Here are a lot of pictures and an video from the 2017 version of the Noble Street Festival and the Sunny King Criterium. Photos include action from Big Sam The Balloon Man and Heflin Taekwondo. After talking to several people at the event, I was in agreement that the Noble Street Festival side of things was somewhat disappointing this year. There were less kids activities, no music, and few food vendors. The crowd was kind of okay and I hope next year the event is bigger like in years past that I remember!
The Sunny King Criterium was great as always with a couple of crashes in the women’s and men’s pro races. So below, enjoy an over 30 minute video and a lot of great photos!
Yes, I know it’s been a year, but the last year has been a wild ride, and I finally had time to edit the photos and video from the 2016 Noble Street Festival. Below, enjoy pictures and video from the event! And the 2017 version of the event won’t take a year to edit and upload, enjoy!
UPDATE: This post is written by Michael Sznajderman, and pictures taken by Nik Layman from Alabama NewsCenter. Learn more at: http://alabamanewscenter.com/
William Robertson loved cycling. And he inspired many others to climb on their bicycles and ride.
He was doing what he loved on Highway 75 in rural Blount County on Aug. 29 when he was struck by a pickup. Robertson died and two others bicyclists were injured.
His tragic death was the inspiration for hundreds of bicycle enthusiasts to gather this past Labor Day in downtown Birmingham and ride together in his memory.
Patrick Packer, co-founder of the group Black People Run Bike and Swim, organized the ride, one of the largest ever to take place in the city center. Robertson was a member of the group, and founded another Birmingham-area cycling organization, Magic City Cyclers.
On Labor Day morning, the cyclists came from all directions, converging at Railroad Park. At least 500 jammed First Avenue South with bicycles of all shapes, colors and sizes before moving east, along the new Jones Valley hiking and biking trail and on through several central Birmingham neighborhoods.
The ride was not only a message of condolence for Robertson’s family; it was a signal to drivers across Central Alabama to be more aware of the road they share with cyclists.
“William loved to ride and introduced cycling to many in the Birmingham area,” Packer said in a statement posted on the Black People Run Bike and Swim website. “This tragedy will only make us double our efforts to provide bike safety programs and engage in policy efforts to help the metropolitan Birmingham area to become a safer community for cyclists.”
The Labor Day ride was led by Robertson’s wife Dianne and Demetrius White, who was one of those injured in the accident. Tracey White, who also was injured, was still recovering in the hospital on the day of the ride.
Robertson worked at Alabama Power in the Real Estate department, but he also was a prominent Birmingham-area contractor. The company he founded, Ensley-based Monumental Contracting Service recently completed work on the new Negro Southern League Museum in downtown Birmingham, and had worked on the Westin Hotel in the city’s Uptown area.
Birmingham Mayor William Bell, in a statement, offered condolences to the Robertson family. “Mr. Robertson was not only an outstanding African-American businessman but also a dear friend.”
Bobbie Knight, vice president of the Birmingham Division for Alabama Power, served with Robertson on the executive committee of REV Birmingham, an organization that works to revitalize downtown and the city’s commercial centers.
“He was one of those people who listened well, and when he spoke, his words were very impactful,” Knight said. “His commitment to our community will be greatly missed.”
Joe Allen, a video producer at Alabama Power, went to church with Robertson and described him as a friend and mentor.
Robertson founded a group through the church called the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. Its focus was on goal-setting and “thinking big,” Allen said. “We were all so passionate about his leadership that we would meet every other Monday at his place at 6:30 a.m. By the time we all would get there, he would’ve ridden his bike down to McDonald’s and brought breakfast back for everyone.”
Packer posted a plea on the Black People Run Bike and Swim website, as part of the group’s tribute to Robertson:
“We ask that all drivers please look out for the many cyclists that are on the roads in our community. We have had too many cyclist to be killed and injured by drivers that are distracted and not paying attention to the road.”
This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.
It shouldn’t be difficult or inconvenient to take care of your basic safety as a cyclist. Yet we frequently forget or misplace our lights, and drivers are often frustrated at the difficulty in both seeing and predicting where some cyclists want to go on the road. Lumos is a next generation bicycle helmet that addresses these issues. Featuring integrated brake and turn signal lights, Lumos helps you more effectively communicate your intentions to drivers and people around you. On the outside, Lumos looks just like a regular bicycle helmet. Until you turn it on!
Have you ever left the house or office without your lights? Or maybe you’ve had your lights stolen? Thanks to Lumos, as long as you have your helmet, you will always have your lights with you. Red lights at the back of the helmet are arranged to form a triangle, a commonly used warning symbol on the road. White lights in front are arranged in a distinctive pattern in order to make you stand out better, whether it is from a driver’s rear or side view mirror, or from a car coming in the opposite direction. By being an integral part of your helmet, these lights are naturally higher, larger, more distinctive, and easier to see than traditional bicycle mounted lights.
One of the things most kids learn to do is to ride a bike. I mean, I learned how to ride a bike when I was younger, and I am sure you did too. But, what if you were presented with a different type of bike, where the handlebars turn the opposite way the wheel turns. You think you can learn to ride it, but nope, it’s not as easy as you think! On this episode of Smarter Every Day, Destin Sandlin shows us how you can learn to ride a backwards bicycle. Yes, it took him weeks, but he learned to ride the backwards bike, enjoy!