Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Obama Administration: Distracted Driving is a Menace To Society

'By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press Writer Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer – Wed Sep 30, 6:42 pm ET

WASHINGTON – Driving while distracted is a growing peril in a nation reluctant to put down its cell phones and handheld devices even behind the wheel, the Obama administration declared on Wednesday. Officials said Congress and the public must team up to reduce the danger.

Opening a two-day meeting to find ways to reduce drivers' use of mobile devices, the Transportation Department reported that nearly 6,000 people were killed and a half-million were injured last year in vehicle crashes connected to driver distraction. That includes drivers talking on cell phones and texting.

"To put it plainly, distracted driving is a menace to society," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. "Distracted driving is an epidemic and it seems to be getting worse every year."

The meeting gathered experts to examine the potentially deadly mix of driving with cell phones, mobile devices, and other distractions that divert attention from the road. LaHood said he would offer recommendations on Thursday that could lead to new restrictions on the use of the devices behind the wheel.'

The complete Associated Press article can be found here:

What does this have to do w/ bicycling, you may ask?

For one, bicyclists have to share the road with distracted drivers.

Second of all, as mentioned in our mission statement, one of the purposes of Bic Control is to find out why bike commuter ridership in San Diego is so low. Why isn't San Diego the bicycle capital of America? Why aren't we leading in bike commuter ridership? We certainly have the weather for it. And studies continue to find that San Diegans are some of the fittest, most physically active people in the country. Something else is clearly going on here.

A very knowledgeable and professional alternative-transportation director in San Diego (whose name we'll withhold) once told the writer of this entry (before Bic Control existed as a blog) that commuters in San Diego are too afraid to ride bikes on most roads in SD, due to the high-volume and high-speed of automobile traffic on major arterials; major roads that most commuters, especially bike commuters, who are not allowed to ride on freeways, will need to access to get to work.

Is this fear warranted? Are people afraid to ride bikes on shared roadways due to the culture of driving? For arguments sake, let's assume that the culture of driving is something creates a fearful environment for would-be, potential bike commuters. Is this culture of driving a product/consequence of auto-centric urban planning/engineering? Or, is the culture of driving a behavioral condition that can "fixed" through awareness and education? Or, is it a little bit of both?

These are questions and issues, we here at Bic Control, plan to address and explore in our blog entries.

One thing that is certain--based on new research by the federal government--is that nearly 6,000 people were killed and 500,000 or a half-million people were injured in vehicle crashes connected to distracted driving. People's fears and intuition are, in fact, warranted; distracted driving kills and is an epidemic and a menace to society.

The unveiling of this new research is an appropriate opportunity to brief readers on an analysis that Bic Control is conducting on a new City of San Diego-coordinated campaign, called 'Lose The Roaditude.' The Lose The Roaditude awareness campaign is supposedly meant to address the most serious, problematic issues of automobile driving, bicycle riding, and walking socio-cultural behaviors.

What perecent of the Lose The Roaditude campaign directly addresses "distracted driving?" The answer is zero percent.

A full list of the campaign's messages can be found here:

As you'll see, zero percent of the messages address the menacing problem of distracted driving.

It's true that it is now illegal to both text and/or talk on non-hands-free cell-phone devices in the State of California, while driving. However, that doesn't mean that the problem of distracted driving is cured. The City of San Diego is not off the hook from their failure to address the distracted driving epidemic in their new tax-dollar-funded campaign. The City of SD should have done better research when determining what behaviors need to be addressed in their Lose The Roaditude campaign. According to the Highway Safety Research Center at University of North Carolina, only 1.5% of drivers' distractions are due to cell phones.

Here's the Highway Safety Research Center's breakdown of what's really distracting drivers:

Found here:

A more detailed Bic Control analysis of the Lose The Roaditude campaign will be published in the coming weeks or so, once more research is conducted.

What's clear at this point, is that the Lose The Roaditude campaign has had zero response to a socio-cultural behavioral epidemic that creates a fearful, dangerous, and deadly urban environment for all users of public roads--that being the culture of distracted driving.

This Saturday!: The Sprockettes' First-performance in San Diego!

Do not miss the highly-talented Portland-based all-grrrl dance troupe, The Sprockettes, on tour w/ Tour de Fat!

The Sprockettes will be performing in San Diego for the first-time this Saturday, October 3, 2009, at an undisclosed location. Meet at Velo Cult bike shop at 5:30pm in the South Park neighorhood of San Diego.

We were fortunate enough to catch The Sprockettes perform after a summertime Critical Mass ride in San Francisco and at the annual Dead Baby Bicycle Festival in Seattle, during the year 2007. This troupe tears it up!

Illustration by Shawn Granton

This Saturday!: Tour De Fat Comes To San Diego for the First Time

2009 is San Diego's "year for firsts."

The traveling bicycle circus, known as Tour de Fat, will be coming to San Diego for the first time this Saturday, October 3; just a month after San Diego's first hosting of the Bicycle Film Festival.

According to the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition website,

Tour de Fat is free to participants, but beer and merchandise proceeds from the San Diego stop will go to San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and San Diego Mountain Bike Association ( Sustainable support is being offered by Zero Waste San Diego ( The philanthropic cycling circus helped 24 non-profit organizations in 2008 and raised more than $250,000, pushing Tour de Fat’s grand total for charitable giving to more than $1 million. “We love that New Belgium Brewing is focused on both beer and bicycling as ways to make the world a better place,” said Kathy Keehan, Executive Director of San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. “Bike riding in San Diego is usually fun, but it’s going to be even more fun on October 3 when New Belgium Brewing brings Tour de Fat to town!” Visit the Tour de Fat web site ( for details and a schedule listing with all of the exciting activities included in this event.

The 'Tentative Schedule' for Saturday's festivities can be found on the New Belgium Brewing website and below:

* 9:00 a.m. - Bike Parade Registration
* 10:00 a.m. - Bike Parade
* 11:00 a.m. Performances Begin
* 1:30 p.m. - “Carpocalypse Now” – Funeral procession for the car belonging to the Car-for-Bike Trade volunteer
* 3:30 p.m. - Car-for-Bike Trade Celebration
* 4:00 p.m. - Curtain Closes

For more info on the Tour de Fat check out The Ten Commandments of Tour de Fat, found on the weblink provided above. The first commandment is particularly in-line w/ the ideals of Bic Control:

'1. Put no means of transport before thy bike: Come by bike because not only are bikes fun, but they help stave off some of our most wicked ills: Traffic, obesity, and pollution...'

Come out this weekend and support SD's important non-profits and a great national event--The Tour de Fat.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

First Meeting of Coronado’s New Bicycle Committee this Thursday

Thank Bike San Diego for the informative write-up:

This Thursday, October 1st, Coronado’s Ad Hoc Bicycle Committee (AHBC) will meet for the first time. Formed earlier this month, the Coronado AHBC is a citizens’ committee designed to help the city adopt a bicycle master plan. Coronado has received a SANDAG grant of $75,000 to establish the plan, which aims to make bicycling safer and easier. We’ll be very interested to see what comes of Thursday’s meeting, as this level of citizen participation in bicycle planning is unprecedented in our area.

What: City of Coronado Ad Hoc Bicycle Committee Inaugural Meeting

Where: Police Department Community Meeting Room, 700 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

When: Thursday, October 1, 2009 @ 3:00pm

See the meeting’s agenda here:

Section 5-d of the agenda features a 'Brainstorm' section dedicated to discussing the issue of interconnectivity. This sounds like an opportune time to propose an idea for the final piece of the Bayshore Bikeway--an expansion/modification to the Coronado Bridge which will allow for the engineering and construction of a bicycle and pedestrian lane. If motorists can enter Coronado for free, then bicyclists and pedestrians deserve the right to enter Coronado for free, as well. A bike and ped path modification to the Coronado Bridge is something that Bic Control has called for since our blog entry on August 27, 2009.

Follow Coronado's lead and start a citizen's bicycle committee in your city, too. Contact us for more info on how to do so.

Tonite!: Season Finale of SD Velodrome Track Races

Tonite is the regular season finale of the SD Velodrome Track Races.

Races begin at 6:30pm at Morley Field, in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego.

After the races our friends' two-piece band Knives will be performing.

