Monday, June 16, 2008

This Just In: RTMS Attends Media Extravaganza!!!

I make certain sacrifices for anonymity, and one of those sacrifices is that I'm not invited to very many places. Instead, I'm "tipped off." Today, I was "tipped off" by a certain insider that there would be a big press conference in Astor Place at 1:00pm at which something bike-related would be announced. On top of that, various luminaries would also be present. So, since it was lunchtime and the weather was good and I was curious about the luminaries, I figured I'd head on over.

Basically, what they announced at the press conference was that this summer, for three Saturdays in August, certain streets in Manhattan will be car-free for part of the day, a program modeled after the Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia. You can read a little bit more about it here on Streetsblog and on Gothamist, and I'm sure now that it's been officially announced there will be more details available elsewhere as well. I'd love to give you more details myself, but unfortunately I was standing close to the luminaries and far from the speakers so it was almost impossible to hear anything apart from the street noise.*

*(Update: in the interest of actual information, here's the press release and map.)

And who were those luminaries? Well, Paul Steely White from Transportation Alternatives was there. (I told him he had a nice ass and he seemed oddly flattered.) Also, Janet Sadik-Khan, the DOT Commissioner was there, as was David Byrne (who I'm pleased to report seems to be recovering nicely from his drunk cycling accident), Mayor Michael Bloomberg (of course) and, of all people, Lance Armstrong. I was especially pleased that Lance was there, because it gave me an opportunity to give him my thank-you gift much sooner than I'd expected. (If you're wondering, he seemed very pleased with it. Who wouldn't be?)

As far as the press conference itself, since I couldn't hear anything I confess my mind wandered a bit. I'm afraid I also didn't take pictures of the luminaries, since as an anonymous writer I actually don't like sticking my camera in peoples' faces, even at a press conference. (Exposed buttocks on the Brooklyn Bridge notwithstanding.) And an internet image search will yield tons of pictures of all those people anyway. However, I did take some pictures, which should give you a good idea of what it was like to be there:



The VIP bike parking. I'm guessing these belong to people like David Byrne and the Transportation Alternatives people. I was forced to lock up to a nearby lightpost. Fortunately the policeman was looking in the general direction of my bike, so I had a false sense of security.



The press. The various luminaries are to my left. As you can see the cameras are pointed at them. That's why I choose to remain anonymous.

Car-free Saturdays may be green, but this press conference was not. In fact, it spelled "death" for the local flora, which was trampled by inconsiderate bystanders. (I'd have laid down in front of the flowers to save them, but they'd have trampled me instead had I dared to block their precious view of Armstrong and I didn't want to soil my Primal jersey.)

Oh, "The Love Guru" is coming out. It didn't take long for the questions from the press to veer away from bikes and towards boring stuff like this whole OTB business, so between keeping an eye on my bike and anxiously checking the time this is the sort of thing I occupied myself with.

So there you have it. Will car-free Saturdays be a success? Has Paul Steely White finally learned his lesson about exposing himself? Will Michael Ball's autograph finally inspire Lance Armstrong to accomplish something? Only time will tell.

And now back to Rock Racing in Harlem.

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

first

Anonymous said...

second

Andrew said...

second

Matt said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Steve said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Anonymous said...

Anonymous as usual!

--CommentSnobNYC

leroy said...

And here I thought that they were announcing a Naked Bike Ride to protest oil dependency.

It seems we were all so distracted by Michael Ball this weekend that we missed the naked rides in London, Boulder and elsewhere.

http://nakedwiki.org/wiki/London

Of course these are serious rides, for a serious cause, raising serious issues.

For example:

If this catches on, how will Mr. Ball sell clothes?

And how do you clip in naked?

Michael said...

You clip into the moccasin clips on your dreamcatcher bike. That's how Leroy.

Anonymous said...

What a gyp. No Lance photos? Such a tease.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 3:30pm,

Does the world really need more Lance photos?

--BSNYC

Ski Bike Junkie said...

Did Lance model the gift?

BikeSnobNYC said...

Ski Bike Junkie,

No--I'm sure he didn't want to run the risk of dirtying it before framing it.

--BSNYC

Anonymous said...

that love guru poster is hideous and impossible not to stare at. i understand.
j

bikesgonewild said...

...nowdays, if ya want lance photos, hey, check the on-line 'society' pages...

...& while i doubt that nyc will achieve the intimacy of bogata's ciclovia, it is an attempt by one of the world's major cities to accommodate a healthy social activity...two thumbs up...

...so was it lunch on the fly, bsnyc/rtms, in order to bring us this groundbreaking news ???..

Matt said...

is this going to be complete with ciclovia dancercise activities?

David Snob Byrne said...

And you may ask yourself
How do I work this blog?
And you may ask yourself
Where is that tall bike?
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful blog!
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful wife!
Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/after the sticker money's gone
Once in a lifetime/water flowing underground.
Letting the days go by/into the silent water
Once in a lifetime/water flowing underground

And you may ask yourself
What is that beautiful bike?
And you may ask yourself
Where does that bike lane go?
And you may ask yourself
Am I right?...Am I bitter?
And you may say to yourself
MY GOD!...WHAT HAVE I DONE?

ant1 said...

Snob, thanks for covering this event of great concequence for us. You have a gift for looking at the convoluted and extracting only the important. Like a human BS filter. I hear NBC is looking for a new newsman, man. You should apply. Press the Meat hosted by NewsSnobNBC, now that's a news show I would be proud to watch.

Strayhorn said...

Jeeze, that guy in the photo is wearing a pair of those awful UNC-CH basketball shorts. I have to put up with those around here, part of the cruft of working in Chapel Hill.

But I sincerely apologize for you having to look at people wearing sky-blue pillow cases made twee with the addition of faux-argyle diamonds.

Jim said...

People have asked why I left New York. It's usually hard to sum it up in a sentence, but this OTB thing shows the way.

I don't want to live in a place where the government isn't even smart enough to make money off of organized gambling.

Anonymous said...

Way to fall off after the one year.

roomservicetaco said...

The irony of trampled flora at a 'green' event reminds me of the end Burning Man. After a week of peace, drugs, and nudity, cars jockey for access to the one road out of the playa while drivers give each other the finger in fits of road rage.

wool chamois said...

I'm pretty sure Lance is using personal appearance doubles at this point anyway. I'm a little disappointed to discover the other luminaries weren't those candle-in-a-bag things, though.

Anonymous said...

Room service taco,

A few years ago I attended a New York City Critical Mass. The end destination was a community garden in the Bronx. The residents of the South Bronx cheered as the cyclists rode by to their community garden, which the cyclists then proceeded to totally trash. That was May 2004. At the time, after watching what went on with that ride I though "man, this thing is headed for trouble". Two months later it headed right into NYPD-type trouble.

mr.complaint said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
mr.complaint said...

Throw those bicycler riff raff something while I'm outa town!

To bad the city doesn't do something like this for the weekday commuters.

erik k said...

upon closer inspection this photo raises a few questions

Anonymous said...

Yesterday I was at the commercial drive car-free festival in Vancouver. What started as your typically quixotic 'bikes-will-save-the-world-from-all-its-ills' event and street hockey game has in a few short years become one big $15 massage and Nepalese purse sale event. Maybe NY's car-free experiment will close the gap and get to total commercialisation in two years. Perhaps Mr. Ball can help there. Or as he might say, 'their.'
MB

Anonymous said...

Erik K does it again. Well played, sir.

matt m said...

i wish seattle would do this too - currently all we've got is critical mass once a month.

roomservicetaco said...

Anon 5:54

I hear what you're saying. I used to do Critical Mass in Boston a few years ago until the rides started ending with either a Kryptonite to an SUV rear window or a motor vehicle assault on a bike.

bike shyster said...

Pure razzamataz. The Spandexed Gourd

Bluenoser said...

You're living the dream snob.

-B

ken said...

i saw a bear on the weekend. there was no blood. good and bad just get stuck together sometimes.
it’s unfortunate.
just sayin’

Anonymous said...

bears can smell period blood.

Anonymous said...

Bike Snob,

You gotta be careful out there.... Now I have you on video twice after leaving Lance's big ole car!! (and the Commuter Race)

Anonymous said...

I must have missed something - what does RTMS stand for?

Deano in Oz

Jonathan said...

rip torn's mug shot.

AnnaZed said...

Wait, is it just my mind ... or wouldn't this pedestrian thoroughfare be clogged with, you know, pedestrians and people with strollers and such ... making it kind of hard to ride a bike on?

I'm just sayin'.

AnnaZed said...

Oh, and The Spandexed Gourd person needs to stop making up names for himself and posting links to his sad derivative blog over and over. It's just depressing.

Sprocketboy said...

I guess Lance brought the Michael Ball-autographed hat to Canada this weekend!

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080617.wxbuzzbreakout17/BNStory/Entertainment/home

You would have thought that the press would have written about that, instead of Lance out in cottage country with that Kate Hudson non-cyclist person. I think she has a nice ass, though, but wonder if it compares to that of Paul Steely White. Snob, perhaps you could post some photos and let us rate them instead of taking us back to that nightmare moment on the Brooklyn Bridge.

