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Forget Alec Baldwin. How About Some Celebrity Failure-to-Yield Tickets?

Well that was fast. About an hour after Alec Baldwin was arrested after reportedly biking in the wrong direction on Fifth Avenue this morning, the story was all over the place.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Actor Alec Baldwin was arrested in Manhattan for riding his bike the wrong way down a street and for disorderly conduct, a law-enforcement official said.

Mr. Baldwin was allegedly riding his bicycle north on Fifth Avenue in the center of the street between 15th and 16th streets, the official said.

Police officers stopped him and asked him for identification, but he didn’t have any on him, the official said.

Mr. Baldwin then allegedly grew visibly upset with the officers, the official said. He was placed in handcuffs. Mr. Baldwin was taken to a local police precinct and was later released, the official said.

Sure, Baldwin is primo click bait right now, but consider this: Celebrity summonses are kind of a brilliant way to get the most bang for your enforcement buck. The public education value is sky high. Imagine if NYPD ticketed, say, Kim Kardashian for speeding, followed by a statement from the department along the lines of “Speeding kills, no matter who’s behind the wheel.”

Of course, there would have to be more enforcement against reckless driving for that message to stick. As of March, officers from the 13th Precinct, where Baldwin was arrested, had ticketed seven drivers for speeding this year. Meanwhile, NYPD locks up normal people after dumb bike stops on the regular.

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Celebrities on Citi Bike: Macklemore and Kevin Bacon Edition

Bike lanes never looked cooler. Photo: @macklemore

It’s not quite on the level of Beyonce riding a bike over the Brooklyn Bridge, but the list of celebrities taking Citi Bike for a spin continues to grow. This week, two boldface names have joined Seth Meyers, Louis C.K. and Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been spotted on a blue bike not once, but twice.

On Sunday, Kevin Bacon took his first bike-share ride in New York, capturing it with a short video and a plea for more stations uptown. Yesterday, rapper Macklemore took a video of his Citi Bike ride down Broadway in Midtown.

Who is the next celebrity to get their PR into gear by riding bike-share across town? Let us know who you’re waiting to see in the saddle in the comments.

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Gets It: Beyoncé Bikes to Barclays

Image: Beyoncé via Instagram

Per her Instagram, Beyoncé biked across the Brooklyn Bridge to her show at the Barclays Center last night.

She’s almost certainly chauffeured most places, but it wouldn’t be the first time Beyoncé has been spotted on two wheels. From a 2009 Billboard interview:

“I also started riding a bike on my days off with others like my assistant and stylist. It’s amazing how I’m able to ride around on a bike. People kind of see it’s me but since I’m on a bike, they think, ‘No, it’s not her.’ And by the time they realize it’s me, I’m already gone. It’s great to do something normal every day. It keeps me grounded.”

That Gelinas column is looking more prescient by the minute.

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Utility Cycling Tips From Bike Zealot Martha Stewart

Stewart talks up cycling as transportation with Emilia Crotty of Bike New York

In addition to nerve-wracking weather, one sure sign of spring is the re-emergence of the bicycle as pop culture totem. If you’re on many catalogue mailing lists, you’ve probably seen them — gleaming utility bikes and cruisers at the ready as toned and tanned models relax at the outdoor cafe or by the pool. And they’re not just props — furniture and housewares retailer CB2 has its own city bike, developed with a Florida-based manufacturer ($499; details at Treehugger).

Coupled with poll data and legislative action showing general support for human-oriented public space and transportation initiatives, it’s enough to suggest that the bike-hating American public is mostly a myth, conjured and nursed by out of touch politicians and conflict-craving, auto-driven media.

Enter Martha Stewart. In advance of Bike Month, Stewart invited Emilia Crotty of Bike New York into the studio for a thorough lesson on cycle maintenance, followed by a bike and schwag giveaway (congratulations Georgiana Powell of Moscow, PA). Turns out Stewart is a cyclist herself, as are, at least for this segment, many members of her studio audience.

If this isn’t a marker of cycling for transportation becoming a more mainstream American activity, it’s hard to imagine what would be.

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Streetsblog Stalkerazzi Spots Tim Robbins on Two Wheels

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Here's Tim Robbins, spotted today by Clarence Eckerson in Madison Square Park. Though The Rectifier looks none too pleased about being photographed by the bike paparazzi, we were assured that he waved after this snap was taken.

Be a StreetStalker: Send us your celeb cycling shots

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Brian Lehrer’s Bike Stolen — How Should He Lock Up His Next Ride?

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Via the Facebook news service (subscription required), WNYC's morning radio host reports that thieves have spirited away his bicycle, and he's thinking about how to secure his next ride. If you're Brian Lehrer's Facebook friend, you can now follow what promises to be an encyclopedic discussion of bicycle locking. Do we sense an opening on tomorrow's show for the master of bike theft prevention, Hal Ruzal? Or perhaps a hard-hitting segment about why it's taking the City Council so long to move the Bicycle Access Bill?

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Tom Brady, and Baby Jack, Bike in Boston

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As a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, I'm pretty much required to hate Tom Brady. However, two Super Bowl wins in the last four seasons (that'd be six all told, but who's counting?) have salved the wounds of those AFC championship losses at the hands of Brady in 2001 and 2004. And hey, the man rides a bike.

Here's Brady with son Jack and dog Vida, photographed in Boston after a Patriots practice session earlier this week.

Also to Brady's credit: Unlike certain Albany legislators, he and the Patriots are big believers in camera technology.