Come hang out at this fun community event and celebrate another great track season.

Photos by Jay

Monday, September 28, 2009

New Bike Nites at Tin Can Ale House Every Monday!

New Bike Nites, starting tonite, are to take place every Monday at Tin Can Ale House in Bankers Hill, San Diego beginning at 9pm.

At Bike Nites, Tin Can will offer free in-bar bike parking! That way, you can party w/o worrying about your ride outside.

Make sure to get there in time for the in-bar track-stand comp! Winners get a free drink!

This evening will--appropriately, might we add--kick-off with a screening of Mash SF!

Plus DJs will be spinnin' your favorite ultra-hype riding music; thrashy, fun, upbeat, snotty punk, dance-punk, surf-punk, early 70s garage-rock, and real proper hip-hop and rap, when it's due.

Kirin Ichiban beers will be $3. A PBR with fries will cost $5.

The fun starts as soon you begin your ride to the bar. Good-times at the actual bar begin at 9pm. Tin Can is located near the cross streets of 5th Ave. and Fir Street.

21+. Ride safe and only leave when sober.

See ya there.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Word Gets Out at September SDCM: Keep It Posi

Two days ago at last Friday's Critical Mass ride in San Diego, the message was clear: Keep the ride positive, communicate with one another, thank motorists for waiting, and stay off the Coronado Bridge.

Coffeeshop Discussion participants and friends handed out over 350 fliers which emphasized the importance of riding CM as a conscientious cyclist. Fliers were handed to every individual and every group ranging from 2 to 10 cyclists. Since over 350 fliers were handed out near the fountain to each group of friends (with an average group-size of 3 people) it's estimated that over 1050 cyclists were reached last Friday; making it the most widespread flier-dissemination campaign in SDCM's history.

The flier included the following text:

"Suggestions, constructive ideas, and solutions from veteran and conscientious CM riders:

-Communicate: Communication is our most vital asset. See something you don't or do approve of? Then make a comment. Communicate to that person or persons. This is the people's ride. It's up to all Critical Mass riders to do their part and contribute their two cents, in person, at the ride. Don't be complacent to something you don't agree with. Speak up. If you have a voice, use it, positively.

-RIDING UP THE CORONADO BRIDGE IS A BAD IDEA! It’s flat-out dangerous. Not only does motorist traffic move at speeds close to freeway traffic, but the Coronado Bridge , which (unfortunately) was not designed for cyclists or pedestrians, has a very low 3 foot barrier which separates the lane from one's deadly fall.

Riding up the bridge may only invite negative repercussions to this community bike ride. We, as a Mass, do not need that.

Riding over the Coronado Bridge is bad for Critical Mass. Think about the larger community. Please, stay off the bridge.

If some people try to lead the ride over the bridge again, TAKE A STAND, DO NOT FOLLOW, and DO NOT RIDE UP THE BRIDGE. Be a conscientious agent and RIDE A DIFFERENT DIRECTION.

If cyclists want to ride over the bridge, come out and ride over the bridge on the Bike The Bay event organized by the SD County Bike Coalition, instead! Supporting the Bike Coalition helps improve cycling conditions and awareness for cyclists throughout our county.

-Be courteous and respectful. Thank motorists for waiting. Motorists like to see that someone on the ride is concerned about them waiting. “Thanks for waiting! We’ll be out of your way shortly” goes a long way.

In the streets, you earn respect by practicing it. Share the road.

Have fun tonight! Celebrate sustainability and zero-emissions fun in our beautiful city! But please, ride as a conscientious cyclist so that everyone around you, including those who aren’t on the ride, can have fun, too!"

Riders' receptions to the above statement and message were overwhelmingly positive. Riders seemed to really grasp the idea that riding over the Coronado Bridge is a bad idea and that concepts such as positivity, communication, and courteousness are necessary for a healthy monthly bike ride.

No known headcount was conducted last Friday. However, the size of the Mass seemed comparable to the month of July, where nearly 1,300 people exiting Laurel were counted.

