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One more Monster Track video

This one comes from Boda Boda NYC! Their first alleycat video at NYC’s classic race.

MonsterTrack XII from BODABODANYC on Vimeo.

More from 2011 Memorial Ride and Walk

There is really good coverage of this year’s Memorial Ride and Walk on Gothamist.

(photo by: Dmitry Gudkov)

As previously mentioned, the 6th annual Memorial Ride and Walk took place yesterday at locations throughout NYC where cyclists and pedestrians were killed last year. Here are some more photos from the memorial, including a couple of shots sent by a woman who was friends with Bob Bowen, the Hofstra professor and jazz bassist who was run over by a flatbed truck at Second Avenue and 59th Street. Brina Bishop tells us:

We met up at Bob Bowen’s site on 58th and 2nd ave. He was killed on his way to me late on the night of August 26th. There was a woman there today who had survived a terrible bike accident, but who goes to the memorial sites in support of road safety. There was also a radiologist tech who had been working the night Bob was brought in. I was so deeply touched by this ritual.

I included the text of the poem posted below the sign. Bob had written it a year earlier in honor of his uncle Paul’s death. To me, it seems like he was reaching ahead in time to those who mourn him now.

(We’ve included the poem below.) Cyclist and photographer Dmitry Gudkov also participated; he writes, “I joined the north Brooklyn ride, which stopped at street memorials for Diego Rodriguez, Timothy (TJ) Campbell, and Jake McDonough. That third stop was especially sobering, as Jake’s family and friends were in attendance. He was 19 when he was struck by a driver trying to pass a slower car on a city street… It was a solemn procession, as it had to be—but it was heartening to see cyclists of many ages and styles come out for the event—the kind that we all hope will not have to be repeated.”

Read the rest of this posting here.
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More coverage and photos from Dmitry here.
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Streetsfilms.org posted this video:

From filmmaker Elizabeth Press:
“Yesterday was the 6th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk in NYC.
According to the New York City Department of Transportation, 151 pedestrians and 18 bicyclists were killed on the streets of New York City in 2010.
Participants called for stronger measures to reduce traffic fatalities.
The ride culminated by installing a “Ghost Bike” in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall for the unnamed pedestrians and cyclists killed in 2010.”

More can be found here.
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A nice photo series by Andrew Hinderaker.

Press round up found on Ghostbikesfilms.com a documentary about the world-wide ghostbike memorial project.

“A Tour of Ghosts on Two Wheels” from the Fort Greene Patch.

“Advocacy Group Honors Cyclists and Pedestrians Killed in Traffic” from the Epoch Times.

“6th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk Honoring NYC’s Fallen Bicyclists and Pedestrians” from Treehugger.com

Video from Monster Track 2011

From Tuff City Styles Tattoo in da Bronx, a video from this year’s Monster Track 2011.

As seen on Urban Cyclist Worldwide.

Quick report back: Monster Track 2011

Here is a quick report from Adam Copeland, a Monster Track racer.

There was no cop harassment. Gathered at Grime Bikes. When registering we were given list of all Checkpionts but not told which checkpionts were on which of the 3 manifests (see pic). Then group ride to Skatepark under Manhattan Bridge. This was the Start/Finsh line. You complete a lap/manifest then return to the park to get the next manifest. 100 ppl registered. 68 firsted first manifest. 50 finished second. 25 were allowed to do the third. Heather won women’s (duh, winnning) is got 12th overall.

Monster Track photos part 2

Yesterday I held down one of the first check points along with Ben Gould, Jonathan Beck and Blue, for Monster Track 2011. It was a great time to see old friends like Kurt Boone, the Asphalt Warrior, who is now busy working on a tv show about urban cycling.

Here is a link to my photo set on Flickr.

Another photo from Memorial Ride 2011

From @BklynBiker

Memorial Ride 2011

The Memorial Ride and Walk is underway and photos are already coming in:

(photo by: bikeseens)

If you can’t make it to the event, you can follow along at twitter. Search for #memride2011.

Monster track 2011

Congratulations to Crihs for rocking this year’s Monster track 2011, NYC’s track bike holiday.

This Photo by Cycleangelo. More here.

Wrap up from last nights CB6 Hearing

Last night I attended the CB6 hearing on the Prospect Park West bike lane. Once again there was overwhelming support, with hundreds of local residents in attendance to, once again be heard that they like this bike lane and it has improved safety.

Brooklyn resident bicycle blogger: Brooklynspoke has an excellent recap of what went on.

Quick Hits from the CB6 Public Hearing
March 11th, 2011

“Thursday night marked the third Community Board Six meeting I’ve attended on the subject of the Prospect Park West bike lane and let me offer this quick assessment: members of Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes, Seniors for Safety, and other unaffiliated critics of this vital traffic calming project were given an amount of time at the microphone disproportionate to their attendance.

By trying to achieve the semblance of balance at the meeting, CB6′s decision to alternate between small groups of “pro” speakers, small groups of “con” speakers, and speakers designated with the ambiguous category of “other” left me somewhat dismayed. It gave the early impression that there is some sort of split on this issue, which there is not. Not according to the Brad Lander/Stephen Levin survey which showed around 70% approval for the project, and not tonight; my guess is that the room was split 80/20 into supporters and opponents. As a barometer, Transportation Alternatives says it handed out 350 green and pink pro-cycling and pro-pedestrian stickers in a room of about 450 people, and many supporters were not wearing them. But because of this seeming need for balance, a reporter who covered only the first thirty minutes of public testimony might have gotten the impression that the community was evenly divided. It is not and it never was.”

Read more here.

718cyclery, F*cked in Park Slope

Bike shop owner Joe Nocella is interviewed in my favorite Park Slope Blog.

Profiles In Courage: Joe Nocella of 718 Cyclery
Posted by: Allison |Friday, March 11, 2011

Gadzooks, Joe Nocella is a busy dude. An architect by day, custom bike shop owner after hours, little league and football coach, teacher at Pratt… I’m exhausted just typing this out. Oh, and he has two dogs, two rugrats, two cats, and one wife.

Nocella’s South Slope shop, 718 Cyclery, is getting all kinds of accolades for its friendly, collaborative bike-building process.

We got him to dish about breeders, bikes, best routes to the city, and Marty Markowitz.

Read the rest F*cked in Park Slope.