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New York by Storm

After all the MASSIVE hoopla we got about 12 inches of snow.
The bikeway was plowed really well ,what a luxury!

 Organic Engines Pedicab at rest with Goldrush behind.
Don’t worry they Simply love the snow!
 Snow Hill
Lone rider on Clear Bikeway
 
 
Oh yea….
A Radio Shack Exploded
New Yorkers don’t seem to pay it any mind
911?

 

Not much happening.
Not to complain I love that the bikeway gets plowed.
But it’s not very challenging

Shelly.urmo1@gmail.com
Thanks!

Snow Cycling – Battery Park City NY

I‘ve ridden through lots of snow storms and still don’t it mind it at all!
The scariest was riding home from NYC to NJ over the George Washington Bridge going west.
 
Mountain Biker Goes To it 
Early Today
It was pouring snow and the wind was blowing out of the north at about 40 mph. I rode leaning into the wind with All My Eyes on the railing just in case I needed to grab on to keep from blowing into the Hudson River! The traffic on the west side highway was always at a complete standstill whenever it snowed turning a 20 minute car ride into a two hour journey. At least I had that goin for me!
Hello Europe! 
Thanks for all the hits in NYC and the Cycling States of America
Don’t stop Riding!
Hope my mom doesn’t read this!

North Cove
Battery Park City,NY

New Toyota Banana!

 Wow Does it have a TOP?
Hope its front wheel drive.
 credit to Bill Ewart Jr,
Lets not forget General Motors slick entry into the new ECO Market!
  
Hopefully it will still be parked right where you left it!
New concept car from  
Chrysler 
Breaks all the rules!
Shhh…!
 

Comes with custom made pants , so your change won’t fall out.
Drinking coffee must be quite challenging,eh.
Not bad!
O% financing to boot!

Snow Media Blitz NYC, Hudson River Bikeway!

As I approached the sanitation depot at 12th street and the West side bikeway I noticed an overload of MEDIA trucks.I knew it was all about The SNOW and couldn’t believe how many mobile units were on standby.It was as if NYC had never seen a snowstorm before. I kinda remember a few of these making they’re way up here, although I could be wrong!    

I teased the crew a little bit about all the HUBUB,  they handled it really well…. 
yes Slippery,
yes Stay indoors, 
yes Poor visibility,
yes Delays! 
 

THE END IS NEAR!
well be right back after this word from…..

Here’s Tommy waiting for the Motherload!


Salt!
They’re all over it!
Hope I didn’t get your hackles up…
Was good to meet you guys!
Hi Tommy I hope you made it here!
Urban Mobility Project
shelly.urmo1@gmail.com

Off and On the Huson River Bikeway NYC

   NYC streets….

through a cyclists eye!

I thought of that while riding my bike.”
Albert Einstein, on the theory of relativity

Great outfit!
got her to pose with bike
 20th st & 6th av
NYC
Clever Bells!
notice the locked jingle ring 

“I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle; I want to ride my bicycle; I want to ride my bike; I want to ride my bicycle; I want to ride it where I like…; I don’t believe in Peter Pan, Frankenstein or Superman; All I wanna do is bicycle, bicycle, bicycle…”
Freddie Mercury, Queen, 1978

Nice Fall Leaves 
As I was dropping my card in the basket
She came over if see if she could help me!
5th av & 19th st
nyc

As I got to the Iceway
It was so magnificent I had to stop for a photo!
There were about 10 others with cell phones in hand.
Hudson River @ 12th st
NYC
Event for Haiti
Greenwich and Jane st.
NYC
 
  
Personal Trainer 
Top and Bottom
Just finished eating Ice Cream and not wearing a hat or gloves and her coat is opened!
Man it was cold out there
Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.”
George Bernard Shaw

 

 School Bus
Wheel Moma’s
Battery Park City
someone must have really needed brake pads because hers were gone when she got back to her bike!
she can’t be stopped!  
We had a nice ride home together anyway.
Hudson River Bikway

nyc

NO BIKE SNOB’S!

Behind the Banana Seat !

