Category Archives: advocacy
Help Cranky’s Owner Jim C Out
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I was just going through my emails when I came across this and then Tracko posted it up as well. I met Jim once, in Tokyo, during the CMWC and he was a brilliantly charismatic guy. As the owner of Cranky’s, a great bike shop, he needs our help.

“This past weekend leading a youth BMX trip, Jim C a figure in our local bike community and Cranky’s shop owner took a really bad crash and landed himself in the hospital. He was rushed into surgery and spent the past couple days in the hospital racking up some big bills. Jim has done so much for our community so if you feel like supporting this awesome guy the Santa Barbara Bike Coalition has set up a donation site at www.bicicentro.org/ICF.

Back when Jim C. first moved out to Santa Barbara three years ago, coalition members were in awe. He brought with him the Bicycle Film Festival, the energy of the LA bike movement, Cranky’s, Gold Sprints, a cyclocross race, and even youth trips 100 miles away because of the BMX ban in our skate park.

Jim served the last two years as a Board member of the Bicycle Coalition active in both our events planning and in the advocacy arena. He tirelessly interacts with new and established cyclists to push our cause, hosts challenging events, and captains the ship at Cranky’s. Jim has helped so many of us, and now it’s time to help him.

At this time, 100% of SB Bicycle Coalition Injured Cyclist Fund donations are going to Jim Cadenhead, who is currently hospitalized due to a major crash during the annual Youth BMX overnight trip that he coordinates out to Atascadero.

He will have significant medical bills from this injury and does not have health insurance. It’s time for everyone to give back to Jim C!”

PLEASE donate anything you can to the Injured Cyclist Fund to help Jim C! I just did and you can too. Even $1 helps.

Aug 3, 2012 4 comments
This Bike Share is a Pipe Bomb
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The Gothamist has a story up about how neighbors feel that the new Citibike share program will encourage terrorists to target the UN and various other international hubs in the area. I usually don’t post this kind of ridiculousness but the thought that someone would turn this hunk of shit into a bomb and attack a Federal building just strikes me as real-life-comedy. Seriously, this is out of an SNL skit… Read up here.

Jun 19, 2012 6 comments
Bike to Work Week Chicago

“Honestly I get to work in like 10 minutes” “It’s a lot faster than fuckin’ takin’ a bus”. Well said. Let’s all celebrate the ride to work. It is a lot better than anything else. But can we please bury that song? It’s been used in every video like this!

Jun 12, 2012 7 comments
Brussels Express

If you’ve got 19 minutes tonight, you should really watch this documentary on cycling in Brussels. It’s not just your ordinary courier documentary, it’s a story about how the car has created one of the least cycling friendly cities in Europe. I thought all Flemish cities were havens for the bicycle but Brussels only boasts 4% cycling traffic. Some of these shots make Brussels look like Los Angeles at rush hour.

May 13, 2012 9 comments
Bici Cocina Fundraiser

This is great! Thanks for sharing Kyle.

“We are the bicycle kitchen! We’re a nonprofit community organization in East Hollywood and we provide a welcoming space to learn about building, maintaining, and riding bicycles. Our mission is to promote the bicycle as a fun and accessible form of transportation for all Angelenos.

We love bikes and we think that a city filled with bikes is a good thing for lots of reasons. For 9 years our volunteer mechanics have been teaching you, the people of Los Angeles, how to fix or build your own bicycle at little or no cost. Our impact on Los Angeles is visible at nearly any intersection. We have been doing all of this from a rented space and we are vulnerable to the perils of renting.

The time is right to purchase a PERMANENT HOME for the Bicycle Kitchen / BiciCocina. We have found the perfect space, a former bakery at the intersection of Fountain and Virgil. It will give us room to grow and ensure our longevity as an organization. With a permanent space we will have greater flexibility to fulfill our mission in our own unique ways and with greater stability.

We’ve been working hard on raising funds through events and we have received a $100K grant towards the down payment from Metabolic Studio, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation. We’re down to the wire and we need a final push to get where we want to be.

Our goal is to raise $30,000. Donate now! Any amount helps. Your donation will help keep us wrenching into the future!”

DONATE HERE!

Apr 10, 2012 1 comment
Indonesia Critical Mass: Jakarta March 2012

I have many issues with Critical Mass but it’s hard to argue that events like this aren’t building a strong sense of community. But that’s urban cycling in general. When something becomes popular, it goes through phases and the popularity of singlespeeds, track bikes and fixed gears have helped catalyze that, even in Indonesia. Would this event have such a large turn out, say 4 years ago? Probably not. If you’re in Jakarta, swing through next time!

Apr 9, 2012 4 comments
Bike and Build 2012: Alex Bloom

I can get behind this. Sounds like a mix of Habitat for Humanity and any of the numerous fundraiser cross-country tours.

“This summer Alex Bloom will ride his bike across the United States to raise money for affordable housing efforts.
You can donate directly at bikeandbuild.org/rider/5854, or visit alexbloom.us for more information.”

Apr 4, 2012 Comments are OFF