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Bike lanes are not experiments. Lets be heard!

Time to get involved and make our voices heard that we want sustainable, safer infrastructure for bicycles in NYC. This means telling local politicians and our community boards that they should get with the program instead of bringing out their “Big Gun” Lawyers.

Community Board 6 which covers Cobble Hill, Prospect Park and Red Hook Brooklyn is holding a hearing to discuss changes to the Prospect Park West bike lane that has some how caused such a stir.

The when and where:
–Thursday, March 10, 6:30 PM, John Jay High School Auditorium, 237 7th Ave, Between 4th and 5th Streets, Brooklyn. (F train at 7th Avenue is the closest subway stop.)

Find out the agenda of the meeting and how to get more involved at this posting by: BrooklynSpoke.wordpress.com.

NY Times on JSK

The Wrath of Sadik-Kahn, Chaka Kahn, JSK…she’s got lots of catchy titles and plenty of New Yorkers praising and bitching about the work she’s done. And so it goes for a D.O.T. commissioner who is actually taking pro-active steps to making our streets safer and encouraging people to use non-polluting transportation for getting around. For the haters, is it legitimate anger for railroading changes through in abrupt fashion or a deeply rooted car culture that just doesn’t like seeing street space given to anything but the precious automobile?

The New York Times just released a long article about Janette Sadik-Kahn that takes an in-depth look at NYC’s bike loving transportation commissioner.

For City’s Transportation Chief, Kudos and Criticism
By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
Published: March 4, 2011


(photo by: Randy Harris)

On a balmy night last June, the city’s Congressional delegation gathered for dinner at Gracie Mansion. Representative Anthony D. Weiner, who aspires to live in the mansion someday, knew he would have only a few minutes with the host, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. So he brought up the hottest topic he could think of: bicycle lanes, and the transportation commissioner who had nearly doubled the number of them, Janette Sadik-Khan.

Read the entire article here.

Freedom ride postponed

Time’s Up Freedom Ride for tomorrow has been postponed.

More info here.

Radio is Revolution



Time’s Up, NYC’s most beloved bike activist group is on the air. Radio is Revolution!

Hosts Keegan and Geoff are commanding the airwaves with a weekly radio show Sunday nights from 10pm-11pm.

The show is streamed at Radiohive.org and all shows will be archived here.

From the site:
The Time’s Up! Radio Hour will keep you abreast of Time’s Up!’s current campaigns and 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!

The show will also be a platform to discuss the latest in bike and environmental issues, locally in NYC and globally.

This Sunday, your’s truly, will be interviewing Streetsblog creator Aaron Naparstek about the recent NYPD crackdown and local politician backlash to bikes and get his perspective on the anti-bike media bias. Is this just about safety or is there more behind this negative political climate?

Tune in to find out.

Ding Dong the Bill is Dead.

Whew. How about a fee for every time local politicians waste our time with stupid ideas?

From the Village Voice:

New York Bike License Bill Is Dead
By Joe Coscarelli
Thursday, March 3rd


​The New York bike bill backed by Queens Democrat Michael G. DenDekker, which we told you yesterday probably wouldn’t pass, has already been withdrawn after DenDekker was “flooded with complaints from people who lived outside the city that they were being taxed and regulated to address concerns about unsafe cycling that existed largely in New York City.” We’ve tried to get the message across: don’t mess with cyclists.

Read more http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/03/new_york_bike_license_bill.php here.

4 Horsemen 2 Alleycat

In accordance with BIKE SHORTS.

Saturday, March 5 · 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Location
110th St. & 5th Ave
Created By
Bike Shorts
More Info
This is gonna be a film for Bike Shorts. Show up & be in it!
$5. Winner take all.
Short and very, very fast, through some of the most technical New York City traffic.
Four of the fastest riders are wearing helmetcams, and this footage will be shown at Bike Shorts on March 13th. Try & beat ‘em.

Correction to Memorial Ride

There will be no Queens stops on this year’s Memorial Ride. Here is an updated schedule:


6th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk

The NYC Street Memorial Project will hold the 6th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk on Sunday, March 13, 2011. Together we will ride to the locations where cyclists have lost their lives after January 1, 2010. Bring flowers and other items to honor those we have lost.

The Ride/Walk schedule below is subject to change – for updates on the day of the ride follow us on Twitter. (@NYC_StreetMem)

Bronx – Manhattan Ride
1:15 E. Fordham Rd & Webster Ave (4 to Fordham Rd, B, D to Grand Concourse, MetroNorth to Fordham Road)
1:30 Alprentice (A.J.) Gray memorial, Webster & 188th
2:00 Meg Felice Charlop memorial, Crotona & E. Tremont
3:00 Meetup – Pelham Fritz Rec Center, Marcus Garvey Park, 5th & 122nd St
3:15 Marcus Ewing memorial, E.120th & 3rd Ave.
3:50 Bob Bowen memorial, 2nd Ave & 59th
4:30 Fuen Bai memorial, Delancey & Ludlow

Staten Island Ride
1:30 Everything Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay St btwn Victory & Hannah
2:30 Dayshan Geralds memorial, Jersey St & Hendricks Ave
3:00 Ferry to Manhattan
4:30 Convergence with Bronx – Manhattan Ride @ memorial for Fuen Bai

Brooklyn Pedestrian Memorial Walk
1:00 Steps of St Anthony’s Church, Manhattan Ave & Milton St (G to Greenpoint Ave)
1:30 Neil Chamberlain memorial, McGuinness & Calyar
2:05 Bike riders converge with North Brooklyn Ride @ memorial for ‘TJ’ Campbell

