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Feeling the winter blahs

This is just a test of wordpress new iPhone app. for some remote blogging.

Thanks to Dimitry Gudkov for the photo and a reminder winter is not over.

( I can see, there are bugs to work out with the sizing)

Upcoming events-Feb. & March

Here are a few upcoming events in NYC, for your cycling pleasure.

Kim Burgas isn’t afraid of a little cold. She’s put on a group ride/ice skating event back in December. Now her gang is at it again with a gallery hop.

Facebook event listing.

Also, Kim would like you to know she’s biking 300 miles from London to Paris in the Environmental Justice Foundation’s Great Fashion Cycle charity ride. To help her reach her fundraising goal visit Smartypig.com

For the slightly more hardcore who don’t mind their bikes looking like this:


and have what it takes to race in the streets on bikes with no hand brakes.

Come’s NYC most intense alleycat race…MONSTER TRACK 12.
March 12th, (details to come)

March 13th, is the 6th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk:
(photo by Peter Meitzler)

The NYC Street Memorial Project has scheduled the 6th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk for Sunday March 13, 2011
Together we will ride to the locations where cyclists have lost their lives on the streets after January 1, 2010.
We invite other locations to ride with us by scheduling their own memorial rides and events on that day.
Please contact us to let us know about your ride or to help out on ours.
Timing for this ride is approximate at this point. More details will follow early in 2011 at ghostbikes.org. Rain/snow date is Sunday March 20, 2011.

RSVP to our Facebook event.

March 26th, David August Trimble and Eastern Mountain Sports presents the 4th Annual Redhook Criterium

For more details visit: www.redhookcrit.com

Chuck Schumer Day

In honor of Senator Chuck and his war on a bike lane…the blog Brooklyn Spoke is calling February 15th, Chuck Schumer Bike Lane Appreciation Day.

Here are some tips to help celebrate.

Here it comes…lawsuit time.

Here it comes. While the rest of us engage in the long process of getting a piece of bicycle infrastructure put onto place, politicians meet in private and then when they realize they don’t like something, the resort to law suits. The Brooklyn Paper reports on the latest developments in the battle for the Prospect Park West bike lane.

Mean Streets:
Here it comes — the inevitable Prospect Park West bike lane lawsuit!

BY NATALIE O’NEILL

The politically connected group that opposes the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane is poised to sue the city — at the risk of a marital rift between cycling advocate Sen. Charles Schumer and his lane-hating wife.

Read more here.

Enter to win a Schwinn Tandem from Chromebags

Chrome Bags and Schwinn are offering a chance to win this sexy schwinn tandem.

Enter to win here.

Contest ends 2/18/11 at 5pm EST.

Love and Hate

Time’s Up had a rocking party on Friday to show love for all cyclists in NYC. Their bash included a chocolate fountain and burlesque dancers, what more do you need.


See more photos here.

Meanwhile the press is continuing to show hate towards cyclists and continuing to tow the party line that some how bike lanes are the cause of traffic problems. Take CBS’s Marcia Kramer who has focused her lens on the Prospect Park Bike lane. (for the third time) Some how the bike lane is the cause of major congestion to the point where emergency vehicles are detained and forced to drive in the bike lane in order to save lives. Sure, I mean it must be all those bicycles blocking traffic and have nothing to do with double parked cars who don’t move when they hear sirens blaring.

Check out the story here on Streetsblog. Oh yeah, you’ll have to sit through a car commercial first before seeing the CBS story.

I mean it’s fair and balanced journalism right? I mean why would Marcia Kramer have any allegiance to any public official who’d be out to do in the bike lane in?


CBS’s Kramer shown here all buddy buddy with Senator Charles Schumer who just happens to live on Prospect Park West and is trying to get the bike lane removed.

Which you can read about in the NY POST.
Not in Chuck’s back yard!
February 6, 2011
by David Seifman

Sen. Chuck Schumer may be an avid cyclist, but he’s no fan of the bike lane the city installed along his Prospect Park West street last summer.
Sources said Schumer — who has yet to take a public position on the 19-block bike corridor — shared his feelings privately with some members of the City Council.
“He’s asked legislators what they’re going to do about [this and other] bike lanes,” said one source.
A Schumer spokesman declined comment.
The state’s senior US senator is in a tough position.
He’s a longtime cyclist himself and doesn’t want to come off as the heavy in a battle with green-friendly constituents.

Read more: here.

Gothamist’s John Del Signore makes some interesting points about the CBS coverage and this video scapegoating the cyclists.