 At the time Steve was one of the original NYC Track Star……...FiXiEs! Young ,Fast and Fearless on the road.We meet back in the 70’s Steve rode for Mobile Messengers while I rode for Can Carriers! We became very good friends.We rode together for years at Prometheus Messengers and then later on at my company Born To Run Couriers. He had some success as an artist and was able to finally stop thundering through NYC streets with everyone’s packages!
Steve gave me a couple of great paintings as gifts that I just love! We stayed in touch all these years.I thought he might like the idea of me putting his work involving bicycles up on my blog !
He and his wife still use their bicycles as they’re main form of Urban Mobility!


Here’s our little update
When did you start riding bicycles?

 I have been riding since I  first realized my grandfather  was only pretending to hold my bicycle seat as he ran along side me . He then stopped running  and I was up on two wheels .  It was pre kindergarden so I must have been four or five. 

Do you still ride?


 O YES !

How many bikes do you have?

 I own two, but I really only use one.I keep my old fixed wheel track bike.   It is so beautiful in its simplicity . It  reminds me of when I was a young  hot shot messenger in the seventies and eighties . I occasionally get on it if only to balance poised as if waiting for the light to change . 

What kind of cyclist do you consider yourself – (Urban Warrior)?

I have been known to be an Urban Warrior in my day   .  Throwing down the gauntlet  to the thoughtless driver  . Taking the occasional rearview mirror  as a trophy  . But after a number of ” incidents ” I  realized I was insane . I could get killed,..  Thus began my zen period of riding . I imagine myself at rush hour on the friday before christmas seen from above riding down fifth avenue  .  Flowing in between cars , trucks,  pedestrians ,men pushing  carts. I change from a bicycle rider to a stick floating down a stream rushing water flowing past rocks , speeding, slowing  with the current. Not getting stopped by the rocks or challenging them for being rocks . Just going with  the flow  .  Arriving  in one piece.  

Where’s your favorite place to ride? 

 When traveling  by bicycle,  it’ always  the journey not the destination . 
 I suppose I should copyright that . 
 I do  love the west side bike lanes

What do you get out of riding ?

Transportation , exercise, discovery , a clarity of mind.  

What do you think of the urban cycling resurgence  !

The resurgence has made travel in the city much safer and given bikers a place of respect in the transportation pecking order .

Why do you think you Love Riding SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!

I never regret  ” going by bike” I always feel exhilarated when  arrive.

I still get a sense of accomplishment especially  on snow days . 
 It always makes me feel better. 
How long have we known each other?

 1975?  could it be thirty four years ? 


Where did we meet?

 We were both messengers.We saw each other on the streets for months . This was back in the day when messengers did film delivery, four or five heavy reels in cans, Hence  the name Can carriers  picked up at an editors place going way west  Movie lab.  You had just gotten a really cool alloy bike that could be put together with an allen wrench  and I, a new track bike .  We were outside Conrad’s bike shop on east fifty something street.

 Be both remarked  on our madness for having such nice bikes to work on . We quickly justified it by  proclaiming  the amount of time we each  spent in the saddle. 
Does your cycling influence your art?
At times it has allowed me the  financial freedom and again , a clarity of mind to continue to practice my craft of painting  . 
You know you gave me a great gift that will last for my whole life!

  Shelly
1985

What inspired you to paint that  portrait of me with my Bicycle?

I was studying the figure in art school. I thought paintings of messengers would make a great series of paintings. 

 What’s the date on it? 
1985
Another great gift from you is the Orange Stingray
Whats the story Behind the Banana Seat?

Banana Seat

I like the idea of turning  certain objects into Icons .

The stingray bicycle is an American Icon.
You realize you can place the painting  on an alter , light candles and pray to the god’s of the crank shaft .
 What was it like to be a cycling artist, there were so many back than?
Sounds like some kind of circus performer How long in life do you intend to ride that thing?

As long as possible !!!! I am thinking about getting a trike when I really get old .

To see more of Steven Skollars work go to
http://www.stevenskollar.com/

Friday Steve ,Michelle and Me
5 Boro Bike Tour
1983?
That,s his favorite bike on his right,
That’s a Born to Run tee shirt he,s wearing as you can see half the logo is showing!
So much fun talking to you, Hope to see you soon….stay well and have a Great Ride!

On your LEFT!
Shelly

Scroll down to see art by Hamlet Zurita


We Take ReQuests

Q.V.M.V.

