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.”
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.
Sunday June 12th @ 12 noon. Meet at Grand Army Plaza under the arch and weâ€™ll ride over to the Governorâ€™s Island ferry for the Figment festival! Youâ€™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.
I wanted to let you know about a stolen bike. My Nishiki Prestige road bike was taken from the lobby of my apartment building at South 2nd and Union St in Williamsburg. (6/1/11) It was U-locked to a pipe (as you can see in one of the photos). It is purple, the frame is scratched up and it has some stickers: Affinity (the “A”), Monster Trak, and Regulators. It’s a 10 speed road bike with all old parts including a shimano derailleur. The last time I saw it was two nights ago when that photo was taken. Estimated time of theft is between day of June 1st and evening of June 2nd. The other pic of it is from 2 years ago when it was new-ish but you get a really good idea of what it looks like there.
Please let me know if you are able to post this. My name is Julie Buchik, (917) 945-7733, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WNYC did some crowdsourcing to gather information about cyclists receiving tickets. They’ve created a map based on reports sent in by those ticketed.
Reporter Alex Goldmark recently posted results of the NYPD’s landmark ticket blitz and the information gathered.
WNYC News Blog:
Map | Tracking Bike Ticketing in the Five Boroughs
By Alex Goldmark : Senior Producer
Friday, May 27, 2011
The crackdown on cyclists who break NYC traffic law is widespread around the city and not targeted at any one neighborhood or offense, according to results from our crowdsourcing project. Click here for full size map.
The results are in from our crowdsourcing project to map the uptick in tickets to cyclists who break traffic laws. Poke around on the map above for details about each ticket submitted by readers and listeners. (Add your ticket)
The most common violation was running red lights, which carries a fine of up to a $270, just as it would in a car if issued by a police officer. (Drivers caught by a red light camera pay a $50 fine.) Riding on the sidewalk was also frequently cited, earning cyclists in our survey $25 and $50 fees, sometimes more depending on the danger it caused.
Mapping the Tickets
WNYC has requested data from the NYPD on the number and locations of cycle summonses several times, starting in March. With no response from NYPD, we asked our readers and listeners to help us map the scope of the crackdown, as laid out in the map above.
Saturday May 28th, 2011
Havemeyer btwn Hope and Grand in BEAUTIFUL Williamsburg, Brooklyn, USA!
Its a block party for your bicycle!!
Once again, the City Reliquary pulls out all stops for the best block party ever. Be blown away by the participants and events scheduled for this Bike Fetish Day, on track to be the biggest one yet in our 7 years.
Featuring vendors: Vaya Bags, Outlier Clothing, Dargelos, Nona Varnado, Talia Lempert and more. With tables from Advocacy types like: Transportation Alternatives, Recycle-a-Bicycle (w/ bike jewelry making workshop), IOBY (w/ a fun activity), NAG, and Bike New York
Awesome activities will include: Pimp your bike photo booth by Swimming Cities, GoldSprints, Bike pinata from Llaves Designs, Alleycat organized by Victor
Prizes for various bike categories will feature:
Cyclist outfittery from Outlier Clothing
Bag from Vaya Bags
T-shirts and tickets from Bike Film Festival
Tune-up from 9th St. Cycles
A gift from Bike Habitat tbd
A gift from Velo Brooklyn tbd
A gift from Nona Varnado, AND MORE!!
Rude Mechanical Orchestra
DJs Stacher & Tinseltown
And food. With an after-party to follow at the City Reliquary , 6-10pm.
Dont miss the blowout bicycle party of the month!!!
Here is a letter by lawyers Gideon Oliver, David B. Rankin and Steve Vaccaro on the current worsening situation between the NYPD and NYC cyclists. This is also an excellent timeline of the recent history of legal affairs and the crackdown on the biking community.
NYPDâ€™s Ongoing Bicycle Crackdown
by Gideon Orion Oliver, David B. Rankin, and Steve Vaccaro
This is an overview of New York City bicycle laws and the manner in which the New York City Police Department (NYPD) has enforced those laws over time. These materials are for information only and cannot substitute for the advice of a knowledgeable lawyer familiar with the circumstances of a particular case. The authors have extensively litigated NYPD misconduct for issuing â€œbad ticketsâ€ to cyclists, and are available for an initial free consultation.
The law firms of Oliver & Oliver and Rankin & Taylor, citywide defenders of civil liberties and bicyclists rights are now bringing a class action lawsuit against the NYPD. According to Gothamist the crackdown on cyclists by the police is riddled with false charges to the point where the cops aren’t even sure of the laws they claim the bikers are breaking.
NYPD’s Cyclist Ticket Blitz Booms, Class Action Lawsuit Looms
By John Del Signore on May 25, 2011
The NYPD’s citywide cyclist ticket blitz has yielded a record-breaking number of summonses so far this year, according to a report in the Post. The NYPD has issued 13,843 tickets to cyclists in 2011, up from 9,345 tickets written over the same period in 2010, and 3,708 for the same period of 2009. The tickets are for such offenses as running red lights, running stop signs, biking on sidewalks, speeding, not wearing a helmet, and hanging tote bags on their handlebars. Fun fact: only some of those things are actually violations in NYC! And that’s why a group of cyclists are suing.