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Ride to Keep the Palisades Unspoiled by LG Electronics

April 18, 2014
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Ride to Keep the Palisades Unspoiled by LG Electronics

Englewood Cliffs, NJ–April 19, 2014–Updated April 21, 2014. Advocates have organized a ride next Sunday, April 27, to show their disapproval of a plan by LG Electronics to build a massive complex that would tower over the Palisades of New Jersey, and break a 100-year-old historic agreement. The ride, planned for the weekend following...
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Cookson Still Endorsing Cycling Move to Winter Olympics

April 9, 2014
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Cookson Still Endorsing Cycling Move to Winter Olympics

In the News — April 9, 2014 UCI cycling  head Brian Cookson has reiterated his desire to discuss the re-allocation of select Summer Olympic sports to the Winter Games, reported Zarif Rasul. “Despite widespread criticism of his proposals,” the head of the International Cycling Union which governs all professional and Olympic cycling, suggested that moving certain...
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Bike Ride to Honor Fallen Cyclists this Weekend

April 1, 2014
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Bike Ride to Honor Fallen Cyclists this Weekend

Christopher Meyer was only 32 when he died because of a collision with an automobile last November in Brooklyn, according to police reports. No-one will ever know for sure how he was killed, but his friend Mike Wolf  described Meyer as “a friendly, opinionated record store clerk with a fondness for titles on Drag City,...
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Two Said to be Killed in East Harlem Gas Explosion

March 12, 2014
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Two Said to be Killed in East Harlem Gas Explosion

A large explosion in East Harlem this morning that is said to have killed two people may have been due to a gas leak, said Mayor Bill DeBlasio at a press conference held just this hour. The explosion destroyed one building completely on 116th and Park Ave., and seriously affected an adjacent building. Preliminary...
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Meeting to Decide Fate of Route 9W and Palisades

February 22, 2014
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Meeting to Decide Fate of Route 9W and Palisades

By Jen Benepe On Monday, the commissioners in charge of the Palisades Parkway –and the area along Route 9W–will be voting on whether to allow a $23.7 billion foreign corporation to build a high rise along the historic park that has had height restrictions since it was first created. That company, LG Electronics, which is Korean...
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Youth Bike Summit 2014 in Pictures

February 19, 2014
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February 19, 2014 Pictures from Saturday’s Youth Bike Summit held in New York City. More on this story later. All photos and text, © Jen Benepe 2014. “Some think it is our job to inspire the younger generation, but it is really youth who inspire the rest of us.” Jen Benepe, 2014.  
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“Cheetah” Plays to Sold Out Audience in Harlem

February 17, 2014
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“Cheetah” Plays to Sold Out Audience in Harlem

New York, NY – By Jen Benepe – February 17, 2014 A documentary about Nelson Vails, the first African-American to ever win a medal at the Olympics in track cycling played on Saturday to a sold-out audience. The film, “Cheetah” which documents the rise of Vails from his Harlem, NY, hometown to track racing fame...
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Finding Solutions for the 2nd Worst State in Pedestrian Deaths: New Jersey

February 12, 2014
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Finding Solutions for the 2nd Worst State in Pedestrian Deaths: New Jersey

Advocates and law enforcement got together on Saturday to talk about the bleak reality that New Jersey now ranks as the nation’s second worst state in pedestrian fatalities, at 23.2% of all its road deaths in 2012. What’s worse, it’s only .02 percentage points behind New York State that has twice as many fatalities,...
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How the Car Industry Outlawed Walking

February 12, 2014
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How the Car Industry Outlawed Walking

In the News–By Jen Benepe Car lobbyists successfully ran a campaign against pedestrians to shift the blame for fatalities from motorists to the walkers by systematically painting them as looney birds who shouldn’t have crossed the streets. It sounds like it happened today–when ads featuring drivers in empty streets are ubiquitous, featuring drivers speeding...
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NJ Bike Summit to Feature SRAM EVP

February 7, 2014
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NJ Bike Summit to Feature SRAM EVP

Tomorrow’s gathering of the who’s who in cycling and pedestrian advocacy in New Jersey will host as its plenary speaker the executive vice president of SRAM. F.K. Day who is also the co-founder of World Bicycle Relief will be the opening speaker at the annual summit, followed by Jeff Miller, President and CEO of the...
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Graffiti Exhibit Features Cyclist Artists

February 7, 2014
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Graffiti Exhibit Features Cyclist Artists

By Jen Benepe A new exhibit of graffiti artists’ work in New York features some prominent artists among them some cyclists who figured prominently in the city’s racing scene. One of those whose work is being shown at the Museum of the City of New York is Dondi, aka Donald White. He was a...
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Team Wild Cards for TDF Spur Ecstatic Tweets

January 30, 2014
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Team Wild Cards for TDF Spur Ecstatic Tweets

The team selections for the Tour de France competition in July has brought ecstatic tweets and PR messages from three of the four wild card teams that were selected. Those are the teams that are chosen at “random” outside of the main pro teams.  Among them was Bretagne – Séché Environnement (Fra), Cofidis, Solutions Crédits...
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Teams Chosen for Women’s Qatar Race, Feb. 4-7

January 29, 2014
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Teams Chosen for Women’s Qatar Race, Feb. 4-7

(All pics, 2013 Women’s Tour of Qatar, B. Baden, Amaury Sports Organization.)  The teams have been chosen for the women’s competition in Qatar coming next week. Held from February 4 through 7, the Ladies Tour of Qatar 2014 will test title holder Kirsten Wild to retain her 2013 crown. Out of the fifteen teams from...
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Two Days to Register for L’Eroica, the Original Big Italian Ride

January 29, 2014
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Two Days to Register for L’Eroica, the Original Big Italian Ride

We don’t know about you, but we’re ditching the Gran Fondo New York for the real thing in Italy this year, l’Eroica in Tuscany. But you’ll have to move fast: registration for the October 5, 2014 event held in the Chianti wine region of Italy opens on Feb. 1, and slots are sure to...
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Aging Brains Perform Better Than We Think

January 29, 2014
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Aging Brains Perform Better Than We Think

By Jen Benepe A new study confirms something that I have said and felt intuitively all my life: that getting old doesn’t make you remember less, it’s just that you have more information to sort through. The new study stops short of confirming the idea that the limited amount of storage in short term...
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No Exercise Actually Does Affect Your Brain

January 29, 2014
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No Exercise Actually Does Affect Your Brain

One of the reasons you ride like a maniac–or even semi-maniac, is because you know it feels good and helps you retain your form. But what happens to your brain when you don’t exercise? A new study is showing that lack of exercise not only leads to disease and illness, but also hurts your...
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Martin Luther King, March to Montgomery, 1965

January 20, 2014
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Martin Luther King, March to Montgomery, 1965

By Jen Benepe–Martin Luther King Day–January 20, 2014 In 1965 director and producer Stefan Sharff produced a film that documented the March 25, 1965 peaceful demonstration held from Selma, to Montgomery, Alabama. The non-violent demonstration was held to highlight the lack of voting rights for African Americans, and was organized by several activist groups...
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Bruce Springsteen Sings GWB Traffic Jam

January 15, 2014
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Appearing on Jimmy Fallon last night, Bruce Springsteen sung about the latest political closure scandal on the George Washington Bridge. He calls it “Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee New Jersey traffic jam”, down in New Jerseyland. “I gotta take a leak,” he sings. In the meantime, school children in Fort Lee are reporting that...
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In the News

Cookson Still Endorsing Cycling Move to Winter Olympics

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In the News — April 9, 2014 UCI cycling  head Brian Cookson has reiterated his desire to discuss the re-allocation of select Summer Olympic...
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