National Bike Month in NYC

A line of lime green bikes outside.

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Hey NYC, Bike Month is here! May is a special month when Transportation Alternatives collaborates with numerous biking businesses and nonprofits to create “the most cycling-friendly time of year” – and there’s a full agenda to keep your wheels spinning!  Grab your bikes and helmets to get involved with all of the pedal-powered events all over NYC. Even if you’re not a biker, join the fun and pedal as much as you can, so you’ll get prepped for National Bike to Work Day on May 19th!

Check out these five events that help you get the best out of Bike Month in New York!

The logo of New York Bike Jumble.

Photo Credit: New York Bike Jumble Facebook Event

New York Bike Jumble – May 13th

Get into shopping mode before 10am on May 13th, because New York Bike Jumble is back! In its eighth year, the city’s only bicycle flea market is happening in Washington/JJ Bryne Park, near Park Slope’s Old Stone House at Fifth Avenue and 4th Street.

What can you buy?

NYBJ has everything from new and used bikes, bicycle accessories, clothing, collectibles, and artwork. (Perfect for the bike-lover in your life!) Used bikes run in price range anywhere from $50 to some high end historic collectibles. Worried about the used bike not working? No worries, you can test ride it before purchasing! Everyone is quick to take advantage of the special deals and overstocks, so don’t take too long to decide.

A black ad white image of a crowd with bikes and a little girl wearing a pink helmet.

Photo Credit: CycloFemme Facebook Page

CycloFemme 2017 – May 14th

What is CyloFemme? Well, the idea is simple. Each year on Mother’s Day, self-led bike rides happen all around to celebrate the past, present and future of female cyclists.

In communities all across the country, from large cities to small towns, #CycloeFemme is organized to build strength and courage, empower freedom and choice, and to encourage positive change. This year’s CycloFemme festivities in NYC are organized by Bicylce Habitat Women’s Cycling and will be raising money to provide bicycles for girls in rural Kenya who need to travel for education. Donations will be accepted, but you can also support by checking out the World Bicycle Relief fundraising page.

Here’s the schedule of events happening all week to prep for this weekend’s events:

  • Tuesday, May 9
    7:30 PM at Bicycle Habitat Park Slope
  • Wednesday, May 10
    6:30 AM at Loeb Boathouse
  • Saturday, May 13
    10 AM at Cunningham Park
  • Sunday, May 14
    7:30 AM at Bicycle Habitat Soho
A meeting spot of Bike Home from Work event in NYC.

Photo Credit: Bike Home From Work Party Facebook

Bike Home From Work Party  – May 19th

What’s the best way to celebrate Bike To Work Day? Well, with an after-work party, of course! On May 19th, bikers from across the city are invited to attend the Bike Home From Work Party, running from 6-10pm in the Archway and Pearl Street Triangle in DUMBO.

Its free, and there’ll be tons of cool stuff like:

  • #BikeNYC Loft with local frame builders, bicycle print video show and video installation
  • Food and drinks, including Brooklyn Flea vendors, Brooklyn Brewery suds and samples galore
  • Pop-up shops with gear and demos
  • DJ and a fun photobooth

See you under the Archway – everyone’s invited! Bring your helmet hair!

A black and white image of Five Borough Bicycle Club.

Photo Credit: Five Borough Bicycle Club Facebook Page

Five Borough Bicycle Club’s Ramones Ride – May 20th

Love riding in NYC? Fan of the Ramones? PERFECT! Join the Five Borough Bicycle Club for a one of a kind ride to celebrate the birthday of famed Punk Rocker, Joey Ramone.

The Ramones Ride kicks off the cruise in the Lower East Side, making sure to pass through Joey Ramone Place (East 2nd Street & Bowery) and other spots that Ramones fanatics will know about. The tour continues uptown (53rd & 3rd) and through Queens (Forrest Hills) for a 40-miler all-day adventure.  There’s a couple of simple requirements to take this trek:

  • Bring a bike lock
  • some cash for lunch
  • And most importantly bring your love for biking & rock-n-roll
Two men cycling in lime green and black biking attire at GFNY Championship.

Photo Credit: GFNY Championship NYC Facebook

Gran Fondo – May 21st

Cycling athletes, here’s your chance to become a cycling pro on May 21st for the Seventh Annual Gran Fondo in New York. There are two races you can partake in: The 100 Miles, and the GFNY Bear 50 Miles. The first will be a challenging 100-Mile race from NYC to Bear Mountain and back to compete in a personal endurance challenge. Needless to say, you’ll have to be extremely prepared. On the other hand, the 50-Mile GFNY Bear will just be a friendly ride from NYC to Bear Mountain, but it’s also not for the faint-hearted!

Photo Credit: Brooklyn Bike Rave Facebook

Bonus Event: Brooklyn Bike Rave – July 22nd

We’re giving you the heads up, because although this event isn’t happening during Bike Month, if you’re a biking fanatic (or just love a party) you won’t want to miss this one!

On July 22nd, light up your bike (think LED lights, glow sticks, and everything glowy), wear a ridiculous outfit, blast loud, energetic music, and prepare yourself for a sensational experience at Brooklyn Bike Rave. The aim is to integrate yourself in the event by displaying your creativity while experiencing Brooklyn’s night ambiance.

Hundreds of cyclists will ride along 7 miles of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, starting in Greenpoint and ending under the stunning Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO.

By participating in the Brooklyn Bike Rave, you’ll be helping the NGO Brooklyn Greenway Initiative develop the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. Once completed, this 14-mile route for pedestrians and cyclists will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces all the way from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.

Which bike tour appealed to you? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter. In the meantime, check out the official 2017 NYC Bike Map to see where you can bike in the city!

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