 Yellow VeloQuest
From Marth’a s Vineyard What a ride!

I dropped my daughter off at school via Jeep at 9:00 AM this morning and then flew back home where I pulled out my Quest for a quick spin.

  I hit 42 mph on Barnes Rd on the way into town and stopped at Reliable Market for a few things.
From there I went around Ocean Park and got on the Beach Rd heading to Edgartown. I was hitting 30 + mph passing Heart Haven when a Oak Bluffs cruiser passed me going the other way.

I caught the light at the first bridge just perfect and flew through at 25 mph.  Just before I got to the second bridge, that OB cruiser had turned around and had finally caught up to me with his lights flashing.  I pulled over to the right and he asked, over his loud speaker if I could pull over to the other side of the road, which I did.  He was walking up from behind as I was undoing the skirt and popping the lid.

I said, “Ya know, this thing doesn’t have a motor.” to which he replied, “You sure?”  I just cracked up with that question and he joined in with the laughter.  He said that he clocked me at 37 mph at Heart Haven  and that the VTA bus following me was getting dropped behind.

He then said that I had been the talk of the police department as to what is the big yellow thing that had been flying around, if it was motor vehicle or pedal powered.

He suggested that I get a flag as he had heard from different people that they couldn’t see me very well.  I told him that flags from the rear have been shown not to be all that effective and if someone didn’t see me then they were doing something other than driving when behind the wheel of a moving motor vehicle, to which he agreed.  He said that he was worried about my well being of which I honestly believe he was.

I told him about the fellow down in Florida who had been pulled 18 times and had gone to court twice.

I then headed into Edgartown and down to Katama and a few of those lovely roads that brought me out to The Edgartown West Tisbury Rd at Morning Glory Farm, then a quick spin to Airport Rd and back to my home.  Rolling time was 25 miles in 1 hour and  20 minutes, averaging 18.5 mph.

Getting pulled over by that cop made my day………(-;

David


Bicycle Messengers and Their Art

A long time ago!
Over the years I have  crossed paths with quite a few Artists who also happen to be avid Cyclists.
Back in the 80’s, in the early days of the Bicycle Messenger Business, almost everyone was also an artist or musician.
Somehow I’ve stayed in touch with them.  I got the IDEA to  profile of some of the Artist/Riders/Messengers that shared the wild rides surfing the NYC Gridlock.
Being a Bicycle Messenger is a tough gig that might take the guts of a Philip Petit.  How many riders have what it takes to go blasting through bumper to bumper NYC traffic to make a delivery?  Is it for money, the passion or the incredible adrenaline rush?
I’m still not sure.

A few pieces  have ended up in my hands.This is one of them.
´´La muerte en bicicleta´
by Hamlet Zurita

Hi Shelly,
Heres the deal…

I´ve been a cyclist
since 1974.I do lots of cycling every day,I even go to bed on my
bike.On the art,called ´´La muerte en bicicleta´´or death on a  bike
is a commentary about the dangers of riding on NYC streets.
Every year 7to 10 cyclist die in the city.That´s why we have so many´´ white Ghost Bikes´´ on the city streets..I have art work that re-cycled beautiful garbage but have nothing to do with bikes.
PS.Riding a bike comes so close to freedom with all that air on your face.
I figured that riding since 1974 I went around the 
Planet
a couple of times.
Pure Joy

 
Hamlet Zurita had his first art show at El Taller Latino Americano when it was located on Second Street. It was there that he met Grady and they became both friends and fellow artists, working and socializing at the Mars Bar and other places in the East Village.


And he still works part time as a bicycle messenger

Amazing Mobility

Colleyville boy, 8, inspires injured war veterans, and all of us, to push ahead!

News article

http://www.star-telegram.com/other_sports/story/1934900.html 

What do you say to someone like Cody McCasland, an 8-year-old above-the-knee double amputee whose absolute zest for life will be seen as he participates in the Cowtown 10K in his racing wheelchair? 

Cody’s Website 

http://www.teamcody.com/index.html

That’s one Happy Kid!

 

How did this Happen?

 I thought this had something to do with General Motors?

Puma Urban Mobility?

I have to say I really like the name!

 

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