A couple of things about the video used in this segment. First, because it only shows one camera angle, we have no idea what’s causing this traffic jam. Is there an accident up ahead that the ambulance was trying to get to? Is Marty Markowitz in the middle of the road doing the Truffle Shuffle to the tune of Take This Lane and Shove It? Correlation does not imply causation, and assuming that this traffic is caused by that bike lane is just that—an assumption. Later in the segment, reporter Marcia Kramer is repeatedly shown alongside a jam-free PPW, so what does that tell you? Secondly, a study has shown that not only is speeding is down on PPW, but there is no discernible difference between pre-bike lane and post-bike lane travel times on PPW.

Read more here.

Instead of moving us forward to the promised land of cycling progress, this hate is having a negative effect including hindering plans for more bike lanes in Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Paper reports a community board has dropped the discussion.

Mean Streets
Bike lanes — the third rail of New York City politics
By Gary Buiso
The Brooklyn Paper

City officials scrubbed a scheduled meeting set for this week on a new pair of bike lanes in Park Slope — which some see as evidence that a backlash against cycle paths is having an impact.
Community Board 6’s Transportation Committee said last week that its Feb. 17 meeting would include a discussion of new bike lanes on 14th and 15th streets between Third Avenue and Prospect Park West, near the controversial Prospect Park West lane.

Read the article here.

Meanwhile a study was released in Montreal which found separated bike lanes reduce risk to cyclists.

Read more in this article:

Cyclists shouldn’t ‘share the road,’ they should have their own
by Elly Blue
14 Feb 2011 10:14 AM
www.grist.org

It’s long been the most controversial issue in bicycling:
Should people on bikes ride in traffic with cars, using the same infrastructure and following the same procedures (a style of riding known as “Vehicular Cycling”)?
Should we ride on the sidewalks and off-road paths, with pedestrians?
Or should we have our own place to ride that’s designed specifically for bicycling?
Like Goldilocks, we’ve tried all these options. Riding with faster, heavier cars is hard on us. Riding with slower, roaming pedestrians is hard on them. Only when we have our own place in traffic are things anywhere near just right.

Read more here.

Bike Classes, NYC

Looking for some bike repair and Maintenance classes?

Check out 718cyclery in Park Slope Brooklyn.

Class schedule here.

Also from the people who bring you the 5 boro bike tour, Bike New York offers bicycle education.

Check out their schedule here.

And don’t forget, Time’s Up, NYC’s only bike co-op, has free bike workshops on two locations.

Find out more here.

Bikeblognyc turns 7

Despite all the silliness it takes to ride a bike here in NYC, I’ve been glad to cover it. 20 years on a bike (in NYC) and 7 years of blogging about it.

Today Bikeblognyc turns 7.

Thanks to all who have helped make this happen and to all the amazing people who make up our bike community.

The latest on the PPW bike lane.

For some strange reason, the bike lane on Prospect Park West in Brooklyn’s family friendly neighborhood is still being debated. Even though, it’s been asked for by the community board since 2007 including pleas for traffic calming and to deal with motorists who constantly break the speed limit. Even though it’s been openly and transparently constructed by the DOT with constant civic input. Even though the DOT has completed a year long study of the usage and presented it’s findings to the community. Still need convincing? Here is a comprehensive video from street films. The video asks local residents what they think of the lane from bikers to motorists:

That’s right, the bike lane works, and there still were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Somehow all of these reasons and public opinion isn’t good enough for some local politicians and residents of Brooklyn.

Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz is doing his part in the opposition mocking safety and poking fun at bicycles.

Instead of working with the process and giving input to the DOT on what specifics they’d like changed, local residents are looking for lawsuits.

They want to sue the DOT for false data as shown here in this blog posting by Transportation reporter Andrea Bernstein.

Meanwhile cyclists and pedestrians continue to be run over, illustrated some tragic irony that safety issues aren’t getting any better.

To make matters worse, the local
papers seem to getting the story wrong and taking the side of the motorists.

Aaron Naperstek, creator of Streetsblog, has been doing an excellent job of pointing out the media’s bias. He’s been encouraging such papers as the NY Daily news to get their facts straight and for angry pro bikers to write the editors.

The opposition against bike lanes would love for the general public to believe their is a powerful “bicycle lobby” influencing the DOT and is against motor vehicles. In reality it’s rich and powerful politicians creating frivolous lawsuits and working favors in order to get their way.

Streetsblog’s Ben Fried writes this story about how Prospect Park West resident Senator Chuck Schumer has been plotting in secret meetings to destroy the PPW bike lane.

Read more here.

the real Superbowl…Stupor Bowl

Oh sure there was this event last night with some football and a bunch of really expensive commercials, but we all know the REAL event is America’s oldest bike courier race in Minneapolis known as the STUPOR BOWL.

Here is a new 25 minute documentary about this great race by Nathaniel Freeman called: Down by the Weep Hole

DOWN BY THE WEEP HOLE: The story of the Stupor Bowl from Nathaniel H. Freeman on Vimeo.

For more information on this year’s event (which is now over) check out Minneapolis’s best cycling blog bikejerksmpls.blogspot.com