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Bike New York helps kids ride bikes

The TD Bank 5 boro bike tour may have been expensive but not only does a portion of the profits go to charity, it also helps kids ride bikes.

Here is an article in the New York Times by J. David Goodman which examines how the non-profit who puts on the 5 boro bikenewyork.org, helps add bike curriculum to local schools.

In Schools, a Push to Pedal

By J. David Goodman
April 30th, 2011

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They say you never forget how to ride a bike.

Tell that to Delsa Jacqueline Lopez.

Delsa, a sixth grader, first learned to ride when she was about 4, but when she found herself facing “the dreaded bike” in gym class, she discovered the lessons had not stuck. And she was terrified.

Read the article here.

Launch of thebirdwheel.com

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Already deeply immersed in the cycling culture with a line of clothing for female riders, Nona Varnado is launching a new website for the ladies.

thebirdwheel.com

Nona’s planned out a special woman’s program for bike month and there is a kickoff event tomorrow.

Wednesday, 5/4/11
From 6pm-9pm

A bike tech meet-up at the chic bike shop AdelineAdeline in Manhattan.

147 Reade Street
New York, NY 10013

From the site:
“Learn all about the upcoming events, meet awesome people you’ve only tweeted before and have a great night in AdelineAdeline’s beautiful space.”

This is also in conjunction with the #bikenyc tech meetup group.

For more info visit: thebirdwheel.com/events

Recap to the kickoff of Bike Month

This was a big weekend for biking.

Saturday was the Blessing of the bikes.

Here is my buddy Eugene doing a track stand in the Church of Saint John the Divine.

mmmm, sacralicious.

Then there was the NY Press and Transportation Alternatives sponsored: New Amsterdam Bicycle Show, a new convention for bikes, products and manufactures.

A little recap from photographer Dmitry Gudkov, who’s been taking amazing portraits of the NYC cycling community.

(photo by Dmitry Gudkov)

Read more here.

He was also on a panel discussion with avid commuters, Adam Pollock and Jessica Cassidy who talked about getting around NYC by bike.

Here is Jessica’s wrap up of the Bike Show, on her blog.

Later that day, Time’s Up held a spirited dance ride in the vein of Santacon and Zombiecon. This time is was PolarBearCon to bring attention to the dire straits of our climate.

A quick video.

Photos by: Brennan Cavanaughn

See more on the Time’s Up Flickr gallery.

and a write up in Gothamist.

Then Sunday, Bike Month kicked off on May 1st with the massive TD Bank 5 boro bike tour. Thanks to Bike New York for hooking me up with a free pass and media badge.

Another amazing group ride spanning all five boroughs on a gorgeous spring day. Special thanks to Jonathan Beck for taking some amazing photos of the ride.

















Here is a link to the entire photo set on flickr.com.

New facebook group for bike theft

Just caught this new facebook group:

Someone Stole My Bike-NYC

Find out more here.

HBO wants you

HBO wants you, hip riders:

“We are looking to film Tuesday 5/3 and Friday 5/6 after sundown. We are looking for about 50 cyclists to match both days. The vibe we are looking for are younger brooklyn hipster types. If anyone is interested in taking part they can email hboamerica@gmail.com and they should include a candid picture along with the best phone# to reach them. We can pay 100 bucks for each day to them with the possibility of making more.

Thanks
Todd

Red Bull tricks event in SF


On April 30, San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza will serve as the setting for a collision of fixed gear biking and urban contemporary art, creating a visually exciting and awe-inspiring event called Red Bull Ride + Style.

Even the ramps will be decked out in Style:

Check out more about the art at Juxtapoz.com

gearing up for 5 boro

This weekend is the kickoff to Bike Month, a May filled with events, rides, etc.

Sunday is the TD bank 5 boro bike tour, when over 30,000 people will realize, “Hey, its ok to ride my bike.”

Here is an article from WNYC news blog, about bike shop’s gearing up:

Bikers Gear Up for Five-Boro Bike Tour and Season
By Stephen Nessen
Friday, April 29, 2011

The city will celebrate bike month by closing 42 miles of streets for the sold-out Five-Boro Bike Tour on Sunday when 32,000 cyclists will pedal through the city in what is the 34th year of the event.

Bike shops across the city have been flooded with requests for last-minute tune ups, tire changes and gear tightening. Mechanics at Bike and Board in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, said they’ll be up all night if need be in order to get bikes ready for the weekend.

Read more here.

Book coming soon!

So I’ve got a book coming out in June.
BIKE NYC
www.bikenycthebook.com

I co-authored a travel book with Ed Glazar and Marci Blackman with some fantastic rides to discover NYC by bike.

Ed and Marci will be speaking tomorrow at the New Amsterdam Bike Show as part of a seminar series called, “Bikelandia.”

The show and talks are at Center 548 (talks on the 2nd floor)
548 W 22nd St, (between 11th Ave. & 10th Ave.) Manhattan

For a schedule of the whole Bikelandia talk series, go here.

Bike Shop news…Bicycle Habitat comes to Brooklyn

Just saw this on twitter:

Bicycle Habitat is coming to Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood!

On May 15th, we’re opening a new store in Park Slope, Brooklyn — 5th Ave @ 10th Street

Kurt Boone Book release.

Messenger Kurt Boone has a book party tomorrow: