Sunday, August 31, 2008
We might all be on our "evacuation vacations" now, but NolaCycle is planning on being back for next weekend
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Maybe somewhere in New Orleans there is a bike-theft supervillain and 2,865 stolen bikes - there was in Toronto!
This article is just so crazy I thought I should share it with you guys. The police finally caught this guy because after so many complaints they finally decided to plant bikes and wait for him. Somehow I doubt there is one guys behind all the bike theft in New Orleans. We're not really a town with a just a few supervillains.
Toronto cyclists searching for their bikes at the police garage - photo by Peter Redman
Igor Kenk looks like a winner.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The author of Humidcity.com sent an e-mail to Jac at Defend New Orleans recommending how concerned citizens of New Orleans can help. This is part of the letter:
New Orleans has a Metropolitan Crime Commision, which oversees
corruption and malfeasance of local government. I believe that these
recent failures by the NOPD, at least in our neck of the woods merits
their action. I urge each and every one of you to make contact, and
let them know how you feel about living like fish in a barrel.
Mr. John Humphries has been receptive about hearing these complaints.
Please be polite & concise. The Metropolitan Crime Commision can be
reached by phone at: 540 524-7000 or toll free at 888 524-7001. The
email address is: email@example.com Simple letters can make a
huge difference in large numbers.
I’ve also received an email from Baty Landis at SilenceIsViolence,
letting me know that many citizens are outraged, like myself (read my
posts about this), about Mayor Ray Nagin accepting an award for
bravery and recovery from his millionaire developer friends. We are
planning on assembling for protest. The Award Ceremony takes place
Friday Night at the Ritz Carlton, at 7pm. I urge all who are
interested to meet there for the Silence Is Violence protest at 6pm
This is a chance to make our collective voices heard. Contacting the
Metro Crime Commision about the failure of our local police is a
chance to tell your individual story. Please, do whatever you can to
help make a difference. The life you save could be yours or that of
one you love.
I try to keep things positive, but sometimes enough is enough. If you or someone you know has been ignored by the NOPD (I think that would include everyone living in New Orleans) - SPEAK UP!!!!
Saturday September 13 at 5pm we'll meet in the Residential Quad in Loyola's Uptown campus. You can view a map of their campus here. This is one of the residence halls near the Quad:
Sunday September 14 at 5pm we'll meet in front of the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life (LBC) on Tulane's campus. The map of Tulane's Uptown campus is here. This is the LBC:
If you'd like to help promote these events, I always have lots of flyers and I can make a poster. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to help out!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
--Planning for Encouragement Ride (Kara)
--Implementing Membership Drive (Dan)
--Planning program and date of fall membership meeting (John)
--Update on Emergency Relief/Submerged Roads (Karen)
--Circulation of Board Nomination form
John Renne will chair the meeting.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Days on the map are WRONG, but the dates are right. I need to stop doing stuff at midnight when I'm mentally exhausted. Anyway, I'll fix it later.
On a sad note, my pool is still green. On a good note, there is a big show at Tipitina's Saturday night, so we can go to that around ten.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Well, things didn't go so well in Seattle and NYC last month. In Seattle two cyclists were hit, according to the driver on accident, according to cyclists on purpose, and then cyclists attacked his car. I wasn't there, I don't know what really happened, so I'm not going to say who's at fault here. You can read about it here. Also, in NYC, a police officer attacked a cyclist and pushed him to the ground. There seems to be no reason why the officer did this. My past experiences are telling me this officer was probably just some jerk who really hates cyclists - they're out there. Luckily here in New Orleans conflicts between cyclists and police are so rare I've never meet anyone who's been involved in one.
Critical Mass is something a lot of cyclists either love or hate. Personally, I love it. I love riding in large groups, meeting new people, and biking all over the city. Some people view Critical Mass as a protest while others just a fun social gatherings. Here in New Orleans, I'd say we're much more of a fun social gathering than a protest. If there is ever an incident with a driver or officer here in New Orleans, I want to urge all cyclists to handle it lawfully. Instead of attacking a driver who hits fellow riders, you have enough people to record the license number, probably people with cameras so you can take pictures, and at least 30 witnesses. What the kids in Seattle did was totally uncalled for and if they wouldn't have attacked the dude's car, there wouldn't be all this negative press and there wouldn't be any cyclists in jail awaiting trial. I hope nothing like that ever happens in New Orleans, and judging by all the people I've rode with, I don't think it ever will.
Moral of the story - keep on riding and keep the Mass positive and keep violence out of the rides.