seatpost 1.27.12: nyc cycling this week

Dog on Bicycle - NYC
photo: genevieve walker

velojoy street scene

Genevieve spotted this canine bicycle passenger in front of Espresso on Ninth Street and Avenue C in Manhattan this week. The petite pooch apparently rides on the e-bike’s back rack without aid of a basket. Tiny seat belt?

Upcoming Events:

 Saturday, January 28 – Bike Share Open House

If you’re shopping at Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side this weekend, add checking out the New York City Bike Share bikes to your list. The open house is part of Alta Bike Share’s and the NYC Department of Transportation’s ongoing introduction to the system, due to launch this summer.

12 – 3 pm
120 Essex St. at Delancey St., Manhattan

Sunday, January 29 – Learn to Ride a Bicycle for Adults

It is never too late to embrace the joy of riding a bicycle. Bike New York presents free, 2-hour bicycle-riding classes for adults and mature teens — and the good news is that they’re indoors. An easy system teaches all the basics needed to ride with confidence.

PS/IS 180, 120th St. at Manhattan Ave., Harlem
10 am and 1 pm
Register here.

February 11 – Hot Chocolate Ride

Mark your calendar, and stay tuned! We’ll soon be posting details of the next in a series of awesome social rides organized by

City Cycling Link Love from Around the Web:

1. There’s a reason why this new Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report has been such a popular free download since its release by the Alliance for Biking & Walking. It reveals a wealth of data on cycling and walking levels, demographics, advocacy, policy and funding in the 50 states, plus 51 major U.S. cities — a must-read resource for anyone interested in helping build a more bike-friendly America. BTW, according to the report, NYC ranks 5th in combined bicycling and walking levels, behind Boston, Washington, DC, San Francisco and Seattle.

2. The more, the merrier: As NYC prepares to usher in bike share, there’s word from across the Hudson River that Hoboken and Jersey City are considering installing their own systems by summer.

Actress Riding Dutch Bicycle NYC

3. @bicycledutch tweeted the photo (above) of actress Famke Jensen on a Dutch-style bicycle in Manhattan. Her dog apparently prefers to keep its paws on the pavement. Question: Would a helmet, say in matte black, interfere with this über-cool look? It’s a personal choice, but just sayin’.

4. That scene in Mission Impossible where the baddie and Tom Cruise pummel each other in a multi-deck parking garage? Here’s the Tokyo mini-version: It stacks 144 bicycles in underground storage cylinders. Retrieval reportedly takes less than a minute, using a swipe-card-activated system.

And Finally:

Tube - Bicycle Tube and Leather BootsLike us, you’ve probably come across all kinds of goods made from new or recycled bicycle tubes. Few have fashion value, but here’s a possible exception: Dual-platform Tube boots by Trippen are constructed of bicycle tubes and leather and are fully lined.

In keeping with today’s canine theme, coordinate the boots with a recycled bicycle tube collar for your pet. The Cycle Dog Pup-Top D-ring on the collar below serves not only as a leash latch, but also as a bottle opener.

top photo: genevieve walker

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