seatpost 1.13.12: nyc cycling this week

Bicycling Hazard Sign - NYC
Brownstone Bicycle - NYC
photos: velojoy

velojoy street scenes

We spotted these related bicycling themes on the same day at the West 72nd Street transverse (top) and in the West Village in Manhattan.

Coming Events:

Friday, January 13 – Sunday, January 15 – Second Annual Youth Bike Summit

Read our post about an event that’s engaging a new generation in cycling and advocacy, and sign up!

Saturday, January 14 – Market to Market Social Ride

Winter blues? Shake ’em off with a social ride to the flea markets of Brooklyn. Hosted by experienced city riders Kim Burgas, Liz Patek and Kimberly Kinchen, this relaxed event is a great way to connect with fellow cyclists. The ride begins at Union Square in Manhattan and makes a stop at McCarren Park before continuing on to the Brooklyn Flea and Artists & Fleas to prospect for vintage treasures.

noon – 5 pm

RSVP and updates here.

Tuesday, January 17 – Lottery Registration for TD Five Boro Bike Tour

This annual 40-mile ride on traffic-free streets through the five boroughs, produced by Bike New York, has become so popular in recent years — 32,000 spots sold out in less than 24 hours last year —  that it’s switching to a lottery system for 2012 registration. The period to enter online for the May 6 event opens January 17 at 10 a.m. and runs to  February  7 at 5 p.m. (VIP and charity ride entries are not subject to the lottery.) Click here to read all the details of how to enter.

Tuesday, January 17 – Close the Gap Design Exhibition Opening

Imagine being able to ride your bicycle around Manhattan in one big loop. A key missing link? Gaps in the Midtown section of the East River Greenway. This exhibit presents the winning submissions in an international design competition, sponsored by d3 and Transportation Alternatives, that focused on creative and sustainable solutions to this challenge in urban infrastructure development.

6 pm

CUNY Baruch College, Newman Library Lobby

Details here.

City Cycling Link Love from Around the Web:


kate beaton velocipede cartoon
Illustration: Kate Beaton

1. (Above.) A modern-day tough biker chick mascot? Cartoonist Kate Beaton riffs brilliantly on a 19th century rendering of the burn-in-hell,  “Awful Effects of Velocipeding” on women.  (via

Center for Architecture Bike Share Exibit Opening
photo: Doug Gordon

2. Velocipedestriennes, as they were called, have come a long way. From Tuesday night’s SRO opening of an NYC Bike Share exhibition at the Center for Architecture, the excellent blog Brooklyn Spoke posted to twitter this photo of NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan (center) and Alta Bike Share President Alison Cohen (right), and mused: “Random thought: How cool is it that 2 women are leading NYC into the future of transportation?” Our answer is VERY.

3. We’re embarrassed about typos on the blog, but a velojoy reader made us smile this week when she pointed out this recent slip-up: noted, “Transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan is already a heroin to New York City’s cycling community…”

Reader comment: “Shouldn’t that be ‘heroine?’ Or is that the joke…She is like heroin too; we will all go into withdrawal when her term is up.” (Thanks, Hilda!)


Anthropologie Bike Lane Dress
photo: Anthropologie

4. One way to keep winter-warm on your bike? Think spring! For some sun-dress love check out this cute new “Bike Lane Dress” from Anthropologie.

5. Still, winter temps will be dropping again this weekend, so be sure to read “Mild Adjustments for Cycling in Extreme Weather,” the first of a two-part post written by our newest contributor, former NYC bicycle messenger and now pro cyclist Neil Bezdek. Welcome Neil!

And Finally:

Compactable Urban Bicycle Concept

It’s often a struggle in NYC to find space to park or store bicycles. That’s why this concept, “The Compactable Urban Bicycle,” with folding wheels for easy storage and transportation is so intriguing.  Its components remind us of K’nex, the creative construction playthings for children.

Pocket Food to Fuel Your Ride:


Coffee and Croissant
photo: velojoy

On a recent bike ride in upper Manhattan, a friend (thanks Thurstan!) turned us on to a cozy and friendly spot for a coffee stop. Check out Indian Road Cafe on West 218th Street in Inwood. On the day we paused there for a caffeine fix, pastry chef Melinda Haslett offered a sample from a batch of chocolate-truffles-in-the-making. Yum!

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