Last Friday's ride exited Laurel, as per usual, and made a right on 5th, a right on University, and a right on Park where the group proceeded to head down the hill into Downtown. The group then exited downtown, rode down Harbor near the airport, through Point Loma and arrived in OB. Some riders then cruised into Mission Valley and ventured directly up the monstrous street known as Texas St. From there, riders continued to ride around the North Park area, eventually trickling back to the starting point--the main Fountain at Balboa Park.

For discussion-participants, friends, and conscientious cyclists who helped pass out fliers and get the word out, the most important thing about September 25th's CM route, was that it did not go over the Coronado Bridge.

Hopefully, the ideas discussed in the statement titled 'Suggestions, constructive ideas, and solutions from veteran and conscientious CM riders' will stick with riders each month.

A somewhat related point about last Friday's ride is that Josh Board, the local writer on the San Diego Reader's payroll, who recently attacked a CM rider, premeditated further attacks in the form of vehicular assault, and incited violence against random cyclists, was no where to be found. The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is currently in communication with editors at the Reader to have Josh Board reprimanded for his pro-violent behavior.

Overall, the September SDCM ride was a success. Keep it posi!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday nite after CM: One-year Anniversary of Footdown

If there's a nite in SD that's bike bar nite, Footdown is it:

Wow, we can't believe that it's been a year either!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Importance of Communication & Diffusing Conflict @ SDCM

The following statement is a collaborative written effort by members of the San Diego bike community. This statement was written and disseminated at the October 31 2008 SDCM ride and carried by several local bike shops, thereafter. Nevertheless, the ideas, goals, and suggestions described here are still pertinent today. One of the constructive ideas that came out of the SDCM Coffeeshop Discussion was to re-disseminate this statement. Here goes:

The Importance of Communication & Diffusing Conflict at SDCM

October 31 Halloween 2008 San Diego Critical Mass Riders,

Some of us ride San Diego Critical Mass to celebrate sustainability, to exercise energy independence, to practice solutions to global warming, to be healthy, to make friends, to restore civic life to public streets normally dominated by speeding automobiles, to make a statement, or to enjoy the landscape of San Diego. But one overarching goal that we can all agree on is our celebration of Fun, via the Bicycle.

To keep SD Critical Mass rides fun, we can all work on the following:

-Communicate: Communication is our most vital asset. See something you don't or do approve of? Then make a comment. Communicate to that person or persons. This is the people's ride. It's up to all Critical Mass riders to do their part and contribute their two cents, in person, at the ride. Don't be complacent to something you don't agree with. Now is the time for self-regulation. Speak up. If you have a voice, use it, positively.

-Dealing with Impatient Motorists: Most motorists that drive by Critical Mass smile or cheer in support of the awe-inspiring bike ride. Many of them think, "I want to be with them on a bike right now!" However, there are a small minority of motorists who are bent on an inflated ego and who subscribe to the Culture of Immediacy school-of-thought which places their immediate priorities far above the well-being and livelihood of other human beings. The Culture of Immediacy is why the majority of freeway-using motorists regularly speed above the speed limit on neighborhood streets.

If you (unintentionally) slow down a motorist w/ a dangerously inflated ego, then many motorists will take this personally, and will occasionally get Road Rage, and may act violently towards you. Any cyclist who rides on the streets, or even any motorist who drives on the freeways, will tell you that Road Rage is real and scary. Road Rage is a facet of auto-dependency and American culture which sociologists, psychologists, police officers, or any user of a public street, for that matter, are well aware of.

As everyday bike riders, and as Critical Mass riders, we need to remember that Road Rage exists.

If you see a motorist that looks impatient or frustrated try talking to that person in a polite manner. Say, "Thank you for waiting. We'll be out of your way shortly."

Motorists like to see that someone on the ride is concerned about them waiting. If they're determined to drive through the group, and they start to act irate, then it's usually best not to challenge them, but to let them through. At that point, you (the corker) should step up your game, and communicate to other cyclists. Warn them that the motorist is determined to drive through the flow of cyclists despite our safety. Warn the cyclists, "Look out! Be careful! This person is determined to drive through!"

If we do this, then we can reduce the likeliness that a bicyclist will get hit or ran over by a motorist; something which no cyclist deserves. Period.

In the streets, you earn respect by practicing it. Share the road.

