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Big Bike Weekend

Friday
April 29th, Critical Mass all around the world including…NYC.
Meet at Union Square North at 7pm for a fun festive ride around town.

April 30th,
Kick off the bicycle season with the 13th annual Blessing of the Bikes.
(photo by Ed Glazar)
9:30am-SHARP!
at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
112th St. and Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan

A brief ceremony for riders of all faiths who’s true calling is the religion of the Bicycle.

April 30th is also the 1st annual New Amsterdam Bicycle Show.

Here is a brief write up from Velojoy.com

It’s like the Auto Show, but for bikes. In tune with the growing popularity of bicycling inh
Bikes, accessories and apparel, from brands like Raleigh, Specialized, Jamis, Nutcase and Outlier will be on display on three floors of Center 548 at 548 W. 22nd St. in Chelsea. In addition, the Bikelandia program sponsored by Bicycling Magazine and SRAM will feature discussions, artworks, readings and opportunities to learn about advocacy and bike safety. Also on tap: a bicycling fashion show, a hand-built bicycle row, giveaways, and more. Go to www.newambikeshow.com for complete information. Tickets, $15, benefit Transportation Alternatives.

also on Saturday,
Time’s Up is hosting it’s:

Earthday PolarBearCon Ride

Date: Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Time’s Square, Manhattan
Summary: Dress up as a polar bear and ride in the Square to raise awareness about global warming.
Details: Floods, Cyclones, Snow Storms, Birds falling from the sky, Ice caps melting. The Earth is telling us something. This Earth Day, show your support for sustainable transportation and clean energy; be a Polar Bear. The Polar Bears are on bikes and they’ve got a message. Bring your own Polar Bear costume or come to the Costume-making party TBA.

Also on Saturday,

Bike New York which brings you the 5 borough bike tour, and other great events, is kicking off their BIG bike ride with an outdoor festival in Brooklyn, BIKE FEST.

Saturday, April 30 2011
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brooklyn Bridge Park (Old Fulton and Furman Streets, Plaza and Pier 1 vehicular turn-around area)

Description:
Bike New York proudly announces the first-ever Five Boro Bike Fest. This free, family-friendly event is open to the public and features live entertainment, classes, bike repair, and an expo with demos and giveaways. The Bike Fest is part of a fun-filled weekend that kicks off Bike Month (May) and includes the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by Eastern Mountain Sports, the largest bicycling event in North America, on May 1.

more information, visit: www.bikenewyork.org/bikefest.

Then Sunday, May 1st. It’s the start of Bike Month.
and the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour.

Description from the website:
On May 1, more than 30,000 cyclists will experience New York City from a perspective unlike any other: pedaling down 42 miles of car-free streets through all five boroughs, taking in views of iconic landmarks like the Empire State building, Brooklyn Bridge, historic Harlem, and the Statue of Liberty. Regular registration is sold out for the 2011 Tour, but you can still get in on the fun by contacting one of our charity partners for a guaranteed entry or registering as a VIP. Hurry! Spots in these areas are limited, too!

more info here.

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