Sunday, August 17, 2008

A Bike with Your Waffle

This is a guest post from Liz.

A new southbound bike lane running 3.5 miles between Williamsburg and Crown Heights on Wythe/Franklin Avenue is scheduled for completion in August 2008.

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This is very exciting for me because I currently have no southbound bike lane between my house and friends in Williamsburg. There is a northbound lane all the way from my house to Williamsburg on Bedford and the difference between my southbound and northbound trip is tremendous. I always feel like I'm going to be pummeled by a truck any second on Franklin.

As of today, only a four block section on Franklin has a bike lane. We still have two weeks of August left so there might be progress, BUT the NYCDOT website has taken the Franklin/Wythe progress map down, so this could mean they were just kidding. (If you want to inquire about the bike lane please call the Brooklyn Borough Commissioner, Joseph Palmieri, at (718) 222-7259.)

Tell the commissioner the Franklin/Wythe bike lane isn't just important for me. It's important for local business, particularly Bristen's Eatery, a 'new soul food' cafe at Franklin and Sterling in Crown Heights. What's exciting is that this weekend Bristen's is starting their bike rental program in anticipation of the Franklin/Wythe bike lane.

I am not sure who their target audience will be, hopefully bored kids in the neighborhood, but it might be family and friends visiting local residents. I know that about a month ago two of my friends visited and wanted to rent bikes for a Sunday afternoon but it proved too cumbersome to find a rental agency close enough in Brooklyn.

Bristen's has this cute tandem bike for rent at $10 an hour or $46 a day. They also have your typical American fair of mountain bikes at $4 an hour and 21 gear Giants at $4.50 an hour.

The rentals come with repair and safety accessories and some bikes can even be rented up to 3 weeks.

So if you live in the area, or want to come visit me in Crown Heights, you can rent a bike and eat some waffles.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

“Isn’t this the best way to see a city?”

I'm not covering the Olympics, in fact I'm boycotting it (Sudan, Burma, Tibet, the people of china).

But this isn't really the Olympics, and it's so nice to see a 'racer' riding upright. So here it is. It's from an article in the NYT today called "A ‘Relaxing’ Ride, but Not for the Faint of Heart".

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

NO Bicycles Allowed at the Convention

Although they've made every effort to sell this as the "greenest convention in history" - bicycles are officially banned from the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Citing the ever-present thorn of the New American Dream "Security Concerns" - no bicycle racks will be provided, no bicycle parking will be allowed.

I hope that there are as many protesters at the convention to hold the Democratic party accountable for its inaction as there are inside to cheer, and that the protesters bring lots of bicycles. Lots and lots of bicycles. And it turns out that there's even a bike loan program going into effect during the convention - too bad there won't be anywhere to park them...

From the Colorado Independent:

"The rack lack at the Pepsi Center doesn’t bode well for at least one pro-bicycle group that is planning to provide delegates, volunteers and the media free use of 1,000 bikes during the convention.

The group, Bikes Belong, partnered with Humana to bring bikes to Denver so as to be checked out at six different kiosks locations around town and will duplicate the effort in Minneapolis-St. Paul during the Republican convention a week after the party in Denver."

It's really absurd that Obama (yes, we get to blame everything on the new head of the party now) couldn't find a single sponsor to host a bicycle valet tent - I mean, did you see the one I took a photo of in Montréal? Sponsored by Ford? Anyone have a job for me somewhere else - I'm really, really, really sick of this country.

Read more here...

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Pitt-Jolie Chic

Still worried about your hair, your clothes, possible rain and how you might look on a bicycle? Well, get over it - and get some new style role models... Copenhagen Cycle Chic featured one of these photos in their celebrity mash-up... Here are the rest.

(For those who don't know, I've had a big crush on Angelina ever since Hackers, so that's why I'm posting these...)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Hipsterism & the Last McCarren Park Pool Show

Adbusters sums it up perfectly in a short article:
"We've reached a point in our civilization where counterculture has mutated into a self-obsessed aesthetic vacuum. So while hipsterdom is the end product of all prior countercultures, it's been stripped of its subversion and originality, and is leaving a generation pointlessly obsessing over fashion, faux individuality, cultural capital and the commodities of style..." read more...
Oh, and if you'd like to show the hipsters what 'cool' really is - get some tickets to the last show at McCarren Park Pool and teach those brats how to dance. The NYT reports today that the McCarren Park Pool will be renovated back into a pool (can you think of a bigger waste of $50 million?) after the last concert this summer on August 30th - Sonic Youth. Tickets are still available here: