Seatpost 8.10.12: NYC Cycling Culture This Week

Coming Events:

Plan Now to Ride with velojoy and Adeline Adeline to the T.A. Citibike Party!

Have you registered for Transportation Alternative’s summer party to celebrate Citibike Share on Thursday, August 23? Join velojoy and city cycling shop Adeline Adeline for a summer social ride to the festivities. Meet at 6:15 p.m. at Adeline Adeline, 147 Reade Street in Tribeca. We’ll ride as a group at a leisurely pace across the Brooklyn Bridge to Roulette on Atlantic Avenue. Tickets to the party — with food, beer, music, a silent auction and more — benefit T.A.’s advocacy for biking, walking and public transit: $10 for members and $25 for non-members. Buy tickets here.

Saturday, August 11 — Ride For City Cycling Beginners

Just in time for Summer Streets and the launch of Citibike comes a relaxed slow-paced, 5-10 mile ride around Manhattan to build confidence in cycling skills. The free ride, sponsored by City Bike Coach, begins in Central Park at 9 a.m. and travels to the Hudson River Greenway, stopping for snacks along the way. Information and RSVP.

Sunday, August 12 — Circle Manhattan By Bike

Join the East Coast Greenway Alliance, a not-for-profit working toward developing a trails system from Canada to Key West, on a ride circling Manhattan. The 32-mile ride, which includes gaps in the trail, will travel the Greenway in reverse, starting at the East 61 Street Dog Run. Information and tickets here.

Summer Streets 2012

Saturday, August 11 — Summer Streets

Summer Streets is back for the second Saturday of its three-weekend run. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., the entire stretch of Park Avenue from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park will be open car-free to cyclists and pedestrians with food, workshops, classes and entertainment along the way. Don’t miss having a free bike portrait taken by photographer Dmitry Gudkov, sponsored by Globe Bikes at Bicycle Habitat, plus Salsa lessons at the 51st Street rest stop, bike commuting and fix-a-flat classes at the SoHo Stage by REI Outdoor School and more. Check routes and activities here.

Best Summer Cycling Tips:

August is vacation time. Check out the following velojoy posts to keep your ride safe and JOYous!

This Week’s Bicycle Link Love:

Illustration: André de Loba via New York Times

Point: Riding through a red light in NYC may be illegal, but is it unethical? In an op-ed in Sunday’s Times Randy Cohen, the original “Ethicist,” says it’s okay to roll through red lights when intersections are clear of pedestrians.

Counterpoint: Felix Salmon, writing for Reuters, reveals why it’s not okay for cyclists to run red lights.

Point: In what was no doubt an otherwise slow news week, the Daily News splashed an “expose” across its front page about “psycho cyclists” in Central Park.

Counterpoint: In response, the Gothamist called out the reporting and research of the Daily News.

All That Glitters: The Olympics may be coming to a close, but silver and gold bikes and gear are always in vogue.

Perfect Matches:Bike style is the new street style,” declares Vogue magazine, in a post (above) that pairs beautiful bicycles with the hottest autumn looks for women.

Shoe-Ins: In the mean time, Hypbeast posted reflective silver wingtips for cycling gents.

Carbs and Cameradarie: Biking over the George Washington Bridge and up 9W? The Times profiles the coffee and muffin stop where 75 percent of the weekend trade is cyclists.

Major Draw: Thanks to the London Cyclist, we learned of a magnificently illustrated book that follows a cyclist on a fanciful trip through intricately drawn streets of London.

And Finally:

Our favorite summer combo: Riding a bicycle for miles and miles and miles and stopping for snacks — like this white peach — at local farm stands. (Over-the-handlebar photo: velojoy)

Have a great weekend!

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