09/09/13 8:00am

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The first official bike vending machine for bike repairs on the go 24/7 popped up in Brooklyn back in 2010 but we love the machine at Time’s Up because of how DIY it is! Thanks to Untapped Cities reader Sam Dolgin-Gardner who submitted these photos through our Mailbag. History buffs will note how the vending mechanism is kind of automat like. On the left, a painted sign says the air is free “aire gratis” from the air pumps attached to the machine. Also awesome: the abbreviation for machine to MACHN.

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08/14/13 1:00pm

Manifesto-Architecture-Bike-Hanger-Souce-IMThe Bike Hanger in Seoul Image Source.

Today New York cyclists use bike racks, corrals, shelters and indoor/outdoor parking lots. The question is, will these approaches be enough in coming years? In 2007 the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) expected the number of bicycle commuters to double by 2012 and triple by 2017. Instead, the number doubled by 2011 and with the influx of Citibike, we can only expect the trend to continue.

Here are six solutions from other major cities that sustain a large number of bike commuters. Could New York adopt these solutions?

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07/23/13 1:00pm

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Over the course of one hundred days in 1994, one million people were massacred in the Rwandan Genocide. The bicycle became not only a mode of transit, but a means of survival. In the “Land of a Thousand Hills,” farmers raced barefoot down hillsides on bikes loaded with a hundred pounds of potatoes, taxi drivers peddled across villages with women and children in tow, and in back alleys children played with bent bicycle wheels. But they never cycled competitively until Jonathan “Jock” Boyer, the first American to compete in the Tour de France, came to coach Team Rwanda, the country’s first national cycling team.

Rwandan cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti lost sixty of his family members. He started cycling in 2003 and rode a mountain bike for the first time in 2006, catching up to Jock and a winning a local race. In 2011, Adrien qualified for the Olympics, sending shock waves through the international community.

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05/28/13 1:00pm

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Tweed Run, a London produced group bicycle ride in which cyclists dress in traditional British attire and ride vintage bicycles around the city, has arrived in Beijing after sweeping over many cities like New York, Pescara and Berlin. The first Beijing Vintage Ride took place on April 20, a shiny Saturday afternoon, and clocks seemed to have wound back in time. About 150 passionate cyclists and fashionistas, who were lucky to get one of the limited spots for the event, started from the Worker’s Gymnasium in Sanlitun and gathered at the 798 Africa Center for a fashion show after riding a 10-kilometer journey across the city. (more…)

05/22/13 8:06am
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David Byrne Bike Rack “The Old Times Square” on 44th Street and 7th Aveue

This awesome bike rack wasn’t actually inspired by Betty Boop, but we like the alliteration of Betty Boop Bike Rack. It’s actually part of a series by artist David Byrne (from the Talking Heads) in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation and Pace Gallery. As an avid cyclist, David was invited to join a city design competition for bike racks and later submitted his own designs which the city agreed to install.

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01/18/13 8:57am
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Our Brooklyn Bike Diary begins where Java Street meets the East River

There is nothing quite like seeing New York City by bike. While speeding cars, potholes, and texting pedestrians seem to provide an insurmountable obstacle to a two-wheel world, it remains one of the most exhilarating ways to explore the city. As David Byrne explains in his book Bicycle Diaries, ” This point of view [from a bike]- faster than a walk, slower than a train, often slightly higher than a person- became my panoramic window on much of the world over the last thirty years- and it still is. It’s a big window and it looks out on a mainly urban landscape.” This is our interpretation of a Brooklyn Bike Diary.

In this photoshoot we sought to capture some of the joie de vivre of exploring Brooklyn by bike, with a touch of vintage nostalgia. We journey from the East River in Greenpoint, down Franklin Avenue, and south to Grand Army Plaza. While cycling might not be the most orthodox of transports, it is certainly the most stylish.

For more photos and musings, visit us at Neon Mamacita

Photographed by Nick Shepard
Styled by Annie Shepard and David Ban
Modeled by David Ban

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An Empire State of Mind

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Brief pause on Franklin Avenue

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Hey guys, look, it’s the Bailey Fountain!

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The Solider’s and Sailor’s Arch at Grand Army Plaza