Friday, October 30, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

I'm voting for Bloomberg because I love Janette Sadik-Khan

What a great idea! On Facebook.

Though what worries me is the decreasing likelihood that she'll ever notice me with all this damn competition.

Janette, I'm the man for you!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Damnit, I'll still vote for Bloomberg

At this point, there's really nothing Bloomberg could do that would make me not vote for him. But goddamn he's trying!

Now I'm getting mail From Crazy People for Bloomberg. I can't believe that Diaz Quanqelina loves Mike soooo much that he's willing to hand-friggin-write a double sided post card explaining why Mike will look after my transit needs. He covers LIRR, bridges and tunnels, 311, subways, buses, and a campaign slogan all in 48 square inches of hand-friggin-written text.

But you see Diaz (or somebody) knocked on our door a while back and my wife said transit was our main issue. I wish she had said bicycles. I wonder what we would have gotten in the mail then? Maybe an "I [heart] my Bike Moonblerg" bell or something. Hmmm, that's not a bad idea.

This shit is crazy, yo! Save your money, Mike! You got my vote. And the more you send me the less I like you.

Friday, October 23, 2009

We All Win With Lynn

Awww, that's as old-timey sounding as "I Like Ike."

But you should vote for Lynn Serpe on November 3! Lynn likes bikes.

Astoria Bike endorses Lynn! (that should get her, uh, one vote)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Atari Joystick is my hero

Check out this cartoon. It's in Spanish, which I don't speak. But here's a translation:
This is that Mexican cartoon I like: "Retro Squad." This one features our hero, the Atari joystick, but there's also a rubik's cube and a can of Tab.

Here we see the joystick's car breaking down--he's cursing and saying his fucking car has screwed him again, and now he'll have to take shitty public transport--which is not what superheroes do!

Then he calls an assortment of taxis...

When he finally gets out, he says the public transport of Retropolis isn't so bad--a little old, but efficient.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Jay Walder seems very smart

At least in the profile on him in the Times.
“We’re on a bus right now where every seat is full,” he said. “How many people are on this bus? Seventy-five? But we haven’t prioritized this bus any differently than a car which has one person in it.”...“One person’s use of a road impacts upon another person’s use of the road. My point is, if we have to make a choice, make the choice for the bus, not for the car.”
Walder is the new chairman of the MTA.

Bill Thompson is a big fat idiot

I don't easily disparage Democrats. But according to Streetblog and Downtown Express, outspent mayoral candidate Bill Thompson has questioned, in particular, bike lanes in Astoria:
He said last week that he would have his transportation commissioner take a new look at any lanes that seemed to be problematic, such as along Grand St. and in Astoria....

Bloomberg, in an interview the next day, cited the expansion of bike lanes as one of many things that have gotten better under his leadership.
The only thing problematic about bike lanes in Astoria is we have so damn few of them!

I'm voting for Bloomberg. You should too. And that's despite all the campaign propaganda I get from him. If you want to root for an underdog, follow the Cubs. In the meantime, let's keep the (recently) most pro-bike mayor in power.

Life without Janette Sadik-Khan? That's no life at all.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Queens TA Party. 10/20. LIC.

Wouldn't it be great if biking in Queens were as nice as biking in Brooklyn? I mean, have you ever been there? It's not just about brownstones, trees, cool people, Coney Island, and good pizza.

They got bike lanes that actually go places. In-fucking-credible.

I don't mind waiting my turn... but ever wonder why?

Because tons more Transportation Alternative geeks live in Brooklyn. Duh.

Maybe being a T.A. member won't get you laid (Hell, maybe it will. I've never been to their parties). But it's those T.A. geeks who got the Manhattan Bridge good bike access. It's the fact that we in Astoria aren't cool enough and don't work hard enough. The Queensboro Bridge still abso-fucking-lutely guarantees that you WILL violate some traffic law while putting your life on the line. On both ends. Really.

I was thinking... is there any legal way a bike can head into Manhattan and not violate a traffic law. Really. Think about it. You're either running a red light or turning left from the right lane.

I guess you could go straight. I've actually never considered that.

I just want that gate to open again. You know, they way we all used to go. The direct way. The safe way. The one that didn't bother pedestrians on 1st Ave. I want this, you understand, not just for me, but for all the poor pedestrians who now have to climb over it. Why? For no fucking reason.

And then heading into Queens we all bike the wrong way down a one-way street while this empty safe traffic lane just sits there, mocking us.

I hate this shit.

Anyway, here's the point: There's a T.A. party in LIC October 20th. You should go. Really. Or just send them money. Why? Because the "I Bike Queens" Logo is actually kinda cool.

Here's the Facebook link.

And hey, if you do get laid, leave a comment here!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Car Free Broadway

If you like it, take the DOT survey. Little things like this matter.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Try Honking At Me

Of course it takes two to tangle.

But the only thing that should really matter here is that a cab driver, licensed by the city... purposefully used his cab as a weapon and slammed into a pedicab. How does anything--honking, fighting, coffee throwing, garbage can throwing--compare to that?! This man should not be driving.

And honking for anything other than danger is a ticketable traffic offense (and also rude, selfish, and really annoying). So the taxi driver did start it all, for whatever that's worth.

But I guess those of us who don't drive are just expected to bend over and take it all and always.

The only shame is that the pedicab driver got whupped in the fight.

(See Streetsblog for more.)

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Queens Around the World

Transportation Alternatives is hosting a Queens Around the Bike Ride. Sounds pretty fun. In fact, I think I'll actually go to it if I can get my lazy ass out of bed and to Astoria park at 10AM.

Hell, I can bike to Flushing on my own. And hell, it seems like most nights I end up at the Bohemian Beer Hall. But one thing I cannot do is like local historian Rich Melnick who "will impart his wealth of knowledge of the area."

Free. 10AM. Meet in Astoria Park. RSVP to Sarah at, space is limited!

Details at the facebook link.