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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!

$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.