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“Can’t stop; don’t want to.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Premium Rush (NYT, Columbia Pictures)

Happy Labor Day!

Seeing as its my first post go-around, I thought I might begin with a lighter fluff piece.

The cinema lured me out with “Premium Rush”, the tale of a no-holds bar NYC bicycle messenger named Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who receives a package that sets him out on a perilous ride. Wilee is meant to represent the most stereotypical of fixed-gear riders; “Brakes are death. Pedestrians can get you killed. Taxis are a menace. Can’t stop; don’t want to.” make up his credo. His persona makes up the typically likable bad-boy protagonist.

Most of the way through the film, my mind went into PR worry mode. Bad biking image – bad biking image – bad biking image. The stylized recklessness with which Wilee and his fellow bike messengers take to the streets is both fascinating and unnerving, but really makes up the great bulk of action for the film. There’s an even a scene where a tiff between fixie vs. geared mentalities becomes a plot point and is only settled by an alley-cat race. It is all fast, dangerous and as a quick Google search can confirm, much akin to how these messengers make their frightening day-to-day pay.

My unease sat with me until I came to a crucial realization:

This is fixed-gear “Fast & Furious”.

Though those sort of films have their detractors, they are enjoyed by large groups of people – people who are not oft to join in on illegal street racing any time soon. Thus, I began to enjoy the film again, and found it easy to do so. “Rush” comes across quirky and cartoonish at times, but ends up a great summer action flick with some rather fun characters. Michael Shannon’s villainous cop is a great plus.

So, I would readily recommend this film, with the caveat that I’m not witness to any like antics going down Hickory anytime soon.

In other news, it looks like the City got some nice fresh paint over the existing lines of N. Carroll, and without needing $30k in consulting to boot. Now if only they had made a quick left at Oak and added some right-hand lanes while they were out there…

I’ll be keeping an eye out on the Traffic Safety Commission and Council’s plans on implementing the Denton Pedestrian and Bike Plan. Till then, I’d just like to say it’s great to be on board.

- CW

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Cyclesomatic !!! Oct 2-11 Schedule of Events

10 days of Dallas bike love starts NOW.  Read the whole schedule and you’re bound to find something you want to participate in.  BikeDenton.org and Oak Cliff Bike Company are teaming up to put on events around 8-10PM on Oct 10.  Bands, Texas Toast fixie crew (incredible trick riding), TallBike Freakshow, etc.

A good number of us Denton folk are headed to Dallas for the Hellhound On My Trail historic-themed group ride tomorrow at 2:30PM.

Full schedule of events:

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is proud to announce Cyclesomatic, a week long bicycle festival in North Oak Cliff from October 2nd to the 11th. Events will include a history-themed group ride, bicycle competitions, Bike to City Hall, Biketoberfest! in Bishop, an Urban Bazaar, a “Kiddical Mass” Ride, Bike to School Day, BBQ, Bands,Bicycle Films at the Texas Theatre, Art Bike Shows, and guest speaker councilwoman Angela Hunt. New Belgium brewery is sponsoring part of the week, and we’re coordinating efforts withDART, BikeDenton, the Oak Cliff Bicycle Company, the Cube Creative, Eno’s Tavern, and more.

FRIDAY, OCT 2

8:30PM 75208 Presents Dallas Group Night Ride


9:30PM “B.I.K.E.” Film at Texas Theatre

SATURDAY, OCT 3

2:30PM BFOC Historic Blues Group Ride

7PM Eno’s & New Belgium presents the film “”Beer Wars” at the Texas Theatre

SUNDAY, OCT 4

12PM 75208 & Photopol.us present Bicycle Photo Scavenger Hunt

2PM – 9PM Eno’s Presents Oktoberfest in Bishop Arts District

1PM Doom Presents Oktoberfest Alley Cat Race

MONDAY, OCT 5

8PM 75208 Presents “Bikeoke at Barbara’s Pavillion”, bicycling, beer, and karaoke.

TUESDAY, OCT 6

7PM – 9PM Tyler Street The Oak Cliff Bicycle Co. Presents Dallas Bike Polo Club Game in Bishop Arts

WEDNESDAY, OCT 7

7AM Rosemont Bike to School

7:30AM – 9AM Dallas Bikes to City Hall with Council Members

3PM Rosemont Kiddical Mass

4PM Kids’ Floats at Eno’s

THURSDAY, OCT 8

7:30PM Council-member Angela Hunt speaking @ Texas Theatre

8PM OCTA Presents “Contested Streets” @ Texas Theatre

FRIDAY, Oct 9

7:00PM (or sundown) – 11PM Belmont Hotel and SMOKE present Bike-in Movie Night by the Pool featuring the classic film “Breaking Away”. Beer and BBQ!

SATURDAY, OCT. 10

12PM Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Home Tour, Group Ride. Meet @ The Kessler Theatre.

12PM-8PM Make Presents:Urban Bazaar

7PM – 11PM OCBC & the Cube Creative Present: Tyler Street Block Party. Races, Competitions, Bands, Art Bike Competition, BBQ and more.

Tyler Street Block Party

SUNDAY, OCT 11

12PM – 4PM Make/Eno’s/OCBC/BikeDenton Present:

Urban Bazaar

6PM “Triplets of Belleville Film at the Texas Theatre

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