Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bike Month starts...MAY 1st.

Here are the official events for Day 1:

+++Fix Your Own Bike Workshop
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Time's Up! (West location) at the Hub Station, 73 Morton St. (Hudson and Greenwich St.) in the West Village, Manhattan.

Open shop--you use our tools and stands to work on your bike. Experienced mechanics will be present to answer questions, but you do the work.
Getting there:
1 train to Christopher; A, C, E, B, D, F to West 4th St.

+++Emile "RSVP" Wateufel Road Race
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Woodfern School, Hillsborough, New Jersey
3 lap handicap road race

Start Time:
6:00 PM-12:00am
Century Road Club of America

Thursday, May 1, 2008
Loeb Boathouse in Central Park or 10:30 AM at Broadway Bridge, Manhattan

MacEachron Park is located on the Hudson River in the charming historic town of Hastings-on-Hudson. Bring a good working bicycle with tires inflated to the appropriate psi, a bicycle pump, 2 spare inner tubes, a helmet, 2 bottles of water, lunch or moneyfor it.

9:30 AM-4:30PM

The Weekday Cyclists in NYC
Getting there:
6 train to 77th St.

+++Brooklyn Critical Mass
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park
Brooklyn Critical Mass takes place the second Friday of each month at 7:00 PM, starting from two locations: (1) at the north entrance to Prospect Park, by Grand Army Plaza, and (2) at the Brooklyn end of the Williamsburg, near the statue of George Washington. There are no leaders. Bicyclists, rollerbladers, skateboarders and all muscle-powered transportation is welcome.

Start Time:
7:00 PM-11:30pm

Getting there:
Grand Army Plaza


Bike Punk show Saturday.

Get ready for the D.O.T. "sustainable streets"...just in time...for 2030?

I hate to be the ultimate cynic, but its really hard to get excited about the D.O.T's new plans which are supposed to be finished by 2030. Wow, I'll be 60 years and in desperate need of bike lanes if not a walker. At least they are doing something over there in the shadow of the congestion pricing defeat.

Just days before bike month the Department of Transportation has unveiled their 72 page plan on how to make the streets safer and create more infrastructure for bikes and public transportation.

Here is the flashy graphic filled plan for, "Sustainable Streets"

and here is a video from streetfilms of Janette Sadik-Kahn, NYC DOT Commissioner, annoucing the plan at the Municipal Art Society.

Here is Brian Lehrer having a love in with Paul Steeley White, executive director Transportation Alternative, on Wednesday's show, talking about the new sustainable streets plan.

To be fair, the D.O.T. is taking an aggressive role on making positive sustainable changes to NYC for pedestrians and bikers. Hopefully the NYPD will cooperate.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Video that rates your lock up.

Clarence Eckerson, Jr. of Streetfilms recently made a video about two critics who are out to jack your bike. Well, there out to point out how easy, or not it would be to steel your ride or parts of it.

Hal Ruzal, top notch bike mechanic at Bicycle Habitat knows a few things about locking bikes and along with Kerri Martin, founder of the bicycle church, they're out to see if people have learned a thing or two from the last time they did this in 2003.


May 3rd...New Haven.

T-Town Swap Meet is Saturday.

The East Coast's largest bicycle swap meet is this Saturday May 3rd. in Trexlertown Pennsylvania.
The 6th annual Spring Bicycle Swap Meet will be held at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center on Saturday, May 3! Celebrate at our German themed event while browsing the best deals in cycling and fitness merchandise. This event will run from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is open to the public for a small fee of $5. Enjoy festive German themed food and drinks along with our traditional fare at the Breakaway Cafe located in the Cycling Center VeloPlaza.

Check here for directions.


Lord of the Chain Rings

Tod of suckapants sent me a link to this video:


Ah, exciting times...Bike Month is just around the corner!

First off, On Sunday, I saw this bike in Park Slope on 5th Ave. Who's bike is that? Seriously tall, nice work.

