A Japanese man with an enormous mane of dreads down to his ankles can be seen at most messenger events clicking away on his SLR and hanging out with a big smile. That’s non other than Tak Sakamoto who’s been documenting the urban bike scene in Japan and NYC for decades. He’ll be having a presentation at the Soho Apple Store, 103 Prince St.-NYC
Friday May 13th.
There will be a 45minute slide show and then Stone Tone will set off his Friday the 13th Alleycat.
“Known simply as “Tak,” Takuya Sakamoto initially traveled to New York from Japan for the alleycats, or bike messenger races. Roaming the streets as a bike messenger and attending cycling races, he began to document the events with his camera, eventually becoming a freelance photographer for Japanese magazines. Join us as he discusses his photography and his travels in the tight-knit cycling community.”
Jane Margolies, from the New York Times, explores the current status of biking around the outskirt paths and greenways of Manhattan.
She heads along counter clockwise along with one of the creators of this years 2011 free D.O.T. Bicycle map.
On Two Wheels, With Water as a Companion
(photo by: Kirsten Luce for The New York Times)
Article By: JANE MARGOLIES
Published: May 5, 2011
When I was told my local bicycle mechanic that I was thinking about circling the city by following the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, he shrugged off my reservations about the unfinished route, which Iâ€™d heard was still dicey in parts.
â€œItâ€™s Manhattan,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s an island. What are you going to do, get lost?â€
Yet there I was on a recent Sunday morning, turning right at East 63rd Street, only to find that Iâ€™d started down the car ramp onto the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive.
Though the Greenway does encompass some city streets, mostly it snakes for more than 28 miles along rivers, under bridges and through parks. My companion for the ride was the recently released 2011 NYC Cycling Map (available at bike shops or by calling the cityâ€™s 311 information line), depicting the Greenway mostly as an enticing thick green line along much of the coast, with dotted lines indicating sections to come. (Full disclosure: I recently worked as a freelance editor on the cityâ€™s new plan for waterfront development; the Greenway was mapped out years earlier.)
Sunday May 8th, 2011
Bike Brooklyn Beer Blitz
Meet at The City Reliquary Museum:
370 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburgh
$25, includes a mid-tour beer at Matt Torrey’s Bar.
RSVP with Matt@levysuniqueny.com
from their site:
A 4 hour bicycle tour of Williamsburgh, East Williamsburgh and Bushwick and the former brewery buildings of the most densely packed brewing neighborhoods in America, circa 1890!
See historical photographs of various brewery buildings when they were built, between the 1880s and 1920s, compare them with vintage 1970s photos (in the heart of Bushwick’s deep dark arson-and-gangs era) and observe them as they stand today, re-purposed but obviously the same brewery buildings. German Churches, banks and social halls will also be observed.
The tour will end at Evergreen Cemetery on the Brooklyn/Queens border, where many of the Brewers are buried . . . with a surprise!
A historical, educational, beer-drinkable adventure! BYOBike and helmet.
Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
Bike the Boro’s Borders!
$5, $3 is you can name 3 ‘hoods on each border!
Meet at the corner of Metropolitan & Scott Streets,
From the site:
Ever wonder what the life is like between the lines of both the most populous and the most diverse boroughs in NYC? (Hint â€“ not the same boroughs!) Ever scratch your head as to why our boroughsâ€™ borders zig and zag, jig and jag, whiz and bang back and forth so much and so randomely? (Hint â€“ its hardly random!) Ever found the burning desire to follow that thin slashing, dividing yellow line tilâ€™ it runs out of land to divide?
Come along on an awesome North to South bike ride and tour along the Brooklyn-Queens border! Hosted by The Levys’ Unique New York! We will start at the foot of the romantically named and aromatically scented Newtown Creek Industrial Inlet, at the corner of Metropolitan and Scott streets. Then we will do our darndest to follow the boro border line along such disparate Brooklyn neighborhoods like East Williamsburg, Bushwick, Broadway Junction, Highland Park, Cypress Hills, Cityline (thereâ€™s a neighborhood called Cityline!), East New York, Spring Creek, and South-east Canarsie, and thats just in Brooklyn! On the Queens side we’ll also haul through LIC, Ridgewood, along the Evergreen Cemetery, Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Lindenwood and weâ€™ll skirt the edge of Howard Beach! Exciting!
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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
(photo by: Ray McCrea Jones)
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 â€œthe dreaded bikeâ€ in gym class, she discovered the lessons had not stuck. And she was terrified.