybe you should ride somewhere more fun than work.

Here is an article from the Huffington Post about bike week and a chance to win a road bike.

The Health Benefits Of Cycling (Plus A Chance To Win A Bike!)

The average American spends just over 45 minutes a day commuting to and from work, according to one survey — but instead of the road-rage fueled car trips or shoulder-to-shoulder public transportation commute, what if you started your day off on a better, healthier note?
The League of American Bicyclists is the national sponsor of Bike Month — and this week, May 16-20 is the official Bike to Work Week. Biking to work can be a cheaper (no gas, tolls or public transportation fees), greener and, yes, healthier option.

Read and see where to enter: here.

Ride the Rainbow

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Watermelon, orange and other flavors don’t just melt in your mouth, they also adorn your fixed gear or at least that’s the hope of Citrus Cycles owner, Michael Fox.

From the site:
Citrus Cycles is a stunning new take on ordinary bikes. Rather than stick to the bland, single color with “spiffy” racing stripe, we introduce a whole new taste of style. Bikes fashioned as fruit. From your favorite fruit to the most exotic around, we offer what no one else can. An amazing new style, mouth watering colors, and a blend of realism is what separates Citrus Cycles from the rest. With a bike that looks this good, everyone who sees you on it will want a taste.

Any given Citrus Cycle is both a fixed gear and a single-speed bicycle leaving the choice of riding style up to you. The single-speed option gives the rider the ability to coast while fixed gear riding connects you and the bicycle, if the rear wheel is turning the pedals are turning. A simple flip of the rear wheel will completely change your riding experience. Our quality parts and smooth aesthetics will ensure each ride on a Citrus Cycle to be just as sweet and comfortable as the very first.

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CB10 meeting tonight

Kind of late but I just saw this on Brooklyn Spoke:

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There is a community board 10 meeting tonight to discuss a bike lane for Bay Ridge. From CB10:

“Community Board 10’s Traffic and Transportation Committee…member Bob Cassara put forward a motion to call on the Department of Transportation to paint a “shared route” along the wide stretch of the parkway between Shore Road and Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst — a lesser category of bike lane than a full-fledged path.”
(BrooklynSpoke)
It’s certainly not as safe as a class 2 bike lane, but sharrows are better than nothing and may lay the groundwork for true safety improvements on this stretch of road.

If you can make it, show your support.

More at BrooklynSpoke.wordpress.com

“Roberta Moses”-diss or compliment for Janette Sadik-Kahn

Great article about the media bash of the D.O.T. and it’s Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn in Metropolis Mag. Writer, Karrie Jacobs thinks calling the commissioner “Roberta Moses,” shouldn’t be seen as a diss, to the late Robert Moses and his short sighted automobile lust of NYC, but rather as a compliment for redesigning our cities with vision…for bicycles.

Anatomy of a Takedown
A recent series of negative articles about New York’s transportation commissioner has our columnist crying foul.

By Karrie Jacobs
Posted May 12, 2011

The signs of spring are easy to read, even in New York City: the crocuses push up through the newly thawed earth, and daylight lasts a little longer every evening. Equally apparent are the signs of a political takedown. It starts small: in his February 28 column for Crain’s New York Business, Michael Gross, who wrote a cultural exposé on fashion models, took Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration to task for imposing a “nanny state” on New York. He singled out Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s bike-lane-building transportation commissioner, labeling her “Roberta Moses.”

A week later, a full-page story in the main news section of the New York Times was devoted to Sadik-Khan and her “brusque I-know-best style.” The premise of the piece was that Sadik-Khan, once viewed as a rising star, was now a liability. Complaints, sourced and anonymous, had her “yelling” at people on the telephone, as if she were the first city official to have raised her voice.

Read the entire article here.

Bike Program for bike month, for the ladies-birdwheel.com

Hey Ladies,
Nona Varnado designer and bike socialite, has got events for you during bike month.
(Nona is featured on the right)

She’s in charge of a special program for the ladies for Bike Month.