AH said...

Erik K--
Fan-f-ing-tastic! (sorry for the self-censorship -- I'm at work)

Anonymous said...

My comment is in video! View it below!
Video

Anonymous said...

enemy in the zone.level wow One minute you are happily. lecteur mp3 beating down collect.mp4 player his pelt, being attacked.wow lvl from behind Stalker.mp3 Even with Track. mp4 up on you with ability. wow powerlevel I thought I could seek solace in the Bone Wastes. mp4 player but I was wrong the.mp3 most hated area. gold wow You end up tripsand . mp4 compacted with  lost souls. mp4 player buzzards wicked spiders.wow po which makes this area.mp3 I don't know if it was just because I was playing. mp4 when there were not a lot of other players. wow powerleveling online but not counting Shattarath city. wow powerleveling this was thebeen in yet. powerleveling Maybe it was because, like me thejust wanted. wow power leveling to get their questand move on. lord of rings online gold I did not see hunters with any unique. lotro gold pets tamed I did howevertameable color. lotro gold of a wolf A level. HDRO gold can be arnorthwestern.Der Herr der Ringe Gold. portions of Firewing .

Anonymous said...

Hi, my name is Alordrogon.wow geld wow geld or just Alord let. mp3 players us use names.mp3 player so a brand-new nickname Paladin.wow level There Blizzard子with so. mp3 players I feel well beta testers. mp3 player As most Paladins have have been. wow many a few new spells. mp3 players added to very. mp3 player excited aboutOne things.wow gold about the new trees.wow po Blizzard has been. or wow working hard medic. wow gold paypal However as any instance raider.wow fr can tell you, Paladins their class.mp4 player know healing is our bad.wow power leveling nothing has changed Crusade.cheap mp3 players We still make powerful combat healers. cheap mp3 player cleansing abilities. world of warcraft power leveling we will still find us pigeon holed for this role. mp3 mp4 player especially raids However for small instances.portabel mp3 player a Paladin strong possibility. wow lvl although to go Retribution tree.mp3 player which a good worked with. mp3 players has a return of damage spell.

Anonymous said...

The ice shelf chopped.wow gold the sc ene battle. wow gold He murmured in Demonic. wow gold kaufen and the shadow upward. world of warcraft gold coalescing into the hulking blue. wow geld wow geld figure of his Sinyou. wow powerlevel murmured another incantation and felt. buy wow gold the air in ripple. wow and change He robe. wow gold and slid into the freezing water. cheap wow gold call ing a bit front. serveur wow of him The voidwalker sank beside. wow europe him, leaving no ripple The corpse was. cheapest wow gold in the deepest part of the lake. wow power leveling surrounded by of silt. wow powerleveling It drifted just above the churned mud. gold wow of the lake bottom, anchored by. mp3 players the heavy manacles at wrist and ankle. mp3 player Sin you loo ked down as it with a hiss. wow gold of dismay the killing blow slashed the corpse. mp3 player open fron shoulder to thigh. zubehoer mp3 player a black flesh alike Small black crabs. wow gold kaufen scuttled edges. mp3 feeding avidly He gestured to the blue demon. mp4 behind him, pointing.

Anonymous said...

The ice shelf chopped.wow gold the sc ene battle. wow gold He murmured in Demonic. wow gold kaufen and the shadow upward. world of warcraft gold coalescing into the hulking blue. wow geld wow geld figure of his Sinyou. wow powerlevel murmured another incantation and felt. buy wow gold the air in ripple. wow and change He robe. wow gold and slid into the freezing water. cheap wow gold call ing a bit front. serveur wow of him The voidwalker sank beside. wow europe him, leaving no ripple The corpse was. cheapest wow gold in the deepest part of the lake. wow power leveling surrounded by of silt. wow powerleveling It drifted just above the churned mud. gold wow of the lake bottom, anchored by. mp3 players the heavy manacles at wrist and ankle. mp3 player Sin you loo ked down as it with a hiss. wow gold of dismay the killing blow slashed the corpse. mp3 player open fron shoulder to thigh. zubehoer mp3 player a black flesh alike Small black crabs. wow gold kaufen scuttled edges. mp3 feeding avidly He gestured to the blue demon. mp4 behind him, pointing.

Anonymous said...

