velojoy presents a list of bike rides in New York City, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey for your weekend enJOYment. This week, it’s all about Manhattan.

Friday, Aug. 6 – Central Park Moonlight Ride

Times Up!, the environmental advocacy group, offers a relaxed night ride around an auto-free Central Park. The route passes waterways and landmarks, but the scene-stealer just may be the lighted panorama of high rises and skyscrapers that rings the park. Riders meet at 10 pm at Columbus Circle, southwest corner of Central Park (intersection of Broadway, 59th Street and Central Park West). Information.

Saturday, Aug. 7 – Summer Streets Kick-Off

Summer Streets 2010 Route Map

Cyclists and pedestrians reJOYce! The Third Annual Summer Streets, sponsored by the New York City Department of Transportation, offers you 6.9 miles of car-free goodness from 7 am to 1 pm on three consecutive Saturdays beginning this weekend. The route includes Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park.

Fitness classes, gardening demonstrations, entertainment and more can be found at four rest stops along the route. Free bike rentals are offered by Bike and Roll New York at the Uptown, Midtown and Soho rest stops. Your Summer Streets guide here.

Cyclists can also join in Joy Ride a big group ride to music created by theater artist Liz Sherman with a soundtrack designed by Grammy-award nominee Duncan Bridgeman [hat tip to bikeblognyc]. It follows the Summer Streets route and concludes with a picnic in Central Park.  The ride begins each Summer Streets Saturday at 11 am at Foley Square. Additional information: www.joyrideo.com

As for the the much-discussed — even by Letterman — Dumpster Pools, new to Summer Streets this year and located near the Grand Central viaduct: If your ride leaves you longing for a dip, but you’re feeling squeamish about the combination of the words Dumpster + Pool, a representative of Macro Sea, creators of these compact wonders, tells Time Out New York that water cycles through the pools every 10 minutes and a UV filter kills bacteria. velojoy would never have guessed that the pool shown above started life as a (new) trash receptacle. Note that you’ll need a timed-entry bracelet.

Down the Road:

Sunday, Aug. 15 – Ramapo Rally Mahwah, New Jersey

Top photo: photo: Katie Sokoler/Gothamist

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