Bike Month 2012
Outdoors & Recreation
by nycgo.com staff, 04/11/2012
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Biking is bigger than ever, especially in New York City. Since 2000, the number of cyclists in the five boroughs has more than doubled; since 2006, the City has installed more than 250 miles of bike lanes, for a total of about 700. And this summer, NYC will introduce a Bike Share program offering 10,000 bikes at more than 600 stations, available to borrow 24/7 for short rides in exchange for a modest fee.
Bike Month (May) is the perfect time to celebrate these welcome trends and the benefits of two-wheeled travel. In its honor, the City plans to launch a campaign focused on the five cardinal bike-safety rules: Stop at red lights and stop signs; yield to pedestrians; ride with traffic; stay off the sidewalk; and use lights at night. Be on the lookout for ads throughout the five boroughs.
Whether you're an expert cyclist or a novice, there's no shortage of ways to get in gear during May. For details about the month's pedal-powered events, read on.
Bike Expo New York at Pier 36
Check out the latest cycling gear, get free stuff, enjoy live entertainment and take biking classes—all for free. This is also the place where TD Five Boro Bike Tour participants pick up their packets. For more info, visit bikenewyork.org.
TD Five Boro Bike Tour, starting near Battery Park
During the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, some 32,000 cyclists pedal their way through all five boroughs on a traffic-free 40-mile course. As its name suggests, the event is a tour, not a race (the vibe is relaxed and fun). General registration has already ended, but you can still join in as a VIP or ride for a charity. For more info, visit bikenewyork.org.
May 12 and 19
The May 12 event takes place at Junction Boulevard and 34th Avenue in Corona, Queens, and the May 19 event takes place at Father Capodanno Boulevard and Hunter Avenue in Staten Island. Kids can get free helmets and lessons on bike safety. For more info, visit bikenewyork.org.
Street Skills Class at Bicycle Habitat
This free 90-minute lesson helps riders stay safe on the road. In addition to a street-riding presentation by knowledgeable instructors, the evening includes complimentary refreshments. For more info, visit bikenewyork.org.
May 17 and 23
Bike Commuting 101 at Eastern Mountain Sports
Learn the ins and outs of using a bicycle to get to work safely and comfortably. Eastern Mountain Sports hosts both May installments of Bike Commuting 101. The May 17 lesson takes place at the 530 Broadway location, and the May 23 event is slated for the store at 2152 Broadway. For more info, visit bikenewyork.org.
National Bike to Work Day
For more and more New Yorkers, every day is Bike to Work Day. But if you're not one of them, May 18 is a prime opportunity to give it a shot. If the festivities are anything like previous years', there will be plenty of motivation to join in, including free refreshments, giveaways and an ample supply of fellow riders citywide. For more info, visit bikenyc.org.
NYC Bike Expo at Penn Plaza Pavillion
Held in conjunction with Gran Fondo New York, this event celebrates “all things road cycling.” It’s free, and, naturally, there’s also complimentary on-site bike parking. For more info, visit nycbikeexpo.com.
Gran Fondo New York starting at the George Washington Bridge
This Italian-style cycling event features a competitive 100-mile race (Gran Fondo) and a relaxing 65-mile ride (Medio Fondo). For more info, visit granfondony.com.