seatpost 5.27.11: nyc cycling culture this week

Smorgasburg - Williamsburg Brooklyn
photos: velojoy

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Ride Your Bike, Then Dig In at Smorgasburg

From Manhattan, it was a quick and easy bike ride over the Williamsburg Bridge last weekend for the launch of Smorgasburg, the Saturday foodapolooza produced by the same folks who bring us The Brooklyn Flea. Big crowds included plenty of cyclists, judging from the content of the fences (above) that surround the East River plot where almost 100 food vendors and greenmarket farmers offer their tempting fare. My advice if you plan to check it out this weekend: Go early to avoid the lunchtime lines for take-away food!

Below from top: Lobster roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound, visitors make purchases at Hot Bread Kitchen Kitchen, organic radishes from the roof-top vegetable farm of the Brooklyn Grange, and cyclists wheel their bikes along an outer aisle.

Lobster Roll

Hot Bread Kitchen at Smorgasburg

Organic Radishes

Cyclists at Smorgasburg

And Speaking of Variety…Check Out The Bird Wheel Ladies’ Program

Launched as part of Bike Month at the beginning of May, The Bird Wheel Ladies Program organized by cycling apparel designer Nona Varnado continues to offer a unique calendar of events that appeals to a variety of personalities and riding styles. The past week’s choices included both a Sunday 35-mile women’s-only road ride and a Tuesday bike burlesque night in Brooklyn with live entertainment and drinks specials.  The Bird Wheel, which is the new collaborative website and blog “banner” under which all these activities are organized, provides women with the opportunity to explore and share their interests in cycling in a relaxed, social environment.

Coming up:

May 29 – Intro to Racing with John Campo

June 4 – Meet Your (Bike) Match and Garden Party - Road Ride
photo: velojoy

Among participants in last Sunday’s inaugural Westside Ride to Piermont, New York, sponsored by The Bird Wheel, were (front row, from left) Nona Varnado, Barbara Raab and Christina Huang and (back row) Irene Sameth, velojoy and Regina Lutz. Great fun riding with the whole group! (Thanks also to Zen Bikes in Chelsea and Stumptown Coffee for their support.)

Weekend Highlights

Friday, May 27 – Streetfilms’ Night at the Museum

Enjoy a curated selection of short films by Streetfilms on the big screen at the Brooklyn Museum, beginning at 7 p.m. Streetfilms, a not-for-profit organization, produces videos that document the livable streets movement worldwide, from Brooklyn to Beijing, helping make sometimes complex information more accessible. Buy tickets here and view a sampling of their great films here.

Saturday, May 28 – Seventh Annual Bike Fetish Day

Give your bicycle fetish free reign at this block party sponsored by City Reliquary from noon to 6 p.m. on Havermeyer Street, between Hope and Grand in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Prizes are awarded for contest categories such as best in show, best vintage, best hand-made, ugliest and more. Entertainment includes live music and a DJ, BMX tricks, bicycle accessories vendors, and food. Also learn about opportunities to get involved in local cycling advocacy. Information.

photos: velojoy

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