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CB6 meeting tomorrow, on the agenda: PPW bike lane modifications

After the success of Sunday’s family bike ride there is still work to be done.

Local community board 6 is having a general meeting. Here is more about it from Brooklyn Spoke.

Community Board 6 Meeting Wednesday Night, 4/13/11
April 12, 2011
by brooklynspoke

Following Sunday’s massive 750-person family ride, there’s still another piece of unfinished Prospect Park West business. Brooklyn’s Community Board 6 meets on Wednesday night, April 13th, for its General Board meeting. On the agenda:

Recommendation to conditionally support the Department of Transportation’s proposed modifications to the Prospect Park West bike lanes.

Many of the modifications grew out of suggestions included in the Brad Lander survey and were ostensibly on the agenda at the March 10 public hearing.

This is not a public hearing and no time for general comments is scheduled. Still, it can’t hurt to have a few bodies in the room in case Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes tries to make another end run around the years-long public process. Since the meeting is being held at the Prospect Park Residence, just one block away from NBBL headquarters and the infamous Louise Hainine spy cam, it’s certainly convenient for them to try.

Reminder, Bike Jumble (swap meet) is back in NYC-May 14th


The ‘anti-Craigslist’ returns! Vendors will be on hand at the 3rd Springtime Brooklyn Bike Jumble to sell new bikes, clothes and parts and accessories to get your bike back in shape without the hassles of looking on Craigslist at dodgy bikes.

The Brooklyn Bike Jumble has brought together New York’s premier cycling vendors at The Old Stone House in Prospect Park, Brooklyn for three consecutive years. On hand will be kid’s bikes, cruisers, BMX, mountain, racers and fixed gears, both new and recycled, parts, accessories clothes and cycling related bric-a-brac. Truly, a flea on wheels!

The Old Stone House at Washington Park
336 3rd Street (bet. 4th and 5th Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11215.
To more learn more about NY Bike Jumble, visit www.nybikejumble.com

Make Live Webcast tomorrow-Making Bikes

Make Magazine your DIY guide to well, making cool stuff, is having a live webcast starting tomorrow, April 13th.

Make Live.

Tomorrow’s episode is all about making bikes with crazy bike builder William Thomas Porter

Here is a preview:

Tune in tomorrow, April 13th, at 9pm (the website says April 12th) here: www.makezine.com/live

Source: here.

Tuff City Styles Alleycat

Stoned Tone
(photo by: Doug D)

Has hooked up with Tuff City Styles Tattoo in the BX and is throwing an alleycat this weekend:


More details visit Tone’s Tumblr site: nycmesskings.tumblr.com

Bikenomics

Check out this new column from Grist.org about the economics of the bicycle:

From the site:

Bikenomics A Grist Special Series
Series Intro

Bicycle transportation is good for a lot of things—it’s healthy, it’s green, it’s quiet, it’s fun, it builds community. It also makes financial sense, and the magnitude of bicycling’s economic impact gets far less attention than it deserves. In the Bikenomics series, Elly Blue explores the scope of that impact, from personal finance to local economies to the big picture of the national budget. In the grassroots and on a policy level, the bicycle is emerging as an effective engine of economic recovery.

Read more from Elly Blue, here.

Speaking of good bicycle economics, here is a video about San Francisco’s Bicycle Coffee Company, delivering the best in fair trade organic coffee.

Seen on Patterncities.com

Recap from Last weekend: Sunday PPW rally

Sunday was the “We ride the lanes,” family friendly bike rally to support the Prospect Park Bike Lane. I stopped by with the family and friends and found myself trying to explain to a man with a foreign accent, “Why would anyone be against a bike lane?”

Here is an article from Grist.org with further explanation:

Hundreds ride to support Brooklyn bike lane.
by Sarah Goodyear
“Well, if supporters of the Prospect Park West bike lane in Brooklyn are a bunch of terrorists (as some bike-lane opponents might have it), they are very effectively disguised as cute little kids and their parents. Streetfilms has the evidence.

Yesterday, hundreds of bike lane supporters showed up to ride the controversial lane, which has become the target of a lawsuit filed by neighbors seeking to have it removed. (Full disclosure: some of the material filed as part of the suit consists of nasty comments from Streetsblog, a website where I used to work.) The lane’s opponents say it is a safety hazard.”

read more here.

