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.
I think the biggest fool’s day event was the very successful run of the @bronxzooscobra on twitter. Oh well, now that the 20″ Egyptian cobra is safely back in her tank and not gallivanting all over the city, somehow will have to find a way to get on with our lives.
Bill Cunningham has had 28 bikes stolen in NYC in his decade long career as a fashion photographer. This hasn’t stopped him from choosing the bicycle as his favorite form of transportation to capture the life blood of the fashion world as depicted on the streets of NYC. There is a new documentary from Zeitgeist Films, about this legendary photographer who’d much rather be behind the camera.
If the NYPD is so concerned about safety of NYC cyclists, such as setting up a speed trap in Central Park, maybe they should start scrutinizing over the driving records and licenses of bus drivers and tour companies.
First there was last week’s tour bus accident in the Bronx, killing 13. The driver of the bus allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and the tour company, World Wide Tour, has been cited five times over the past two years for fatigued driving.
Last night perhaps an MTA M15 bus driver should be cited for driving while blind. He plowed into a food delivery person and crushed his head under the back wheel, claiming he didn’t even see him.
Collision with City Bus
By FRANK ROSARIO and DOUG AUER
March 25, 2011
A delivery bicyclist was killed by a city bus today after the two collided on the Upper East Side, authorities said.
The rider was heading eastbound on East 96th Street when he was fatally struck by an M15 bus traveling south on Second Avenue at 4:10 p.m., according to witnesses.
The victim was hit by the front of the bus, slid underneath the vehicle and, then, had his head crushed by a rear tire, witnesses added.
The bus driver kept going, apparently unaware he had struck someone.
Transportation officials and cops are still seeking the bus, said an MTA spokesman.
Don’t forget the Red Hook Criterium is tonight. This is bike racer David August Trimble’s annual birthday celebrations pitting the best of Road, Cross, Track and Street in a closed laps course on the mean streets of Red Hook Brooklyn.
Here is a bit about some of the racers to watch from Cinelli’s Blog True Stories.
RED HOOK CRIT FAVOURITES: long list There is one big question at Red Hook this year: CAN THE STREETS WIN AGAIN? Such has been the rapid growth in the glamour and prestige of the race that this year the field is filled with some of the countryâ€™s strongest athletes from all disciplines of the sport, not just street riders (three monster track champions will be in the field), but also Professional â€˜cross, track, road and mountain bike riders. We like good stories too much to wish anything but a huge victory from a rider who learned to race on the street â€“ weâ€™re excited as hell for what is almost certainly the most competitive amateur race of the year.
Here is a list compiled by David Trimble and edited by Lodovico Pignatti-Morano which covers, category by category, the riders to watch next Saturday:
Part 2 of the bike lane debate with Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson on Brian Lehrer.
Howard Wolfson…”Bike Lanes are popular in NYC. The vast bulk of the people in this city support bike lanes.” NYC’s deputy mayor directly responds to the litigator Jim Waldon and the anti-bike lane NIMBY’s he represents. He also responds to a really good question from a caller (Mike in Brooklyn) who asks, “Why is the NYPD harassing cyclists.”
And here is more about Lawyer Jim Walden and why exactly he’s working pro bono on this.
“Boy, Iâ€™m sure glad every one of the 3,300 people currently on death row in this country all have great lawyers, much better than former Assistant United States Attorney, and Gibson Dunn partner, Jim Walden!
Because Mr. Walden, Esq, is busily interpreting pro bono to mean representing former DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall, and former deputy mayor Norman Steisel, er… â€œNeighbors For Better Bike Lanesâ€, in their effort to have the Prospect Park West bike lane removed, against the expressed wishes of the vast majority of the community, and the Community Board which has repeatedly voted in support of it.”>