Seatpost 8.3.12: NYC Cycling Culture This Week

Thursday, August 9 — ARTCRANK NYC 2012

The touring art show for bike lovers, ARTCRANK, debuts in NYC with a party at Bicycle Habitat in Soho from 5 to 11 p.m. The store will be transformed into a gallery filled with hand-made, bike-themed posters by local artists. Among participants in the show is Language Dept., the design firm that recently created velojoy’s new look. (The eagle-eyed will spot the Cyclofemme logo above.) The event is free, with limited-edition, signed posters available for $40. A portion of the proceeds benefit Streetsblog and Streetfilms. RSVP here.

Summer Streets NYC

Saturday, August 4 — Summer Streets

Summer Streets, the event that gives New Yorkers the opportunity to skate, bike and walk on 7 miles of car-free roads, returns for its fifth installment beginning this weekend and running for three consecutive Saturdays. The area from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park along Park Avenue and connecting streets will be open to the public from 7 am to 1 pm. A host of activities will be offered at five rest stops along the route, including a climbing wall at Spring Street, a zip line at Foley Square, entertainment, a picnic area, free bike rentals, helmet fittings, flat-fixing clinics and more! Check the complete schedule.

Last Chance – StillSpotting NYC: Staten Island Bicycle Tour

You’ve got one last chance this Saturday and Sunday to explore quieter, more contemplative city byways. Listen to ambient sounds and an engaging narrative as you explore the waterfront of Staten Island via an audio walking tour presented by the Guggenheim Museum. Extend this unique experience through a self-guided, 8.5-mile bicycle tour of additional Staten Island neighborhoods. Learn more at the project’s website.

Bicycle Link Love from Around the Web:


Time Trial Gold for U.S. — How inspiring is the photo above of  Team U.S.A. cyclist Kristin Armstrong on the Olympic podium with her son after winning a second straight gold medal in the women’s time trial? (Photo: Matt Rourke)

Good Vibrations — August means summer vacation. If you’re heading to the shore, check out mechanic Susan Lindell’s essential tips for keeping your ride to the beach safe and carefree. And, and if your plans call for a trip to the Hamptons, our exclusive online Hamptons Riding Guide packs in everything you need to enjoy your ride — including route maps and great stops along the way from Southampton to Montauk.

The Lid’s Down on Bike Sharing — After official announcement of a delay, when will the first Citibike sharing docking stations and bikes hit the streets of New York City? Mum’s the word so far from the NYC Department of Transportation. Mayor Michael Bloomberg mentioned “software” issues, but no further word has emerged. In the mean time, the advocacy organization Transportation Alternatives has scheduled a benefit party for August 23 to celebrate this new public transportation option. Buy tickets here.

Favorite NYC Rides — Check out The Huffington Post/OffMetro NY for a roundup of favorite bike  rides by (ahem) notable New York City cyclists — plus perspectives on the impact on the city of the bike sharing system’s launch.

Velodrome, yes! — A flash poll by the  Brooklyn Heights Blog asks readers to weigh in on the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park velodrome. Since the announcement of a $40 million private pledge to build it, some members of the community have begun to voice opposition, the New York Times reported. Share your opinion today. (When we voted on Thurs., 68 percent considered the project “a great idea.”)

Shorts That Work at the Office — With the hottest days of summer still ahead, shorts are a great option for bicycle commuting. Refinery 29 offers three professional shorts looks that transition seamlessly from two wheels to the office.

Bikes as Hotel Amenities — Have you noticed that the hippest hotels in New York City have fleets of upright bikes waiting on the sidewalk for their guests’ use in exploring the city. Travel & Leisure took note of this chic trend.

Happiest Cities Have the Most Cyclists — An economist finds a correlation between use of active transportation and happiness. Are we surprised?

$9 Cardboard Bicycle — An Israeli designer has created a bicycle made of durable recycled cardboard specially coated to withstand humidity. The ultimate in green transportation?

And Finally:

We close out a week when all eyes were riveted to the Olympic Games in London, with an amalgamation of our favorite wonder wheels.

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