seatpost 3.17.12: nyc cycling culture this week

CycloFemme logo

Coming Events:

A Day in May to Celebrate Women’s Cycling

The Boulder-based blog Girl Bike Love, founded by Sarai Snyder, has launched a global campaign called CycloFemme to “honor the past, celebrate the present and empower the future” of women’s cycling. On May 13, which is Mother’s Day, women are encouraged to join with family, friends and fellow cyclists in rides to recognize the benefits and possibilities of cycling.

“For many women and young girls around the world, the bicycle is vital for safety, provides the opportunity to attend school, access to health care and economic independence,” says Snyder. “The bicycle is a vehicle for social change and we need more women leading that charge.”

Ride organizers will soon have the opportunity to order temporary tattoos online featuring the CycloFemme logo, with proceeds benefiting the not-for-profit organization Mountain 2 Mountain.

Visit the CycloFemme website to register a ride or to participate in one that’s being organized in your community, and help spread the word! Language Dept, the design firm that created CycloFemme’s visual identity has registered a #bikenyc social ride.

Red Hook Criterium 5 - posters

Red Hook Crit Celebrates No. 5

Saturday, March 24, 8 pm Pier 11, Brooklyn, Information

The Red Hook Criterium, the late-night, unsanctioned track bike race on a short, technical circuit on the streets of Brooklyn, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a twist: addition of a 5K running race with a cash purse that takes place on the same course as the bike race — fortunately, not a the same time. Alert your runner friends to something a little different, and potentially much richer, than Saturday morning races in Central Park. Race organizer David Trimble first put running into his mix at the 2011 Milan edition of the Red Hook Crit.

This increasingly popular racing spectacle, which combines “the underground art of street racing with high-level competition,” is free to spectators. Group rides to the race depart from Manhattan and Brooklyn. Note to spectators: male and female cyclists race together. This year’s official poster (above left) spotlights Kacey Manderfield who finished 7th overall last year and is the woman to watch in this years’ Red Hook Crit.

Understanding Cycling Law

Friday, March 23, 6:30 pm, REI Community Room – SoHo, Free

You’ve probably read and heard plenty of stories about summonsing for running red lights (illegal) or riding outside the bike lanes (depends…). Learn about the law as it applies to cycling, hear updates on important cases in the news right now, and, yes, play the “name that ticket” game to parse the nuances of the statutes. It’s all part of a presentation by Steve Vaccaro, bike commuter, advocate and attorney representing cyclists and cycling organizations. The event is sponsored by Transportation Alternatives and the Five Borough Bicycle Club.

Also, check REI’s schedule of Commuter Basics Classes for cyclists here.

New York Cycle Club - Kids Ride Club Benefit

Movie Screening to Benefit Youth Cycling

Monday , March 26, 6:30 pm, Crosby Street Hotel, Manhattan, Tickets

Help get more children onto bikes by supporting the New York Cycle Club’s second annual benefit evening for the Kids Ride Club. The 17-year-old program introduces children to cycling as transportation and encourages physical activity. It’s supported by a coalition of volunteers, including NYCC members. Festivities include a screening of the animated film classic, The Triplets of Belleville, food and drink and prizes.

Bicycle Film

We Couldn’t Help Noticing…

…the opening this weekend of The Kid with a Bike, a new film from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, in which constant motion on a bicycle reflects a boy’s physical and emotional desperation in the search for the father who abandoned him. “Those small legs pump like pistons,” notes the New York Times review, which calls the work “a quietly rapturous film about love and redemption.”

photo: Sundance Selects via New York Times

Snake in Road

Is a Snake Like a Black Cat?

Not to alarm the the ophidiophobic, but this is what crossed in front of my bike earlier this week as I was riding on River Road. Fearing that a snake might impose a karmic burden equivalent to that of a black cat, I turned to the #bikenyc community on twitter for answers. Imagine my relief when @jrab remarked: “Snakes indicate that you will have celestial guidance in making decisions; geckos mean you are lucky in love.” Thanks Jonathan!

And Finally…

Bicycle Lawn Mower

For multitasking cyclists, the ultimate eco-friendly lawn mower for spring.

photo via: green renaissance

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