Bike messengers remembered

Bike messengers are an integral part of the business world, risking their lives and choosing to do a job on non-polluting forms of transportation.

Recently two messengers were killed in traffic.

Edward Carl Hendrick, killed by a hit-and-run driven in Charlotte.

and here in NYC,

39 year old, Joesph Granati, was killed in Brooklyn. According to the Daily News, he was hit by a 24 year old driver in Gravesend, Brooklyn.

The Messenger Poet, Kurt Boone has known a lot of messenger community and witnessed both the fun times and the tragic. He wrote this poem.

“The Last Ride”
by Kurt Boone

I have seen the bicycle messenger ride
in and out of traffic in New York City.

I have seen the bicycle messenger
die on his last ride.

Maybe the booze
Maybe the wrong turn
Maybe no helmet
or just maybe no brakes.

Life is precious for goodness sake.

I remember Joe
I remember Bronx Jon
I remember Carl Hedrick
and I remember Peru

We are all messengers.
For big business know our name.

A week before my book party and
Joe’s last ride. He said to me I hope
your book brings respect to the messenger life.

Tears are poring down my eyes
as I write this poem on the
F train ride home.

Rest In Peace My Brothers.

Though the money ain’t right
I am a courier for life.

Their will be a memorial ride tonight.

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Get Up, Stand Up…Ride a Bike


Time’s Up has a new dance party ride this Sunday:

Sunday, May 8th, 2011
2:00 PM
Washington Square Park (under the arch), Manhattan.

Summary: Punky Reggae Rastafaride celebrating the life, vision of Bob Marley and everything else green in New York City.

Details: Ride your bike around NYC listening to reggae hits and punk rock. Rastafaride to end at the Yippie! Museum Cafe!

Don’t forget to bring Mom, it’s Mother’s Day.

Bike New York helps kids ride bikes

The TD Bank 5 boro bike tour may have been expensive but not only does a portion of the profits go to charity, it also helps kids ride bikes.

Here is an article in the New York Times by J. David Goodman which examines how the non-profit who puts on the 5 boro, helps add bike curriculum to local schools.

In Schools, a Push to Pedal

By J. David Goodman
April 30th, 2011

20110503-051948.jpg(photo by: Ray McCrea Jones)

They say you never forget how to ride a bike.

Tell that to Delsa Jacqueline Lopez.

Delsa, a sixth grader, first learned to ride when she was about 4, but when she found herself facing “the dreaded bike” in gym class, she discovered the lessons had not stuck. And she was terrified.

Read the article here.

Launch of

Already deeply immersed in the cycling culture with a line of clothing for female riders, Nona Varnado is launching a new website for the ladies.

Nona’s planned out a special woman’s program for bike month and there is a kickoff event tomorrow.

Wednesday, 5/4/11
From 6pm-9pm

A bike tech meet-up at the chic bike shop AdelineAdeline in Manhattan.

147 Reade Street
New York, NY 10013

From the site:
“Learn all about the upcoming events, meet awesome people you’ve only tweeted before and have a great night in AdelineAdeline’s beautiful space.”

This is also in conjunction with the #bikenyc tech meetup group.

For more info visit:

Recap to the kickoff of Bike Month

This was a big weekend for biking.

Saturday was the Blessing of the bikes.

Here is my buddy Eugene doing a track stand in the Church of Saint John the Divine.

mmmm, sacralicious.

Then there was the NY Press and Transportation Alternatives sponsored: New Amsterdam Bicycle Show, a new convention for bikes, products and manufactures.

A little recap from photographer Dmitry Gudkov, who’s been taking amazing portraits of the NYC cycling community.

(photo by Dmitry Gudkov)

Read more here.

He was also on a panel discussion with avid commuters, Adam Pollock and Jessica Cassidy who talked about getting around NYC by bike.

Here is Jessica’s wrap up of the Bike Show, on her blog.

Later that day, Time’s Up held a spirited dance ride in the vein of Santacon and Zombiecon. This time is was PolarBearCon to bring attention to the dire straits of our climate.

A quick video.

Photos by: Brennan Cavanaughn

See more on the Time’s Up Flickr gallery.

and a write up in Gothamist.

Then Sunday, Bike Month kicked off on May 1st with the massive TD Bank 5 boro bike tour. Thanks to Bike New York for hooking me up with a free pass and media badge.

Another amazing group ride spanning all five boroughs on a gorgeous spring day. Special thanks to Jonathan Beck for taking some amazing photos of the ride.

Here is a link to the entire photo set on

New facebook group for bike theft

Just caught this new facebook group:

Someone Stole My Bike-NYC

Find out more here.

HBO wants you

HBO wants you, hip riders:

“We are looking to film Tuesday 5/3 and Friday 5/6 after sundown. We are looking for about 50 cyclists to match both days. The vibe we are looking for are younger brooklyn hipster types. If anyone is interested in taking part they can email and they should include a candid picture along with the best phone# to reach them. We can pay 100 bucks for each day to them with the possibility of making more.


Red Bull tricks event in SF

On April 30, San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza will serve as the setting for a collision of fixed gear biking and urban contemporary art, creating a visually exciting and awe-inspiring event called Red Bull Ride + Style.

Even the ramps will be decked out in Style:

Check out more about the art at

gearing up for 5 boro

This weekend is the kickoff to Bike Month, a May filled with events, rides, etc.

Sunday is the TD bank 5 boro bike tour, when over 30,000 people will realize, “Hey, its ok to ride my bike.”

Here is an article from WNYC news blog, about bike shop’s gearing up:

Bikers Gear Up for Five-Boro Bike Tour and Season
By Stephen Nessen
Friday, April 29, 2011

The city will celebrate bike month by closing 42 miles of streets for the sold-out Five-Boro Bike Tour on Sunday when 32,000 cyclists will pedal through the city in what is the 34th year of the event.

Bike shops across the city have been flooded with requests for last-minute tune ups, tire changes and gear tightening. Mechanics at Bike and Board in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, said they’ll be up all night if need be in order to get bikes ready for the weekend.

Read more here.