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Bikes on Governor’s Island

Bikes and Governor’s Island seem to go hand in hand. All summer long, this ice cream cone shaped, 172 acre island in New York Harbor is just waiting to be explored and the bicycle is just about the best way to do it. Bring your bikes on the ferry from either Manhattan or Brooklyn every Friday-Sunday until October 10th. Find out more information here. You can also rent bikes from Bike and Roll and on Friday’s it’s free. Dutch bike store in Brooklyn, Rolling Orange has donated special child carrier bikes, to get the whole family involved.

Here is a recent article on two dutch bike shops opening up in Manhattan, from Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

Dutch cargo bikes catch New Yorkers’ eyes
Published on : 13 August 2010 – 11:19am | By Reinout van Wagtendonk

The Dutch cargo bike, or carrier tricycle, is invading New York. Two shops have opened in Manhattan and Brooklyn specialising in Dutch city bikes and the lesser-known cargo bikes.

Brooklyn au pair Sabine Asselbergs from Amsterdam said the cargo bike was indispensable for her work. Many remarks were thrown at her by Americans unfamiliar with this type of vehicle, known as ‘bakfiets’ in the Netherlands.

“Some thought they were illegal and asked me what on earth I thought I was doing,” 28-year-old Sabine said. The cargo bike she used had been imported by the Dutch family which moved to Cobble Hill, Brooklyn about a year ago. Many New Yorkers indignantly criticized Sabine for transporting three children and herself on a bike without wearing a helmet. “And they also commented that it was unsafe because my bike could topple over if I overloaded it.”

But people were curious and showed enthusiasm.

Read the entire article here.

And here is an article from the Daily news, highlighting how attendance on Governor’s Island has far surpassed expectations.

Governors Island, free park in New York Harbor, breaks summer attendance record.
BY JAMES FANELLI DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Governors Island is this summer’s hottest spot.
More than 275,000 people visited the 172-acre greenspace so far this season, beating last year’s attendance record with eight weeks to spare, Mayor Bloomberg said Saturday.

“Governors Island is one of New York City’s greatest free resources, and more New Yorkers are taking advantage of it than ever before,” Bloomberg said. “We’re committed to building on the momentum we’ve generated on the island by continuing to expand the programming and creating one of the world’s great waterfront parks.”

Read more here.

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