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Here is a quick video from yesterdays gift giving fest to Marty Markowitz. Huge thanks to Peter Shapiro who shot and edited this.

Originally posted 2010-12-17 14:42:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Tiny’s Sandwich Shop (129 Rivington Street) is offering up to $6 off of their delicious sandwiches when you donate $25 and over at the store. In Cranksgiving, riders race around Manhattan purchasing Thanksgiving dinner ingredients at designated grocery stores, arriving at the finish line with a bag full of food to be donated to various charities. Last year’s Cranksgiving helped feed over 100 families through Saint Mary’s soup kitchen on the Lower East Side, City Harvest and the New York Bike Messenger Foundation. This year’s race features unparalleled opportunities to donate, even before the ride! Finally, if you can’t make the ride or get to any of the donation locations, go to www.cranksgiving.org to pledge to the Cranksgiving fund, benefiting City Harvest and the New York Bicycle Messenger Foundation. This year, as more and more people find themselves in desperate times, Cranksgiving hopes to step it up and smash all previous records. Also, inn conjunction with the race, Hipstamatic is donating $1 to Cranksgiving for every photo uploaded to http://community.hipstamatic.com/contests/24. Tomorrow is the annual Cranksgiving, a charity fun ride to raise money and food donations for the hungry. To more learn more about Cranksgiving, visit cranksgiving.org Cranksgiving is a race, but riders of all abilities and stripes come out to participate in the fun! Bring a bag, some money, and a good lock, as this year’s prizes include messenger bags from Bailey Works, MER, Seagull and Chrome, $150 gift certificates for 5.10 shoes, A Torker Cargo T bike donated by Brooklyn Bike and Board, as well as 3 $100 gift certificates courtesy of the Gilt group, to be redeemed at Gilt.com. Here are some nice details written by the fine folks at the NY Bike Jumble: (there is also a contest in here)

Cranksgiving 12
The 12th Annual Bicycle Street Race to Benefit Saint Mary’s Soup Kitchen and City Harvest
On November 20th, 2010 at 2:00pm in Tompkins Square Park, over 200 cyclists will gather to begin the twelfth annual Cranksgiving, a charitable ‘alleycat’ bicycle street ride.

Originally posted 2010-11-19 18:02:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The velodrome will first have to compete with other proposals including a $5 million public boathouse and a $2.4 million biosculpture. There’s national caliber racing in this neighborhood already.”
Read more here. Check out this article in the Greenpoint Gazette:
A Velodrome for Greenpoint? Utilizing a $7 million design competition for waterfront improvements in the neighborhood, Williamsburg-based Affinity Cycles owner Jason Gallacher and national cycling champion Andrew LaCorte have joined forces to create a proposal for a velodrome, or championship cycling track, on a city-owned lot on Commercial Street. “Our (Affinity Cycle’s) team has three national champions and one Olympic hopeful. However, the track could potentially be a reality in as little as two years. “There’s a real need for this because there’s such a strong cycling culture here,” said Gallacher. size
Nov 27, 2010 by McCarton Ackerman
North Brooklyn has become synonymous with bike riding in recent years, but a new plan for a velodrome in Greenpoint would bring the cycling craze to a whole other level.

Originally posted 2010-11-29 06:06:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

GOLDEN BIKE AWARDS

Forget the Grammy’s, the Oscars or that Dumb Country Music award show…
This weekend…get Golden.

Originally posted 2010-12-02 04:33:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


NEW YORK – Martinez Gallery presents an exhibition at Brooklyn Bike and Board, which will be converted into a gallery by the Dutch design team Kaptein Roodnat. Ten ma jor graffiti ‘kings’ have created 10 original works using bikes as their walls and trains. Case2 used to ‘piece’ the trains — paint the cars top to bottom — in the 1970s and ‘80s “just so I
could see my name go by.” The work in this show lets him and his fellow artists/vandals drive the train and show their work throughout the city.

Even before they were painted, all the bikes in the show met Brooklyn B&B owner Brian Gluck’s vision of beauty through function. “Bicycles are machines that should make your life easier and improve your livelihood. Like those stupid little short handlebars… they don’t make any sense. You’re not going to fit in between cars that are narrower than your
hips and shoulders anyway. They’re not functional, they’re dysfunctional.” Most of the store’s bikes have been recycled from “ancient rustbuckets brought back to life.”

Graffiti kings painting well-designed bikes, however, layers new form onto function. The show celebrates transforma tion, from rusty junk to refurbished bike to art object. It also celebrates mobility, accessibility, and freedom. Look at any courier and that package in your hands for proof that a bike can get you around the city faster than a car or a subway.
And now that a monthly MetroCard costs more than 100 bucks, workers of all collars are opting for bike commuting.

