National Bike Month in NYC
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!
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.
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
GETTING YOUR BIKE READY FOR A GROUP RIDE
7:30 PM at Bicycle Habitat Park Slope
- Wednesday, May 10
CENTRAL PARK ALL-LEVELS ROAD RIDE
6:30 AM at Loeb Boathouse
- Saturday, May 13
MOUNTAIN BIKE GROUP RIDE
10 AM at Cunningham Park
- Sunday, May 14
CYCLOFEMME ROAD RIDE EVENT (3 routes)
7:30 AM at Bicycle Habitat Soho
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!
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
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!
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.Tweet