Seatpost 10.19.12: NYC Cycling This Week


Upcoming NYC Cycling Events

Saturday, October 27, 3:30 – 5 p.m. – Bikes and Books: A Celebration of Bicycle Design

If you’re as big a fan of glossy and inspiring books on design as we are, then you’ll want to check out the inaugural Designers & Books Fair at the Conference Center at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  The weekend-long celebration on October 27 -28, presented by the website Designers and Books, will feature exhibits by 35 U.S. and European publishers and booksellers, plus a comprehensive series of lectures, panels and book-signings.

Bicycles, as masterpieces of industrial design, will be the focus of the Saturday afternoon panel, Bikes and Books: A Celebration of Bicycle Design. “As designed objects, bicycles offer a singular combination of beauty and function and have inspired a wealth of literature and illustrated tributes from bike fans and riders,” note the organizers. Here’s the top-shelf line-up of speakers, including some names you know from the NYC cycling scene:

Cinelli Book
Moderator: Dan Rubinstein: editor in chief, Surface 

SAVE 40 percent on admission to this panel ($15 vs. the regular price of $25), by clicking this link and entering this code: BIKES2012

Down the Road:

Friday, October 26 – Street of Dreams Benefit for Streetsblog/Streetfilms


Guests at the opening of the Public Works exhibit peruse posters by noted graphic designers at FLOS in Soho.


Dani Simons (left) and Noel Hidalgo at Public Works.

Through October 25 – Public Works Exhibit: 27 Designers Interpret the Bicycle and Public Space

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

Saturday, November 10 — Staten Island CX 5.0 Cyclocross Race

Saturday, November 17 — Cranksgiving, charity food drive on two wheels

Monday, December 3 — Benefit Party for Recycle-a-Bicycle

Bicycle Link Love:

Bike Train, the local group that encourages commuting by bicycle with group rides along several NYC routes was in the spotlight this week. Also read our post about Bike Train, led by velojoy contributor Kim Burgas along with Kimberly Kinchen.

On the look-out for a fun mini-getaway by bike? Jane Margolies of the Times shares the pleasures of a mellow, 8-mile ride around Randalls Island where quiet paths, water views and more than a few surprises await.

Woman Riding Bicycle
Photo: shutterstock

Thought-provoking reading on the website Atlantic Cities: The debate over what it will take to get more women on bicycles heats up with a post on making bike shops more customer friendly by velojoy contributor Genevieve Walker, and a focus on the need to improve safety through better infrastructure by Alex Baca.

Regular riders of Central Park take note. The Park’s official app has been updated.

And finally:

My friend Susan brought a bit of the South of France home to me last week in this charming  memento from her trip to the Côte d’Azure. The Lucite cube is embedded with a likeness of the Vélo Bleu, the public bike sharing system in Nice that includes 1,750-bikes and 175 stations. The color reminds me of the blue CitiBikes due for launch in NYC in 2013. Thanks Susan!

Velo Bleu Cube

Photo: velojoy on Instagram


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