Ok, May is almost here and that means:

Lots of great bike events including this thing called Critical Mass, that the D.O.T. seems to sponsor, because once again its in the Bike Month Calender.

So this month when you're on critical mass and the scooter cop is giving you a hassle about needing permits, just quote them this blurb from the bike month website:

"Bike Month celebrates the fun, convenience and ease of cycling in NYC. Cycling is good for you, good for the environment and good for New York City. Whether you are one of the city's 120,000 everyday cyclists, a weekend cyclist or just thinking about bicycling to work, Bike Month has an event for you."

All kidding aside, lets really try and make the MAY "Bike-Month" Critical Mass a Big one!

So I have some good news and some bad news...The good news is that it looks like a city in America is going to kick off a bike sharing program starting in May. (did I mention that was bike month) Washington DC is the spot and you can read about it here in this NY times article which came out in Sunday's paper, written by Bernie Becker.

Photo by Ed Alcock for the New York Times.

The bad news is, much like the very successful bike sharing program in France, which the DC one is modeled after...someone has to pay for this and that generally means through advertising of a major corporation.

The even worse news is in DC, its sponsored by: Clear Channel, who monopolizes our airwaves with watered down top 40 and supports Right-Wing politicians...Oh yeah and they banned the Dixie Chicks when they spoke out against the war. But somehow they like bicycles...or is it money! Clear Channel, just so happens to own 90% of our outdoor advertising. Hopefully you see where I am going with this. Here is a simple equasion. They like A and they control what you see...they don't like B, therefore you don't see B.

Why can't this be sponsored by the city who believes in something like this: Cycling is good for you, good for the environment and good for "Fill-in-the-Blank" City.

Here is a blog that has been doing a lot of work covering Bike sharing around the world and what is starting to happen here in America.


Sunday, April 27, 2008

Kirk Dungan...Anchorage bike messenger.

and the only bike messenger. Check out this video of three bikers in Alaska.

Part of a History Channel series..."Tougher in Alaska". Damn straight.


Great video of the April Critical Mass 2008

Couple of ways to recycle.

Now the last thing you need is another person telling you how you can make a difference in making the planet more "Green." How to properly recycle in the work place while the janitor dumps all the white paper into the regular trash thus rendering the giant corporation you work for exempt from having to make a difference and you feeling guilty and thinking..."why bother." Why should I swap all the light bulbs in my house when I just bought them at Walmart and all their 10 gazillion stores are using millions of energy wasting fluorescents fixtures?

I guess we all have to figure out how to make a difference in our own way. Here are a few ways of helping out locally and perhaps ways of recycling you hadn't heard of.

This weekend and Monday, Everyone's favorite mac store, Tekserve along with the Lower East Side Ecology Center, is offering free electronic recycling. Bring down your old hard drives, DVD players, monitors, etc. to there store at 119 West 23rd street. Sunday, April 27th from 10am through 4pm and Monday, April 28th from 4pm to 7pm. Win a chance for a free Ipod and Mac computer and rid of your old gear the ecco-friendly way.

3rliving, cool ecco-products store has unique recycle year round. This funky store in Park Slope (276L 5th Ave) will gladly take your used CD's, DVDS, Cell phone parts and even batteries.


Blessing of the Bikes 08

Ah must be close to May, because its time for the 10th annual, Blessing of the Bicycles."
I've never understood this event but I feel obliged to mention it mainly because it kicks off the, "Bike Riding Season," what ever that means.
Photo by: A. Courtney

Every year, hundreds of cyclists file into the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and have a Reverend say a few words and sprinkle them with holy water. Somehow this is to protect them from dangers of the open road as the warm weather brings more of us bikers out to the streets...and they say critical mass makes us look silly?

