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Spring Has Sprung-Events from Time’s Up.

03/20/14

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SPRING IS HERE!

It’s time to come out of hibernation and join the fun and exciting world of Time’s Up.
The weather is getting better and there’s lots of great ways to spread the Velo Love like blossoming flowers.

Time’s Up is kicking things off with a great event. Time to wash off this brutal winters grime and dirt you’ve been building up like a badge of honor on your ride.

SPRING TUNING.
Free pop-up bicycle workshop in the back yard of the Diamond Bar, with Beer.

Tools, bike stands, a washing station (w/ parts-washing station) and a couple of bike mechanics will be there.

Show your weather-worn bike some love.

Sunday, March 23rd 2014
The Diamond-43 Franklin St. Brooklyn, NY 11222
(between Quay and Cayler Street)
Greenpoint.

Facebook event page.

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On Going events:

Time’s Up! Movie Night!
Every 2nd Thursday
Free entrance and popcorn (vegan)
local beer available
7:30pm doors, 8:00pm screening
XUP Brooklyn Space, 99 S. 6th Street-Williamsburg (off of Bedford Ave-right under the Williamsburg Bridge)

April 8th:
FUNNY BIKE SHORTS
Celebrate April Fools and oncoming warmer bike weather with a night of weird and humorous short bike films.

May 13th:
LINE OF SIGHT
Gripping, first-person footage of Alleycat races from around the world. From the helmet camera mastery of rider/film maker Lucas Brunelle.
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SUPPORT TIME’S UP! Environmental Organization today by making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member at http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support

ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Time’s Up! is a 20-year-old nonprofit, grassroots environmental organization working to make New York City- and the world- a healthier and more sustainable place to live. All of our events and campaigns are free and open to the public- educational and fun bike rides, bike repair workshops, movie nights and presentations, community garden workdays and outreach, bike and public space advocacy and more.

Become a member at http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support

http://times-up.org/

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Charlie Speaks, You Should Listen…And Get Involved

Charlie McCorkell was going to Washington to fight for cyclists safety long before there was a National Bike Summit. He was painting his own bike lanes and taking matters into his own hands.

You may know Charlie as the jovial owner of one of the most established bike shops in NYC, Bicycle Habitat, [...]

Time’s Up Bike Parts Swap Meet, 2/22/14

Just caught this on the NYC fixed gear forum,

This weather sucks and not much is going on this month, so Times UP! is hosting a Bike Parts Swap Meet

Where: Brooklyn Times UP! @ 99 South 6th Street When: Saturday February 22nd, 12pm-4pm Who: Attendance is free for both buyers and [...]

1/29/14-Time’s Up Memorial Ride for Pete Seeger

Facebook event page

Folk Singer, Activist and Founder of the Clearwater Revival, Pete Seeger dies at 94

Pete Seeger was a folk music pioneer who could easily get people of all stripes to sing along to old time music, such as “We Shall Overcome,” “She’ll be Coming Around the Mountain,” and “This Land is Your Land.” He was a lifelong environmental activist and founder of the Clearwater Hudson River Revival [...]

Spills and Kills, but no Vision Zero. A round up January events on street safety and traffic violence.

I was taking a bit of a hibernation here in 2014, dodging the “Artic Vortex(s)” and bad road conditions. This had nothing to do with my recent crash. On Monday (1/20/14) I went out for drinks to congratulate my pal Jonathan Beck who you may remember from his bad bike crash in 2010. He has long since been rebuilt with bionics and has replicated a new cycling maniac of the future–a baby girl. Congratulations to him and wife Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud on daughter, 8.5lb Bucklin Solvei Beck, entering planet Earth, 1/4/14. They’ve got Norwegian roots which explains the names and they’ll be using the middle one (Solvei). Speaking of Bucklin…A front basket that I personally improperly installed on one of my bikes dug into my front wheel on the ride home from drinking with Beck. This caused me to do a endo over the front handlebars in a NY minute and land right on my big nose. Luckily the helmet I insist on wearing helped my injuries to be mostly contained to my face. A very nice Park Slope resident, witnessed my face plant and was very helpful in convincing me not to walk to the nearest hospital (Methodist) but rather to take the ambulance he had phoned in. This was a much better decision then trying to walk 10 blocks with a scarf trying to stop the bleeding. The doctors in the ER were helpful, but it did take 6 hours to get a CAT-scan, Motrin and two stitches…but expect NYC ER’s to be overloaded because of all the hospital closings.

So I haven’t updated the blog in a while in my face healing time, it seems like I should put something up on here, seeing as 2014 is my 10th year of writing this thing.

The bike community here in NYC is eagerly waiting to see what will happen with the new progressive Mayor Bill DeBlasio and his recently appointed administration, primarily the police commissioner William Bratton and new Department of Transportation commish, Polly Trottenberg.

We’re definitely off to a rough start with 18 pedestrian and cyclist fatalities since Mayor DeBlasio was sworn in at the start of 2014.
Here is a brief timeline of some of what’s been going on.

The End of 2013:
Once again, Time’s Up did New Year’s Eve right with a mobile dance party bike ride and after party in Central Park at the Belvedere Castle. If you ever get a chance to experience this event, it’s a great way to ring in the New Year. You get to ride past all the stuck people in Time’s Square waiting for Ryan Seacrest to drop the ball. I mean, it’s freezing, but your movin. Here is a quick video:

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janette_sadik_khan(photo by Brad Aaron)
Our bike friendly former D.O.T. commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan is out and jumping on board with outgoing Mayor of the rich side of the two cities, Michael Bloomberg’s team. He’s launching a consulting firm called Bloomberg Associates which will tell other cities how to have the largest wealth desperately and not to drink too much soda. Hopelly Janette will get them to ride more bicycles and cars not to see them as road obstacles.