Have fun tonight! Celebrate! Be spooky. To prevent something too scary from happening, show respect for other human beings around you. By practicing respect, even those who aren't on the ride can have fun, too.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

SDCM Coffeeshop Discussion; a Positive, Fun, and Productive Experience

Last night approximately 20 riders came out to Rebecca's Coffeeshop in South Park to share ideas on how to improve San Diego Critical Mass, so that the monthly ride can function in a manner that is positive, respectful, purposeful, safe, and fun for all.

Concerns and solutions to those concerns were also addressed. An overwhelming concern was the Coronado Bridge and riders who attempt to ride over the bridge. The discussion was friendly and informal, so no "official votes" were taken. Nevertheless, the informal consensus was clear: Riding over the Coronado Bridge is a bad idea.

Riding over the Coronado Bridge is a dangerous endeavor. Not only does motorist traffic move at speeds close to freeway traffic, but the Coronado Bridge, which was not designed for cyclists or pedestrians, has a very low 3 foot barrier which separates the lane from one's deadly fall. Without trained traffic coordinators, like the Bike The Bay event had, Critical Mass on the bridge is a very bad idea which may only invite negative repercussions to the popular ride, enjoyed by approximately 1,300 people on a monthly basis.

If CM cyclists want to ride over the bridge, come out to the Bike The Bay event, instead, and ride over the bridge safely. It's true that Bike The Bay is not free; it costs about $55. However, the money goes back to the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, an advocacy group that works to improve conditions and awareness for cyclists throughout the county. It's a great cause. Riding over the bridge via Bike The Bay has a positive effect on cyclists. Whereas, riding over the bridge on CM may only result in negative repercussions.

If CM tries to go over the bridge again, take a stand and do not ride up the bridge. Be a conscientious agent and ride a different direction. (Note to readers: Let the above statements suffice as Bic Control's opinion piece on the bridge matter. We've been wanting to write an opinion piece on this controversy, but we decided to talk about it directly at the discussion, first).

Another key issue of the discussion was police escorting. The informal consensus of the discussion was that since police escorting of Critical Mass began in November 2008, the ride has been safer and more courteous for all; cyclists and motorists, alike. The discussion participants talked about how police escorting seemed to prevent many overly-aggressive riders from coming out to SDCM rides. Overly-aggressive riders, none of which are veteran riders of CM, take advantage of CM by partaking in disrespectful and dangerous activities on the ride that they would not normally do while riding solo; thereby, giving CM a bad name.

Several discussion participants expressed an interest in having bicycle enforcement officers ride w/ CM as police escorts.

Since the 20 discussion participants cannot directly control the 1,300 riders at CM, the informal consensus last night was that the best we could do was ride and communicate as ambassadors of conscientious cycling. In addition to riding and communicating as ambassadors of conscientious cycling, we talked about promoting conscientiousness through media--on blogs, websites, fliers, and even comic books.

With that said, stay blogged for our next entry; The Importance of Communication & Diffusing Conflict @ SDCM.

Discussion participants are keeping our expectations realistic. We're going to try to affect the ride positively, as much as we can. But considering the fact that at CM there are 65 times (i.e.1,300 divided by 20) more non-discussion participants as discussion participants, it's going to be a challenge. In the words of Ian Mackaye, frontman of punk-rock legends Minor Threat, "At least [we're] f*cking trying!"

Sunday, September 20, 2009

This Monday!: San Diego Critical Mass Coffeeshop Discussion

Please come out to this informal, friendly coffeeshop discussion on how to keep CM positive and purposeful.

Do you have ideas? Bring them. Positivity? Bring it. Reservations/concerns? Let's talk it out. Passion? Bring it. A voice? Use it. Just wanna listen? That's fine. Constructive solutions? Bring them all. This Monday. And help keep our Critical Mass ride healthy for years to come.

If you're all about SDCM come out, embrace community, and discuss ways to improve our ride.

Dialogue can only make SDCM better.

This Monday, September 21, 2009 @ 7pm
Rebecca's Coffeeshop in South Park neighborhood of center-city San Diego.
3015 Juniper St.
Be there.

Livable Streets Advocates Re-Invent Parking Spaces During Park(ing) Day

Livable Streets advocates across the country, including San Diego, participated in the annual event known as Park(ing) Day on Friday September 18, 2009.

