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Double Whammy-Young Cyclist of Color Meets NYPD’s Policy of Stop-and-Frisk & hatred of biking.

The NYPD’s policy of stop-and-frisk has been at the forefront of this year’s mayoral race with many potential voters wondering where candidates stand on this issue. At the heart of the debate are serious concerns about racial profiling and illegal search and seizers which tend to overwhelming target young people of color. Many people [...]

Celebrate the Biking Public Project’s 1st Birthday-May 8th

What is the Biking Public Project you ask?

According to their website: ( bikingpublicprojet.tumblr.com )“The Biking Public Project aims to expand local cycling advocacy discussions by reaching out to underrepresented bicyclists around New York City including women, people of color, and delivery cyclists.

This is actually the group that was formerly P.O.W. (People On [...]

Premium Rush, messenger movie keeping local, Vayabags Interview.

What do we know about the new messenger thriller Premium Rush? We know it stars Joesph Gordon-Levitt as the hotshot fixed gear riding protagonist. We know it’s about bike messengers in NYC and premiers August 24th. But what you might not be aware of is it was entirely shot in New York City and used a lot of real messengers as consultants, actors and stunt riders. Our own Austin Horse (who took 4th place in this years Cycle Messenger World Championships in Chicago) was Joesph’s double for much of the riding in traffic and skids.

Photo By: Sarah Shatz-
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Austin Horse and director David Koepp on the set of Columbia Pictures’ Premium Rush.
Read an article on the Austin working with Joesph in Momentum Magazine.
See the trailer:

Something else you may not know is the messenger bags used in this film are hand made right here in Ridgewood Queens by Tianna Meilinger and her lady co-workers Angie and Grace of Vaya Bags.

I recently got a chance to visit Tianna and her crew at the Queens shop to see the whole operation of this company who’d I’d been admiring for years.

Continue reading Premium Rush, messenger movie keeping local, Vayabags Interview.

3rd annual,Tour del Taco, October 9th

Do you love things that look like this? (photo by: 52 projects.)

The Tour del Taco is a roving group bike ride that hits up the best Taco’s in town. Here is a write up in Gothamist:

Saddle up for the 2011 Tour del Taco, a bike ride through the finest taco establishments this [...]

Velo City and Escape from New York 2

This weekend, July 2nd, is the annual Velo City tour in NYC, a multi-city velodrome series where participating track racers compete for tickets to the Cycle Messenger World Championships. (held this year in Warsaw, Poland)

You have to be a working courier to win tickets, but it’s an excellent time to watch some [...]

Tweet nightmares and motor vehicles that do more than bump, news from the city council and local community boards.

It’s June, it’s hot and great weather for biking. Unfortunately members of our city council and community boards still haven’t embraced the green future of biking and continue to throw up obstacles to advancements in infrastructure and the aims of getting more people on bikes here in NYC.

25 year old Queens City Councilman [...]

Profiles are back…the Bike Nerd

Back in the day, I used to do profiles of other bicycle blogs where I would send out questions, got back the answers and then post it up as if I actually did an interview with these people. Ok, I was borrowing from a time honored tradition of zines.

I started this back in [...]

Post about Tour de Queens from Bitch Cakes

Ms Bitch Cakes of the blog msbitchcakes.blogspot.com is on a quest to loose weight and she’s being brave enough to make her experiences public. She’s seems to be doing quite well and I’d have to say biking around the city has been a big help. I’ve really enjoyed her postings and wanted to [...]

Sunday, Tour De Queens

Sunday, July 11th is the 3rd annual Tour De Queens. Hosted by Transportation Alternatives this is a 20 mile group bike ride in the North and Eastern parts of Queens.

Cost is $10.00, register on-line in advance.

A little info from the site: The Tour de Queens starts in Flushing Meadows Park by [...]

Biker Profile: John “the Cat” Campo

John has been an institution in the world of cycling here in NYC for decades. He is currently the director of the Kissena velodrome out in Queens. He has been a prolific force in keeping NYC’s only cycle track open and running, offering track racing experience to the young and old. He has been [...]