Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Biking Directions Come to Google Maps

This is totally cool - but slightly useless due to lack of mobile support.

I don't know about you, but my smart phone changed how I bike to the point where I almost can't remember what it was like to travel with a rear trunk full of city maps, county maps, local maps ... oh wait, now I remember.

It sucked.

I rode out to somewhere, somewhere, Long Island once and had so many maps with me that I caused traffic accidents from all of the motorist laughing at me as I stood on street corners trying to figure out where I was.

Here's hoping for a mobile option soon.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Bike Shorts at Galapagos


I've been remiss in my biking and as a result, my posting. So here's something that has nothing to do with me getting on my bike, and everything to do with other people getting off their asses.

Bike Shorts 8
"The next Bike Shorts screening will take place on Sunday January 25th at Galapagos's new location in DUMBO. Keep filming and creating. Remember that you don't have to be able to do barspins or backwards circles to make a movie about a bike. Be creative! Submit your work to us whenever you're finished."

BTW, The flier is apparently wrong, according to the website the deadline is January 18 - so go make a movie.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008



There is little enough parking available for cyclists in NYC, so I was mystified by this convoluted system of barriers protecting/saving/blocking this bike rack on Third Avenue and 49th Street in Manhattan.

I mean, can you park here? Not park here? Valet park here?

Who are they saving this for, David Byrne? He's got his own bike racks.


Friday, December 19, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Cold Sucks


I didn't feel like biking this morning. It was too cold and I was too cranky.

As a reward, this is the mob scene I faced on the subway platform.

A commute like this just makes me appreciate the fact that I have options... even if I'm too lazy to take advantage of them.

Friday, December 5, 2008

As seen in ... Midtown East


The press.

Waiting for Antonio Pierce of the NY Giants to make his appearance at the 17th Precinct in the Plaxico Buress debacle.

Traffic is a misery today.

With the Christmas season comes the dreaded 'Gridlock Alert'.

I find this fascinating. Like the other 11 months of the year the traffic is ok?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008



Wow. Two great tastes that taste great together - biking and pole-dancing.

I can't post pictures here because then my blog would have to have an adult content warning, but talk about utilizing pedal-power.

"PoleRider is the first and only bicycle rickshaw powered mobile dance pole; a new invention that merges pole dancing and bicycles.

Our mission is to raise awareness of the immense potential of pedal power and the imagination and to unite two great things that are even better together: bicycles and pole dancers! If you are driving, remember to look out for bicycles. One of them might be PoleRider!"

For more info go to Poleriders

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

As seen in ... Brooklyn Heights


I have no idea what these guys are doing, but this seems like a really inefficient way to move a car.

Friday, November 14, 2008

And The Winner Is ...

The Hoop by Ian Mahaffy and Maarten De Greeve, designers based in Copenhagen.
It's rather ironic that I finally managed to post about this yesterday - and today they announce the winner, especially since I just discovered that they were supposed to pick a winner three weeks ago.
Oh well, I guess that blows my rep as the place to get timely news....

The reaction to the announcement has been surprisingly cantankerous. Some of the comments have been downright rude.

“Evoke an abstracted bicycle tire”: what a lame brained
rational. What ever hapened to some small modicum
of functionality.

— a.may

My favorite?

"Well, if they’re pretty enough, maybe the bike thieves will start stealing the racks instead of the bikes."

— KWillets

They say they are going to install at least 5,000 of these over the next few years. I'm going to go the glass-half-full route and just be grateful for small favors. After all, they could have decided to spend that money for more parking meters.