Saturday, Mom and I went to Jack London Square in Oakland for Pedalfest. Epic! First up was the Whiskey Drome, a wooden-slat velodrome like the olden days. I can’t wait to learn about physics, so I can understand how those cyclists managed to stay on their bikes!
Next we spotted a booth that, according to Mom, combines two things that make her and Dad very, very happy: The Bicycle Coffee Company. Not only do they roast their beans (natch!), they deliver their delectable product via — you guessed it! — bicycle!
- A bicycle aerialist who contorted herself around and through a suspended, gyrating cruiser bike
- A pedal-powered music stage (check out Rock the Bike!)
- Bicycle rodeo where you hop on a bike and circle ‘round
- Stunt jumpers (see forthcoming post)
All-in-all, a glorious day surrounded by bike-minded people!
New York City has experienced a biking boom in recent years, but the flip side of that trend is oddly sinister: hundreds of abandoned bicycle corpses are rotting away all over the five boroughs, and it’s a lot harder to get rid of them than you might think.
In late April, Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project of WNYC, asked readers and listeners to submit photographs of abandoned bikes throughout the city. They received more than 500 submissions and mapped them online. Now, the bikes’ afterlives have become an art exhibit at The Greene Space in Manhattan. From August 1 through September 4, WNYC’s Abandoned Bike Project photos will be on display as “a collection of the detritus of urban mobility in a busy city.”
“Once we got in hundreds and hundreds of photos of these abandoned bikes we started to notice there was a rhythmic beauty in how they were all so similar but they were all so unique in the peculiar but familiar form of decay,” says Alex Goldmark of Transportation Nation (who’s also a contributing editor at GOOD). “And we have a performance space here that supports art events. The director suggested we make an art exhibit because some of [the photographs] do rise to the level of art.”
A crowdsourced project to get abandoned bikes off the street results in an urban art project. My latest for GOOD. Read more…
Summerstreets is back again this year: on August 4, 11 and 18, from 7 am to 1 pm, nearly seven miles of New York City streets are opened “for everyone to play, run, walk and bike.”
To learn more: here.
On Wednesday Mayor Villaraigosa will join Dan Schnur & the USC Unruh Institute of Politics for a conversation on jobs, the economy, and transportation. We’ll be live tweeting on @LAMayorsOffice but there’s still time to RSVP below!
2nd & Figueroa at the midnight drag race in downtown LA
Eastside Bike Club Presents:
Dodgertown Bike Ride
Saturday, September 1st, at 3pm.
Bike share program in Anaheim kicks off this Saturday, July 21st at the Center Street Promenade. Stop by for food, music, and free bike tune-ups!
From state-champions to local big shots, there are tons of super fast cyclists that claim to be fastest of the fast. However, there’s only one way to settle who’s fit to be throned with the title as the fastest cyclist amongst the chatter of the cycling community, and that readers is through this year’s upcoming Wolfpack Hustle’s Midnight Drag Race.
Wolfpack Hustle, the very same local bike group that raced one of JetBlue’s planes to come out victorious during last year’s Carmageddon, and held one of the biggest underground races in the West Coast of the United States by crashing the L.A. Marathon Course last March, is back in action to thrill the cycling community once more this year.
On July 28th, 300 cyclists from all walks of life will gather in downtown L.A. and battle it out amongst each other inside the beautiful and historic 2nd Street tunnel.