seatpost 7.28.11: nyc bicycling this week

Third Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride on Saturday

You’ll have earned your visit to Rockaway Taco after enjoying a 40-mile ride along Brooklyn’s entire waterfront and Jamaica Bay. The Third Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. begins at Manhattan Avenue at Newtown Creek in Greenpoint (second pick-up point in Bay Ridge), proceeds along the waterfront, and concludes at the food vendors at the Rockaway Beach Club. Chill at the shore or travel back independently by bike along Flatbush Avenue, or via public transportation. Register before 3 p.m. on Friday.

The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway will eventually include a 14-mile route for recreation and transportation, running from Greenpoint to Sunset Park. Unable to ride this time? Learn more about the Greenway and download a free map here.

Thanks to the London Cyclist!

A hearty hat-tip to Andreas, who writes the terrific blog London Cyclist, for his welcome and overview of the London cycling scene on my recent visit. Check out his post this week, “5 Things to Know When a Cycling Friend Visits London” which includes mention of a certain NYC blogger.

Mountain Biking with the Urban Park Rangers on Sunday

The Urban Park Ranger cycling guides of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation will lead a mounting biking tour in Wolfe’s Pond Park on Staten Island. The ride kicks off on Sunday at 11 a.m. from Cornelia Avenue and Chester Avenue. These rides are typically suitable for all ages and proceed at a leisurely pace. Further information is available here.

Local Links to Check Out:

    • The popularity of bicycling in New York City continues its double-digit growth. On Thursday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced a 14 percent increase in commuter bike riders, compared to last spring, measured by counting actual cyclists at major commuter locations. Read more.
    • Learning to ride, choosing the right bicycle for your needs and improving road skills. These are just a few of the categories of classes that the not-for-profit Bike New York offers. Check out the complete calendar of their workshops here.
    • If you ride in New York City, join the new Get Biking Facebook group. It’s a great social forum for sharing news, events, questions about everyday riding, and more.
    • Bicycling in heels? It’s no big deal for these cyclists  (including velojoy) who navigate New York City streets every day in their favorite fashionable footwear. They share their road experiences at The Bird Wheel women’s cycling collaborative.
    • Finally, what a wonderful sight. Construction work (below) continues on extending the First Avenue bike lane from 34th to 49th Streets.

Have a great weekend!

photo: velojoy
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