After its enfant terrible moment of early snow, autumn returned to its best behavior last week, offering some of the most sublime days of the season for riding a bicycle in New York City. Along the Hudson River Greenway at 72nd Street, the sunset touched off a blaze in branches behind my bike (above), even as the height of autumn foliage color is still to come.

Although you might think that the gradually descending chill would lead to a lull in cycling-related activities, a list of upcoming New York City events suggests otherwise. Here are a few for your agenda:

Streets of the Future Benefit Party
Thurs., Nov. 17, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Bicycle Habitat, Park Slope, Brooklyn
476 5th Ave. (between 10th and 11th St. in Park Slope)

Hundreds of thousands of readers and viewers (like us!) look to Streetsblog for daily, online coverage of news about sustainable transportation and livable communities, and Streetfilms for film documentation of the transformative potential of innovative transportation design and policy.

What better way to celebrate the successes of the year, and look ahead to further advances, than with a party featuring food, drink, jazz and remarks by New York City Council Member Brad Lander.

Streetsblog and Streetfilms are produced by OpenPlans, a non-profit organization, so they rely on support from foundations, businesses and readers. Benefit tickets start at $50. Click here to go to the registration page. velojoy.com is pleased to be among the evening’s sponsors.

NYC Biketrain for Westside Commuters
Hudson River Greenway
Tues. and Thurs. Nights

Do you commute regularly along the Hudson River Greenway? If you’d like some company, plus safety in numbers, now that it’s getting darker earlier, check into the NYC Biketrain, an effort to promote winter commuting. For now, the group commute operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays, leaving at 5:15 pm. from West 55th Street and Seventh Avenue and heading north along the Greenway, then exiting at Riverside/Dyckman in Inwood and proceeding up Seaman Avenue to 215th Street.

For more information, check the NYCBiketrain website or send an nycbiketrain@gmail.com.

photo: charge bikes

Charge Bikes Preview at The Conran Shop
Wed., Nov. 9, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
ABC Carpet & Home
888 Broadway (at E. 19th St.)

To celebrate the launch of a collaboration with The Conran Shop and entry into the U.S. market the British brand Charge Bikes will preview its 2012 line at the shop located on the lower level of the ABC Carpet & Home store in Manhattan. The Charge line will be displayed amidst (and in some cases on top of) contemporary home furnishings and accessories in homage to design as a means of improving quality of life. There is a certain symmetry to all this: Charge models of mountain, road/cyclocross, urban and single-speed bicycles carry names like Cooker, Zester, Scourer, Blender and Decanter. We’re intrigued.

Bicycle Maintenance Clinic
Wed., Nov. 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Signature Cycles
80 West End Ave. (64th St. and West End Ave., second floor)

Who wants to have to run to the bike shop for every little bike maintenance issue? Fixing a flat, lubing a chain and making sure your brake pads are in good condition are among the topics that will be covered in a FREE bike maintenance clinic by the experts at the bicycle fitting studio and retail shop Signature Cycles. We all need to unravel the mysteries of the torque wrench. Click here for more information. RSVP is required: email jeff@signaturecycles.com

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