2007-07-12 Bicycle Clown Brigade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TIME'S UP! BICYCLE CLOWNS CLEAR BIKE LANES OF AUTOMOBILE CONGESTION

Clowns give out parking tickets to cars blocking bike lanes and dramatize "Sheldon Silver" throwing away $500 million by refusing to support congestion pricing

When: Friday, July 13th, 2007

Where: Ride meets 8:00 am at Madison Square Park, 23rd & Broadway, NW
              corner of the park

Route: 8:15 am Cyclists ride uptown on 6th Avenue bike lane to 42nd street 
             9:00 am Cyclists arrive at Bryant Park for 2nd meet-up location
             9:15 am Cyclists ride downtown on Broadway bike lane to 23rd street
(Times are estimated. For exact location of the ride call 917-494-8164)

New York, NY (July 12, 2007) - On Friday, July 13th, the Time's Up! Bicycle Clown Brigade made up of bicyclists dressed like clowns, will hand out facsimile tickets to motorists who violate NYC traffic law Section 4-08 (e), which explicitly prohibits parking, standing or stopping in bike lanes and carries a $115 fine. The Clowns will draw attention to what the NYPD should be doing: enforcing the laws that protect bicyclists.

The Bicycle Clown Brigade will also highlight the $500 million of federal monies that New York City will lose if a reluctant New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver continues to oppose congestion pricing. During the ride the Bicycle Clowns will continually try to give a character portraying "Sheldon Silver" a large-sized $500 million check for NYC but he keeps ripping it up and throwing it away. Bicycle clown Barbara Ross explains, "Congestion pricing and enforcement are our best chances for fewer cars on the street and fewer cars in the bike lane."

Photos of past rides: http://www.flickr.com/photos/txup/

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TIME'S UP! is a non-profit environmental group that has been using educational outreach and direct action for the last 20 years to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city.