Bicycling in New York
The NYPD arrested two Staten Island teenagers and gleefully confiscated a fistful of bicycles from the group they were riding with yesterday, posting images of their plunder to 122nd Precinct Twitter account as a warning to future offenders. According to an NYPD spokesperson, police arrested two 16-year-old boys who were...
More than four months after a hit-and-run driver deliberately slammed into cyclist Matthew von Ohlen on a Williamsburg street, police have made an arrest in the case. Juan Maldonado, 56, was arrested early this morning and charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and other lesser counts. The criminal complaint...
Bike Kill is a raucous annual block party that gleefully celebrates the anarchist spirit of the city. Mutant bicycles built by members of the Black Label Bike Club are available for anyone to attempt to ride, assuming you don't mind taking a few tumbles and having moldy pita bread thrown at you. At the end, there is jousting.
Usually one learns where Bike Kill is through a friend of a friend. Everyone convenes at a dead end until the NYPD decides to stop looking the other way. Saturday's event, the 13th iteration of the party, was an all-ages affair inside a massive warehouse on Morgan Avenue. There was a flyer telling people where to go and what to expect, and Porta-Potties for people to relieve themselves. There were no police, and no serious injuries. The result was a kind of joyous chaos that felt inclusive and real and made you grateful to live in New York.
Text by Christopher Robbins. All photographs by Chris Jones for the Village Voice.
Because the cogs of the bureaucratic wheel are creaky and filled with cobwebs, here’s an itty bitty piece of legislation that will no doubt cause an uproar among vituperative drivers who pine for the days when they could just catch a cyclist in the grill of their Olds, shrug and...
On Wednesday morning, the city's Department of Transportation tweeted a series of sunlit photos showing smiling women riding down the 6th Avenue bike lane. The well-meaning photo-op kicked off a partnership with Citi Bike to highlight New York's cycling gender gap: Only 23% of cyclists here are women. Under the banner of #feminism, Citi Bike is...
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“It is a men-dominated business. But we’re trying to be diverse,“ said Justin Messina. “It’s really for everybody. You just have to know how to ride a bike.“
Under steady rain and wind, scores of bicycle messengers from all over gathered in East Williamsburg for the 2016 Cycle Courier Championship, to find out who would be crowned North America’s fastest. Competitors steer through a closed course on streets just east of the Montrose Avenue L train stop, simulating a shift of delivery work, including envelopes, packages, and even the surprise bike theft. About 400 people registered, half of whom turned out in the rainy conditions, and about 70 made the cut for Sunday’s finals, where seven-time women's champion and two-time overall winner Christina Peck of San Francisco nabbed her third gold. While organizers set everything up outside, the Voice caught up with racers and supporters at The Anchored Inn on Waterbury Street.
Text by Stephen Miller; Photography by Amy Lombard for the Village Voice