Maybe they should just call it the Blessing of the Helmets or the Blessing of creating more bike lanes. Maybe, a prayer that some day our confused administration will realize what an efficient, healthy and environmentally sustainable mode of transportation the bicycle really is. This event is immediatly followed by the more fire and brimstone version of the:

Burning of the CAR.

actually thats a photo from I dream Awake, of a vehicle that didn't get enough holy water as it burned up on the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Here is a story on the blessing of the bikes on NY1.

How ever you are blessed...Ride Safe.


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Critical Mass is BACK in NYC

original picture by: Jeff Daniel
Was I in some sort of time warp? Propelled back to 2001 when this free wheeling bike ride of fun rode through my beloved city on the last Friday of each month? The April Critical Mass ride, who's attendance had been dwindled to a few brave souls...was back with new exuberant youthful energy reminding me of a time of (not too) long ago. Despite four years of police harassment, this months ride was really fun and amazing.

I was hard pressed to leave the excitement and comfort of Chris Ryan's apartment, sprawled out on his couch watching game 1 of the New York Rangers NHL playoff game against Pittsburgh. Chris was busy coordinating some flyer drop off for his band, Team Spider and making last minute preparations to avoid tickets by jerry rigging flashlights to his bicycle. I especially like the laser pointer in back to act as the red light and have the potential of blinding people.

About 7:30pm we made it out of the comforts of the cable tv and headed over to Union Square to see how many people, if any, would be at Critical Mass. The weather has been beautiful and this was another warm spring night. Tourists were out attending theatre, people were everywhere and traffic was getting jammed up around 17th and Union Square East.

The big question was, how would the cops be reacting tonight with so many of their rank and file on HIGH alert from the Sean Bell verdict. Just in case the people get all uppity due to, once again, no repercussions for police going on a shooting spree and taking innocent life. I love the automatic assumption that an acquittal charge of cops could lead to massive rioting and thus a need for tightened police presence, just like a peaceful bike ride every month brings out helicopters and arrest vans. Lets also not forget its operation TORCH
Bringing a special unit of police with machine guns and bomb sniffing dogs to the subways and streets. Hmmm, Sean Bell verdict, operation Torch...a coincidence?

Rolling into whats left of Union Square North, it was clear that we had our usual welcoming committee of police scooters and arrest vehicles lined up in the park and up Broadway. There was a healthy crowd of just over one hundred riders gathered just west of the new construction. People were handing out flyers for art shows, political rallys and one of my favorite new offenses...The NYPD trying to require permits for Environmental studies and air monitoring. Why would we have any reason to doubt the government when it comes to our environment? HMMMMMMMMMM...can you say 9/11.
Check out new intro 650.

After saying hi to old friends it was nearing 8:00pm and time for the ride to begin.
We headed over to the West Side Highway. This mass had lots of new faces, young kids who were riding fast and full of excitement. Some of the veterans of past rides worked with them to slow down, keep the ride together, help hold intersections and work as a collective. We heard this Samba band practice on the East side of the West side highway and reconvened our group, stopping to listen to the loud beats of multiple drums. Then the ride headed up 10th Ave and worked its way East. There was no attempt at stopping for red lights, a cautionary measure from rides past in order to avoid ticketing from police, but this ride was different. There were no cops.

We snaked our way up 6th Ave to 59th Street and then headed West to Columbus Circle. Made a few circles and then headed down Broadway to Times Square. It was like the good ol days. People cheering, chanting..."who's streets." Although this time it felt a little different. No matter where we went, uptown, midtown, downtown...people on the sidelines were cheering, clapping, smiling. Almost as if they supported us, that somehow they know the struggle this event has been going through. Maybe they just saw the sight of 100 bikes riding together was empowering and reminded them of all this "Green Chic"..."What-you-can-do-for-the-environmentalism" buzz thats going around. Who knows, but people were supportive and the ride was really fun.

We ended up in the West Village at a fund-raiser for Time's Up with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra and a giant trampoline at the HUB station bike shop.

