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.
The only bikeable route to Staten Island (within the five boroughs) is the Ferry. Please take a minute to fill out this survey in the hopes of gaining bus access on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.
More about this survey: Staten Island is the only borough of NYC without a direct pedestrian connection to the rest of the city. The Verrazano Narrows Bridge, which connects Staten Island with Brooklyn, is only accessible to cars and buses, though it is a key link in the bicycle network envisioned in New York City’s Bicycle Master Plan. While pedestrians can cross the Verrazano Narrows Bridge by bus, bicyclists canâ€™t do the same legally and must rely on personal automobiles.
This survey focuses on two strategies that could improve bicycle and pedestrian access accross the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.
A group of nine environmental and bicycle advocacy/activist groups have formed a coalition to create more public space and bicycle infrastructure in the Lower East Side and Chinatown. Local Spokes (www.localspokes.org) is comprised of the following groups:
Asian Americans for Equality
Good Old Lower East Side
Green Map System
Hester Street Collaborative
Two Bridges Neighborhood Council
According to their website, the group strives to:
This NYC-based Coalition seeks to engage and understand the communityâ€™s various perspectives through multilingual outreach and a youth ambassadors program.
They are having an launch meet and greet BBQ,
Wednesday May 25th 5-8pm at El Jardin Del Paraiso – on East 5th Street just East of Avenue C.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.