Its not always like this. Photo: Annaliese Griffin
So, how many icy lagoons did you step in, on your way into work this morning? It might seem like a strange day to talk cycling in New York City, what with the record-setting snow mounds still looming on every corner, but really, at its core, the blizzard we just experienced is a story about transportation and our frequent lack of control over how and when we get from place to place. Right now is not a great time to ride a bike, what with the rivers of slush everywhere, but for most of the year cycling gives you more control over your commute, and the way you navigate the city, than any other form of transportation, save walking in your own neighborhood.
Even before the snow, transportation woes were very much in the news, considering the possibility that the L train may close for up to 18 months for repairs (this article has an in-depth analysis of what that would mean for affected neighborhoods), and the announcement that the MTA will renovate 30 stations, eight in Brooklyn, over the next few years, which will shut those stations down during repairs. There are more bike lanes than ever in New York City, so it’s a great time to start thinking about how to get yourself off that crowded train and onto a bike.
Cycling in the city can feel intimidating though, so we spoke to Rich Conroy, director of education at Bike New York, about how to ease into riding a bike safely. (more…)
Sun September 1, 2013
Custom, made-to-order bikes like this beauty from Coast Cycles in Bushwick will be on display this weekend at Bike Cult Show in Greenpoint. Photo: Brooklyn Bike Jumble
It’s fair to say that Brooklyn’s enthusiasm for bicycles could be considered cultish–there’s a level of devotion to two-wheelers in these parts that might seem unhealthy by normal standards, but it’s not our fault that most of the rest of the world just doesn’t appreciate pedaling the way we do. Bike Cult, a hand-built bike show taking place at the Warsaw in Greenpoint this weekend, is giving us all a chance to own our obsession and geek with like-minded folk. Bespoke bikes will be on display from builders and exhibitors from around the Northeast on Friday and Saturday, but the real kicker is a boroughwide open house on Sunday, Sept. 1 that will include workshops and opportunities to chat one-on-one with Brooklyn builders at their own shops. Coast Cycles, Horse Cycles, Rosko Cycles, Benjamin Cycles, Squarebuilt Cycles and Ceremony Bikes are all participating. A full list of open house locations will be released at the show itself, so plan on heading to Greenpoint at some point before Sunday. Admission is $10/day or $15 for Friday and Saturday.