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Transportation Alternatives Set to Launch Online Hub for NYC Cycling Events

As the popularity of cycling continues to grow in NYC, more bicycling-related events — rides, workshops, fund-raisers, opportunities to advocate, art shows, film screenings — are popping up than ever before. Wouldn’t it be great to find them all listed on one website, and to be able to upload your club’s or organization’s activities, as well? Soon, you’ll be able to. Transportation Alternatives is set to launch a new, interactive website in time for Bike Month this May. It will offer a one-stop, centralized calendar, so you’ll be able to view all your bicycling options for any given day in one place. Check out the splash page and sign up to receive updates as the new site evolves.

Coming Events

Tuesday, March 13 — NYC DOT Commissioner Speaks to New York Cycle Club

New York City cyclists know her as the visionary leader under whose watch hundreds of bike lane miles were added in New York City in the past four years, pedestrian plazas took root in locations such as Times Square and the largest bike share system in the U.S. is planned for launch later this summer. Hear NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan speak at the March meeting of the New York Cycle Club. The commissioner’s remarks are scheduled for 6:15 pm; thereafter, she’ll hand the microphone over to Joshua Benson, director of bicycle and pedestrian programs at the DOT, who’ll talk about cycling infrastructure and address questions from the audience.

Annie Moore’s Bar & Restaurant, 50 E. 43rd St, Manhattan

Speaking program, 6:15 – 7:30 pm, with dinner to follow. (RSVP required for dinner only) Information

Rusty Bicycle

photo: JBAdams’ Flickr

Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 15 — Get Your Bike Ready for Spring Workshop

Has your bike been a little, um, neglected over the winter? If so, it probably needs some love to get it ride-ready for spring. Bicycle Habitat will teach you the simple steps to prep and tune your bike for safe and carefree cycling in this hands-on workshop. It’s free, and a special in-store discount offer is included. Information and registration.

Tuesday, March 13, 7 pm, SoHo, 250 Lafayette St.
Thursday, March 15, 7 pm, Brooklyn, 476 Fifth Ave.

bike share model

photo:’s Flickr

A Model Bike Share Program?

We’re psyched for bike share’s arrival this summer. We only wish we were as creative in expressing our enthusiasm as fellow NYC-based blogger Brooklyn Spoke, who included the photos above in a recent post about bike share planning workshops at upcoming community board meetings. Notes the blog:

By the way, Lego bike share stations have a lot in common with real bike share stations: they’re completely modular, have a pleasing symmetry, don’t need to be connected to a city’s electrical grid to work, and can be put into place in a very short amount of time.

Olek Stroller

photo: velojoy

velojoy street scene

We’ve posted several times on sightings of yarn-bombing artist Olek’s crochet-covered bicycles, which she regularly locks to sign posts around NYC. This week, while riding the Hudson River Greenway, we spotted her latest creation: a yarn-covered stroller. Check it out near the 52nd Street entrance to the Armory Show, the mega contemporary art expo that’s on this weekend.

And finally…

On the Catwalk: Platforms on Pedals

Bicycle on catwalk

It’s always astounding to see how runway models make walking in sky-high platforms look easy. So our first thought when we spied the above image from Vivienne Westwood’s Fall/Winter 2012 ready-to-wear collection in Paris was: Is it simpler or more difficult to pedal down the catwalk in 6-inch platforms…and feathers…and silver gloves? But it’s a moot question: Fashionista reports that the model didn’t ride the bike; she sat on it and “just nudged it along with her platforms,” creating, as fashion insiders say, “a moment.”

photo: Getty

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