seatpost 6.23.11: nyc cycling culture this week

Dutch Tourist Returns for Skirt-Solidarity Ride

Jasmijn Rijcken will be returning to New York City next week — and this time she’ll be riding with a posse of cyclists who’ll be celebrating freedom and fashion.

Rijcken, a 31-year-old Dutch citizen made news when she said she had been stopped in Soho by a New York City police officer for wearing a short skirt while riding a bicycle. The officer reportedly told Rijcken that her skirt was a distraction to motorists and that she should put on pants.

The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show, which Rijcken had been in town visiting, has teamed up with Hudson Urban Bicycles to sponsor Skirts on Bikes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. The skirt-solidarity ride through Greenwich Village, Soho and Tribeca ends back at HUB with refreshments. To join in, RSVP here.

Bike Trade-In This Weekend

When you trade in your old ride for a new one at Bicycle Habitat’s recently-opened Brooklyn store this Sunday, June 26, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., you can save on bikes and accessories.

Trade-in participants will receive a voucher for $50 – $100 off a new bike, or 20 percent off a bike accessory (valid through July 31). The promotion also may be combined with summer savings on certain Trek models, according to Bicycle Habitat. Check out the details here.

The shop will donate the used bicycles to Recycle-A-Bicycle, a not-for-profit that works with youth to repair and restore bikes and also promotes environmental stewardship.

photo: James Parker III

Film Festival Celebrates Art of the Bicycle

This weekend’s Bicycle Film Festival celebrates cycling not only through moving images, but also through art and music. The bicycle-themed work of artists (see list below) working in a variety of mediums will be on display at the Joyride Art Show at the Spencer Brownstone Gallery, opening tonight and running through June 30 .

Don’t forget to check the BFF schedule for the complete weekend line-up of films, plus Saturday’s street fair, BMX jam and fixed-gear event, and all the after-parties:


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