A couple of community board bike related updates:
Community Board 10 rejected a proposal for a new bike lane in Bay Ridge Brooklyn:
And Community Board 7 voted 11-0 for a temporary ban on vehicular traffic in Central Park.
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?
Read and see where to enter: here.
From the site:
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.
Kind of late but I just saw this on Brooklyn Spoke:
There is a community board 10 meeting tonight to discuss a bike lane for Bay Ridge. From CB10:
“Community Board 10â€™s Traffic and Transportation Committeeâ€¦member Bob Cassara put forward a motion to call on the Department of Transportation to paint a â€œshared routeâ€ along the wide stretch of the parkway between Shore Road and Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst â€” a lesser category of bike lane than a full-fledged path.”
If you can make it, show your support.
More at BrooklynSpoke.wordpress.com
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
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 Crainâ€™s New York Business, Michael Gross, who wrote a cultural exposÃ© on fashion models, took Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration to task for imposing a â€œnanny stateâ€ on New York. He singled out Janette Sadik-Khan, the cityâ€™s bike-lane-building transportation commissioner, labeling her â€œRoberta Moses.â€
A week later, a full-page story in the main news section of the New York Times was devoted to Sadik-Khan and her â€œbrusque I-know-best style.â€ 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 â€œyellingâ€ at people on the telephone, as if she were the first city official to have raised her voice.
Read the entire article here.
Besides the Bike Month calender, (bikemonthnyc.org) Time’s Up has a whole slew of amazing events starting tonight:
1. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of bicycles and other nonpolluting means of transportation,
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.
Join us at The Old Stone House at Washington Park for New York’s only bi-annual cycling flea market.
Spin your little wheels! Free entry, prizes offered. 20-inch wheels max. Spectators encouraged.
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.
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)
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.
Edward Carl Hendrick, killed by a hit-and-run driven in Charlotte.
More info here.
8. FOLDS UP FOLDING BIKE FESTIVAL
Learn all about folding bicycles, and see and try out different models. Refreshments courtesy of Swift Folder.
More info: here.
Join us as we discover Prospect Park at night. Prospect Park is a 526-acre urban oasis located in the heart of Brooklyn.
A leisurely peaceful ride to some of downtown Manhattan’s peace sites.
Ride to See a Red Bull’s Soccer match in New Jersey (from Manhattan)
More info: here.
More info here.
14. TIMES UP RADIO HOUR
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!
Interested in appearing on the Time’s Up! Radio Hour?
Send an e-mail to email@example.com with your ideas.
Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.
Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
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. Thatâ€™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 wouldnâ€™t be Forking Tasty if we didnâ€™t provide some delectable morsels to munch on.”
Find out more here.
So it seems the NYPD are in such a rush to ticket bike riders, they haven’t bothered to look at the laws.
Streetsblog.org got a hold of cheat sheet given to officers.
More on this from Gothamist:
The NYPD’s escalating crackdown on cyclists, “Operation Safe Cycle,” has resulted in a spike in frivolous tickets for such non-violations as riding a bike with a tote bag on the handlebars and not wearing a helmet. It’s obvious the average cop on the beat has no clue what’s illegal and what isn’t, but they’ve been ordered to target cyclists, so that’s what they’ll do. And to help them fill their quotas, NYPD higher-ups distributed this “cheat sheet” [pdf] informingâ€”or, we should say, misinformingâ€”cops about the biking rules. Streetsblog got their hot little hands on it.
Read more here.