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Unarmed Black Man Killed In Choke Hold, Racial Tensions Mount, Police Prioritize…Bicycle Crackdown? Tips Included

Racial tensions seem to be reaching a fever pitch in the US, set off by a series of killings of unarmed black males by the police. IMG_0180.GIF22 year old John Crawford was shot dead in a Beavercreak, Ohio Walmart (August 5th, 2014) for apparently failing to put down a toy gun he was purchasing for his son.

(August 9th, 2014) 18 year old Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri. Police claim the teenage was banishing a weapon although eye-witnesses on the scene say Mr. Brown was killed with his hands in the air and was complying with the officers that shot him. IMG_0181.JPGOnly making things worse, were five days of violence that followed by militarized riot gear cops shooting tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators who took to the streets to protest a long history of racial motivated harassment.

Both incidents and a similar killing of 25 year old, Ezell Ford in Los Angeles come in the shadow of a fourth homicide right here in NYC.

43 year old Staten Island resident Eric Garner, a father of six children who pleaded with officers that he couldn’t breathe during a choke hold–Not to mention a whole team of EMS workers who stood by and did nothing…all captured on video in broad daylight.

This is the first case of an unarmed black man being killed in NYC within mayor DeBlasio’s watch which definitely has local citizens concerned about how it will be handled, especially with such a long history of similar killings during past administrations all ending in officer acquittals.

Race is definitely a factor in these killings but doesn’t seemed to be addressed by the NYPD or other police forces, who would much rather discuss a few bad apple officers or debate whether the victims were “resisting arrest.” Within this politically charged climate…the police have scrutinized over their priorities and come up with: Operation Safe Cycle? A rather Orwellian term to crack down on bad biking behavior. I’m sure this will ease the family of Eric Garner on Staten Island awaiting a proper investigation.

That’s right, it was announced that for two weeks in August (until 8/26) police will be using their time wisely, looking for bikes riding the wrong way on the certain random parts of the streets.
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Tweet the Tour-2014

The 101st Tour de France just completed it’s 8th Stage with a jam packed series of races in the upper regions of the French countryside known as the “Hell of the North.” Rain soaked roads, cobblestones and a few crashes have added to the drama as the sprinters battle it out and the fresh blood of the teams try for stage victories. There have been a few causalities along the way including top sprinter Mark Cavendish (Team OPQS) and last years winner British Rider Chris Froome (Team Sky) both abandoning due to injuries.

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While that other world sporting event is coming to a close
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Le Tour is just heating up with the general classification of riders set to take off and battle it out for the yellow jersey and eventually the overall tour win.

Le Tour has a tradition of starting the race outside of France with outside cities bidding to host the event. This year race organizes picked England for the first three stages, starting in Yorkshire and ending in London. The reasoning was the recent success of British riders and to be able to compete with the viewers of the World Cup, knowing the UK would draw huge numbers of fans…and they were right,

Here is a video from the Grand Depart (first stage 7/5/14) highlighting the start.
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(Due to embedding restrictions-view it here.

Of course real Yorkshire folk say the best way to ride the tour is to trade in those fancy clipless pedals, for clogs:

Following along with a sporting event of this magnitude can be daunting and also a bit boring, I mean not everyone has time to watch hundreds miles of live race coverage or wants to.

For a couple of years now I found it really fascinating to follow along the race using the social media, twitter. It’s an amazing way of combining news articles and sports updates with personal accounts of riders, fans and just about anyone else following along. It’s this great mash-up of information that adds all kinds of dimensions to the scope of an event like this.

For those interested in playing along, the official twitter feed for the Tour is @letour. I use the hastag #TDF and constantly type that into my search.

You can also make your own lists of individual twitter accounts you want to follow and go directly to those list. I made my own Tour de France and added in as many of the teams and riders that I could find.

I’ve included a cheat sheet of all of the 22 teams and 198 riders along with general managers. There is also some basic information about each team along with some fun facts.

Enjoy:
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22 teams
9 riders per team for 198 participants 

21stages
Tour Director: Thierry Gouvenou

Coverage:

ITV cycling @itvcycling

Reporter: Chris Boardman @Chris_Boardman
Road CC: @Roadcc
Podium Insight: @podiuminsight

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Bike sharing and a protest of one

More citibike stations are popping up in Manhattan. Oh no, precious parking being gobbled up. There’s only one thing to do: Ride a bike.

Here is a new station I spotted in the financial district:

Follow along on twitter: @citibikenyc

Perhaps you are concerned about Manhattan restaurant owner, 68 year old Jacques [...]

Shockproof, Dustproof, Waterproof-Lifeproof cases and bike mount

More often these days I find myself using the smart phone in conjunction with my bike commute. It tends to come in handy as a navigation tool, a weather forecaster, and an entertainment system for podcasts like my daily Democracy Now! or my favorite DJ mix on soundcloud. Now we all know cycling is [...]

Congrats to @RBDBGA winner

Congratulations to @Courier429 for winning the

ridebikesdrinkbeergetawesome.com (@RBDBGA) twitter T-Shirt giveaway. David S. will be rockin this in his hometown of Cleveland, getting awesome.

Be on the lookout for more twitter giveaways…coming soon.

Ride Bikes, Drink Beer, Get Awesome, giveaway.

Kind of says it all.

It’s twitter giveaway time once again at Da-Bike-Blog.

With all the great food/beer/bike events, this bike month weekend:

the Great GoogaMooga. (Article in the New York Times. -and this one has Hall & Oates too!)-May 19th-20th-Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Slideluck bikeshow. May 19th, Manhattan

Bike Brooklyn Beer Blitz May [...]

Tweet the #giroditalia

I’ve been keeping a loose eye on this years [...]

Famous bikers arrested #F29

Two outstanding members of our bike community were arrested today in a massive protest against corporate America being titled #F29.

I saw this on twitter:

and this from Alison Kilkenny of Citizen Radio

Joe Sharkey (@critmasspanic) of NYC World Naked Bike Ride and Time’s Up volunteer Monica Hunken were nabbed outside of [...]

OWS bike swarm #F29

Today (Leap Day) the Occupy Wall Street movement is taking it to the street on bikes.

As seen by: @critmasspanic

BRING YOUR BIKE AND STAY ON IT.

Meetups in NYC: 9am Pulitzer fountain (5th Ave &59th), 10am Tudor city (2nd Ave & 43rd), 11:30am NY Library (5th Ave & 41st)

Find out [...]

Boombotix speaker winner making noise

Big congratulations to Kim Burgas, (@kimburgas) for winning my BoomBotix speaker twitter contest.

After realizing I may have made this a bit too complicated, I simply asked my followers how they would best use this handy portable sound system. This was Kim’s winning response:

Kim and her crew have put together group commutes [...]