seatpost 5.19.11: nyc cycling culture this week

Bike to Work Day 2011

May 20 is National Bike to Work Day

Need a reason to ride? The Huffington Post this week outlined the personal and community health benefits of riding a bicycle. (They’re also offering a chance to win a road bike.)

In celebration of National Bike to Work Day in NYC, the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives will be greeting commuters on major thoroughfares. Stop by between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. for an iced coffee and a Clif Bar at these locations:

    • Brooklyn Bridge
    • Manhattan Bridge
    • Williamsburg Bridge
    • Queensboro Bridge
    • Staten Island Ferry Terminal
    • West Side Greenway @ 70th Street
Elissa - velojoy Street Scene
photo: velojoy

velojoy street scene

Elissa, whom I met on the Lower East Side as I was returning from the Brooklyn Bike Jumble last weekend, first learned to ride a bicycle as an adult. Five years ago, she says, her bike-loving friends staged a two-person intervention: one lent her a bike, the other gave her lessons in Tompkins Square Park, where people who witnessed her progress regularly cheered her on. “It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done,” Elissa says. “It’s expanded my view of what I can do.” The Manhattan resident uses her bike for local errands and warm-weather outings with friends. (Note the flowers entwined in her Raleigh’s fork and seatstay.)

Be Inspired By Your Fellow NYC Cyclists has launched a Bike Month video series entitled My NYC Biking Stories. I love this 90-second profile of Sarinya Srisakul of Elmhurst, Queens, the city’s first female Asian-American firefighter, and one of only 31 female firefighters out of the 11,000-member force. She even carries all her gear — heavy stuff — on her bike when she gets detailed to other fire houses.

Weekend Highlights

Saturday, May 21 – 50 Percent Off Winter Gear

I can’t believe I’m mentioning the word winter, but this is about bargains. Signature Cycling is holding a 50 percent off sale on overstocked winter road cycling clothing from leading brands like Rapha, Capo and Luna. While city riding needn’t require special apparel, a few key pieces of technical gear purchased now could help fight next winter’s chill.

Saturday, May 22 – Smorgasburg Launches

Pie Bird Pies - BrooklynFoodies, ride on over to Williamsburg for the launch of Smorgasburg, an open-air food specialties market from the developers of the Brooklyn Flea. Tuck that napkin in and graze among 100 purveyors of prepared foods and greenmarket vendors. My first stop? Pie Birds. If a pie on a stick (right) isn’t bike-friendly food, what is? View the complete list of Smorgasburg participants here.

Sunday, May 22 – Women’s Social Road Ride

This ladies-only road cycling event, beginning at 8 a.m., will introduce riders to the beautiful, automobile-traffic-free westside greenway along the Hudson River and guide them across the George Washington Bridge.  For those who want to put in additional miles, the ride continues up Route 9W to Piermont, NY, at a relaxed pace, beginning at 10 a.m. Co-sponsored by the new women’s cycling website, and Bike New York. Full details of this event, and all the upcoming Ladies’ Program activities here.

Sunday, May 22 – 4th Annual Doggie Pedal Parade

small dog bicycle basketPedal your pooch to this Greenwich Village parade which highlights the benefits of adopting homeless animals, as well as methods of safely transporting pets on a bikes. There’s an after-party at Washington Square Park. Even if you don’t own a pet, you can join the ride as a safety marshal. Information here.


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  • Susi-You certainly have the scoop on fabulous bike events. Thanks for keeping us informed! I too LOVE the video of Sarinya – what an inspiration!

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