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Theft reaches new low.

It’s one thing to have your bike stolen, we can argue about proper lock up techniques…but are we supposed to lock the handle bars and headsets too?

Ben Lim writes in with parts stolen from his IRO.
3/1/2011
Hey,
My bike was parked on Park avenue between 17th and 18th street, directly in front of my office.

Before

I walked past the bike around 12:30 on my way to lunch and it was still intact but, around 5pm that afternoon, my friend called me telling me that my handlebars and seat were gone. I went to check it out and sure enough, they were gone. The thief had cut through the cable that I use to secure my seat and taken my Thomson seatpost, Brooks saddle, Thomson stem, and Deda drops (with Cinelli wraps) in broad daylight on a very busy street. Not to mention that the entrance to the W hotel is about 20 feet away where there are always one or two guys standing at the door.

After

I filed a police report and at one point even thought I had found my components on Craigslist but I’ve come to terms with the fact that the parts are gone for good.

-Ben

Any knowledge of this theft or if these parts show up on places like craig’s list, contact Ben: ben@criterion.com.

FREEDOM RIDE!

Tunisia, Egypt, Lybia, Bahrain, Wisconsin…the world is fighting back.

It’s time to get on our bikes and ride.
Critical Mass July 2007
Time’s Up presents:
Freedom Ride
Saturday, March 5th, 2:00 p.m.
Meet at Washington Square Park,
Manhattan, under the arch

On the 50th Anniversary of the original Freedom Rides, people the world over are demanding their human, civil and economic rights.

This Saturday, come join us as we ride for freedom from fear for our personal safety, freedom from law enforcement’s indifference, and freedom to stand up for the rights of cyclists in NYC and everywhere else. The celebratory ride will include speak-outs, education, music and fun!

$25.00 bike license bill…what’s next?

Seems kind of odd, Wall Street practically bankrupts us with proven financial fraud which we keep being told in sources like the Academy award winning documentary Inside Job and articles like Matt Taibbi’s in Rolling Stone, “Why isn’t Wall Street in Jail.”

The result is, America is broke and in a gignormous financial deficit. So how do our politicians react? They attack unions and try and take away their power like we are witnessing in Wisconsin. As if public workers such as teachers, fire fighters and police should some how pay the price for this financial bilking and not have any negotiating power, to extreme belt-tightening they’ve already agreed to pay.

And here in New York, instead of finding ways to innovate, create, make things…live better…we are finding scapegoats of our own like closing schools, firing teachers and coming up with ways to tax our citizens such as this city wide crackdown on bicycles. Somehow, instead of at least one banker paying the price for their unfettered greed, the average bike commuter should pay $270.00 for not following a traffic law, which are constantly broken every second by…well everyone.

This kind of Calvinistic punishment is being proposed in Queens with our lawmakers putting forward these kind of bills.

Streetsblog.org reports how Assembly Member Michael DenDekker put forward a bill to license cyclists (I know sounds familiar, remember Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich)

Michael DenDekker Explains His Inexplicable Bike License Bill
by Ben Fried on March 1, 2011
Remember last month when Council Member Eric Ulrich came out with the idea of creating a complicated new bureaucracy to register and identify New Yorkers who ride bikes, a proposal that would build an expensive and redundant personal identification system on top of our existing ID systems, opening the door to increased harassment of cyclists by law enforcement?

Assembly Member Michael DenDekker
Ulrich never actually got so far as to turn his idea into a bill. And since that time, one of the few American cities that maintained a mandatory bike license scheme — Long Beach, California — decided to call it quits because it wasn’t effective.

Read the article here.

Dammit Janette

No surprise, more hate-speak from the NY Post claiming our DOT commissioner might be a crazy nut job for daring to limit motor vehicle traffic. This time the rant is about a 34th Street mass transit corridor.

Janette’s big transitway a road to ruin
By ANDREA PEYSER
Last Updated: 7:45 AM, February 28, 2011

NY Post: Chad Rachman

From the East River to the Hudson, New Yorkers are kicking their bicycles, stomping their cats and asking a burning question:
Is Janette Sadik-Khan, the psycho bike lady who helms the city’s Department of Transportation, nuts?
Or maybe Khan, the hater of the internal-combustion engine, is just an incompetent, overpromoted, overzealous bureaucrat who wields power like a chain saw and fits her widely whispered nickname to a T — Janette “Sadist”-Khan.
Either way, we’re screwed.

Find out how were “screwed” here.

For a much more fair and intelligent view on the work of Janette Sadik-Khan and her portrayal in the media,

Here’s brooklynspoke.

6th annual Memorial Ride and Walk

With all that’s been going on in the biking world from angry politicians blaming bicycle infrastructure to flat out violent road rage, this couldn’t come at a better time to stop and reflect.

Sunday, March 13, 2011
the 6th Annual Memorial Ride & Walk
From the NYC Street Memorial Project:
The Annual Memorial Ride and Walk brings New Yorkers together to remember pedestrians and cyclists killed in our city over the past year. This will mark the sixth year that this event has occurred. Riders will visit the site of each ghost bike, a white-painted memorial for cyclists, installed since 2010. Four rides will begin in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, and participants will converge at Brooklyn Borough Hall at 5 PM. Please help us show solidarity with the family and friends of those lost by joining us for this important event. Bring flowers and other items to honor those lost.