Perhaps this is new beginnings for the ongoing story of Critical Mass in NYC. Maybe the police will be back next month with their same old tricks and tactics.

More people should really come out to the next ride. The weather will be warmer and after all MAY is BIKE MONTH.
I hope more people start coming to the ride but for now...WE'RE BACK!!!!
More photos from Jeff Daniel-
Heading down Broadway

Impromptu bike lift

Youthful energy.


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Don't Forget...Fundraiser for Time's Up

Critical Mass Tomorrow. Meet 7pm at Union Square North (whats left of it)
Party at the new Time's Up Space:
the Hub Station-
73 Morton St. West Village, Manhattan

Dance party with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra & DJ Suggested D, an olympic-size trampoline, Hot Seat photo gallery and video projection by Velchrome.

11pm to 12:30am the Traffic Jam tap dancers will perform with the Boom Boom Brooks Trio plus a Bicycle Fashion Show - be in it!

Fundraiser for Time's Up! and Hub Station. Sliding scale starting at $10. If you can't make the party you can donate online. Valet parking available and plenty of food to snack on.

There will also be photos on display at the Hub Station/Time's Up fundraiser party.

Portraits of Fabulous Female Pedicab Drivers

Melissa von Ludwig, pedicab driver and artist, debuts her photographs of the pedicab calendar girls. "Driving a pedicab made me a stronger person, not just physically but mentally too" said von Ludwig. Starting in 2005, von Ludwig documented her adventures both on and off the streets. Her chronicle, HOT SEAT, celebrates courageous women "hauling ass" in New York City traffic.

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What's going on with Union Square North?

Is this the next Guantanamo? ...To hold and interrogate radical bike activists and subject them to loud Brittany Spears songs?

Nope, its your friendly neighborhood constructions or should we say disruption.
Gothamist has a story on local neighborhood activists banning together to halt construction of a private restaurant and park plans.

Friday-APRIL 25th, Arbor Day, there will be a rally in Union Square to Protest the construction from 6-8pm RIGHT WHEN CRITICAL MASS STARTS.

Here is more info on that rally.


Sunday, April 27th...Reverend Billy will be leading a Rally against Privatizing our Parks.

Here is a letter from the Rev:

The Parks Are For All The People!

Dear Lovers of Union Square Park and Freedom in Our City,

By now some of you may have heard of impending changes on the north side of Union Square Park. This effort by the Local Business Improvement District was sold to the people as a desperately needed "refurbishment" of the Playgrounds and Green Market but it's little more than a land grab. Geoffrey Croft, president of NYC Park Advocates says, "The city is taking away thousands of square feet of potential play space in an area with the lowest amount of play space in the city and one of the highest concentration of restaurants."

Society chef Danny Myer is the chairman of the Union Square Partnership and the future proprietor and profiteer of the fancy cafe planned for the pavilion. It's construction will include tearing down 14 trees. Construction began two weeks ago but was halted by a judge today !!

THIS is our chance to save Union Square. On SUNDAY APRIL 27th at 3 pm we are having a rally to HALT the privatization of our BELOVED park.

Meet at the North End of Union Square. Check ""> Rev for details. PLEASE get involved, spread the word, be creative, CONTACT US.

Ny Times article on the Halting of construction.


Thanks to Gothamist and BikeSnob

Well according to the comments I got on Gothamist, you'd be hard pressed to believe you were reading the work of the biggest sucker on the planet. I had to share my experience with the online community in the hopes of people looking for my bike and possibly getting it back, despite the scathing comments I knew I would be subjected to. I'm not looking for any sympathy here. Yes, it was a very embarrassing experience, but you learn from it. Perhaps if I had read about a scam like this on someone else's blog, I would never have given up my bike the way I did. Especially when I found out from other people that this same thing had happened to the same part of town. I'm not going to live my life as an paranoid recluse never trusting humanity again. Live and learn. Perhaps more people can share their bike theft stories and we can begin to look out for one another and not just look the other way when that person is cutting a bike lock with a hack saw. It takes the better man to admit when you've been had, and the cowards who make anonymous comments are not contributing to anything. I hope they never need help in a situation or become the unfortunate victim of a crime.

