seatpost 6.9.12: nyc cycling culture this week


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Saturday, June 16 – Deadline for Art Crank Portfolio Submissions

Art Crank, the bicycle-themed poster party for people who love cycling, makes its New York City debut at Bicycle Habitat’s Soho store on August 9. Art Crank shows, which have been mounted in cities such as London, Portland and San Francisco, feature the work of artists and designers who live and work in the host city. So, the call is out for NYC creatives interested in being represented among the final 30 selections. Posters are produced in signed and numbered limited editions and sold at the show. We first encountered Art Crank at the Interbike industry trade show in Las Vegas (photo above) last September. Click here  for submission information and to see a video compilation from past shows. (h/t Bicycle Habitat)

Montauk Lighthouse

 Saturday, June 16 – The Ride to Montauk

Montauk Point is one of the most picturesque spots on Long Island, and getting there is a great ride. For the first time this year, The Ride to Montauk, offering route lengths for every level of cyclist: 30, 73, 108 and 152, finishes at the Point, rather than at the local train station. So prime your Instagram account. The fully SAG supported ride has starting lines in Manhattan, Babylon and Mastic-Shirley. This event has been known to serve home-made pie with whipped cream at rest stops (alongside health snacks). There’s a day-before-the ride check-in option, and children under 12 ride free. Click here for complete information.

Harlem Skyscraper Criterium Poster
Sunday, June 17 – Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic

It’s tough to beat the spirit of this Father’s Day event, which was founded in 1973 by David Walker, an NYPD community affairs officer, to promote interest in cycling among youth by associating it with the excitement of racing. In the run-up to the spotlighted David Walker Memorial race, which is a stop on the NCC and USA Crits calendar, the day-long event includes amateur races for men, women and children, as well as free learn-to-ride classes for children, a BMX stunt show and instruction on BMX riding, along with food, music and more. For details, click here.

This Week’s NYC Bicycle Link Love

Hot Father’s Day gifts:  We’ve done some shopping for you with this selection of 10 picks for guys who ride bikes around town.

Share the joy of cycling with your kids: Check out this listing of the best places in the five boroughs to ride with children.

Crosstown bike lanes for MidtownMore details emerged last week on the four pairs of crosstown bike lanes slated for installation in Midtown Manhattan: at 39th and 4oth, 43rd and 44th, 48th and 51st, and 54th and 55th streets. With its congested streets and relative lack of infrastructure, Midtown can be daunting to navigate by bicycle, so added lanes, especially ones that provide connectivity between north-south arteries, are particularly needed.

Mayor responds to bicycle helmet proposal: At a press conference related to his proposed ban on super-size sodas to help fight obesity, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg voiced his preference for improving bicycling safety through infrastructure enhancements over proposed legislation to require all cyclists to wear helmets. “The most important thing we can do is separate bicycles lanes from traffic, and that’s one of the things we’re really trying to do,” Mayor Bloomberg said. The bill, to make helmet use mandatory, was recently introduced into the City Council and has sparked vigorous blow-back among those who fear that such legislation would discourage bicycle riding.

At last, repairs to River Road: Here’s great news for local cyclists who ride on River Road along the Palisades in New Jersey for recreation or training, and who regularly get their frames rattled by monster potholes and an uneven tarmac. Re-paving of Alpine Approach Road begins on June 11. Make note that Alpine Road will be closed to traffic (including bicycles) from Palisades Interstate Park Commission Headquarter to Alpine Circle. Cyclists who road the stretch on Friday morning noted that the road bed had been stripped in preparation.  Check here for details.

And finally…

This California gas station doesn’t discriminate among four- and two-wheeled travelers, so it offers cyclists free air and use of tools. The set-up below inspired us to think about how great it would be to locate “bike stations” to serve bicycle commuters at NYC bridge crossings. Maybe some day?


photo: J. Maus/bikeportland

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