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“Roberta Moses”-diss or compliment for Janette Sadik-Kahn

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
A recent series of negative articles about New York’s transportation commissioner has our columnist crying foul.

By Karrie Jacobs
Posted May 12, 2011

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 Crain’s New York Business, Michael Gross, who wrote a cultural exposé on fashion models, took Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration to task for imposing a “nanny state” on New York. He singled out Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s bike-lane-building transportation commissioner, labeling her “Roberta Moses.”

A week later, a full-page story in the main news section of the New York Times was devoted to Sadik-Khan and her “brusque I-know-best style.” 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 “yelling” at people on the telephone, as if she were the first city official to have raised her voice.

Read the entire article here.

Bike Program for bike month, for the ladies-birdwheel.com

Hey Ladies,
Nona Varnado designer and bike socialite, has got events for you during bike month.
(Nona is featured on the right)

She’s in charge of a special program for the ladies for Bike Month.

Check out some great upcoming events on her new site:
www.thebirdwheel.com

Time’s Up Events-May is Bike Month

Besides the Bike Month calender, (bikemonthnyc.org) Time’s Up has a whole slew of amazing events starting tonight:

1. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, May 13th, 7:00pm (2nd Friday of the Month)
Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park and Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge
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2. MEET & GREET BBQ DANCE PARTY
Friday, May 13th, 8:00pm
99 South 6th Street in Williamsburg
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3. BROOKLYN BIKE JUMBLE
Saturday, May 14th, 10:00am
5th Ave, between 4th & 5th St. Park Slope Brooklyn
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4. SMALL-WHEELED BIKE RACE
Saturday, May 14th, 1:00pm
Boathouse Cafe, Central Park on the loop road by 73rd and 74th St.
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5. FOLDS UP FOLDING BIKE RIDE
Saturday, May 14th, 2:00pm
West 23rd St. on the Hudson River Greenway
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6. GARDEN RIDE
Saturday, May 14th, 2:00pm
Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
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7. MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CARL HENDRICK
Saturday, May 14th, 3:00pm
99 South 6th Street off Bedford Ave.
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8. FOLDS UP FOLDING BIKE FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 14th, 4:00pm
Stuyvesant Cove Park, East 23rd St. at the East River Manhattan
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9. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, May 14th, 9:00pm
Grand Army Plaza, the Northern entrance of Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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10. PEACE RIDE
Sunday, May 15th, 11:00am
Gandhi Statue, SW corner of Union Square
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11. REDBULL ARENA RIDE
Sunday, May 15th, 2:00pm
Brooklyn Time’s Up Space, 99 South 6th St., off of Bedford Ave.
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12. REPAIR CLASS: CUPS, CONES and BEARINGS
Sunday, May 15th, 4:00pm
Brooklyn Time’s Up Space, 99 South 6th St., off of Bedford Ave.
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13. FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Sunday, May 15th, 6:00pm
Brooklyn Time’s Up Space, 99 South 6th St., off of Bedford Ave.
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14. TIMES UP RADIO HOUR
Sunday Nights from 10pm-11pm
More info at: Radiohive.org/times-up.
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15. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Once again- in both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **
See events listing for details.
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BOOKMARK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR! and Become a member: here.

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1. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, May 13th, 7:00pm (2nd Friday of the Month)
Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park and Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge

Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of bicycles and other nonpolluting means of transportation,
exercising our right to the road. Critical Mass is a movement, not an organization; no two riders participate for exactly the same reason. Brooklyn Critical Mass started rolling in 2004.
Second Friday of every month, 7:00 p.m., meeting at Grand Army Plaza. Come out and join Critical Mass in Brooklyn. Celebrate cycling, and assert your right to the road — Brooklyn style!
More info from the calender:
here
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2. MEET & GREET BBQ DANCE PARTY
Friday, May 13th, 8:00pm
99 South 6th Street in Williamsburg

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.
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3. BROOKLYN BIKE JUMBLE
Saturday, May 14th, 10:00am
5th Ave, between 4th & 5th St. Park Slope Brooklyn

Join us at The Old Stone House at Washington Park for New York’s only bi-annual cycling flea market.
The event will be held in the park, on Fifth Avenue between fourth and fifth streets, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, one of the epicenters of bicycle commuting in New York City.
At this one day only event, vendors will be on hand to sell bicycles, bicycle components and cycling accessories to the public. Good deals abound as do good times! Come down between 10AM and 4PM and remember, the early bird gets the worm!

More Info:
here. [nybikejumble.com]

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4. SMALL-WHEELED BIKE RACE
Saturday, May 14th, 1:00pm
Boathouse Cafe, Central Park on the loop road by 73rd and 74th St.

Spin your little wheels! Free entry, prizes offered. 20-inch wheels max. Spectators encouraged.
After the race, a group will ride down the greenway to the start of the Folds Up ride.

www.thecentraloarkboathoue.com

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5. FOLDS UP FOLDING BIKE RIDE
Saturday, May 14th, 2:00pm
West 23rd St. on the Hudson River Greenway

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.
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6. GARDEN RIDE
Saturday, May 14th, 2:00pm
Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan

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)

more info:
here.

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7. MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CARL HENDRICK
Saturday, May 14th, 3:00pm
99 South 6th Street off Bedford Ave.

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.
Recently two messengers were killed in traffic.

Edward Carl Hendrick, killed by a hit-and-run driven in Charlotte.

More info here.

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8. FOLDS UP FOLDING BIKE FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 14th, 4:00pm
Stuyvesant Cove Park, East 23rd St. at the East River Manhattan

Learn all about folding bicycles, and see and try out different models. Refreshments courtesy of Swift Folder.