Big shout out to BikeSnob. He really made an excellent post and had some really good advice about dealing with bike theft. Thanks to him and Gothamist for helping out.

A few people wanted to know about my renters insurance. I've had State Farm for years. You pay $270 for the year and it covers theft and fire. It also covers property loss even if its outside of your home. You pay a $500.00 deductible, so the value of the loss has to somewhat worth it. You call the insurance company and explain what happened, then a separate insurance agent gets assigned to your case. in which you list the value of the property lost and provide them with as much accurate records as you can. They did not ask for the police report in my situation, but I'm sure that is case specific.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Thanks for all the responses

Thanks everyone. I stayed up late last night scouring the neighborhood for green areospoke wheels. I called my renters insurance and could make a claim for a $500.00 deductable. I'll be on the hunt for a new green bicycle.

More importantly then my own stupidity I wanted to announce that there will be a memorial ride for two cyclists who were killed last week in Manhattan.

Here are the details:

Memorial Ride--TODAY, April 23rd. Start at Union Square South 7pm

Memorial Ride for Alvaro Olson and Jian-Lan Zhang
both killed on April 16, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Union Square South, 7 pm

Alvaro Olson, 54
West 36th Street and Broadway

Jian-Lan Zhang, 55
Allen Street and Hester Street


Here is article about Jian Lan Zhang from the NY METRO

This article from the Daily News, on Alvaro Olson, leaves lots in question and illustrates the need for these accidents to be properly investigated.


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earthday...I got a great present: MY BIKE STOLEN

I'm in shock. Someone just stole my track bike, and I let them do it. After biking in NYC for 18 years I just fell victim to a scam. It happened April 22nd, 5:00pm. I was on 1st ave between 13th and 14th, in front of the birdbath bakery, which gives you 25% off if you use a bike. I wanted to bring my bike in the store but instead took a minute to look for a place to lock it up. A Hispanic male about 5'8, stocky, short cropped hair, looking kind of pale like he was on the methadone program. He was fit. A good 250 lbs. Wearing a white button down short sleeved shirt with a huge airbrushed image of scar-face. Jean shorts, white sneakers. He had some religious tattoos including a cross on his hand that looked home-made. He walked by me, then turned around and came back. He walked up to me and asked where he could get a bike like mine. Then he asked if he could feel how heavy it was. I knew he was going to want to try it out and I knew I would SAY NO! Then for some dumb ass reason, I gave in and let him ride it. Before this happened he gave me the keys to his car which he walked over to a car parked in the street and turned the lock. I didn't pay to much attention to these details...YEAH I know...I should Have. I shouldn't have even let him touch my bike...going with my initial gut feelings. This will be the hardest part to swallow. I share it with you knowing the embarsment I will have to live with for the rest of my life. I had a policy, never to let people ride my bike, never to stop on the Bridge if someone flagged me down. WHY WHY WHY did I let down my guard.

Then the guy rode back and forth up and down the block between 14th and 13th. 3 times. On the third pass he headed North on 1st and then crossed 14th street on a green light, stopping traffic. He took off down 14th street towards AVE A. Sorry, I'm still in shock and have to write this as fast as I can.

So I called the police. They came right away, they were nice and helpful. We took a ride. We went over to Continuum bike shop to see if he tried to make the quick sale. Jeff at the bike shop told me someone else had this happen to them too, recently, he said a lot of people have been reporting bike theft. I knew about this. I had no idea the same scam was being tried on other people.

If you see this bike please please please let me know.

It is a a orange khs bike all covered up with round green and white crumpler stickers. It has a gold Kris King headset. It has a green areospoke front wheel with a green tire. It has green Oury hand grips. I love this bike...really. I feel like a total schmuck.