Check out some great upcoming events on her new site:
www.thebirdwheel.com

Time’s Up Events-May is Bike Month

Besides the Bike Month calender, (bikemonthnyc.org) Time’s Up has a whole slew of amazing events starting tonight:

1. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, May 13th, 7:00pm (2nd Friday of the Month)
Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park and Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge
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2. MEET & GREET BBQ DANCE PARTY
Friday, May 13th, 8:00pm
99 South 6th Street in Williamsburg
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3. BROOKLYN BIKE JUMBLE
Saturday, May 14th, 10:00am
5th Ave, between 4th & 5th St. Park Slope Brooklyn
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4. SMALL-WHEELED BIKE RACE
Saturday, May 14th, 1:00pm
Boathouse Cafe, Central Park on the loop road by 73rd and 74th St.
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5. FOLDS UP FOLDING BIKE RIDE
Saturday, May 14th, 2:00pm
West 23rd St. on the Hudson River Greenway
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6. GARDEN RIDE
Saturday, May 14th, 2:00pm
Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
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7. MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CARL HENDRICK
Saturday, May 14th, 3:00pm
99 South 6th Street off Bedford Ave.
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8. FOLDS UP FOLDING BIKE FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 14th, 4:00pm
Stuyvesant Cove Park, East 23rd St. at the East River Manhattan
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9. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, May 14th, 9:00pm
Grand Army Plaza, the Northern entrance of Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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10. PEACE RIDE
Sunday, May 15th, 11:00am
Gandhi Statue, SW corner of Union Square
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11. REDBULL ARENA RIDE
Sunday, May 15th, 2:00pm
Brooklyn Time’s Up Space, 99 South 6th St., off of Bedford Ave.
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12. REPAIR CLASS: CUPS, CONES and BEARINGS
Sunday, May 15th, 4:00pm
Brooklyn Time’s Up Space, 99 South 6th St., off of Bedford Ave.
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13. FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Sunday, May 15th, 6:00pm
Brooklyn Time’s Up Space, 99 South 6th St., off of Bedford Ave.
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14. TIMES UP RADIO HOUR
Sunday Nights from 10pm-11pm
More info at: Radiohive.org/times-up.
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15. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Once again- in both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **
See events listing for details.
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BOOKMARK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR! and Become a member: here.

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1. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, May 13th, 7:00pm (2nd Friday of the Month)
Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park and Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge

Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of bicycles and other nonpolluting means of transportation,
exercising our right to the road. Critical Mass is a movement, not an organization; no two riders participate for exactly the same reason. Brooklyn Critical Mass started rolling in 2004.
Second Friday of every month, 7:00 p.m., meeting at Grand Army Plaza. Come out and join Critical Mass in Brooklyn. Celebrate cycling, and assert your right to the road — Brooklyn style!
More info from the calender:
here
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2. MEET & GREET BBQ DANCE PARTY
Friday, May 13th, 8:00pm
99 South 6th Street in Williamsburg

Second Friday of every month- party at Time’s Up Brooklyn space. Volunteer meet and greet dance BBQ 8 PM. Come get a tour of the Time’s Up Brooklyn co-op. Bring food to share and put on your best dancing shoes.
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3. BROOKLYN BIKE JUMBLE
Saturday, May 14th, 10:00am
5th Ave, between 4th & 5th St. Park Slope Brooklyn

Join us at The Old Stone House at Washington Park for New York’s only bi-annual cycling flea market.
The event will be held in the park, on Fifth Avenue between fourth and fifth streets, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, one of the epicenters of bicycle commuting in New York City.
At this one day only event, vendors will be on hand to sell bicycles, bicycle components and cycling accessories to the public. Good deals abound as do good times! Come down between 10AM and 4PM and remember, the early bird gets the worm!

More Info:
here. [nybikejumble.com]

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4. SMALL-WHEELED BIKE RACE
Saturday, May 14th, 1:00pm
Boathouse Cafe, Central Park on the loop road by 73rd and 74th St.

Spin your little wheels! Free entry, prizes offered. 20-inch wheels max. Spectators encouraged.
After the race, a group will ride down the greenway to the start of the Folds Up ride.

www.thecentraloarkboathoue.com

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5. FOLDS UP FOLDING BIKE RIDE
Saturday, May 14th, 2:00pm
West 23rd St. on the Hudson River Greenway

A leisurely 10-mile ride through Manhattan and Brooklyn showcasing folding bicycles. (But all types of bikes are welcome, as long as their riders are folding-curious!)

more info: here.
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6. GARDEN RIDE
Saturday, May 14th, 2:00pm
Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan

Come celebrate Spring with a joyous ride through the East Village Community Gardens.

The ride will include music, stops, at a few community gardens, and conclude with a BBQ ending with a BBQ at El Jardin del Paraiso, 706-718 E 5th St/311-321 E 4th St (Ave C and D)

more info:
here.

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7. MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CARL HENDRICK
Saturday, May 14th, 3:00pm
99 South 6th Street off Bedford Ave.

A memorial service for Carl Hedrick killed in a hit and run. Come and shoe support for his family from NC!

Bike messengers are an integral part of the business world, risking their lives and choosing to do a job on non-polluting forms of transportation.
Recently two messengers were killed in traffic.

