Thursday, December 17, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Paint, goddamnit, paint!

Bike vigilantes are repainting bike lanes in Williamsburg. Somebody has got to do it.

The Post reports:
Cyclists ... made it difficult, the Hasids said, to obey religious laws forbidding them from staring at members of the opposite sex.
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A source close to Mayor Bloomberg said removing the lanes was an effort to appease the Hasidic community just before last month's election.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Driver convicted of bike crash

That headline is as rare as "man bites dog"!

Of course it took the driver, Christopher Thomas Thompson, a medical doctor, to tell police that he wanted to "teach them a lesson." And it wasn't the first time he tried to kill bicyclists. His M.O. is to pass the bikes--who were, in this case, actually going the speed limit--pull in front of the bikes, and then slam on the brakes.

Of course if he had just said, "It was an accident," probably nothing would have happened to him. Or the bikes would been at fault for rear-ending the car.


NPR has the story from L.A. I love the guy who complains that, "These bicyclists ... take up the road — four, five people at a time." Thus preventing him, one asshole in a car, from driving just a little faster.

The story also points out, "It's actually legal to ride side by side in the streets of L.A."

More in Velonews.

British Trains

Trains in the UK, at least some of them, are very bike friendly. Inside the door are little bike stalls, like the train car is a bike stable!

30th Ave Bike Shelter

I don't know what was sadder: me locking my bike with a flat tire and having to pay for a car to get me to work on time or seeing this, a cut chain where a bike used to be:

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Shame!

Bike lane removal in Hasidic Williamsburg! Shame!

This city belongs to everybody! And Bedford Ave is an essential part of what a limited bike network we have.

I encourage all women to drive through these streets in the tighten, most revealing outfits they have.

Update: But... if this were a trade for a dedicated two-way bike path in the crappy part by the freeway and the Hassidic bus stop... I'd take it.

Speaking of which, does anybody know if it's allowed/possible to bike through the Brooklyn Navy Yard? That would shave a good chunk off that trip.

Personally, I advocate a large bridge over the Brooklyn Navy Yard. From the corner of Kent and Division to Navy and Flushing would cut a 1.75 mile trip in half. And think of the view!

A bit odd... but aren't we all?

My friend in Pittsburgh sends me this:


He put a bumper on his bike so that he could "take up as much room as a car." He's a bit odd -- aren’t we all?