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9th Annual Memorial Ride & Walk

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Ghost Bike 2014

The Annual Memorial Ride and Walk (Sunday, April 6th) brings New Yorkers together to remember pedestrians and cyclists killed in our city over the past year. This will mark the ninth year that this event has occurred. Riders will visit the site of each ghost bike, a white-painted memorial for cyclists, installed since 2013. Consider showing solidarity with the family and friends of those lost by joining this important event. Bring flowers and other items to honor those lost.

The more attention we can bring to people who have been killed while riding a bicycle, the safer our roads will be for everyone.

Please look out for a full schedule and route to be posted in the next week.

Lower Manhattan Night Ride - SATURDAY - Post Sandy

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On my way home today I was looking at a dark lower Manhattan, thinking how amazing it is that so much of this huge, modern city is without electricity. Will we ever be able to bicycle through lower Manhattan in complete darkness again? Probably not. Let's take this opportunity. It sounds creepy, but you know it'll be fun.

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Lower Manhattan Dark

New Year's Eve on a Bike

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Image from the Central Park Conservancy
Belvedere Castle

Ready to take in the New Year on a bike? If you're not looking for a quiet evening, Time's Up! is hosting their 12th Annual New Year's Eve Ride and outdoor after party this Saturday. Their tips: dress festive, bring noise makers/party favors and food & drink to share. The main meeting place is Washington Square Park, under the arch, at 10PM.

Here is a link to help route you to Washington Square Park.

New Amsterdam Bike Show

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Bike Month is just around the corner and this year NYC gets it's first ever bike show! Apparently there was a bike show back in 1897 so I guess it's about time for another. They plan to have bike giveaways, roller races, some bike safety education, helmet giveaways, a place to test ride bicycles, and plenty of food and good coffee. Check out the list of exhibitors.

Date: Saturday, April 30,  2011
Time: 10 AM to 7 PM
Place: Center 548 -  548 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10011
Tickets: $15 in advance ($20 at the door)

Photo scavenger hunt for Bike Month

Do you ever feel nervous about taking your bike into new neighborhoods? Are you afraid you might get stuck on a one-way street between an expressway on-ramp and a six-lane arterial? We know the feeling. That's why we're pleased to bring you the Ride the City Photo Scavenger Hunt as part of NYC Bike Month. Use Ride the City to find safe bike routes to parks and other exciting spots in all five boroughs throughout the month of May!

Plus, if you share photos of your bike with Ride the City, you can win some great prizes from our sponsors, Bicycle Habitat, Bespoke Bicycles, and Adeline Adeline.

Sponsors and prizes

Grand prize - for the person (or team) who visits the most sites (or completes all ten sites the fastest) during Bike Month. A gift card from Bicycle Habitat in Manhattan (value $50.00)

1st prize - for the person (or team) who takes our favorite set of photos of Scavenger Hunt sites during Bike Month. A bike tune-up by Bespoke Bicycles in Brooklyn (value $50.00)

2nd prize - for the person (or team) who takes our favorite individual photo of a Scavenger Hunt site during Bike Month. A Nutcase union jack helmet, size L-XL, donated by Adeline Adeline in Manhattan (value $50.00)

Thank you so much to our fantastic sponsors!


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There's a lot happening this week for bicycling and pedestrians as NYC hosts the 10th annual international conference that promotes walkable communities: Walk21. The conference is being hosted by the New York City Department of Transportation in collaboration with NYU and takes place from Wednesday to Friday. In addition to seminars on walkability, sustainability, safety, complete streets, and the environment, there are some bicycle-related seminars and workshops:

Wednesday, October 7th 2:00-5:00pm
NYC Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs: If you can do it here, can you do it anywhere?

Friday, October 9th 2:00-5:00pm
A Bicycling Culture: The ABC’s of bicycle parking, transiting and sharing

World Carfree Day

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Bike lovers be ready: Tuesday is World Carfree Day. According to the World Carfree Network:

"Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don't have to accept our car-dominated society.

But we do not want just one day of celebration and then a return to "normal" life. When people get out of their cars, they should stay out of their cars. It is up to us, it is up to our cities, and our governments to help create permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and other people who do not drive cars."

The goal of the event isn't just to silence the streets and clean the air for a day, it's to bring attention to the kind of world we could live in.

In Chicago, the Active Tranportation Alliance is getting people to Take a pledge to not drive their cars. Sign up and you get a dollar discount at Caribou Coffee. As I write, they got 849 people signed up.

New York Bike Jumble

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NY Bike Jumble

The NY Bike Jumble is in effect this weekend. What is it? Basically, it’s an occasional flea market for bikes and bike-related accessories.

It’s taking place in Manhattan, in the schoolyard on 4th Street (between A & B) from 10-4. Swing by to get a used bike, pick up some tailored cycling clothes (non-Lycra slicks), or buy some bicycle art. Looks like there’s even time if you want to sign up as a vendor.

Summer Streets are back!

It's not always fun to ride a bike in the grueling traffic of NYC, but this Saturday it's traffic free during Summer Streets: car free Manhattan along Lafayette/4th/Park Avenue from the Brooklyn Bridge to 72nd Street (Central Park).

The event takes place for three Saturdays (August 8, 15, 22) from 7am-1pm and has loads of events, including kids' dance classes, graffiti artwork, capoeria, Tai Chi, classes (How to Ride in NYC Traffic!), Yoga, and lots more. One thing it's not is a bike race; keep that in mind, Lycra boys.

Ride the City - Austin

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austinEven if you haven't been there, you might have heard that Austin is great for bicycling. According to the bike gurus, the League of American Bicyclists, Austin is the only city in the whole state of Texas worthy enough to receive a ranking in their Bicycle Friendly Community program. (The City comes in as the 15th best U.S. city for bicycling, and for that it gets a silver badge.)

Well, we're hopeful that bike riding in the Lone Star state is going to get even better today as we launch Ride the City – Austin: Put your hands together!

We'd like to thank all those who helped during the tweaking and clean up of the data to improve the routes. We especially thank Nathan Wilkes and Jason Fialkoff, both of Austin's Bicycle Program, and bike advocate Tom Wald. These guys gave excellent feedback and helped to comb through the routes to make sure the most common local routes are accurate. Thanks guys. (Some day we'll show you one of Nate's hand-drawn maps, really cool.)

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