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Adult bicycle riding education by Bike New York.

That’s right, like not having a NY Driver’s license, a lot of New Yorkers don’t know how to ride a bicycle and as adults may be too embarrassed to learn. The non-profit group that puts on the 5 boro bike tour, Bike New York is hoping to change that with free bike riding lessons on an abandon pier on the Hudson River. Hey, don’t laugh. Isn’t it better to get people on bikes so they won’t need a car?

An article in the Villager:

Nonprofit group pedals ‘Biking 101’ on Hudson pier
by: Terese Loeb Kreuzer
June 14th, 2012

The day before Anuja Shrestha’s 27th birthday she and 19 other people assembled on Pier 54 at 13th St. on the Hudson River to try on bicycle helmets and get fitted with a bicycle. They were about to take Bike New York’s “Learn to Ride” class for adult beginners. Two hours later, Shrestha was euphoric.

“I was paranoid when I got here,” she said. “Now I can ride a bicycle! These guys were awesome!”

Shrestha, a nurse born in Nepal, said that when she was 8, she had had a bad fall on a bicycle that left a scar on her knee. She tried halfheartedly to learn to ride again when she was 10, but hadn’t tried since. Knowing that she wanted to ride a bicycle but was scared, her husband, Chris, brought her to Bike New York’s free class.

Several of the adult beginners who, that day, ranged in age from their early 20s to their late 60s, said they were scared. The Bike New York instructors were encouraging and supportive. They insisted that anyone can learn to ride a bicycle — maybe not in two hours or on the first try, but eventually. With bike paths proliferating in New York City and with a bike-sharing program about to start in July, more and more people want to try.

Read more: here.

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