More info: here.
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9. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, May 14th, 9:00pm
Grand Army Plaza, the Northern entrance of Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Join us as we discover Prospect Park at night. Prospect Park is a 526-acre urban oasis located in the heart of Brooklyn.
The Prospect Park Moonlight Ride is opened to bikers and skilled skaters. Meet at 9 p.m., Grand Army Plaza, on the second Saturday of the month, every month. This is a safe, peaceful ride that visits many of the little-known treasures the park has to offer. (There is also a Central Park Moonlight Ride.)
Rain at 8:45 pm cancels the ride, period. Snow is good!!!
If you want to race, this is NOT the ride for you. The ride is at night, and it gets dark amongst all the trees in Prospect Park, so bring your favorite bike — the one with lights.
Grand Army Plaza is at the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West all intersect.
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10. PEACE RIDE
Sunday, May 15th, 11:00am
Gandhi Statue, SW corner of Union Square

A leisurely peaceful ride to some of downtown Manhattan’s peace sites.
We will visit: Point Thank You, Robert Wagner Park, The Labyrinth for Contemplation, Fritz Koenig’s The Sphere, Vietnam Vet Memorial and the site of the Mother AME Zion Church (first church in NYC built and led by Afro-Americans). Bring the kids. Forget about church; come to this Sunday peace mass for the biking set. Great first ride for cyclists new to group rides.
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11. REDBULL ARENA RIDE
Sunday, May 15th, 2:00pm
Brooklyn Time’s Up Space, 99 South 6th St., off of Bedford Ave.

Ride to See a Red Bull’s Soccer match in New Jersey (from Manhattan)

More info: here.
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12. REPAIR CLASS: CUPS, CONES and BEARINGS
Sunday, May 15th, 4:00pm
Brooklyn Time’s Up Space, 99 South 6th St., off of Bedford Ave.

More info here.

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13. FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Sunday, May 15th, 6:00pm
Brooklyn Time’s Up Space, 99 South 6th St., off of Bedford Ave.

More Info:
here.
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14. TIMES UP RADIO HOUR
Sunday Nights from 10pm-11pm
http://www.radiohive.org/category/shows/times-up

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!
Time’s Up! Radio Hour Streaming:
here.
Show Archive:
here.

Interested in appearing on the Time’s Up! Radio Hour?

Send an e-mail to xupradiohour@gmail.com with your ideas.
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15. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Once again- in both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **

More Info:
here.

*MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS*
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets in the Lower East Side
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TUESDAY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOP
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes

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THURSDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

*BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS*
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue under the Williamsburg Bridge
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MONDAY WOMEN AND TRANS BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT
Every Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes
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WEDNESDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.
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SUNDAY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOP
Every Sunday at 4 p.m.
Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes
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SUNDAY FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Sunday, Open Workshop from 6 p.m.

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TIME’S UP! IN THE NEWS
Great Video!

Times Up! Best Environmental Group of the year 2009!
http://www.thelmagazine.com/newyork/the-nyc-green-awards/Content?oid=1199158&storyPage=15

Forking Tasty-Bike in Theater

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. That’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 wouldn’t be Forking Tasty if we didn’t provide some delectable morsels to munch on.”

Find out more here.

Bike Noise 4

May 29th,

Bike Punk in Tompkins Square Park Manhattan.

Bike noise 4

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NYPD, crackdown on Crack

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] informing—or, we should say, misinforming—cops about the biking rules. Streetsblog got their hot little hands on it.

Read more here.

Are you a fixster? Chrome comes to Chicago.

Love this illustration I found on hipsternascar.com (Chicago)

Come On, this is you right?

Found here.

I know, so 2006.

Speaking of Chicago…

Looks like Chrome is opening a new store. Makers of awesome messenger bags, clothing and shoes are expanding to their third show room (SF and NYC)

Grand opening: June 4th, 2011
1529 North Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 661-0077

Store Hours: 11am-8pm Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday.

Time to gear up and look…sooo 2011

or maybe this…

Ray LaHood, thinks biking is important

This just in:

US Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, loves bikes:

“Bikers have as much right to the streets as anybody driving a car and I am concerned about [their safety].”

From the Huffington Post:

Ray LaHood ‘Concerned’ About Safety of Urban Bikers, Unsure If He’s A Hipster.
By: Sam Stein

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood signaled on Tuesday that his department would be looking into measures to encourage automobile drivers to observe better safety standards when it came to bicyclists cohabiting the roadways.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, the Illinois Republican praised various cities for restructuring transportation policy around cleaner forms of transit, singling out the construction of bike lanes to encourage biking as particularly effective. But with additional bikers on the road come additional risks. And as head of the Department of Transportation, LaHood noted his “concern” over the “way that bikers are treated when they are on streets.”

Read more: here.

Bike Block wall street 5/12/11

This just in:

There will be a special action in Wall Street on Thursday, May 12th, 4:00pm

A call for a huge action and civil disobedience for those who tanked our economy with corporate greed and continue to plunder our environment.

Looking for a bike block.

Stand by for more details.

“who’s street?…”

Mountain biking in NYC

Mountain biking is alive and well in NYC. Check out this article about how volunteers are building trails and making outdoor trail riding a reality.

Volunteers build mountain bike trails
Written by Gloria Pazmiño
Manhattan Times
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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Photo: Volunteers conduct trail maintenance at Highbridge Mountain Bike Park on Fort George Hill, Sat., April 30.

Northern Manhattan’s hilly terrain and steep rolling landscape is being put to perfect use: extreme mountain biking.
The woodsy hillside in the northern end of Highbridge Park was carved into a series of mountain bike trails in 2007. The course now has about three miles of trails that are overseen and maintained by the Parks Department and New York City Mountain Bike Association (NYCMTB).

Read more: here.