术+术:可能是唯一有可能冲上2300的同职业组合,天赋一般选用双恶魔法+贼:控制+爆发型,法师的爆发力略胜术士,不过容错性非常小,游戏相似组合还有法+野D,法+暗牧法+法:双冰法控制,综合来说还不错,续战力也存活能力也很强。双奥法的秒杀流一经提出就被喷的面目全非,我本人其实尝试过这个组合,可惜装备只有S2,法伤最多也只能撑到102X(现在能高不少),魔兽队友情况也差不多。这样的组合容错性低的离谱,虽然有10000+HP 400+韧性,但是感觉一被打就瞬间死,而且跑还跑不掉,所以这个打法还是更适合高端副本装,反正一样死很快。组合上还是克死战士队,别和我提盾反,网络游戏那么明显的动画效果能吸到个火冲不错了。网游基本上能够硬顶过我们5秒的职业只有骑士,冰法,盗贼和恶魔SS了。打盗贼队伍,如果是盗贼+看的见,一律先把看的见的OOXX了,双盗贼很难打,2斗篷我们免费网络游戏直接去一人。最后被一个队恶魔SS+骑士卡住了,因为奥法的后续爆发几乎没有,开局秒恶魔SS和骑士都不成功。感觉装备足够猛的话,2000是没问题的,2000以后看能否连好沉默来秒SS了。法伤最好是NOBUFF 1200+以上,最新网游保证秒杀的成功率,可以不用考虑血和韧性,建议装备牛B的法师们平时娱乐使用,非常畅快的战斗贼+暗牧:爆发力非常强的组合,而且他们的视频里很不厚道的最新免费网络游戏吃了金童3场贼+野D:第一赛季闷+盲+消失补闷+飓风的完美控制秒杀型队伍,不过在徽章能解所有控制技能之后容错性大大降低了。

Anonymous said...

术+术:可能是唯一有可能冲上2300的同职业组合,天赋一般选用双恶魔法+贼:控制+爆发型,法师的爆发力略胜术士,不过容错性非常小,游戏相似组合还有法+野D,法+暗牧法+法:双冰法控制,综合来说还不错,续战力也存活能力也很强。双奥法的秒杀流一经提出就被喷的面目全非,我本人其实尝试过这个组合,可惜装备只有S2,法伤最多也只能撑到102X(现在能高不少),魔兽队友情况也差不多。这样的组合容错性低的离谱,虽然有10000+HP 400+韧性,但是感觉一被打就瞬间死,而且跑还跑不掉,所以这个打法还是更适合高端副本装,反正一样死很快。组合上还是克死战士队,别和我提盾反,网络游戏那么明显的动画效果能吸到个火冲不错了。网游基本上能够硬顶过我们5秒的职业只有骑士,冰法,盗贼和恶魔SS了。打盗贼队伍,如果是盗贼+看的见,一律先把看的见的OOXX了,双盗贼很难打,2斗篷我们免费网络游戏直接去一人。最后被一个队恶魔SS+骑士卡住了,因为奥法的后续爆发几乎没有,开局秒恶魔SS和骑士都不成功。感觉装备足够猛的话,2000是没问题的,2000以后看能否连好沉默来秒SS了。法伤最好是NOBUFF 1200+以上,最新网游保证秒杀的成功率,可以不用考虑血和韧性,建议装备牛B的法师们平时娱乐使用,非常畅快的战斗贼+暗牧:爆发力非常强的组合,而且他们的视频里很不厚道的最新免费网络游戏吃了金童3场贼+野D:第一赛季闷+盲+消失补闷+飓风的完美控制秒杀型队伍,不过在徽章能解所有控制技能之后容错性大大降低了。

dinoibo said...

Sesli sohbet Sesli chat
Seslisohbet Seslichat
Sesli sohbet siteleri Sesli chat siteleri
Sesli Chat
Sohbet Sesli siteler
Sohbet siteleri Chat siteleri
Sohbet merkezi chat merkezi
Sesli merkezi sesli Sohbet merkezi
Sesli chat merkezi Sohbetmerkezi
Sesli Sohbet Sesli Chat
SesliSohbet Sesli chat siteleri
Sesli sohbet siteleri SesliChat
Sesli Sesli siteler
Seslimuhabbet sesli muhabbet
sesli sohbet sesli chat siteleri
sesli sohbet siteleri sesli chat
seslisohbet seslichat
seslikent sesli kent
sesli sohbet sesli sohbet siteleri
sesli chat sesli chat siteleri
seslisohbet seslichat

ekle paylas said...

nice blog Thanks for sharing. voicesohbet was really very nice.
sesli chat siteleri sesli sohbet
sesli sohbet siteleri sesli chat
seslichat seslisohbet
sesli siteleri chat siteleri
sohbet siteleri sesli siteler
voice sohbet sesli sohbet siteleri
sesli sohbet seslisohbet
sohbet siteleri sesli chat siteleri
seslichat sesli chat
herkesburda herkes burda
sohbetmerkezi sohbetmerkezi