Saturday, June 27, 2009

Video From Last night

Big thanks to Derek for the filming and speedy video editing.

Critical Mass June 2009 from Derek Johnson on Vimeo.

Last Nights Photos

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more here

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Huntsville Bicycle Weekend More Info



Thanks Two Five Fix for the Graphic, Time etc :)

There is still time to start your Bicycle Art Projects and here is some more info:

T- Shirt Printing @ the Bicycle Art Show
Bring a blank T - Shirt Friday to the show if you would like to have it printed on. It's Free!!!!!!!!!

Bicycle Art Show Drop Off:
Thursday 25th from 12 -4 and Friday the 26th 12 - 4 you can drop off your Art work downstairs at Lowe Mill. If you want to help out and decorate the room please stop by.

Potluck Drop off and Info:
Friday 26th Downstairs @ Lowe Mill from 12 - 4 or bring it with you on the ride. If you want to use the BBQ it will be fired up and ready for use that night. Please try and bring real plates if you can and take them with you when it is over. Keep in mind we are trying to create less trash and food taste like crap on styrofoam and paper plates. There is also the Bike Blender so you can pedal your way to margaritas or smoothies bring your own fruit or mixes.

Friday's Critical Mass and Bicycle Art Show Party June 26
SE Corner of Courthouse Downtown Meet @ 6:30 pm and ride starts @ 7pm. Bring lights, noisemakers, signs and your voice for the biggest party on two wheels. Keep in mind this is to encourage people to ride a bicycle instead of drive, so be nice to motorists and encourage them with waves, smiles and joy!!!!! Remember this is fun!!!! There is still time to add your music to the DJ Bike Playlist here the DJ Bike is Solar Powered and loud so get ready to dance !!!!!!!!!!! Bicycle Art Show starts at 8pm At Lowe Mill

Saturday's The Hot Mess Alley Cat June 27
8:30 PM behind Bicycles Etc. Two person teams bring a cell phone with a camera or a camera and meet at the Lumberyard directly behind Bicycles Etc. you will need lights on your bike and helmets are encouraged. Plus you can go faster:) more info at Two Five Fix here


Sunday's Vintage Ride June 28
2 PM Meet at Huntsville Middle School @ 817 Adams

Sunday Bicycle Polo June 28
4pm Optimist Park Come out and play or watch and cheer your favorites on!!!
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More Events @ http://www.bellovelo.com

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Critical Mass Art Extravaganza Playlist


The DJ Tyler is now compiling your playlists for the DJ Bike so put your song suggestions in the comments.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bicycle harassment ordinance passes unanimously

From the Missourian

COLUMBIA — A bicyclist harassment ordinance passed unanimously at the City Council meeting Monday after nearly an hour and a half of debate.

The ordinance makes harassment of bicyclists — including throwing objects, verbal assault and other offenses — a misdemeanor offense punishable by a $1,000 fine or one year of jail time, the council said.

After the lengthy testimony from citizens and discussion by the council, the ordinance passed with plans to amend it at the July 20 City Council meeting. At that time, the ordinance will be expanded to include other types of pedestrian traffic.

The delay in a decision was due to debate over who should be covered under the harassment ordinance. Some council members felt the ordinance should be more broad and encompass other types of pedestrian traffic, while others thought protecting bicyclists was important now and the rest could be added later.

Many in the bicycling community showed up to voice their feelings about the ordinance. Twenty individuals, some with children in tow, lined up to wait for their turn at the microphone. All 20 supported the ordinance.


Read more here

Monday, June 15, 2009

Bike Pool


From Streetfilms

On the second Friday of the month, the Transportation Alternatives Queens Committee leads a bike pool along Queens Boulevard. This street is a critical yet dangerous part of many Queens bike commutes. By riding in a group each month, pool members aim to educate drivers that bikes are on the street, make a statement about the need for a bike lane, and give the borough's bike commuters a safe ride home.

I joined up with the ride last month. The next bike pool is tomorrow -- Friday, June 12.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

New Urbanism: Built to Last



No really check this out!!

Scholarship established in memory of former AHS student

The Sarah Chapman “Ray of Sunshine” Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established by her parents, Charles and Gloria Chapman, at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Additionally, her friends, family and fellow students contributed funds to the endowment. They established the scholarship to honor Chapman, a third year marketing major and communications art minor student at UAH, who was killed in a bicycle accident late last summer near the university’s campus.

“Two days before her death, Sarah told members of her sorority that she wanted to be remembered as a ray of sunlight that brightened everyone’s day. With this scholarship, she will forever brighten the lives of UAH students who receive the scholarship,” her parents said. “At the time of her death, she was receiving three scholarships. Establishing this scholarship is a way to give back to the university. She loved her college experience at UAH and she was very involved with campus activities. She had wonderful friends and teachers who loved her. This is our way of saying thanks to UAH.

“We would also like to thank our friends who helped build the scholarship fund; parents and teachers of Heritage and Columbia Elementary Schools in Madison, friends and colleagues at Athens State University and Sarah’s UAH friends and faculty members. Their outpouring of love and support helped us get through the past nine months.”

The scholarship will be presented annually beginning in 2010 to outstanding female students enrolled in the College of Business Administration with first preference going to sophomore students who demonstrate leadership potential and who are actively involved in campus activities.

Chapman began attending UAH three years ago. She served in the Student Government Association and was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. She also served as a Lancer, the official student ambassadors for the university. Friends and faculty at UAH remember Chapman as an intelligent and hard working young woman, who possessed a natural curiosity and an abundance of confidence.