Please help me get it back. Any information will help.

Here are pictures:


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Back in the New York Groove with Tragedy

Well after another round of a sick computer and the removal of an enlarged parathyroid...

I'm back to being the, "pain in the neck" of NYC bike community and beyond.

First off let me give a big shout out to Digital Society on 10th street for fixing my laptop. Apple care helped a bunch but this nice boutique had great service


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Some old news round-up.

So just to be thorough, here are some things I missed that went on in late March and April:

1) Our own Kevin "Squid" Bolger, organizer of the Velocity Tour and co-owner of Cyclehawk messengers, got into the NY Post, about his dedication to being a bicycle courier. Congratulations Kevin.

2) The Cutthroats mutant bicycle club from Richmond Virgina held their annual Slaughtertrama 5.

Tallbike Jousting, Beer guzzling...good times!

check out the myspace page.

Here are some great photos from Kevin Dillard of Demoncats

3) 9th annual April Fool's Race here in NYC, hosted by Steve Klein, happened on Tuesday...April 1st. Steve always finds a way to pickout weird and obscure streets that really test a persons knowledge of the city.

Here were the checkpoints:
Start - Cooper SQ
- Corner of Varick + Ericsson Pl.. # of building
- West 64st + West End Ave. Name of Park Statue
- 173-175 E. Bway. Apprx time of Clock
- 59 St.James Pl. !st Cemetery of the Spanish + Portuguese Synagogue. Date
- 174 Hudson.
- Dyer Ave + W 36th st.
- 143 Franklin St. Name of Statue
- Tunnel Approach Street N/E Corner of E 35th St.
- Little W. 12th St. 32-36
- 199 Ave B
- W. 21st St btwn 6th + 7th 18___ ~ 18___
Finish - Chelsea Waterside Park

Here is who supposedly won:

1. dan c
2. crihs
3. yatika
4. cooper
5. drew

Here is who claimed he won:
(photo by Carlos

I dunno, I wasn't there...but he Felipe is the


4) In April was an Art show featuring the photographic styles of Takuya, who has been documenting the messenger community here in NYC for years.

Carlos was on hand with photos

There's that guy again.

Tak is in the middle.

Check out the video by Carlos


Monday, April 07, 2008

Congestion pricing died. Now what?

Congestion pricing officially died in Albany today and with it was Mayor Bloomberg's big hopes and dreams of getting 500 million of federal funds to improve our ailing transit system and reduce carbon emissions overall in NYC.

NY Times article, which highlights the big gap between State politics and the heavy handed condescending tone of our Billionaire Mayor.

The sad part about this was that Congestion Pricing had a lot of merit in reducing carbon emissions and increasing the efficiency of our city, not to mention making this a much better bicycle commute (Hey, we all have our agendas!!)

Read a full report from one group who spent much time and effort on this important issue:

Transportation xAlternatives, and their guide to the benefits of Congestion Pricing.

Sad days. We may be ready for a smoking ban and elimination of trans fats, but don't mess with people's cars.

Here is a great comedic take on the plan and a few things bikesnob would like to see added to the taxing of drivers.

Here is a good Op-Ed from the NY Times talking about how State Speaker Sheldon Silver, wouldn't even take this to a vote.

Oh well, now we can look forward to paying through the nose in other ways such as Fare hikes from the MTA who never have to reveal their books to us.

Hey, but cheer-up Bloomie...I've got a few suggestions that could help in all this:

1) Start enforcing all the traffic violations that go on everyday in NYC and use that money to fund better public transportation. Give out a $25.00 ticket to everyone who double parks illegally and a $45.00 ticket to everyone who parks in the bike lane. Why judging by what I see just on a daily commute through midtown, you'd have $500 million in no time.

