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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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:
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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


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:

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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


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.


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:

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


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


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)


Sunday, August 3rd, 10:00pm
Meet Astor Place

Wednesdays and Sundays, 4:00pm
Brooklyn Space-99 South 6th St.


Sunday Nights from 9:00pm-10:00pm

Sunday, August 3rd, 1:00pm
Siempre Verde-181 Stanton Street, Manhattan

Thursday, August 8th, 8:00pm
Brooklyn Space-99 South 6th St.

** in both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **
ABC NO RIO-156 Rivington St.
Time’s Up Brooklyn Space-99 South 6th St.

See events listing for details.
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A Triumph…CARS OUT OF CENTRAL PARK…for a the Summer.

Finally all of Time’s Up and Transportation Alternatives hard work has paid off…at least for a this summer.

Starting Monday, July 8th (Today) Central Park, above 72nd Street will be closed to cars until Labor Day. Definitely an issue both advocacy groups have been battling for decades.

Here is a press release from the […]

Time’s Up Events This Week-6/28

Summer fun with Time’s Up.

MANHATTAN CRITICAL MASS Friday, June 28, 7:00pm Union Square North

This ride that changed New York City takes place the last Friday of every month. It is a celebration of cycling and a biker’s right to the road. Critical Mass is held in over 200 cities around the […]

Wake Up Wednesdays with Bike Talk-WBAI 99.5 FM

WBAI 99.5fm now has a new segment as part of it’s “Wake Up Call” morning program called: Bike Talk.

Wednesdays at 7:45am

Here is a bit about the program:

‘Bike Talk’ – a new 15 minute segment on Wake Up Call every Wednesday throughout the summer.

It will bring you news on all […]

#bikenyc Community History-a panel discussion at Red Lantern Bicycles

One thing the cycling community in New York City can agree on is that it has a rich history, filled with significant events that have shaped the popularity of the bike culture to what it is today. What is often debated by bike advocates and activists is which groups or individuals are responsible for […]

Summer Events from Time’s Up

Get your ride on with summer with great free bike events from Time’s Up

Calendar for June, July & August:

Central Park Moonlight Ride
Friday, June 7, July 5 & August 2, 10pm

Meets the 1st Friday of every month at the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park.

Enjoy the tranquility of the park and its beautiful ponds and waterways. A nature lover’s dream.

First Friday Ride

Friday, June 7, July 5 & Aug. 2, 7pm

Meets the 1st Friday of every month at Union Square N.

A fun, leisurely ride, creating safe and sane streets. Route to be determined by participants.

Prospect Park Moonlight Ride

Saturday, June 8, July 13 & August 10, 9pm

Meets the 2nd Saturday of every month at the Grand Army Plaza Entrance to Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Discover Prospect Park at night with a peaceful ride that visits many of the park’s little-known treasures.

Brooklyn Critical Mass Ride

Friday, June 14, July 12 & August 9, 7pm

Meets the 2nd Friday of every month at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park.

A monthly celebration of bicycles. Bring lights & bells.

Peace Ride

Sunday, June 16, July 21 & August 18, 2pm

Meets the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Gandhi Statue in SW Corner of Union Square Park.

A leisurely peaceful ride to some of downtown Manhattan’s peace sites.

Manhattan Critical Mass Ride

The bike ride that changed NYC.

Friday, June 28, July 26 & August 30, 7pm

Meets the last Friday of every month at Union Square N.

CM is held in over 200 cities around the world to

celebrate nonpolluting transportation and exercise our right to the road. Bring lights and bells.

Riverside Ride

Saturday, June 29, July 27 & August 31, 10pm

Meets the last Saturday of every month at the Columbus Circle Entrance to Central Park.

A magical, evening ride enjoying the tranquility of Central Park & the grand vistas of the Hudson River from Riverside Park.

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