North Brooklyn Ride
1:00 Irving Square, Wilson Ave & Halsey (L to Halsey or Wilson, J to Halsey)
1:20 Diego Rodriguez memorial, Gates and Bushwick
2:05 Timothy (TJ) Campbell memorial, Varick & Meserole
3:15 Convergence with Brooklyn Ride @ memorial for Jake McDonough

South Brooklyn Ride
1:40 Linton Park (1 block north of 2/3/4/5 train to Van Siclen)
2:05 Unnamed memorial, Linden Blvd & Schenck Ave
2:15 Jerome E. Johnson memorial, Linden Blvd & Van Siclen
3:15 Jake McDonough memorial, Flatbush & Beverly
3:45 Meetup – Grand Army Plaza
4:05 Jasmine Herron memorial, Washington & Atlantic
4:40 Dominik Perez memorial, Atlantic & BQE

All Rides Convergence
5:00 Brooklyn Borough Hall
5:15 Memorial for unnamed pedestrians and cyclists

We invite other locations to ride with us by scheduling their own memorial rides and events on that day. Please contact us to let us know about your ride or to help out on ours.

Rain/snow date is Sunday March 20, 2011.Please note that Daylight Savings Time starts on March 13.

RSVP to our Facebook event.

Time’s Up events

3/2/11-March Madness
Well it’s still cold out but Time’s Up is going to start heating things up with a whole ton of great bike rides and events.

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Recap:
Big shout out to Geoff and Keegan for the inaugural Time’s Up Radio hour on the Radio Hive Collective.
This show is going to be Sunday Nights from 10pm-11pm promoting Time’s Up events and talking about the pressing issues around bikes and the environment.
You can hear the archived show (2/27/11) and listen to upcoming shows here,

www.radiohive.org/timeupcollective.

Their first show featured Time’s Up volunteer Mellow Yellow live from San Francisco bringing the West Coast to the East. The hosts discussed the differences of Critical masses, reports backs and past experiences. They also talked a bit about the NYPD crackdown and gave some excellent tips on the laws in NYC for cyclists.
They don’t have a specific email for the show yet but they are looking for feedback and suggestions. You can drop them a line at: disorganizecm@gmail.com
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Special Event:

Although this is not a Time’s Up Event, we wanted to give it a proper shout-out:

6th Annual Memorial Walk and Ride

The NYC Street Memorial Project will hold the 6th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk on Sunday, March 13, 2011. Together we will ride to the locations where cyclists have lost their lives after January 1, 2010. Bring flowers and other items to honor those we have lost.

There are meet up spots in 4 out of 5 boroughs (not including Queens)

For a complete list of meeting spots and times visit:

Ghostbikes.org.

All Rides Convergence
5:00 Brooklyn Borough Hall
5:15 Memorial for unnamed pedestrians and cyclists
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SUPPORT TIME’S UP! Environmental Organization today by making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member here.

Time’s Up! is a 20-year-old nonprofit, grassroots environmental organization working to make New York City- and the world- a healthier and more sustainable place to live. All of our events and campaigns are free and open to the public- educational and fun bike rides, bike repair workshops, movie nights and presentations, community garden workdays and outreach, bike and public space advocacy and more.

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Come join us for the rides, events and workshops listed below. Details follow the headlines.
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1. FIRST FRIDAY RIDE
Friday, March 4th, 7pm
Union Square North, Manhattan
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2. CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, March 4th, 10pm
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Centrak Park)
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3. FREEDOM RIDE
Saturday, March 5th, 2:00pm
Washington Square Park-Manhattan
Under the arch
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4. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, March 11th, 7:00pm (2nd Friday of the Month)
Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park and Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge
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5. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, March 12th, 9:00pm
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn (Northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave. and Eastrern Parkway Intersect.)
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6. 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!

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1. FIRST FRIDAY RIDE
Friday, March 4th, 7 p.m.
Union Square North

Celebrate non-polluting transportation with a new, spontaneous, monthly mass-ride creating fun, safe and sane streets.
First Friday Ride is a new monthly celebration of pollution-free transportation, creating fun, safer streets for human beings! A fun and inclusive group bicycle ride through the streets of New York City at a leisurely pace. Route to be determined by participants. Participants are encouraged to stay close together for increased safety. Courteous behavior towards pedestrians and other road-users also encouraged.
Bring lights and bells. No bike needed but highly recommended. Skaters or joggers will be joyfully accepted. Come with your love and creativity to spaces usually dominated by motor vehicles by dressing up, bringing music or snacks to share. A real fun way to build real community!
Post-ride dinner at a delicious and affordable eatery, TBD.

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2. CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, March 4th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)

Join us for a relaxing auto-free ride through Central Park. Enjoy the tranquility of the park and its beautiful ponds and waterways. This totally safe ride, with front and rear bike guides, is a nature lover’s dream in Manhattan! The ride moves at a very leisurely pace with a few stops to enjoy the scenery. We usually finish before midnight, back at Columbus Circle. Total mileage is under 10 miles. Any kind of bike will work.

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3. FREEDOM RIDE
Saturday, March 5th, 2:00pm
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!
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4. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, March 11th, 7:00pm (Second Friday of the Month)
Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park Brooklyn 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:

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=brooklyn-critical-mass

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5. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday,March 12th, 9:00pm

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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6. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Once again- in both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=bike-co-op

*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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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!