In San Diego, Livable Streets advocates transformed a public parking space--normally used to temporarily store one automobile when not in use--into a public space for several people to interact in-person, all while feeding the metering just as a motorist would. The event, which took place in the Little Italy neighborhood, is meant to raise awareness about the high amount of public land-use solely dedicated to automobiles.

In an optimistic sign for Livable Streets and sutainability advocates in a highly-automobile-dependent city where nearly 50% of local Greenhouse Gases are emitted from automobiles, the San Diego Union-Tribune ran the above photo on the front page of the Saturday September 19, 2009 issue (Source: USD's EPIC Report (2009) which investigates SD's GHG emission sources).

The UT story was accompanied by an Associate Press-written article on Park(ing) Day events taking place across the U.S. Interestingly, the AP piece dedicated a significant portion of the nationally read article to San Diego's Park(ing) Day. The full article can be read here:

Unfortunately, however, the UT did not accompany the front page Park(ing) Day photo w/ a local analysis of the consequences of automobile dependency. Nevertheless, the front page UT coverage is a positive sign for citizens and planners who embrace the pedestrian-friendly ideals of Smart Growth, New Urbanism, and Livable Street urban planning.

For more info on the Livable Streets & Smart Growth movement and debate, Bic Control highly recommends the Streetsblog newtork--Livable Street's finest online-resource to date. Available here:

The City of San Diego does not have any on-street bicycle parking facilities. More sustainable and pedestrian/bike-friendly cities, such as Portland, on the other hand, have numerous on-street bicycle parking facilities (pictured to the right). On-street bike parking spaces can park approximately 15 bicycles in a space that would otherwise park only one car.

(First photo by Josh Gibbins, San Diego Union Tribune. Second photo by

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Tonite!: 'Don't Need Permission' Art Show Featuring Work by Matt Lingo

Jena Mind Tricks is organizing another awesome event tonite in San Diego! Tonite's art show will be taking place at the Chee Chee Club in downtown San Diego.

Make sure to check out the incredible work of bike-artist Matt Lingo. His unique photographs continue to leave cyclists across the globe in awe. Matt keeps puttin' SD further and further up on the map.

Matt will be showing work from his new book 'This City Can't Swallow Me.'

Matt's book, which is available for purchase at , got written up by Animal New York. Damn, dude gets up! Check it out here:

Come out tonite and support this local event! Support local artists and bike-artists at that. Be especially sure to check out work by my boy Alex Miranda, too.

No cover. Get your party on.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Local Writer Admits Assaulting Cyclist & Premeditates Further Attacks, Lying In Court

Josh Board, a writer for the weekly San Diego Reader, admitted on his blog that he assaulted a cyclist during the latest Critical Mass ride. According to Board's blog, the writer threw a piece of gum at one CM rider and then picked up a rock off the ground and struck a random cyclist in the head with it.

In the comment section of the blog entry, Board premeditates further attacks on the CM riders. Board encourages readers to organize in South Park (an area in center-city San Diego) to attack the cyclists on the ride with weapons. In addition, Board premeditates an "accidental" situation that could seriously injure, paralyze, or murder a Critical Mass rider. The comment he left on his blog details how he plans to plow through a group of riders with his automobile if he were ever behind the mass while awaiting a green light. Furthermore, Board premeditates lying about his motive and states that he would claim in court that he didn't see the cyclists.

On September 2, 2009 at 12:07am, Josh Board commented on his own blog stating the following:

I kinda liked the idea that if I ever run into the CM crowd, and I'm in my car...well, I just go when the light turns green. If that means a major accident, or someone falls over my hood, well...we'll let the courts decide who was wrong. Me going thru a green light (and possibly saying in court I just didn't see the cyclist, as I was looking down for a second, but I did see the light turn green and went, assuming that's a safe time to pull forward).
By JoshBoard 12:07 a.m., Sep 2, 2009

The link to the blog entry and comments can be found here:

Currently, the link leads to a page which reads 'Page Not Found.' It is uncertain whether or not there are technical difficulties with the website or if Josh Board intentionally removed the blog entry upon realizing the criminalizing nature of his statements and violent, potentially deadly, threats and actions.

