Here is a great article from Wired Magazine taking a thoughtful look at NYC bike messengers adapting to the new trends in technology which also threaten their livelihoods. The article features couriers Austin Horse and Wild Bill Meier (on the road since 1982) and Samurai messenger company owner, Josh Weitzner.
Bike Messengers Pedal Past Bandwidth in Data Race
by Bryan Derballa–April 25, 2011
Digital files, cloud computing and accelerating broadband have long put bike messengers on the endangered species list. No matter how fast a messenger is, even a triple rush canâ€™t compete with instantaneous. For messengers, technology is more of a threat than wily cab drivers and potholes.
But, oddly, technology is also what keeps them around. The evolution of software and mobile phones has allowed some messenger companies to work in autonomous cells, rather than as an overhead-heavy hierarchy. A central headquarters is now obsolete, and profit-sharing employees take turns dispatching and making runs.
April 29th, Critical Mass all around the world including…NYC.
Meet at Union Square North at 7pm for a fun festive ride around town.
Kick off the bicycle season with the 13th annual Blessing of the Bikes. (photo by Ed Glazar)
at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
112th St. and Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan
A brief ceremony for riders of all faiths who’s true calling is the religion of the Bicycle.
April 30th is also the 1st annual New Amsterdam Bicycle Show.
Here is a brief write up from Velojoy.com Itâ€™s like the Auto Show, but for bikes. In tune with the growing popularity of bicycling inh
Bikes, accessories and apparel, from brands like Raleigh, Specialized, Jamis, Nutcase and Outlier will be on display on three floors of Center 548 at 548 W. 22nd St. in Chelsea. In addition, the Bikelandia program sponsored by Bicycling Magazine and SRAM will feature discussions, artworks, readings and opportunities to learn about advocacy and bike safety. Also on tap: a bicycling fashion show, a hand-built bicycle row, giveaways, and more. Go to www.newambikeshow.com for complete information. Tickets, $15, benefit Transportation Alternatives.
Date: Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Time’s Square, Manhattan
Summary: Dress up as a polar bear and ride in the Square to raise awareness about global warming.
Details: Floods, Cyclones, Snow Storms, Birds falling from the sky, Ice caps melting. The Earth is telling us something. This Earth Day, show your support for sustainable transportation and clean energy; be a Polar Bear. The Polar Bears are on bikes and they’ve got a message. Bring your own Polar Bear costume or come to the Costume-making party TBA.
Also on Saturday,
Bike New York which brings you the 5 borough bike tour, and other great events, is kicking off their BIG bike ride with an outdoor festival in Brooklyn, BIKE FEST.
Saturday, April 30 2011
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brooklyn Bridge Park (Old Fulton and Furman Streets, Plaza and Pier 1 vehicular turn-around area)
Bike New York proudly announces the first-ever Five Boro Bike Fest. This free, family-friendly event is open to the public and features live entertainment, classes, bike repair, and an expo with demos and giveaways. The Bike Fest is part of a fun-filled weekend that kicks off Bike Month (May) and includes the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by Eastern Mountain Sports, the largest bicycling event in North America, on May 1.
Description from the website: On May 1, more than 30,000 cyclists will experience New York City from a perspective unlike any other: pedaling down 42 miles of car-free streets through all five boroughs, taking in views of iconic landmarks like the Empire State building, Brooklyn Bridge, historic Harlem, and the Statue of Liberty. Regular registration is sold out for the 2011 Tour, but you can still get in on the fun by contacting one of our charity partners for a guaranteed entry or registering as a VIP. Hurry! Spots in these areas are limited, too!
Well it look’s like Crown Prince of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa won’t be attending the royal wedding in London between Prince William and Kate Middleton, even though he was on the guest list.
Obviously too busy killing demonstrators
to be bothered with such frivolous affairs.
Although the wedding will demand lots of attention on Friday, it is also Critical Mass around the world and the anniversay ride of CM London which began in April of 1994.
