5/24/11-Bike Burlesque at South Paw

Nona Varnado and along with Heather Loop, presents, Bike Burlesque at South Paw in Park Slope Brooklyn.

Facebook events page.

Survey on bikes across the Verrazano, on busses.

The only bikeable route to Staten Island (within the five boroughs) is the Ferry. Please take a minute to fill out this survey in the hopes of gaining bus access on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

More about this survey:
Staten Island is the only borough of NYC without a direct pedestrian connection to the rest of the city. The Verrazano Narrows Bridge, which connects Staten Island with Brooklyn, is only accessible to cars and buses, though it is a key link in the bicycle network envisioned in New York City’s Bicycle Master Plan. While pedestrians can cross the Verrazano Narrows Bridge by bus, bicyclists can’t do the same legally and must rely on personal automobiles.
This survey focuses on two strategies that could improve bicycle and pedestrian access accross the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

Find the survey here.

New bike

A group of nine environmental and bicycle advocacy/activist groups have formed a coalition to create more public space and bicycle infrastructure in the Lower East Side and Chinatown.
Local Spokes ( is comprised of the following groups:

Asian Americans for Equality
Good Old Lower East Side
Green Map System
Hester Street Collaborative
Times Up!
Transportation Alternatives
Two Bridges Neighborhood Council

According to their website, the group strives to:

This NYC-based Coalition seeks to engage and understand the community’s various perspectives through multilingual outreach and a youth ambassadors program.

They are having an launch meet and greet BBQ,

Wednesday May 25th 5-8pm at El Jardin Del Paraiso – on East 5th Street just East of Avenue C.

Stairmaster Challenge Alleycat


Stoned Tone of NYC messkings, wanted you to know he’s helping his friend Eli throw an alley cat on Saturday. That’s right…the end of the world. So grab your bike and join the stairmaster challenge. There will be lots of checkpoints with stairs so get ready for armageddon on your calves.

Black Hills Fat Tire Festival

I get sent emails all the time for bike events around the world. Here’s the upcoming Black Hills Fat Tire Festival, May 27-30th. Rapid City, South Dakota.


From the website:
“But the star of the festival is the trail itself, located within the city limits. Nancy Busching, a 2003 Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame Inductee as Amateur Athlete of the Year, frequently races in the Fat Tire Festival. She thinks other riders are often surprised to discover the quantity and quality of off-road trails so close to the shops, hotels, restaurants and even residential areas of Rapid City.”

More info:

Community Board bike update

A couple of community board bike related updates:

Community Board 10 rejected a proposal for a new bike lane in Bay Ridge Brooklyn:

the L magazine.

And Community Board 7 voted 11-0 for a temporary ban on vehicular traffic in Central Park.

the Examiner.

Bike to work week


(illustration by: Andy Singer taken from Urban Velo magazine.)

This week is bike to work week (May 16-20) which is just in time because Saturday, May 21st the world ends. On second thought, maybe you should ride somewhere more fun than work.

Here is an article from the Huffington Post about bike week and a chance to win a road bike.

The Health Benefits Of Cycling (Plus A Chance To Win A Bike!)

The average American spends just over 45 minutes a day commuting to and from work, according to one survey — but instead of the road-rage fueled car trips or shoulder-to-shoulder public transportation commute, what if you started your day off on a better, healthier note?
The League of American Bicyclists is the national sponsor of Bike Month — and this week, May 16-20 is the official Bike to Work Week. Biking to work can be a cheaper (no gas, tolls or public transportation fees), greener and, yes, healthier option.

Read and see where to enter: here.

Ride the Rainbow

Watermelon, orange and other flavors don’t just melt in your mouth, they also adorn your fixed gear or at least that’s the hope of Citrus Cycles owner, Michael Fox.

From the site:
Citrus Cycles is a stunning new take on ordinary bikes. Rather than stick to the bland, single color with “spiffy” racing stripe, we introduce a whole new taste of style. Bikes fashioned as fruit. From your favorite fruit to the most exotic around, we offer what no one else can. An amazing new style, mouth watering colors, and a blend of realism is what separates Citrus Cycles from the rest. With a bike that looks this good, everyone who sees you on it will want a taste.

Any given Citrus Cycle is both a fixed gear and a single-speed bicycle leaving the choice of riding style up to you. The single-speed option gives the rider the ability to coast while fixed gear riding connects you and the bicycle, if the rear wheel is turning the pedals are turning. A simple flip of the rear wheel will completely change your riding experience. Our quality parts and smooth aesthetics will ensure each ride on a Citrus Cycle to be just as sweet and comfortable as the very first.


CB10 meeting tonight

Kind of late but I just saw this on Brooklyn Spoke:


There is a community board 10 meeting tonight to discuss a bike lane for Bay Ridge. From CB10:

“Community Board 10’s Traffic and Transportation Committee…member Bob Cassara put forward a motion to call on the Department of Transportation to paint a “shared route” along the wide stretch of the parkway between Shore Road and Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst — a lesser category of bike lane than a full-fledged path.”
It’s certainly not as safe as a class 2 bike lane, but sharrows are better than nothing and may lay the groundwork for true safety improvements on this stretch of road.

If you can make it, show your support.

More at

“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.