Cyclists are encouraged to be on heightened alert and to ride especially defensive.

The following images are of Josh Board:

Josh Board has attacked once before and he may attack again. In fact, Board has expressed that he plans to attack again. Please, ride with special caution and lookout for the man pictured above.

Keep our community safe.

Update (9/17/09): We have confirmed that the original entry written by Board has, in fact, been deleted. The "Bicyclists and Poditrists" article he wrote is no longer available on the Reader website. Fortunately, screenshots of his direct statements were taken.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Bicycle Film Festival in San Diego This Weekend!

The Bicycle Film Festival is to take place this weekend in San Diego for the first time ever!

Tonite (Friday) : The festivities begin at the Kensington Club BFF pre-party this evening. DJs include bike kid favorites, Eddie Kon, Huge Euge, and Cota Pop.

For all you speedy fools, come out and enter the Goldsprints comp--a sprint comp on to take place inside the Ken Club on stationary bikes.

Ride home safe and sober so that you can come tomorrow for the actual films.

Tomorrow (Saturday): There are nearly 30 bicycle-related films to be screened Saturday at Balboa Park Museum of Photographic Arts - 1649 El Prado.

The 30 films are broken down into 4 different programs throughout the day. Here is the list of films, courtesy of the BFF website:

1pm Manivela Food Bike Delivery Picnic and BMX Jam
Free BBQ and Fun (veggie friendly options). BMX Jam hosted by East County BMX.
Check back for details on location soon.

3:00 PM Buy Tickets

UK 2007 | DV 12min.
Dir. Adrian McDowall and Finlay Pretsell
Standing Start offers insight into Olympian and World Champion Track Sprinter Craig MacLean, his unflinching focus and preparation.

USA 2007 | DV 11min
Dir. Nigel Dick
David Millar, one time prologue winner of the Tour de France, talks about his fight against doping and his future with Slipstream Sports.

USA 2008 | Video 75min.
Dir. David Deal and David Cooper
The film features the most difficult and prestigious one-day cycling race in the world: Paris-Roubaix. First held in 1896, the race is a grueling contest over 160 miles of cobbled farm roads in Northern France with a finish in the historic Roubaix Velodrome.
5:00pm Buy Tickets

USA 2005 | 16mm 5min.
Dir. John Ayala
A seven year old leaves his parents and his block for the first time to explore, observe and destroy in a vast new world.

USA 2000 | 16mm 6min
Dir. Tom Schroeder
James rides his bike 50 miles to see his girlfriend, who dumps him. He rides home.

Italy 2008 | Betacam 4min.
Dir. Lorenzo Veracini, Nandini Namblar, Marco Avoletta
Basel, 19 April 1943. Dr. Albert Hofmann, a chemist, is cycling home after a days work in the laboratory. This episode has passed into legend, associated with the discovery of the effect on the human psyche of LSD. The film tells the story of this famous "trip", imagining an unconventional psychedelic of the '40s.

Japan/Italy 2008 | HD 5min.
Dir. Giovanni Giommi
A beautifully shot portrait of Japanese Track Racers directed by the director of LES NINJA DU JAPON.

UK 2007 | Video 3min.
Dir. Dougal Wilson
BAT FOR LASHES Music video

USA 2006 | Video 1min.
Dir. Chris Jolly
This is a series of chalkboard animations of various funny objects riding bicycles.

Canada 2009 | 75min.
Dir. Benny Zenga & Brian Vernor
Four months on a bicycle between Cairo, Egypt and Cape Town, South Africa en route with the Tour d' Afrique, the world's longest bicycle race and expedition. BFF Alumni the Zenga Bros. and Brian Vernor share a universal love of the bicycle with Africa's roadside mechanics, sporting racers and curious strangers. Traveling more than 70 miles per day, 50 racers and expedition riders experienced the boundless Nubian desert of Sudan, the great majesty of Victoria Falls, and finally the cold rush of the Atlantic Ocean. The 7,000 mile expedition is a constant adventure full of playfulness and mysterious beauty, and is testament to the endurance of human curiosity.

7:00 PM Buy Tickets

USA 2008 | DVCProHD 9min
Dir. Marco Svizzero
A fun summer in SF with amazing BMX riding.