More about the future of Bloomberg Associates from the NY Times.

Incoming D.O.T. commissioner is Polly Trottenberg:
sb_polly_trottenberg-585x450 (photo by: sheepsheadbites.com

A federal transportation policy maker with credentials include working with New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan on the 1998 federal transportation bill and for Senator Chuck Schumer.

Here is more about her from Ben Fried with Streetsblog.org

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January 2nd, 2014

Mayor DeBlasio is sworn in and transportation commissioner, Polly Trottenberg meets with parents who were on hand to keep the mayor on task about his promise of working towards Vision Zero. They are also victims of recent traffic violence and lost loved ones to reckless drivers. Vision Zero, is a goal adopted by NYC and brought forward by the new mayor to work towards having zero traffic fatalities of pedestrians and cyclists. Although that number may be impossible to obtain, the idea is to treat every traffic violent death as equally significant and even one death is too many. It is also a goal of a city, to work towards making efforts to make these fatalities avoidable through infrastructure, awareness and cracking down on motor vehicle violations. This seems especially important when for the last three years, around this time, the NYPD has chosen to crack down on bad cycling behavior and making no efforts to curb speeding cars and other moving violations that end up killing people, unlike bikes not stopping for lights in Central Park.

The Commissioner wasn’t aware of this particular demonstration on inauguration day, but the site of it caught her attention and she made time to find out what the people holding the vision zero signs had to say:

Trottenberg Meets Parents of Traffic Violence Victims at Inauguration. by Stephen Miller.

Incoming Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, right, speaks with Amy Cohen, whose 12-year-old son was killed by a driver on Prospect Park West. Photo: Stephen Miller

Mayor DeBlasio introduces the new police commissioner William Bratton at a press conference. Bratton a former NYC police commissioner in NYC (1994-96) has been in Los Angeles, vehemently cracking down on jaw walkers of those few citizens that actually aren’t driving in a car.

Here is a video from Bratton’s press conference:

Continue reading Spills and Kills, but no Vision Zero. A round up January events on street safety and traffic violence.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween Bikers

Time to get out those costumes and ride. Time’s Up is having a spontaneous dance party ride tonight:

TONIGHT! Thursday,Oct. 31st @ 7:30 ABC No Rio-156 Rivington 8 o’clock meet-up @ Washington Sq. Park (under the Arch)

Come haunt around on your bike, with or without a costume. Check out the [...]

Keegan Speaks and Streetsball

Keegan Stephan has being doing amazing things for cyclists in NYC. Occupy Wall Street, providing bike generated electrical power and relief with Occupy Sandy, Volunteer Mechanic with Times Up, deliveries on Cargo bikes, hosting bicycle radio programs, organizing rides and garden clean ups…just to name a few activities.

Recently he’s been involved [...]

Bike Press-The Good, the Bad and the infiltrated

This week biking in NYC got some love (coverage) in the local rags.

AM NY had a cover story Monday about how the bike sharing program has been inordinately successful and surpassed expectations.

First Summer of Citibike Exceeds Expectations By: Ivan Pereira September 15th, 2013

New Yorkers have certainly done their “share” [...]

August events from Time’s Up

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August is right around the corner and that means lots more summer…summer streets that is. Once again the city will be closing 7 miles of streets to motor vehicles and open to pedestrians, bikes and other non-polluting transportation, the first three Saturdays of August. (8/3, 8/10, 8/17) Time’s Up will be there to ride the route as a group. More information, below in the events listings.

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It’s a little late, but we still love this great feel good story where Time’s Up volunteers came to the rescue of cyclists in need. Back in June, a blind Harlem man and his wife had their beloved tandem stolen and Time’s Up came to their aid by raising money for a new ride.
Read the story here:

http://times-up.org/2013-coverage/2013-06-27-bike-bandit-robs-blind-east-harlem-cyclist-daily-news
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SUPPORT TIME’S UP! Environmental Organization today by making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member at http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support

ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Time’s Up! is a 20-year-old nonprofit, grassroots environmental organization working to make New York City- and the world- a healthier and more sustainable place to live. All of our events and campaigns are free and open to the public- educational and fun bike rides, bike repair workshops, movie nights and presentations, community garden workdays and outreach, bike and public space advocacy and more.

Become a member at: http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support http://times-up.org/

Follow us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/timesupnyc
and on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@nyctimesup

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Come join us for the rides, events and workshops listed below. Details follow the headlines.

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1. FIRST FRIDAY RIDE
Friday, August 2nd, 7:00pm (1st Friday of the Month)
Union Square North

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2. CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, August 2nd, 10:00pm
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th St, and Central Park West)

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3. SUMMER STREETS
Sunday, August 3rd, 10:00pm
Meet Astor Place
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4. VOLUNTEER BICYCLE RECYCLING DAYS
Wednesdays and Sundays, 4:00pm
Brooklyn Space-99 South 6th St.

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5. TIMES UP RADIO HOUR
Sunday Nights from 9:00pm-10:00pm

http://www.radiohive.org/category/shows/times-up
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6. COMMUNITY GARDEN CLEAN-UP
Sunday, August 3rd, 1:00pm
Siempre Verde-181 Stanton Street, Manhattan
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7. MOVIE NIGHT
Thursday, August 8th, 8:00pm
Brooklyn Space-99 South 6th St.
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8. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** in both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **
ABC NO RIO-156 Rivington St.
and
Time’s Up Brooklyn Space-99 South 6th St.

See events listing for details.
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