Derelict – cast-off bikes – meets derelict – repeat offender artist — in RE: CYCLES. Ironically, they meet in rapidly gen trifying Prospect Heights – but it’s an irony entirely appro priate for bicycles. Originally a plaything of the rich, bicycles are now the livelihood of the delivery guy, the cardio workout of the hedge fund trader, and the great hope of urban
green movements.

Similarly, graffiti confounds art as a rich man’s game. It steals its canvas from the city, and its geniuses land in jail. (Graffiti is a felony.) Two DIY cultures merge in RE: CYCLE, resulting in art that gets you around. Gluck says of painted bikes, “You don’t have to spend $400 on a wheel set to look cool or to look ‘custom’ (and, usually, like everyone else).
The sharpies and spray paint used on these bikes are accessible to anyone and will make your bike a piece of art.” And that piece is always moving, always visible.

To showcase the mobility and to fill the gap left by museums prevented from showing art by criminals, the show will roll up one day each week in front of various cultural and civic institutions, including MOMA, the Met, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney Museum.

ARTISTS:
CASE 2 (NYC)
FLINT 707 (NYC)
GIZ (NYC)
MOSCO (Mexico City)
RATE (Boston)
SINER (Los Angeles)
SKUF (NYC)
VFR (NYC)
WITNES (Los Angeles)

RE:CYCLES is on view 13 November – 31 January 2011,
Tuesdays – Sundays 9AM – 9PM / Martinez Gallery
c/o Brooklyn Bike & Board, 560 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, 212-619-2149, staff@martinezgallery.com
www.martinezgallery.com

Originally posted 2010-11-17 16:10:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Staten Island Update

Father Capodanno was a vital, solid connection between the sharrows-marked route on Bay Street leading to the ferry and New Dorp roads Midland Ave and North and South Railroad Ave. Read the whole article here. The three-mile lane is one of the longest bike lanes of Staten Island, which has a mere disconnected handful in comparison to the other boroughs. Her article:
Bicycle lane removed from Father Capodanno Blvd on Staten Island size
By Meredith Sladek
NY Bicycle Transportation, Examiner.com * November 18th, 2010 10:03 am ET
The DOT took a backslide today in their committment to a more sustainable New York City, as they released their decision to remove the bicycle lane from the layout of Father Capodanno Blvd on Staten Island after the road’s recent re-pavement, as reported in today’s Staten Island Advance. Already the most limited borough to ride in, this only makes matters worse. DOT intends to turn the northbound side into a bus lane, and the inland southbound side into a turning and parking lane. It looks like the DOT is not putting back vital bike lanes on a well traveled route on the Island. Our on-the-spot reporter, Meredith Sladek, writes about bike related issues, mostly in Staten Island where she resides.

Originally posted 2010-11-24 12:28:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

This winter…Get Bright

Under normal lighting the bicycle graphic looks and feels like a regular screen-print, however under direct lighting such as from a car, the print exhibits its reflective qualities. A write up about it:
To The Dismay of Orange Safety Vests, PPC Releases Its First Reflective Hoody
In an attempt to undo the historical association between wearing reflective clothing and being known around the office as “the crazy bike commuter guy”, Pedal Pushers Club has begun selling an everyday, casual sweatshirt with exceptional reflective capabilities. Look for PPC’s new line of technical riding jerseys in Spring 2011. Brett Novick of the Pedal Pushers Club, who makes my bikeblog t-shirts, has a new reflective hoodie, using some super bright 3M scotchlite. Made from hyper-reflective 3M Scotchlite, the bicycle graphic acts as an excellent addition to wearing a regular blinky light or provides a good backup to help riders remain visible when they forget their lights at home or face a dead battery. The sweatshirt itself is a ridiculously soft blend of 55% post consumer recycled polyester and 45% organic cotton. Our t-shirts, hats, and hoodies are great for cruising around town on the single speed or looking sharp for post-ride social activities. Available in a full-zip pill-free Slate grey from the Pedal Pushers Club at: www.PedalPushersClub.com/reflect
The Pedal Pushers Club is a small “lifestyle” apparel company for people who like bikes.