USA 2006 | miniDV/Super8/Still Images 14min.
Dir. Joe Rich & Ruben Alcantara
A document of a BMX trip by two legends in the sport Directed and shot by themselves.

USA 2009 | HDV 75 min.
Dir. Joe Stakun
In reaction to big business BMX companies in the early 90's, 17-year-old Steve Crandall started a company of his own called Fat Bald Men (FBM). What began as selling t-shirts out of a backpack has turned into one of the most well respected DIY bicycle companies around. Through fortune and misfortune, the film follows FBM through their 15 years of mayhem as told by Crandall and the rest of the BMX bicycle community from close friends to influential icons like Dave Mirra and Mat Hoffman.
9:00pm Buy Tickets

USA 2009 | 24p HD DVCPRO 5min.
Dir. Luke Stiles & Christian Thormann
No one can dispute that this Track thing started in New York and these are the current writers of history on the streets.

France 2009 | Video 3min.
Dir. Yorgo Tloupas, Benjamin Seroussi & Patrice Meignan
Three horse polo players go head to head with three bike polo players.

USA 2004 | DV 4min.
Dir. Neistat Brothers
This is a study of stealing bikes in New York City.

UK 2009 | HD 4min.
Dir. Rick Symonds & Roddy Macintyre
Spend a whole evening with a cyclist in London condensed to a few moments with time-lapse.

Thailand 2008 | HDV 4min
Dir. Christopher San Agustin
What it's like to be a bike shop owner in Thailand and a BMX pro flatlander.

USA 1985 | 16mm 7min.
Dir. Ari Taub
This comedy classic short, shown worldwide, marked the debut of director/screenwriter Ari Taub and captured the spirit of low budget filmmaking in New York City. Jimmy a bicycle messenger from the Albatross Courier Company, takes us through the streets and boroughs of New York to deliver a package "on time". Braving the perilous city streets, there's nothing Jimmy can't handle, or is there?

UK 2006 | DV 3min.
Dir. Alex Rankin
A fun BMX short from the UK.

USA 2008 | Video 10min.
Dir. Joe Stevens & Nicolas Randall
In Queens, a group of teens from Trinidad attached speakers to their bikes. The music was never quite loud enough and they had to go bigger and bigger with the sound systems.

USA 2007 | DV 3min.
Dir. Neistat Brothers
The Neistat Brothers make a movie for the BFF every year. Here is an apology.

Pixel Gear Bikes!!! Ride Safe, Ride Fast, Ride Free
Spain 2009 | VIDEO 1min.
Dir. Simon Bericua Lopez
Pixel Gear Bikes!!! Is an animation based on Paperboy2 videogame sprites.

Japan 2009 | DVD 4min.
Dir. Kazuto Nakamura & Ikuma Ootsuba
Yokohama fixed gear riders having fun with friends.

ITALY/USA 2008 | Video 3min.
Dir. Robert Chynoweth
Italian cyclist Giuliano Calore (aka "Cyclist of the Impossible") rides on Europe's steepest mountain roads playing different musical instruments along the way.

USA 2009 | 16mm 13min.
Dir. Rafael Flores
The inspirational story of "Bay-be Champ", the original creator of the scraper bike movement in Oakland, CA.

USA 2009 | HD 11min.
Dir. Lucas Brunelle
Lucas never ceases to amaze viewers with the first person perspective video from his helmet-cams. Close calls and dangerous streets shows urban cycling at its finest.

Canada 2006 | Super8 8min.
Dir. Benny Zenga
The last reels of the Ski Boys, which document their inventive exploits in rural Ontario during the early 70's.

USA/Italy 2009 | HD 11min.
Dir. Daniel Leeb
A Portrait of the legendary Italian Frame Builder Giovanni Pelizzoli aka "Ciocc" . Ciocc shares his wisdom and life story while hand building a revolutionary new frame for urban fixed gear cycling. Ciocc demonstrates that the tradition and craft of frame building’s Golden age can be re-born and push the technical frontier of Cycling's future. Also feaures Ed "Wonka" La Forte and Antonio Colombo with an original soundtrack by Blonde Redhead.

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