Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
A New York City police officer has left the NYPD after being featured in a YouTube video hit that showed him knocking a bicyclist to the ground.
Local news channel New York 1 reported that Patrick Pogan's attorney said the officer resigned, but the NYPD said he was dismissed.Pogan, 23, was captured on video knocking a bicyclist to the ground during a demonstration in July.
An anonymous bystander posted the 70-second video on YouTube, and it was viewed more than 260,000 times during the next two days. The video showed bicycle riders in Critical Mass pedaling through the streets of Times Square first in real time, then in slow motion.
The officer stood in the street as some cyclists passed by, then walked briskly toward the sidewalk as another cyclist approached. The bicyclist attempted to swerve out of the officer's way but the officer slammed into him, sending the bicyclist crashing to the ground.
The person who shot the video appeared to be about 30 feet away and, although the sound of the bicycle crashing was clear, the video did not pick up any verbal exchange between the officer and the bicyclist.
Police arrested Christopher Long, of Hoboken, N.J., for attempted assault and disorderly conduct and said he provoked the incident. Once the video surfaced, authorities dismissed the charges against Long and placed Pogan desk duty pending an investigation.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
To read the full article go here:
...“New bike projects put lots of people to work,” Blumenthal said. “This is where people that care about bicycling can get involved.” Blumenthal added that bicyclists should get in contact with their local politicians and state officials to confront this very matter.The photo is from Copenhagen Cycle Chic (love the shoes!).
Not only can these bike projects be funded through transportation funds, but also through the energy efficiency and schools part of the stimulus package, with programs such as Safe Routes to School, Blumenthal said.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Taken on 2/16 near Virginia Lake. "BAD MPG" and proud of it apparently. Although I suppose the driver must think everyone else is an imbecile since one look at an old Cadillac would have been enough to tell it's a gas guzzler.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I went over to see the Prologue for the Tour of California and brought back a few videos and pics. Quite a crowd in downtown Sac. Here's a sampling and there are more going up on my flickr site if interested.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
One of the bands that seemed so important at the time was Depeche Mode. I'm not really sure that DM was ever a particularly great band but they certainly captured an era. This is by far my favorite song of theirs and it contains all the best ingredients of a DM song. Simple with a melody that sticks with you for days. Two versions, live and the official video:
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Well, at least in the mountains. This photo is from Copenhagen where apparently they got a good batch of snow last week. If it's going to snow, I expect at least 2 feet on the valley floor. Those are my conditions (are you listening Mother Nature?).
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
Saturday was one of those perfect days full of fun. Yoga, errands, a nap, a cupcake from the new cupcake store, wine with friends at the West St. market, and a breakfast at Josef's. But the best part of the day was seeing this bumper sticker on the back of a VW van (how perfect). This is a bad photo taken with my cell but in case you can't read the small print it says:
Ban Republican Marriage. Hatred is unnatural. And disgusting.
Apparently there are t-shirts available here.
Since I have extended family who support the Mormon church and, by extension, its funding of Prop 8 I can't help but take a bit of delight in this. Especially since one of the aforementioned family members recently confessed that she was feeling like her beliefs are now "under attack" with the rise of the new administration, etc. I'd almost feel sorry about that except that I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE I BELONGED IN MY OWN COUNTRY FOR THE LAST 8 YEARS of anti-intellectualism being crammed down my throat.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
I realize that there are far more qualified people who will be able to breakdown what exactly all that money is supposed to be spent on in the upcoming year. But it seems only a few people (many of whom are working tirelessly) are looking at the stimulus package as a way to do a total rethink of our aging infrastructure and our outmoded ideas about how to move people around our urban and rural landscapes. Of course, I think a big component should revolve around bicycle and pedestrian needs.
But how about thinking even bigger such as the interstate rail system pictured below?