Big shout out and thanks to Dean Bingham of deansweets.com for sending me a whole box of delicious handmade chocolates (I especially like the Stout) and the two pieces of bacon buttercrunch, YUM! (photo taken from www.candycranks.com)
Dean is a busy guy…When not working on architectural projects (www.deanbingham.com) in Portland Maine, he is also a Chocolatier whipping up incredible creations (like the ones he sent me) He also finds time to ride his bike and raise money for his favorite charity, helping to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. In 2001 he rode his bike for 35 days across the US and raised over 8,500.00. He is now training for his 20th annual ride to support the people of MS.
He will be donating a portion of each box of truffles sold to help the people with MS.
Here are some facts about his Dean’s sweets:
*They use 56% cacao for the ganache center and 70% for the shell
*No preservatives or artificial ingredients.
*all of they’re truffles are hand-made and dipped in Portland, ME.
*all truffles are nut-free
*most truffles are gluten fre and one is dairy free-the chocolate stout uses local brew Allagash Stout.
*They use local indredients whenever possible-the blueberries, organic maple syrup, Allagash Black stout and Cold River (potato) vodka all come from Maine.
My mint condition women’s 2007 21 speed Cannondale Adventure Hybrid was jacked outside of Bierkraft around 5pm yesterday on 5th Avenue at Sacket (Park Slope, Brooklyn) It has a small white bike light, clear plastic bubble horn, clear with blue lettering Tony’s Bike Shop, Milford, CT water bottle, cable lock holder on stem and bike patch kit under rear seat. It’s a silvery gray.
Any leads to creep who swiped it within 10 minutes of me parking it within my site – reward is offered! I had only a cable lock, but was keeping it parked within my sight. The ten minutes it took the bar keep to pour my beer with my back turned was all it took. Everyone on the street swore they saw nothing! Must be pros….
Any info, contact: email@example.com
My name is Jim Pfeifer and I had my bike stolen on Monday March 28th from my school in Harlem. This sucks. I rode it to school with all intentions of going for a ride after I finished my morning exam. I tried to get the Gothamist to publish the story, but they weren’t interested (I’m not too surprised). Anyway, I’m reaching out to anyone I can to help get my bike back. I’ve included some pics – of the bike and the thief.
I’ve seen that you post a lot of bicycling related stories on Gothamist and I love it. Unfortunately, my beloved bicycle, a 2010 Focus Cayo which I purchased just before I finished my first semester of medical school was stolen on Monday, the 28th of March. It was stolen from the 3rd floor bike room of school with “security” at both entrances. I have every reason to believe someone on the inside assisted with this crime. I guess I’m naive to think that people should respect one another’s property.
Please feel free to call the 28th Precinct Detective Squad to light a fire under their asses: (212) 678-1608 (Detective Heidi Carnevali) (firstname.lastname@example.org) – pre-divorce name.
If you want to know my background, I’m 32 year-old Naval Academy grad and was a Naval Flight Officer during the Gulf War 2. I study medicine in Harlem so I can practice family medicine for undeserved communities. Yeah, that sounds kind of sappy when I write it, but I don’t care. Right now, I’m too pissed about my bike being stolen to care about much else. Please help me out in way you can.
7pm, Time’s Up Radio Ride, leave Tompkins Sq. South, Manhattan (bring
9pm, Radiohive after party, 99 S. 6th St., Williamsburg BK NYC
This Saturday April 16th join Time’s Up on a Radio Ride (bring your portable
radio) where we turn every bike into a soundbike! Then ride with us (or
join separate if bikeless) over the Williamsburg Bridge to the Time’s Up!
space for a one year benefit afterparty supporting RADIOHIVE, our local DIY
non-commercial radio station (and host to The Time’s Up! Radio Hour).
Last night in Brooklyn, Community Board 6 unanimously voted to keep the prospect park west bike lane with proposed modifications, in case you were worried about a few cranky neighbors alarmed about the loss of their parking.
Community Board 6 Meeting Wednesday Night, 4/13/11
April 12, 2011
Following Sundayâ€™s massive 750-person family ride, thereâ€™s still another piece of unfinished Prospect Park West business. Brooklynâ€™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 Transportationâ€™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 canâ€™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, itâ€™s certainly convenient for them to try.
The â€˜anti-Craigslistâ€™ 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