seatpost 6.15.12: nyc cycling culture this week

NYC Summer Streets 2012 - DOT Announcement

Upcoming Events:

NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan (above) announced the dates of Summer Streets, the annual celebration that gives New Yorkers an opportunity to bike, walk and skate on 7 miles of car-free streets. The free event, which the city agency calls “part bike tour, part walking tour and part block party,” will run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on three consecutive weekends: August 4, 11 and 18. The route extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park along Park Avenue, with options for travel to other parts of the city on low-traffic side streets. (Click here to view the map.) At rest stops along the way, sponsoring partners present entertainment, workshops, food and activities for children.

Mark your calendars now; Summer Streets is a perfect opportunity to get friends together for a social ride and to turn people on to experiencing the city on two wheels.

photo: NYC DOT

Saturday, June 16 – Ladies’ Bike Brunch

The Bird Wheel collaborative women’s cycling website hosts a monthly bike brunch for women on the NYC cycling scene to meet one another and to discuss organizing rides, as well as bike-related projects and collaborations. Meet at 11 a.m. at Cheryl’s Global Soul in Brooklyn, then burn off your French toast calories with relaxed laps in Prospect Park. Click here for information and to RSVP.


Saturday, June 15 – Ride to Montauk
Sunday, June 16 – Harlem Skyscraper Criterium

Down the Road:

June 27 – July 1Bicycle Film Festival

Sunday, July 8Tour de Queens

Bicycle Link Love from Around the Web

photo: velojoy

Heels on wheels matter: In an interview with the European Cycling Federation about his forthcoming book, City Cycling, Rutgers University transportation economics and finance scholar John Pucher discusses how to overcome barriers that contribute to a 3-to-1 male versus female ratio of commuter cycling in the U.S. He observes that “the best way to raise overall cycling levels is get more women cycling.”

How civilized! Boris Johnson, mayor of London, where bike sharing is nicknamed “Boris Bikes,” predicts that NYC’s coming program will be a hit, telling WNYC that more cyclists on the streets will “civilize the place.” He paints this quaint picture: “There’s nothing more redolent of village than loads of people wobbling around on bicycles.”

A provocative question: Is driving a car in NYC unethical? Randy Cohen, who wrote “The Ethicist” column for The New York Times, says yes. Here’s why.

Good news from across the river:  New Jersey Transit announced expansion of access to trains by cyclists to all stations. Previously, access was limited to 60 heavy rail stations with raised platforms that are level with train doors. The new rules open access at 97 stations with platforms at which riders have to step up into trains. Some weekend restrictions have been added, so be sure to check before you travel.

Video star: Yup, that’s velojoy contributor Genevieve Walker making an appearance in a happy video promo for handlebar-mounted bike bags by Freitag.

And finally:

Thanks to the Govenors’ Assembly, a genteel and very well-dressed group of “chaps and chapesses” who ride Pashley Gov’nor bicycles in the U.K., for sharing this stylish photo montage from the Pashley Jubilee Picnic. The event, held in the bicycle maker’s hometown of Stratford-Upon-Avon, celebrated the recent anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s 60-year reign. As a Pashley owner, I’d love to see an organized outing here in NYC. Maybe I should convene one for Summer Streets in August…

Pashley Jubilee Picnic Montage

photo: Mark Fairhurst

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