"I was tired of leaving my sexuality at the door in order to get taken seriously in bike shops," she tells me. "I was frustrated at seeing so many women sitting on the sidelines at bike events."
Now in its fourth year of production, the Thought You Knew Bicycle Chick Pinup Calendar is the brainchild of Finch and photographer Kimberly Capriotti and is a means to both showcase "strong women with bicycles" and "encourage more women to ride." Finch described the calendar as "each woman with her own bike, owning her sexuality like only a pinup can."
"We launched the first TyK calendar in 2009 during the Bike Winter Art Show, and despite it being February, they sold like hotcakes."
This year's calendar is looking for one final push on Kickstarter to reach its goal of $5,000 by the October 1 deadline. Donations are teetering around $4,400 at the moment. TyK is accepting donations at all levels, but a minimum donation of $20 gets you a copy of the calendar, with shipping included. Check out the promo video for the 2012 calendar after the jump:
Maybe he misinterpreted the news that Chicago recently launched on-street bike parking.
In other news, the city of Chicago is celebrating the installation of its first on-street bike parking corral today at 5 PM outside the Flatiron Building (Milwaukee just south of North avenue). It'll provide parking for about 12 bicycles in a space that would otherwise be occupied by one or two cars.
Steven Vance reports on his blog that construction is under way on the Cermak/Blue Island Sustainable Streetscape that he wrote about in 2009. The project, by the Chicago Department of Transportation, aims to create environmentally friendly stretches of roadway on Cermak and Blue Island between Ashland and Western by using recycled materials and incorporating elements that will improve stormwater drainage and reduce temperatures in the summer (the latter by adding trees and reflective pavement). On the Blue Island Avenue section, a bike lane is being built from "smog-eating" concrete (TX Active)—the pavers that make up the lane, as well as the parking lane next to it, contain titanium dioxide, which helps break down pollutants into less harmful compounds. Vance has pictures of the unfinished lane in his post.
Jeff Tremaine's documentary about BMX legend Mat Hofffman, The Birth of Big Air, headlines the 7 p.m. program on Friday 2/25, which also includes the Neistat Brothers' A New Challenge, Richard Mungall's Chicago Line, Dean Dickinson's BMX at Burnside, Mike McKinlay's Travis Collier "Night Riding," Eric Matthies's Countywide: Bicycling Across Los Angeles, and Erik Elstren's Dragon Shredit.
At 9 p.m. Friday, Chistian Thormann and Luke Stiles's documentary about New York cyclists, Emprie, screens with Lucas Brunelle's Line of Sight, Ari Taub's On Time, and Robert Chynoweth's Belle Epoch. Goldsprints after party at 11 p.m. with DJ ZBLN.
On Saturday 2/26, Alex Craig's Riding the Long White Cloud, about skateboarders cycling New Zealand's North Island, headlines the 3 p.m. program. Brian Vernor's The Cyclocross Meeting, about course racing in the U.S. and Japan, anchors the 5 p.m. selections. And Lucas Brunelle's documentary about alleycat racing, Line of Site, closes the 7 p.m. bill. Several additional short videos on each program. Panic after party at 9 p.m. with DJs Brad Owen, Pogo and Arturo. Free until 11 p.m.
Screenings are $10, festival pass $25. Screenings and Goldsprints party are at the Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave. Panic party is at Darkroom, 2210 W. Chicago Ave.