seatpost 6.3.11: nyc cycling culture this week

Hop Stop Map - NYC

New at, Biking Directions Plus Tally of Calories Burned, the popular site for mapping transit and pedestrian directions in New York City and elsewhere has added biking to its list of transportation modes. For example, the 5.25-mile trip (above) from West Broadway and Spring Street in Soho to 79th Street and Central Park West is calculated at 22 minutes with all but 4 minutes mapped along bike lanes.

In addition, I notice that “approx. calories burned” is included in the output for both cycling and walking directions. Alexandra Dao,’s community manager, says it’s a general estimate based on an average body size and the amount of biking and walking involved in the route.

In a future post, I’ll compare bike mapping features of with two other popular online tools¬† — Google Maps and Ride the City (the later is included in the Tool Box to the right). In the mean time, my Soho to Upper West Side round rip burned an estimated 458 calories, and that’s another great reason to ride a bike in New York City.

Meet Your (Bike) Match and Garden Party

Saturday, June 4 — Meet Your (Bike) Match and Garden Party

The Birdwheel Ladies Program presents an afternoon of speed dating to help you find the perfect ride. Test out new and used bikes from 2 – 7 p.m. at Hudson Urban Bicycles, dress in your finest to have your portrait taken at the professional photo setup, and sip lemonade with fellow cycling fans. Information.

Saturday, June 4 — 7th Annual Tour de Brooklyn Family Ride

What a great event to engage the whole family in bicycling. Transportation Alternatives sponsors an 18-mile ride, beginning at 8 a.m. in Prospect Heights and proceeding through eastern and southeastern Brooklyn with an NYPD escort and a brief rest stop at Canarsie Pier. Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome. Information and registration.

Sunday, June 19 – Children Share the Spotlight at Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic

Harlem Crit Bicycle RaceThink the 38th Annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic coming up on Father’s Day is just for dads? Think again. There’s a whole afternoon of activities for families and children, as well.

It all gets rolling with the Shimano Youth Series of sprint races or boys and girls, ages 3 – 12. (Did your child demonstrate early precociousness with a Big Wheel?) That’s followed by the new Harlem Cup One-Mile Challenge for boys and girls, ages 13 -17, which has been designated as a USA Cycling Talent ID program by the sport’s governing body.

In addition, race organizers have built on the success of last year’s bicycle helmet giveaway by the New York City Department of Transportation. This year’s larger New York City Bike Bonanza will include opportunities to learn to ride a bike for the first time, improve riding skills, score a free helmet, swap a bike for a better one and register a bike with the NYPD. The Bonanza is presented by Bike New York, the NYC DOT and Recycle-A-Bicycle.

Adult amateur races at the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, presented by Rockstar Games, begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by professional races at 4 p.m. Information:

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velojoy street scene

NYC Cyclist - velojoy street sceneHelen was locking up her bicycle near her downtown office when I stopped to admire her bike horn. Although I see and hear bells of every size, shape, color and tone around town, this was my first encounter with a handlebar-mounted horn — at least on an adult bike. “I need this,” Dominguez laughed, “to warn people who walk out in front of me.” Don’t we all? The aptly named Be Alert Bugle Horn from Bell Sports is available online from Sears for $5.39. Helen rides her Specialized Expedition to and from her commuter train station; she says she favors a pink cruiser for weekend errands in her neighborhood.





Bugle Bike Horn
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