She graduated from Athens High School in 2006 where she was the yearbook editor and was active in many clubs and organizations such as the Sub Deb Service Society.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Accident/theft/hazard reporting

Bikewise is a website that some of us have started using for reporting past accidents and thefts. We also report current hazards that cyclists should be prepared for and some that the city should address. Add yours and help keep each other safe. The website should autodetect your location but some firewalls may not allow it.

A Herd of Lawn Chairs for Weary Tourists



From NYTimes

Forget the surreal prospect of a trafficless Times Square. Never mind the progressive transportation agenda.
The scene-stealing star of the city’s newly opened, $1.5 million pedestrian plaza project may be its fleet of folding lawn chairs, humble refugees from the Ace Hardware catalog that have colonized the Broadway pavement.

In candy-stripe shades of pink, blue and green, the 376 rubber folding chairs and loungers are an unlikely import from the sphere of suburban swimming pools and budget trips to the beach. Average purchase price: about $15 apiece, or 0.001 percent of the project’s total budget.

Since their Memorial Day debut, the chairs have quickly entered the zeitgeist, earning criticism from the mayor and wonderment from pedestrians, who have pronounced them both tacky and endearing. The obligatory merchandise tie-in has already appeared: a pair of local designers produced a T-shirt that replaces the heart in “I ♥ New York” with a lounge chair. A few dozen have already sold.
read more here

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Huntsville Bicycle Weekend

This is an early reminder about "Huntsville Bicycle Weekend" and what else is happening this month. more details to come.

June 9th 7 pm
Tuesday Night Ride behind Bicycles Etc 7 pm

June 10th 7 pm
There is a Public Input meeting Weds. Night at the Huntsville Public Library Downtown. Please come with your ideas, suggestions and questions. There are bike racks available. Please ride your bike to the meeting, this speaks louder than words.

1st Annual Huntsville Bicycle Weekend June 26th - June 28th:

June 26th
Critical Mass and Art Extravaganza.
SE Corner of Courthouse Downtown meet @ 6:30 ride @ 7pm
8pm Bicycle Art Show, Films, Potluck, BBQ and DJ Robbie and Tyler
Please start your bicycle related art projects now!!!! more details to come.

June 27th
Alleycat
Saturday Night (time to be announced) starts @ Bicycles Etc. more details to come.
We have beer, bike, and tattoo sponsors in addition to an an awesome after party/ pool party venue with free beer and band. You will need a team name - we can hook you up with a partner if you like, and a camera or cell phone with camera. This is not a fixed gear only event so ride what you like.

June 28th
Vintage Ride
2pm Huntsville Middle School

Bike Polo
4pm Optimist Park

Tuesday Night RIde


7pm Behind Bicycles Etc on Meridian

Friday, June 5, 2009

Bike Lanes


From HubandSpokes

A friend introduced me yesterday to rambunctious bicycling advocate Fred Oswald via a recent article out of Cleveland’s press. Much debate swirls around his not-so-uncommon opinions. Mr. Oswald’s argument can be boiled down to two points: supporting a critical need for much more bicycling education on sharing public roadways with other vehicles, and fighting an industry-borne fallacy that breaking up streets with allocated spaces, such as bike lanes, is good for the biking community. The former is, of course, not contestable. We all agree that safety and training are absolutely critical to developing a strong and healthy bicycling community. The latter, however, is a serious point of contention in the transportation profession, and deserves discussion. Categorically declaring bike lanes counter-productive is lacking nuance and myopically idealistic; it simply does not reflect where we are as a nation of people on the move. When it comes to the idea of bicycles and automobiles co-existing, that is, equally sharing a common public space, we Americans are but toddlers learning to get our balance; therefore, we still need training wheels. And training wheels in this metaphor take the form of two parallel stripes called bike lanes. read more here

New draft map of NolaCycle data


From NolaCycle

Here's a new draft map of the NolaCycle data. It's just for a small area because we're planning on taking a different approach to digitizing the data than originally planned. I'll post the information on some upcoming digitizing/graphics meetings for July later in the month. If you're into computer programming or GIS, then those will be the meetings for you!

In the mean time, check this map out. From this map you can design your own custom routes. NolaCycle will be doing some recommended routes as well (likely will have a "data map" and a "route map" when it's all said and done), but I didn't feel comfortable drawing up recommended routes without being able to double-check them physically before posting them online. If you see any errors with the data on this map, leave a comment or e-mail me so I can make the corrections.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

GOP Budget Cuts Take Aim At Educational Opportunities For Women, Bike Paths, And Technology Innovation

More slashes from the "party of no ideas"

from ThinkProgress

Today, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) sent President Obama a proposal with budget cuts that they claim could save taxpayers “in excess of $375 billion.” From their letter to Obama:

– Elimination of the Safe Routes to Schools program. The program “pays for building sidewalks, bike paths and crossing guards.” Not only does the program encourage green community practices, but also aims to increase safety and improve public health.

read more here

Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cruiser? I don't know!

It's the bike with the style and geometry of a fixed gear track bike, BUT WAIT A MINIUTE!!! Yes it has a coaster break just like the bikes we all enjoyed as kids. Only now you no longer have to pedal around on your 50 pound beach cruiser from the middle of the 20th century. You can now enjoy a light weight single speed bicycle with no cables or pesky derailers to constantly adjust

by OSOBIKE more here

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Posey Peep Show Tonight @ 8pm

Hooray for the Riff Raff
The Dreaded Firefly & Sweet Lucy
Posey Peep Show

8pm 5 bucks go and ride your bike there!!!!!

BASC public meeting at Main library

x-posted from hsvbike.com; help them represent you

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, IDEAS?…THERE IS A PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULED AT THE HUNSTVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY…IN THE A/B ROOM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10TH FROM 7:00PM-8:30PM. ALL ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. I HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.

Critical Mass Pics

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Vintage Ride Pics