Meeting spots for all 5 boroughs:
Queens: 12:00 PM, NW corner of Juniper Park, Juniper Blvd. N. & Lutheran Ave
Bronx: 1:15 PM, E. Fordham Rd & Webster Ave (4 to Fordham Rd, B, D to Grand Concourse or MetroNorth to Fordham Road)
Staten Island: 1:30 PM, Everything Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay St between Victory and Hannah
Brooklyn: 1:40 PM, Linton Park (1 block north of 2/3/4/5 to Van Siclen)
Manhattan: 3:00 PM, Pelham Fritz Rec Center, Marcus Garvey Park, Mount Morris Park West (just west of 5th) at 122nd St

Convergence: 5:00 PM, Brooklyn Borough Hall

Please note that Daylight Savings Time begins on March 13. Rain/snow date is March 20.

Day-of updates: www.twitter.com/nyc_streetmem
Detailed ride schedule: www.ghostbikes.org/node/754
Facebook event page.
Contact: www.ghostbikes.org/contact
More information: www.ghostbikes.org/new-york-city

Last Sunday, a group of volunteers was on hand to prep Ghost bikes. Captured by photographer Ed Glazar:

Read more at www.bikenycthebook.com

Rage Rage at Critical Mass in Porto Alegre, Brazil

This may be one of the worst, most tragic acts of road rage I have ever witnessed.

Critical Mass, Porto Alegre, Brazil. 2/25/11

Critical Mass in Cairo

Here is an inspirational article about a truly green revolution in Egypt.

Time For A Cycling Revolution and “Critical Mass” In Cairo
Inji El Abd February 28th, 2011

Che Guevara had his motorcycle and they had their bicycles: Revolutionaries on wheels went from all corners of Cairo to Tahrir Square to demand a better future for their country. They got there faster than most, as traffic was a killer and the metro station on Tahrir square was no longer operative. Once there, they voiced their demands for freedom and dignity. The people demanded the removal of the regime and the regime obliged.

On the 12th of February the revolution showed a new even more beautiful face, overnight it metamorphosed into a green revolution. People cleaned Tahrir square, separating waste at source and sweeping every grain of dust on the pavement. Afterwards, they started repairing and painting the sidewalks and fences.

Seeing thousands of people brooms and paint brushes in hand in Tahrir Square on the 12th of February brought tears to my eyes. Egyptians were finally reclaiming their streets and concerned with the beautification of their surroundings. I asked myself, why would that be? Is it a new born sense of ownership? Is it the hope that was born with the revolution? I even contemplated other potential changes, will the revolution impact cycling?

Read more at greenprohet.com.

Leader Frames at 718cyclery

(photo from Cyclonesia.com)
Leader USA has been paving the way with track and road frames for a while now. Tight geometry made for urban street riding.
Massan shown here ripping up the streets of San Francisco

Macaframa x Leader Ad from Dan Arel on Vimeo.

Their also in the freestyle fixed gear scene as well:

Mike Dinh Leader Bike Winter Edit 2011 from Mike Dinh on Vimeo.

718 Cyclery in Park Slope BK is now carrying a line of Leader frames, which just may be the perfect pick for your first track bike. Come on, you know you want it.

From their site:
In the endless quest to locate frames that we can sell in the store, we have entered into an agreement with Leader Frames out of San Diego. This gives us access to a very nice aluminum frame (the 725), a great steel track frame (722 TS) as well as a road frame (722 RS). In addition, Leader has a great selection of freestyle frames.

Ghostbike Work Day

Tomorrow, the Street Memorial Project is having a workday to prep more ghostbikes for their upcoming Memorial Ride.

From their Facebook page:

Sadly, the NYC Street Memorial Project has eight more ghost bikes to make and install before our 6th Annual Memorial Ride on March 13th. All are welcome — we could really use your hard labor.

Please dress warmly and wear work clothes.
Please bring bike tools and food to share.
We are in need of FLAT WHITE spray paint, 3-4 foot lengths of medium to lightweight chain, padlocks, wire brushes and sandpaper. such donations are infinitely appreciated.

Please contact us if you have a bike to donate or would like to install a finished ghost bike or have any questions: streetmemorials@gmail.com

For information on the upcoming memorial ride, go here.

Lost and Found, Story of Hope for Emilie.


I wanted to post this story sooner when I heard the tragic tale of a young art student, Emilie Gossiaux, hit by a semi truck on her bicycle and left for dead at Bellevue Hospital. Instead of this being another tale of feeling helpless at the fate of a victim of reckless driving, this is as bitter sweet story of hope. Emilie’s family, primarily her boyfriend, Alan Lundgard, never gave up on her and averted a possible course of an inactive nursing home to NYU’s innovative Rusk Rehabilitation Center, where Emilie is getting top-notch treatment.


WNYC’s Radiolab did a show about this which aired at the end of January, 2011.

Listen here.

There is a website for Emilie where you can find out more and donate to help Emilie.

www.emiliegossiaux.com