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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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Tenafly JCC Boosts Security After Kansas Shootings

April 14, 2014
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The Jewish Community Center in Tenafly, NJ has said it is boosting security after a Klu Klux Klan member killed three people in Kansas at the JCC and at a senior home there. The killer appeared to be targeting Jewish people, as he shot a man and his son in the parking lot of...
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Photo of the Week: Black Label in Front of Brooklyn Museum

April 14, 2014
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Photo of the Week: Black Label in Front of Brooklyn Museum

We spied this incredibly creative jumble of bicycles attached to a light pole in front of the Brooklyn Museum last week.  On closer inspection, we saw the two-tiered, two-frame forged type bicycle made famous by the Black Label Club, a bicycle group explored in great depth in the film, B.I.K.E. Sure enough, standing near...
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Premiere of “Slaying the Badger” Coming to New York

April 9, 2014
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Premiere of “Slaying the Badger” Coming to New York

A film about the 1986 Tour de France battle between American cyclist Greg LeMond and French great Bernard Hinault will premiere in New York City on April 20. The movie, “Slaying the Badger,” will be preceded the same evening by a book signing with the author of the namesake story, Richard Moore, a few...
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Steve Faust, Well Known Bike Advocate, Mourned

April 2, 2014
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Steve Faust, Well Known Bike Advocate, Mourned

By Jen Benepe–April 1, 2014 Cyclists have been mourning the death this past Saturday of Steve Faust, 67, a long-time bicycle advocate whose voice was heard in many places trumpeting the cause of cyclist safety. The cause was chronic lymphocytic leukemia which Faust battled for some time, but had been surviving, according to his family....
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Cyclist Struck in Hit and Run on 79th St.

April 1, 2014
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Cyclist Struck in Hit and Run on 79th St.

A cyclist traveling across the 79th street transverse though Central Park was struck by a hit and run driver at 3:20 PM this afternoon. Drivers behind the man did nothing to stop the driver, and continued to drive around him eastbound while he lay in the gutter, unconscious and not moving, according to a...
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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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Youth Gather to Celebrate and Grow Cycling

March 3, 2014
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Youth Gather to Celebrate and Grow Cycling

A report on the Youth Bicycle Summit — March 3, 2014 Young people from across the United States gathered on February 14 to talk about, celebrate, and organize around bicycles. The annual event open to kids of all ages took place at the New School in Lower Manhattan over three days, with keynote speakers...
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Commissioners Reject LG’s Proposal to Ruin Palisades Park

February 25, 2014
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Commissioners Reject LG’s Proposal to Ruin Palisades Park

By Jen Benepe – February 25, 2014 –Fort Lee, NJ The commissioners of the Palisades Park system unanimously adopted a resolution yesterday rejecting LG’s proposed building that would tower over the tree line in the historic park. In a resolution that was approved by each one of the commissioners present, including the executive director...
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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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Motorist Arrested in Texas for Killing Cyclist

February 6, 2014
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Motorist Arrested in Texas for Killing Cyclist

A drunk Texan woman who killed a cyclist with her car and left the scene, was arrested yesterday, but not for killing the 24-year-old. The driver was arrested for leaving the scene of the crash. The charge was for hit and run stemming from what authorities say was a night of drinking and driving...
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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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