2) Create a special division of traffic police who ride bicycles to enforce these parking violations. Reduce the regular police force from the current 40,000 (the sixth largest standing army in the world, more then the number of troops we have in Afghanistan) This would help with the obesity factor and get more people on bikes. Also, pay the cops more than $25,000 a year and maybe they would stay here instead of going to Seattle where they are paid a real living wage, since you demand that cops live in the city and the last time I checked the average price to own an apartment in Manhattan was 1.7million (as an example of how ridiculously expensive it is to live here)

3) Put bike racks on buses.

4) increase the number of bike racks and make them more secure.

5) But more barriered bike lanes in Manhattan, like the one on 9th Ave, one that goes more than 10 blocks. It seems like you can put a special bus lane on lower Broadway. And put some bike lanes on Houston street where more than 4 people have died on their bikes...hmmmmmm.

6) Create more FREE bike parking in buildings and parking garages

7) Eliminate ridiculous building regulations that seem to allow all kinds of freight into their premises but freak out when someone tries to bring in a bicycle.

8) Give employers tax incentives if their employees bike to work or use public transportation.

9) (MY FAVORITE) Make it illegal for any vehicle to be in the five borough area that serves NO OTHER PURPOSE but to advertise. This means no SUV's all covered in stickers for a new rap record, no roving billboards, no double decker buses that hand out products, no hordes of mopeds selling something, no semi trucks that have glass encased scenes of some vacation spot with real actors inside them. Sorry, no more of those dumb Jekyl and Hyde trucks that drive around promoting that stupid tourist trap.

10) eliminate all caps on pedicabs

11) create green initiatives (small business loans) for companies willing to deliver by bicycle.

12) STOP building stupid unnecessary things like basketball stadiums, Nascar tracks and water parks.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Congestion pricing explained, sort of.

Has the debate over congestion pricing gotten you all confused? Let the clowns explain it.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Fundraiser and Party for Times Up

TIMES UP! Dance Party at the HUB
Friday April 25th, 8 p.m.
73 Morton St. W. Village, NYC

Come dance to the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, DJ Suggested D the Boom Boom Brooks Trio and celebrate TIME'S Up!'s collaboration with the HUB Station. Bicycle Fashion Show, Traffic Jam tap dancers, video by Velchrome, Olympic-size trampoline, valet bike parking and plenty of food to snack on. Sliding scale starting at $10.

This Critical Mass after-party is at 73 Morton St. in the West Village (see attached map). Spaces for environmental education programs that are offering real sustainable solutions and making change right now are extremely rare. Please come and support TIME'S UP! and the HUB. If you can't make the party you can donate online at

Time's Up! Environmental Organization
New Location
73 Morton Street, NYC

Tuesday, April 01, 2008


I'm tired of all the Green chic bullcrap. Its time to grow up. Bikes are for kids. I am quiting bikeblog and you can find me from now on at my new blog.


Later today...Steve Klein's 9th Annual April Fools alleycat

Does everyone know this by now?

It just dawned on me. Maybe people have been in hibernation all winter. I don't blame you, I'm tired of wearing rain gear and taking my fender on and off at each location. Global warming will be here soon enough and we can enjoy 105 degree humidity. But for those who don't know, Time's Up has moved locations.

Our favorite environmental center of skill sharing and bicycle repair workshops is now sharing space at the Hub Station.

73 Morton St. between Greenwich and Hudson st. in the lovely West Village of Manhattan.

Tuesday April 1st, Basic Repair Workshop, get ready for Spring. 6:30pm get skills on the basics of bicycle mechanics.
Wednesday April 2nd, Members Repair Night, 6:30pm
Thursday April 3rd, 6:30pm, Repair your bike workshop, bring in your bike for specific fixes in a friendly community environment.
Friday, April 4th is the monthly Central Park Moonlight ride. Meet at Columbus Circle at 10pm for a leisurely ride through Manhattans famous park.

for a complete schedule check out the Time's Up website