Originally posted 2010-11-29 05:10:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Chrome Wish List Contest

-Do this by going to the desired product page and selecting the “Add to Wishlist” link. For more information and to enter: www.chromebagsstore.com/winawishlist -To view your Wishlist, click the “View Wishlist” link, located at the top of each page. Browse to win:
1) Login or register at www.chromesf.com
-Submission deadline: Sunday, December 19th, midnight PST
2) Browse the site and add your favorite items to your Wishlist. Chrome Offers Chance to Win $500 Holiday Wishlist
This Holiday Season, Chrome Picks Up the Tab for Three Lucky Winners
Chrome, the world’s leading manufacture of bike messenger bags, footwear and urban cycling apparel, invites all online shoppers to register for a chance to win their dream Chrome Wishlist worth $500 in Chrome gear. It’s quick and easy to enter. Chrome Bags is having a Wish List Contest. -The product will automatically be added to your list. Shoppers can create one wishlist per email address, share their list with friends and family and three luck wishers win their list–FREE! 3) Winners announced: December 20th-just in time to receive your new gear for the holiday!

Originally posted 2010-12-02 05:17:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

December 9th-Hearing on Biking in NYC

Re-thinking how we use our streets and sidewalks and making them
safer through design ensures that we are using our public space in an
equitable way to benefit the majority of New Yorkers who take transit,
walk and increasingly, bike. Members of the public
who would like to testify are allowed two minutes to speak, are asked
to sign-up at the beginning and to submit twenty double-sided copies
of their testimony (if you need help printing copies, let me know). Anyone can participate and
it’s an easy process. In fact, streets with bike lanes have led to a 40 percent
decreases in crashes for pedestrians, drivers and cyclists, as well as
lowered rates of speeding, according to before and after data gathered
by the DOT. D) The bike lanes that the City has added in the past 3.5 years are
encouraging neighborhood friendly bike commuting. Here are some ideas for talking points that your testimony could include:
A) Bicycling is great for NYC and for New Yorkers. You will need a photo ID to get into 250 Broadway. The hearing will also look at how well the Transportation
Department has worked with community boards to review large-scale road
changes. But
remember, the more bodies reading testimony in-person, the better! The hearing is
scheduled for 10am, but we anticipate large crowds and a very slow
process getting through security. If you would like to testify but are not able to attend the hearing,
you can submit your testimony to caroline[at]transalt[dot]org. Like sidewalks, bike lanes work
best when they are continuous, and lead to somewhere. We don’t want our common belief in the benefits of
bicycling to be written off as a private interest concern, because it
just isn’t true! E) All of the bike lanes that have been added are a part of the NYC
Bicycle Master Plan, a citywide plan that was the result of extensive
community input. It
is important to speak from your individual experience in your
testimony. Bike lanes improve bike behavior. Biking is a healthy
thing for New Yorkers—counter-acting epidemics like diabetes and
asthma– and helps clean the air we breathe. C) Bike lanes are safety improvements just like sidewalks. Too often it is only people who are unhappy that
are heard. B) Streets and sidewalks make up 80 percent of our public space in
NYC. Streets with
bike lanes have seen an 84 percent decrease in the rates of sidewalk
riding. will be testifying. Let’s make sure that’s not the case on December 9th! If you plan to attend, it would be helpful for you to testify in
support of bicycling and bicycle lanes. Livable streets and safe, sustainable transportation
are in the public interest and these issues resonate with New Yorkers
across many lines. Got this from Transportation Alternatives:
December 9th, 9:30am, 250 Broadway, Committee Room, 14th Floor
The City Council will hold a hearing on bicycling on Dec. It would be spectacular if many of you can plan to attend. T.A. Bike lanes make it
safer for New Yorkers of all ages and abilities to give bike riding a
try. We are collecting RSVPs on our
website so that we can keep track of how many supporters to expect:
transalt.org/events/calendar/4939. 9th to
address balancing the needs of cyclists with those of other road
users. They allow
people to bike safely and they create a predictable place for cyclists
to be on the street. Every bike lane that has been added has gone through
the Community Board prior to installation, a forum in which all
citizens are allowed to participate. This hearing stems from complaints, largely regarding
Prospect Park West, and it is going to be essential that we pack the
room with supporters. You are,
after all, the best of the best! Please arrive as close to 9:30 as
possible, to ensure that positive voices pack the room.

Originally posted 2010-12-02 04:14:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

To enter, sign up here. Please arrive at 12:30pm, Warm up after at COVO Lounge, 701 West 135th Street on 12th Avenue Get your friends and family to make a pledge for you to ride, ($40.00 minimum)
Prizes will be available for those that raise the most money. Looks like the first event of 2011. The ride heads along the West Side Highway and is a charity event requiring a pledge for a minimum of $40.00. POLAR BEAR RIDE
Roll into the New Year with Velo City
Saturday, January 1st, 2011 at 1pm
Velo City and Recycle-A-Bicycle are hosting a 10 mile ride to raise money to support our education programs. Two great organizations that help kids learn valuable skills such as bike mechanics and urban planning, Velo City and Recycle-a-bicycle, are having a Polar Bear Ride on January 1st.

Originally posted 2010-12-02 04:26:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter