2008-02-15 Bike Clowns Liberation ride

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Judy Ross 917.405.1544
                   Barbara Ross 917 494 8164

TIME’S UP! BICYCLE CLOWNS DRAW ATTENTION TO THE CITY’S INACTION ON UNSAFE CONDITIONS IN NYC BIKE LANES

Clowns will search out the safe streets Mayor Bloomberg boasts about as they clear the bike lanes of dangerous parked cars, swinging doors & metal plates.

Time’s Up! Bike Lane Liberation Ride
Friday, February 15, 2008
Ride meets at 9am at Time’s Up! space
49 East Houston Street, between Mott & Mulberry

Bike Lanes on Route: Prince, Grand, & Allen Streets.
Call (917) 494 - 8164 for exact location

New York, NY (February 14, 2008) - On Friday, February 15th, the Time’s Up! Bicycle Clowns will ride through Manhattan, searching out the bikes lanes that the city announced in 2006 would be added to create safer streets for cyclists.  As the bike clowns clear the lanes of the illegally parked cars & trucks, they will point out the unsafe conditions that are still not being addressed by the NYPD 1 1/2 years later.

Equipped with magnifying glasses, binoculars, and a clown dressed as a roving bike lane, the bike clowns will theatrically track down the missing lanes, politely ask the drivers parked in the bike lane to move and proactively expand the lanes to a reasonable width.

“Mayor Bloomberg, last month stated that he considered, ‘safer streets for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers a matter of public health…that deserves our full attention.’ If the Mayor is serious about making NYC bike friendly, he needs to direct the NYPD to enforce the laws against parking in the bike lane .” said Barbara Ross, Time’s Up! spokesperson.

For more information on Bike Clown Brigade click here 
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TIME'S UP! is a non-profit environmental group that has been using education outreach and direct action for the last 20 years to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city