(photo by: Doug D)
Has hooked up with Tuff City Styles Tattoo in the BX and is throwing an alleycat this weekend:
More details visit Tone’s Tumblr site: nycmesskings.tumblr.com
Check out this new column from Grist.org about the economics of the bicycle:
From the site:
Bikenomics A Grist Special Series
Bicycle transportation is good for a lot of thingsâ€”itâ€™s healthy, itâ€™s green, itâ€™s quiet, itâ€™s fun, it builds community. It also makes financial sense, and the magnitude of bicyclingâ€™s economic impact gets far less attention than it deserves. In the Bikenomics series, Elly Blue explores the scope of that impact, from personal finance to local economies to the big picture of the national budget. In the grassroots and on a policy level, the bicycle is emerging as an effective engine of economic recovery.
Read more from Elly Blue, here.
Speaking of good bicycle economics, here is a video about San Francisco’s Bicycle Coffee Company, delivering the best in fair trade organic coffee.
Seen on Patterncities.com
Sunday was the “We ride the lanes,” family friendly bike rally to support the Prospect Park Bike Lane. I stopped by with the family and friends and found myself trying to explain to a man with a foreign accent, “Why would anyone be against a bike lane?”
Here is an article from Grist.org with further explanation:
Hundreds ride to support Brooklyn bike lane.
Yesterday, hundreds of bike lane supporters showed up to ride the controversial lane, which has become the target of a lawsuit filed by neighbors seeking to have it removed. (Full disclosure: some of the material filed as part of the suit consists of nasty comments from Streetsblog, a website where I used to work.) The lane’s opponents say it is a safety hazard.”
read more here.
Here is a video by Clarence Eckerson Jr of Streetfilms.org
and an article in Gothamist:
Big Crowd Rides PPW Bike Lane
(photo by: noa.cortes)
On Sunday, an estimated 750 cyclists rode the Prospect Park West bike lane in Park Slope as part of a rally in support of the lane that has prompted a lawsuit against the DOT. (The unabashedly anti-cyclist NY Post craftily reports that “more than 200 cyclists” took part, but organizers say they handed out all 400 “We Ride the Lanes” t-shirts at least 20 minutes before the ride was even scheduled to begin.) Here’s an ultra feel-good video from the ride, courtesy Streetfilms; you may recognize the stock music from every instructional video you’ve been forced to watch in your life.
There’s also a flickr photo pool with tons of photos of families in attendance.
Got this message from Juliana who is a messenger for breakaway courier. She is throwing an alleycat in NYC to help aid with the disaster relief in Japan.
Come out and celebrate the hanami like a track star! Never raced before? Pop it with us at Chari & co, and let the vets show you how it’s done.
$10, suggested mnimum, to race
After party at the Double Down Saloon, 14 Ave A @ Houston
Donations and sponsored matches welcome.
Thank you so much for your support!
Read more at the Facebook events page.
Rev Phil from Portlandia, sent me this trailer:
Like’s like there is another bike porn movie tour,
Find out more here.
(photo by @noneck)
A Dutch TV reporter contacted me and I thought I’d pass it along.
Here is a fun family event to support the Prospect Park West bike lane:
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.
See you there!
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.
Today starts #30daysofbiking, an event started by two cyclists out of Minnesota, Patrick Stephenson and Zach Schaap, to encourage people to get on their bikes and ride everyday of April. Here is a little interview I did with them last year.
Here in NYC we can look forward to the first day in riding conditions quite possibly like this:
SPRING WHERE ARE YOU?!?!?
If you’d like to participate, go to their website here, and register. Post your rides with the hashtag #30daysofbiking on twitter.
Steve is known for picking checkpoints on the most obscure street names around so this will really be a test of your knowledge of the city. This is a fun paced ride open to all.
Okay, here’s the full info:
Date: April 1, 2011 (no joke!)
Start location: Tribeca Park (where Beach Street, West Broadway, and Sixth Avenue all converge)
Registration opens: 6:00pm
Race Starts: 7:00pm SHARP
$1.00 fee; lock required.
A little more details form melloveloracing.wordpress.com.
Mike Castleman has created a new quick and easy website giving you information whether it’s ok to take a bike on various forms of NYC public transportation, Subway, Staten Island Ferry, Metro North:
Check it out ridewithbikes.com