The New York Bicycle Film Festival is set to roll at the end of this month, June 26 – 30. The trailer above is for Wheelin’, just one of many short films that will be viewed throughout the weekend. Check here for a number of other trailer offerings and get all the latest updates on the BFF blog.
I haven’t gotten the full word back from Red Hook this year, but preliminary reports noted a lot of pretty gnarly crashes, as evidenced by this video. A local (Indy local) racer who was vying for the podium was forced to start from the near back of the pack and pick his way up into the teens due to a really bad wreck during his qualifying round. I’ll reserve speculation on course design or any other external factor contributing to the crashes as the speed and density of these crits may lend to the inherent risk of dangerous wrecks. This one in particular looks like it could have been much worse than it already was. Let’s hope no one was seriously hurt.
The Citibike bike sharing program is up and running in NYC despite some predicting nothing short of the apocalypse, yet just 10 days in and the bikes have been taken for a ride over 100,000 times, and to my knowledge without a single death! Yeah, Yeah, we all knew once the ribbons were cut and the wheels got rolling that everyone would fall in line, but just in case fears still needed to be quelled a bit, Animal NYC conducted an interview with a bike sharing rep in London to get a feel of how everything has gone since they launched their own program under similar NIMBY-like frustrations and controversy. As is to be expected, everything is rolling smoothly. Good thing for other cities around the country who are looking to implement their own programs who now have another successful example to silence the naysayers.
Where I’m from we don’t always have a lot to toot our horns about, so when we do we toot them loudly, hence this video. This here is our mildly overweight, very much Republican mayor giving a rundown to Streetfilms on the advancements our city has made towards building bicycling infrastructure and accommodating alternative transportation. I’ve been involved in bicycle advocacy in some form since we had ONE mile of a bike lane and I can solidly say all the advancements we’ve made have been under this man’s watch. The groundwork was laid and many hours of work were put into getting us where we are today, but our mayor was the one who not only stepped out of the way to allow it to happen, but also pitched in to lend a helping hand and keep the momentum going. So yeah, is Indy going to be the new Portland? Give us some time and we’ll see. And hey, if it can happen in our city, it can happen in yours too.
When I lived in Portland back in ’01 I thought I had entered some sort of cycling utopia and found myself daydreaming about opening a chain of kiosks called Tubes and Tires, thinking there were so many cyclists on the roads that it would actually be a viable business. I wanted to believe the demand was so great that Tubes and Tires would be the equivalent of gas stations for cars. Of course, we aren’t there YET, but this fellow dreamer in NYC has started towards that goal with his Express Biker vending machines.
Express Biker vending machines work just like traditional vending machines, but instead of dropping out sugary, fatty food and drink, they deliver tubes, cO2 cartridges, patch kits, lights and more. There are only two of these machines in the NYC area, but they hope to continue to expand, even customizing each machine towards the cycling needs of the area.
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