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Cranksgiving 2013 Round Up

Cranksgiving fever has spread across the country, even as far South as Puerto Rico. Photo from @luispr199 from Instagram.

A video from Puerto Rico’s event:

The idea behind this event is to hold an alleycat messenger style race in live traffic and add an element to the checkpoints besides just having [...]

Is it OK to Kill Cyclists? How About Pedistrians? People Continue to Die and We’re Left Asking Why?

Since the publishing of the “Is it Ok to Kill Cyclists?” op-ed in the Sunday NY times (11/9/13) by Daniel Duane, there has been a number of responses as the article has made the rounds through bicycle blogs and other related publications.

The main point of Duane’s piece, although not entirely clear (at least not to this blogger) was to illustrate how drivers rarely face criminal charges after hitting and killing cyclists, even when the motorist is at fault. The opinion gave some vague examples but didn’t do a good job of finding details about why motorists aren’t prosecuted or if cyclist fatalities are even investigated.

In fairness to the author, Daniel Duane did appear on a radio program to clarify his position and continue to champion the cause that drivers seem to be getting away with murder.

Here and Now on WBUR.org
Does The Law Go Too Easy On Drivers Who Kill Cyclists?

There was also a well done NPR piece over the weekend that brought up a discussion about whether the bikes should be treated like cars in regards to current traffic laws and how cities are designed, especially with the rise in the popularity of bike sharing programs.

WNYC-Gabfest, aired November 15th, 2013

The Pedaling Revolution Edition -Episode #65

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss what happens if healthcare.gov doesn’t work by Nov. 30, and whether bikes should be treated like cars.

The radio program used Duane’s piece as an example that it’s NOT, OK to kill cyclists while citing the opposite side of the coin, People who apparently think it’s perfectly fine (to kill cyclists) and uses the old argument that we deserve it because of our blatant violation of traffic laws. (laws designed for motor vehicles) Case in point, Christopher Caldwell from the Weekly Standard.

Drivers Get Rolled
Bicyclists are making unreasonable claims to the road—and winning
November 18th, 2013

Cyclists like the ones in New Hampshire, whose reckless riding and self-righteousness have earned rolled eyes nationwide and the nickname of “Lycra louts” in England, have tested the public’s willingness for compromise. As bicyclists become an ever more powerful lobby, ever more confident in the good they are doing for the environment and public health, they are discovering—to their sincere surprise—that they are provoking mistrust and even hostility among the public.

Read more: here.

Mostly this op-ed is an excuse to continue the defensive gross generalization of cyclists being mostly rich middle age liberals who are not blue collar enough. Caldwell venomously spews:

“They are, to judge from their blogs, more aggrieved by delivery trucks parked in bike lanes than drivers are by delivery trucks parked in car lanes. This may be because proportionately fewer of them have ever met a person who drives a delivery truck.”

He does make a few points that roadways are outdated and don’t include the physical space for bicycles. Also, there are some valid points that biking is healthy for both people and the planet, but most cyclists are just too self righteous and think they own the roadways so therefore it’s Ok to run a few over.

Somehow it seems that if you choose to ride a bicycle as a form of transportation, you’re somehow expected to act like cars and be their equal, but if your hit by one, then your treated like less than equal. In an attempt to reclaim a sense of humanity, that actual lives have been lost, letters to the editor of the NY Times evoke similarities to pedestrians.

In direct response to the Daniel Duane piece…
From the Opinion pages of the NY TIMES

Caution: Danger in the Traffic Lanes
By: David Berman
November 10th, 2013

No, it is not O.K. to kill cyclists with impunity, but neither is it O.K. to kill pedestrians, which happens a couple of hundred times a year in New York City. The problem is not a cultural predisposition against bicyclists; it is that nobody obeys traffic laws anymore, and that’s at least partly because nobody is enforcing them.

Read more opinions: here.

The Duane piece hit especially hard in NYC due the fact that there have been a number of pedestrians killed in the last month, many of which are children 12 and under.

Continue reading Is it OK to Kill Cyclists? How About Pedistrians? People Continue to Die and We’re Left Asking Why?

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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Announcements:

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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Continue reading August events from Time’s Up

Video Friday-10/26/12

Title: New Hall1 Short Seen on: Urbancyclistworldwide.com

Title: Hero3 Test-around JH Seen on: Urbancyclistworldwide.com

HERO3 Test- around JH from Andrew Whiteford on Vimeo.

Title:Alleycat Racing & Lucas Brunelle on CBS Inside Edition Seen on: Urbancyclistworldwide.com

Title: Tour of Johor-Day 3 Seen on: fixedgear.tv

Title: Flux backpack by Torch Seen on: Urban [...]

Video Friday-6/22/12

Title: Light Wolf-Portrait By: Ertzui Film Seen on: Prolly A portrait of the bicycle’s unsung heroes, wheel builders. Germany’s best, Light Wolf.

LIGHT WOLF | Portrait from e r t z u i ° film on Vimeo.

Title: Ynot: Hell Track V By: Ynot Cycles Seen on: Prolly Toronto’s Ynot cycles host a backyard [...]

Time’s Up Calendar-March

Here is the latest schedule from Time’s Up your local community bike activist organization:

3/7/11-March on into March, well, at least ride a bike.

Call us nostalgic but Time’s Up is always proud of it’s decades long history in New York City, working for a more ecologically, sustainable future for all. To document [...]

Video Friday, 2/10/12

Here is the round up of this weeks videos:

What if bikes ruled the world, it might look something like this.

Seen on: www.urbancyclistworldwide.com The Skinny: Watch Oakley/HTC Highroad Cyclists, fixie athletes, BMX riders, Mountain Bike athletes and more share the love of bikes as they charge through Warsaw, Poland!

More bikes in [...]

Video Friday, 12/9/11

Here is my latest roundup of bicycle videos:

Nabiis a track bike collective straight outta Taipei City, present a ride from Taipei to Tainan. (seen on Urban Velo)

nabiis_TAIPEI_TO_TAINAN from nabiis on Vimeo.

also on Urban Velo:

A trailer for Deep Custom, an 8 minute short documentary by Art Director Tony Franklin (of [...]

Don’t forget, Cranksgiving charity race, 11/19

In your typical messenger style alley cat race, a bunch of strong riders take their bike skills to the next level and race in open traffic, with the winners gaining some bike prizes and street cred. Coming up this Saturday, the winners are not only the bikers but the hundreds of local residents who [...]

Video Round up

First off, lots of videos from last weekends Midwest Mayhem:

Wonka Wall from John Prolly on Vimeo.

The edit by Richmondfixed.com

MIDWEST MAYHEM | RVAFIXED EDIT from Mike Schmitt on Vimeo.

Seen on Lockedcog.com

Midwest Mayhem Friday Night Street Session from Sam Erickson on Vimeo.

mayhem abound. from Kris *lockedcog* on [...]