Avoid the Brooklyn Bridge walkway on Good Friday (4/3/15) between 10:45 a.m and 12:30 p.m.
I’ve been caught in this procession once in the past and, as the gentleman says, it’s essentially impossible to get through.
Mr. Joe Wiener writes:
I am writing to ask you to notify your members about a large religious procession (between 1,000 and 2,000 people) that will be using the Brooklyn Bridge walkway this Friday morning (4/3/15) from about 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be several thousand people walking from Brooklyn to Manhattan, and it will be impossible to even walk a bike through. Please use the Manhattan Bridge as an alternate.
Cyclists heading from Brooklyn to Manhattan should be okay up to 10:45 a.m. if they arrive at the bridge and the procession has not arrived yet. Cyclists heading from Manhattan to Brooklyn, however, should not enter the bike path unless they are sure they can reach the Brooklyn side stairs by 10:45. Please notify your members and forward this notice to other cycling organizations and message boards you may know of.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
— Mr. Joe Wiener
Have fun and avoid processions,
New York City Recumbent Supply
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2013 Robert Matson
The most important note first:
Creating safe roads for cyclists is as important as building and selling bikes.
The town of St. Charles and the surrounding area — where the show was held — has wonderful bike trails and paths and I was able to enjoy them with the Cruzbike team on the morning of the second day of the show.
But I didn’t see any bicycle advocacy organizations represented at the show. It is vital that each of us, as cyclists and industry workers, are involved in advocacy. We each play an important role in expanding opportunities to bicycle safely in the USA. We can’t simply be bike lane users. We must also be bike lane builders.
Here’s something you can do, starting today. It’s fun and you’ll meet people who may become lifelong friends. Dedicate just 4 hours per month — 48 hours in the year — volunteering for your local bicycle advocacy organization or otherwise engaged in bicycle advocacy. That small amount of time will help save lives — not to mention the planet. It will help save the life of somebody with a name, and a mom and dad. That “somebody” might be you or someone close to you. Toss this aside and you’re tossing aside someone’s life.
If you don’t have a local bicycle advocacy organization, then join Bikes Belong, a.k.a., PeopleForBikes and give them the equivalent of 48 hours/year of your income. Want to do more? Run for your local community board or city council.
Thank you to Charles Coyne, Coyne Publishing and the RCC Team for producing this show.
Charles Coyne and his crew do an amazing job of producing RCC. It’s is incredible that they are able to do so much. All the workers were friendly and professional. The show was well-organized and well-attended. He had nearly all the top manufacturers there. Also, on the above note of advocacy, Charles and his group are a great example of people working hard to promote bicycling with no eye — as far as I can tell — to personal gain. If anything, it seems to me he’s putting himself at significant financial risk to put on this show. Thank you, Charles and team.
The new Silvio and Vendettas are very impressive on many fronts – performance, adjustability, weight, features, capacity to work with wide range of drivetrains. Both bikes share many of the same qualities. I rode both and put in about 20 mi. on the Vendetta during the Cruzbike morning ride. Both models are better than ever and they’ve shaved 16 oz. off both frames, in part by making the new seat in full carbon fiber. I initially wondered if I’d like the new front boom and drive-triangle, shared by the V and S, but it’s excellent: stiff, highly adjustable, light, clean appearance. The new Vendetta’s paint is a metallic red. The white Silvio looks good too. All in all, the new designs are winners.There’s a very interesting spec effecting drivetrain options, but it’s not published so I don’t want to spill the beans in case something changes. In short, it’s great news and it looks like there’ll be more versatility than in the past.
The Cruzbike booth was popular and, often, nearly all the bikes were out on the test track. I’ve already sold several Silvios so I anticipate the current run to sell out, maybe by end of winter. Go and get yours now.
Nothing but top marks for HP Velotechnik. New Gekko fx 26 is perfect. The new Scorpion “Plus,” perfect. The new “adaptive” pedals and accessories are easy to use and well-made. The new seats, fine.
I’m at a loss for words when writing about the brand and the models, because there’s nothing more to say. They are the gold standard. There are no surprises. They simply continue to prove they are probably the most professional and reliable recumbent manufacturer in the market.
HP Velot. was one of the most popular booths at the show. No surprise there either.Hase
They’re continuing their tradition of being one of the foremost manufacturers of adaptive cycles. They are clearly entirely dedicated to producing the highest quality machines. Again, I don’t know what to say: they’re great. They too had one of the most popular booths at the show.
Patterson Transmission (from FSA)
Superb new internal gear system to replace front chain rings and rear wheel 3-speed hub gears. Inexpensive, quiet, works well. Only time will tell how durable it is over thousands of miles, but I liked what I saw and may well install one on one of my own bikes over the winter to use and abuse it.
http://pattersonbike.com/reviews/Bent Rider On-line
Also one of the most popular booths at the show. Bryan Ball seemed to be in high spirits and told me they sold out of their merchandise by the afternoon of the first “public” day of the show.
I was chatting with a customer today and he told me about the time, several years ago, that he was hit by a car. He was struck pretty badly and claims he wouldn’t be here today if he hadn’t been wearing a helmet.
I asked him if he broke anything. He said, no, but he did lose a lot of skin.
I asked him if he hired a lawyer. He said, yes. I asked him how much he got. He said $70,000 and the lawyer took thirty.
It reminded me of another time I heard a story, back when I worked in an office, but this time it sounded like the pedestrian was deliberately trying to get a payday. All week, our team was working till the wee hours of the morning. The previous night, one of my colleagues was taking a limo service from the office to his home. On 42nd Street, at right about Grand Central, a homeless guy threw himself onto the limo’s hood while the car was moving. We assumed it was to try and get a payout from the driver’s insurance company. We were amazed. Now I wonder if it doesn’t happen a lot more often.
I also wonder, now, if this doesn’t explain why so many of the stories I hear about cyclists being hit, involve a hit-and-run driver.
Watch out for cars,
New York City Recumbent Supply
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2014 Robert Matson