Here is a video by Clarence Eckerson Jr of Streetfilms.org

and an article in Gothamist:

Big Crowd Rides PPW Bike Lane
by: John Del Signore

(photo by: noa.cortes)

On Sunday, an estimated 750 cyclists rode the Prospect Park West bike lane in Park Slope as part of a rally in support of the lane that has prompted a lawsuit against the DOT. (The unabashedly anti-cyclist NY Post craftily reports that “more than 200 cyclists” took part, but organizers say they handed out all 400 “We Ride the Lanes” t-shirts at least 20 minutes before the ride was even scheduled to begin.) Here’s an ultra feel-good video from the ride, courtesy Streetfilms; you may recognize the stock music from every instructional video you’ve been forced to watch in your life.
Read more at here.

There’s also a flickr photo pool with tons of photos of families in attendance.

April 9th, turning Japanese…Japan Aid Alleycat

Got this message from Juliana who is a messenger for breakaway courier. She is throwing an alleycat in NYC to help aid with the disaster relief in Japan.

From facebook:

Come out and celebrate the hanami like a track star! Never raced before? Pop it with us at Chari & co, and let the vets show you how it’s done.
Race for a good cause, and come help the New York Bike Messenger Foundation show some solidarity with our friends in Japan. Wacky challenges and a course that incorporates Japanese cultural landmarks in our own fair city.
Bring a lock, a bag, and an extra dollar. ;o)

$10, suggested mnimum, to race
Registration 1pm
Race 2pm
check points, challenges, and PRIZES!!

After party at the Double Down Saloon, 14 Ave A @ Houston

Donations and sponsored matches welcome.
For more more information: juliana@brooklynboulders.com
Donations are already being accepted online at NYBMF.org, just click “donate”

Thank you so much for your support!

Sponsors:

New York Bike Messenger Foundation 501(c)3

Chari & Co NYC

Outlier

City Bicycles NYC

Chrome Messenger Bags

NYCMessQueen Courtney Gamble

Ride Brooklyn

ku. jewelry

Read more at the Facebook events page.

Bike Porn is coming back to NYC, April 11th

Rev Phil from Portlandia, sent me this trailer:

Like’s like there is another bike porn movie tour,

Find out more here.

Dutch Reporter looking for Dutch biker in NYC

(photo by @noneck)

A Dutch TV reporter contacted me and I thought I’d pass it along.

Dear Michael,
My name is Ilja Willems, I’m a reporter for Dutch tv. I am producing an item about Biking in NYC and I am searching for a Dutch person who is actively involved with the whole pro-bike campaign in NYC.
Would you have any suggestions?
Thank you very much in advance.
Ilja Willems

Ilja Willems
TV Director & Producer
Brooklyn, New York
Tel: (+1) 917 855 5791
iljawillems@hotmail.com

Family bike ride Prospect Park West bike lane.

Here is a fun family event to support the Prospect Park West bike lane:


When:
Sunday, April 10 · 10:30am – 1:30pm
Where:
Grand Army Plaza
Kids and parents: Show your support for the new Prospect Park West bike path by riding it as a family this Sunday, April 10!

Supported by: Ride Brooklyn, Bicycle Habitat, Bark, Transportation Alternatives, Blue Sky Bakery and Level2.

Families and friends of the new Prospect Park West will be gathering at Grand Army Plaza at 10:30 a.m and getting some cool free t-shirts. Starting at 11 a.m. we’ll be riding (and walking) the entire length of the bike path to the Bartel-Pritchard entrance of Prospect Park at 15th Street.

At the end of the ride there will be free hot dogs from Bark, cupcakes from Blue Sky Bakery and more from our bike shop sponsors, Bicycle Habitat and Ride Brooklyn.

Volunteers from Transportation Alternatives will be stationed along the route to keep the ride safe and hopefully free of skinned knees.

It should be a lovely day, a great ride or walk for everyone and an important opportunity to celebrate safe, family-friendly streets for Brooklyn.

Please forward this email on to anyone and everyone who might be interested in joining the ride.

See you there!

Facebook event page.