Seatpost 10.5.12: NYC Cycling This Week


Upcoming NYC Cycling Events:

Thursday, October 11 — Meet the Women’s Cycling Pros

Many people (even those who don’t ride bikes!) have come to know the remarkable story of Evelyn Stevens’s rocket-like ascent from Wall Street banker to international pro cyclist and Olympian. Bicycle Habitat in Manhattan presents an opportunity to meet Stevens and her teammates on Team Specialized-lululemon, which, as Bicycling Magazine notes, “includes some of the most highly decorated women in sport.”

They’re on the front lines of advancing performance and engagement in women’s cycling — hear their stories, pick up some pro tips and commune with fellow women’s cycling fans. Free, RSVP here.

Sunday, October 21 — SAVE on Bike MS NYC Registration

It’s not too late to sign up for Bike MS NYC, the fundraising ride that benefits the National MS Society’s fight to find a cure. Choose from rides of 30, 55 or 100 miles. The longer routes offer a truly unique experience: a spin through a car-free Holland Tunnel (hoot, yodel, give in to the echo chamber). Right now, save $10 when you use the discount code “velojoy” (use lowercase) to sign up.

Wednesday, November 7 — Short Talks, Big Ideas in Transportation

Registration is open for Short Talks, Big Ideas: Innovations in Transportation, a series of brief, high-energy presentations on how we’re using, improving and thinking about the future of transportation. It’s hosted by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at NYU Wagner. I look forward to being a part of the program with a presentation on women and cycling! Registration is free.


Love Water Views? Here’s Your Ride

The Harbor Ring (above) is the first pedestrian and cycling route encircling New York Harbor. Stretching 50 miles, it links existing and proposed pathways that connect Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bayonne, Jersey City and Hoboken. Now there are a map and cue sheets for cycling adventures and everyday transportation. It’s a project of the Transportation Alternatives Harbor Ring Committee, a coalition of T.A.-affiliated volunteers dedicated to improving the NYC regional waterfront, including closing the missing link in the ring: a long-sought path over the Verrazano Bridge. Help support creation of  a fold-out map that will be distributed free through businesses and points of interest along the Harbor Ring by contributing here.

One Door Closes, Another Opens

Here’s an update on our post about Eleanor’s, the cycling accessories shop that’s called a lace-curtained shipping container in the DeKalb Market home since early this year: Dekalb, a popular pop-up flea market in Downtown Brooklyn closed on September 30, to make way for the second phase of the City Point residential and retail development project.

Eleanors NYC

Eleanor’s owner Alison Lucien (above, on closing day) tells us she’s working on a holiday pop-up and on securing a permanent new space for the 2013 cycling season. “There’s a lot of work ahead, but I’m very excited for the challenge,” she says. In the mean time, get your fix of bejeweled bicycle bells and unique baskets and crates at Eleanor’s online.

Bicycle Link Love

Bicycle Helmet Laws

Are helmet laws a downer? An American doffs her helmet when riding the bike share in Paris, and ponders whether bicycle helmet laws dampen enthusiasm for cycling.  (Illustration: Eric Hanson)

Good cyclonomics: A study by the League of American Bicyclists yields evidence that cycling infrastructure benefits local businesses. (NYC just launched its first bicycle-friendly business district in the East Village and on the Lower East Side.)

Hollywood in your pocket: Who can resist the vintage glamor of the photos of Hollywood celebs on bikes that Steven Rea posts on his Rides a Bike blog and assembled into the coffee-table book Hollywood Rides a Bike (below)? Now there’s a companion app to the book with new photos and all kinds of expanded content like bios, bike facts, trailers, posters and more. Check it out here.


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