Edward Carl Hendrick, killed by a hit-and-run driven in Charlotte.

More info here.

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8. FOLDS UP FOLDING BIKE FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 14th, 4:00pm
Stuyvesant Cove Park, East 23rd St. at the East River Manhattan

Learn all about folding bicycles, and see and try out different models. Refreshments courtesy of Swift Folder.

More info: here.
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9. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, May 14th, 9:00pm
Grand Army Plaza, the Northern entrance of Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Join us as we discover Prospect Park at night. Prospect Park is a 526-acre urban oasis located in the heart of Brooklyn.
The Prospect Park Moonlight Ride is opened to bikers and skilled skaters. Meet at 9 p.m., Grand Army Plaza, on the second Saturday of the month, every month. This is a safe, peaceful ride that visits many of the little-known treasures the park has to offer. (There is also a Central Park Moonlight Ride.)
Rain at 8:45 pm cancels the ride, period. Snow is good!!!
If you want to race, this is NOT the ride for you. The ride is at night, and it gets dark amongst all the trees in Prospect Park, so bring your favorite bike — the one with lights.
Grand Army Plaza is at the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West all intersect.
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10. PEACE RIDE
Sunday, May 15th, 11:00am
Gandhi Statue, SW corner of Union Square

A leisurely peaceful ride to some of downtown Manhattan’s peace sites.
We will visit: Point Thank You, Robert Wagner Park, The Labyrinth for Contemplation, Fritz Koenig’s The Sphere, Vietnam Vet Memorial and the site of the Mother AME Zion Church (first church in NYC built and led by Afro-Americans). Bring the kids. Forget about church; come to this Sunday peace mass for the biking set. Great first ride for cyclists new to group rides.
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11. REDBULL ARENA RIDE
Sunday, May 15th, 2:00pm
Brooklyn Time’s Up Space, 99 South 6th St., off of Bedford Ave.

Ride to See a Red Bull’s Soccer match in New Jersey (from Manhattan)

More info: here.
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12. REPAIR CLASS: CUPS, CONES and BEARINGS
Sunday, May 15th, 4:00pm
Brooklyn Time’s Up Space, 99 South 6th St., off of Bedford Ave.

More info here.

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13. FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Sunday, May 15th, 6:00pm
Brooklyn Time’s Up Space, 99 South 6th St., off of Bedford Ave.

More Info:
here.
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14. TIMES UP RADIO HOUR
Sunday Nights from 10pm-11pm

http://www.radiohive.org/category/shows/times-up

Times Up!, the NYC Direct Action Environmental Organization, now has a show exclusively on Radiohive. Hosted by Geoff and Keegan. Tune in Sundays from 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM EST. Details:The Time’s Up! Radio Hour will keep you abreast of Time’s Up!’s current campaigns. Hosts Geoff and Keegan will introduce you to the volunteers who are spearheading those campaigns, update you on past victories, and inform you of upcoming events and ways you can get involved. Come listen to our radio show, join our bike rides, and volunteer to save the planet!
Time’s Up! Radio Hour Streaming:
here.
Show Archive:
here.

Interested in appearing on the Time’s Up! Radio Hour?

Send an e-mail to xupradiohour@gmail.com with your ideas.
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15. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Once again- in both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **

More Info:
here.

*MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS*
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets in the Lower East Side
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TUESDAY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOP
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes

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THURSDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

*BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS*
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue under the Williamsburg Bridge
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MONDAY WOMEN AND TRANS BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT
Every Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes
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WEDNESDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.
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SUNDAY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOP
Every Sunday at 4 p.m.
Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes
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SUNDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Sunday, Open Workshop from 6 p.m.

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TIME’S UP! IN THE NEWS
Great Video!

Times Up! Best Environmental Group of the year 2009!

http://www.thelmagazine.com/newyork/the-nyc-green-awards/Content?oid=1199158&storyPage=15

Forking Tasty-Bike in Theater

Jason Anello and his brother, Anthony


are Forking Tasty about food. They write about it on their blog and just maybe they have a thing or too about bikes. Join their email list and find out the location of their upcoming Bike-In-Theater.

From the site:

“Of course, we like a little mystery so we have to keep the location, day and time undisclosed at the moment. That’s what the list below is all about. Once you sign up, we will send you a note with some specifics on the Ride-In. A day before show time we will send those who signed up information on where to go and when to arrive. A few things you can expect; lots of bikers, an old school hit movie and some delicious snacks. It wouldn’t be Forking Tasty if we didn’t provide some delectable morsels to munch on.”

Find out more here.