seatpost 6.1.12: nyc cycling culture this week

Upcoming Events

Sunday, June 3 – Bike Shorts

Bike Shorts celebrates the coming of summer with a screening of bicycle-themed short films at Public Assembly, 70 N. 6th Street in Williamsburg. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. What can you expect to see? A little bit of everything, according to the organizers: “zombie flicks, love stories, drug-induced animations and death-defying stunt films.” The audience picks a winner and the filmmaker receives $100.  “The Cyclotrope” (photo above) by Tim Wheatley has got our vote. View it here. For event information, go to:

Tour de Brooklyn riders

Sunday, June 3 – Tour de Brooklyn 

Tour de Brooklyn LogoTransportation Alternatives wraps up Bike Month with its annual ride through Brooklyn. This free, family-friendly, 21.5-miler is a great opportunity to experience Brooklyn neighborhoods from a bike saddle. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. for a 10 a.m. start from Commodore Barry Park; there’s a rest stop at Dyker Beach Park. Go to:

Photo: denali2001 Flickr

Down the Road:

Saturday, June 16The Ride to Montauk

Sunday, June 17 (Father’s Day)Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic

This Week’s Bicycle Link Love

    • Don’t miss this:  David Byrne’s brilliant op-ed  in the New York Times, “This Is How We Ride,” looks at how the introduction of bike sharing will impact the city. “It will make New Yorkers rethink their city and rewrite the mental maps we use to decide what is convenient, what is possible,” says the musician, author and life-long cyclist. Byrne largely bypasses politics and focuses on the pleasures and emotional gratification that “self-propelled transportation” bestows.
    • The New Yorker once described Midtown for cyclists as “anarchy without malice.” That’s about to change with the planned installation of four pairs of cross-town bike lanes.
    • A bill to require all cyclists to wear helmets when riding in the five boroughs was introduced by New York City Council Member David Greenfield in the same week that NYC Mayor Bloomberg, who does not favor the helmet requirement, announced that the city would restrict the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks to improve public health. Thoughts?
    • We’re seeing some sweet deals on bike gear posted on the new online shopping website Lucky Chic. It offers savings on health and fitness products. More to come on this!
    • And while we’re on a roll about health and fitness, check out Well + Good’s free NYC healthy summer guide. The free download is packed with yoga and fitness events, plus warm-weather beauty hints. And, follow Well + Good this summer; we’ve worked with the editors to map some breezy Hamptons rides.
    • posted a covet-worthy round-up of stylish accessories for city riding based on a recent visit to NYC bicycle shop Adeline Adeline. Best tip: Wear an Hermès scarf under a helmet to keep tresses neat. The white Pom Pom streamers are pretty posh, too!

And Finally…

In anticipation of the planned July launch of bike share in NYC, CitiBikes have landed at a Brooklyn warehouse. Posted to twitter this week: A photo of Alta Bike Share President Alison Cohen standing atop boxes containing docking stations.

Bike Share Boxes

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