velojoy street scene:

Photo above: An increasingly popular hotel amenity that we love to see: A sweet fleet of city bikes is parked outside The Standard, East Village (formerly the Cooper Square Hotel) in Manhattan for guests to explore the neighborhood. Just to the south, the Bowery Hotel’s rack is filled with red bikes.

Coming events:

Tuesday, January 10 – Unsung Benefits of Bicycling Beyond 2012

The New York Cycle Club hosts Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, the advocacy organization for cycling, walking and public transit. Learn about the coming year’s agenda to promote bicycling, improve public spaces and make the streets safer for all New Yorkers. You don’t have to be an NYCC member to attend, but there is a charge for dinner.
Dinner: 6 pm
Program: 7:30 pm
Annie Moore’s Bar and Restaurant (downstairs), 50 East 43rd Street
Information.

Tuesday, January 10 – Winter Biking 101

Winter temperatures dropping? There’s no need to quit riding. This popular, free presentation by Bike New York will give you all the tips, tools and techniques you need to ride safely and comfortably throughout the cold-weather months. We’ve attended and recommend it!

6:30 – 8 pm

Bicycle Habitat – Manhattan, 244 Lafayette St.

Information.

Wednesday, January 11 – NYC Bike Share Exhibition Opening

Join the NYC Department of Transportation and Alta Bike Share at the opening of an exhibition at the Center for Architecture. Hear details of the plan for NYC’s own bike share system in a conversation with NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Alta Bike Share president Alison Cohen.
6 – 8 p.m.
536 LaGuardia, between West 3rd and Bleeker
Information.

Friday, January 13 – Sunday, January 15 – Second Annual Youth Bike Summit

Youth, bicycles, education and advocacy come together at the Second Annual Youth Bike Summit, a three-day intergenerational conference that explores how to involve the next generation in cycling and advocacy. The full agenda of discussions and workshops, which draws participants from around the nation, is geared to develop ideas as well as practical tools. The keynote speaker will be Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez.
Click here for the agenda and to register.

Saturday, January 14 – Market to Market Ride – Winter Edition

It’s January. Cabin fever may be setting in. It’s time to get out on your bike for a weekend social ride. Kim Burgas (creator of the Get Fancy bike rides) has joined with Liz Patek and Kimberly Kinchen to organize an easy-going and social winter ride to shop locally and sustainably.  Meet at Union Square and pedal to Brooklyn for multiple stops, including McCarren Park, Artists & Fleas and the Brooklyn Flea.

Noon – 5 pm

Information and registration.

 

City cycling link love:

1. NYC Bike Share  is cited as one of seven ventures that “point the way to a brave urban future.” via salon.com

2. In  “Ten Bicycling Myths Debunked,” New York City’s own Lucette Gilbert, who’s in her “high 70s,” sets the record straight on Myth # 2: “Bikes are just for young people.” via grist.org

3. Despite what GM was hinting at about biking being uncool — before they pulled a controvertial ad under thundering protest from cyclists — researchers at the University of Michigan find that driving a car is losing its allure among young people. “It is possible that the availability of virtual contact through electronic means reduces the need for actual contact among young people,” says Michael Sivak, research professor at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). “Furthermore, some young people feel that driving interferes with texting and other electronic communication.”

4. Paging MOMA! Your atrium would be eminently suitable for exhibiting Ai Weiwei’s new 100-foot-high Forever Bicycles sculpture. The 1,200 overlapping bicycles are without handlebars or seats; thus, they connect to one another via the head and seat tubes, raising the work outward and upward to create a magnificent and monumental abstraction. via fastcode.com

And finally:

Barbie Gets A Cruiser Bike, But Needs a Kickstand

There’s big news from Toyland. Barbie Glam Bike seats the blond-tressed doll on a pink beach cruiser bicycle and gives her flat feet and articulated knees to pedal with. A first!

Notes grist.org:

“Given that bike-functional Barbie is coming out just a few months after the new limited-edition tattooed Barbie with pink hair, we’ve got a sneaking suspicion that Mattel is trying to make your daughters grow up to be bike messengers. Which is way, way better than what they were trying to make them grow up into before.”

Kudos to Mattel for sending the right message to children by giving Barbie a glam helmet to match her glam bike; apparently, based on howls from parents in the comments section of Amazon.com, Barbie will need it. Without a kickstand on her bike, she tends to keel over — a lot.

Pocket Food to Fuel Your Ride:

Not to blow anybody’s New Year’s weight-loss resolutions, but the churros, warm and crisp, that we sampled at the opening of the new LaChurreria Spanish cafe and bakery at 284 Mulberry Street in Nolita, are yummy enough to merit a detour from the Lafayette Street bike lane.

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