Monday, October 25, 2010

Central Park on Sunday

We decided to take the kids to Central Park yesterday for a family ride. We drove in and found a spot on 10th Ave and 78th. We biked across 78th on the generous bike lane, along with 10 or so other leisure cyclists heading to Central Park. We realized we could have easily taken the train and biked up the West Side if we did not have the kids with us. With our kids ages 5 and 8, it was more manageable to drive and park.
It was perfect weather for an outing to Central Park, the fall foliage at its peak. The park gracefully hosts droves of cyclists of all abilities, free from the noise and dangers of vehicular traffic. The kids had the best time taking the road- my son exclaiming, "Weee, I'm free!" as he flew down a hill, catching up to a few cyclists in training. We did the entire loop in two hours and the kids loved it. If a congested city like New York can manage a successful bike infrastructure, (with protected cycling routes that link the parks) then we have hope to do the same for our suburban towns. In the meantime, I have now the NYC bike Route Map- for our next family outing into the city, since we'll be bringing our bikes.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Two Fun Halloween Rides - Sat. & Sunday, Oct. 30 & 31st

Newark's Brick City Bike Collects is having their Annual Halloween Amazing Race / Scavenger Hunt– Oct 30th
By popular demand we’ve more than doubled the size of this years’ event… 30-ish clue stops! A real challenge for adults and great fun for kids!

Plus, for the third event in a row, East Ward Councilman Agusto Amador has been gracious enough to lend his support to assure these events keep getting better and better.

Two separate events:

•Kids 12 & under – a shorter, easier race
•Adults – a longer, more challenging race
Take note: this is a Halloween themed event. We strongly recommend you wear some sort of costume. You don’t have to but you can’t win prizes without one.

See you there!

•Saturday, October 30th•Starts & ends at Hells Kitchen Restaurant, 150 Lafayette Street in the Ironbound (cor. Lafayette & Bruen)
•Signup at 10am, start at 10:30am
•Interesting prizes to the winners
•It’s FREE to enter!!

Start: Maplewood NJ Transit Parking Lot, 10 AM, corner of Maplewood Ave. and Baker ST. Costumes welcome!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Scrapertown - an example of bike culture in East Oakland

Bike culture lurks where you might not notice it if you weren't a lover of cycling and bicycles. But for some, it's a way of life. Here's an example of some young people who created their own culture around bikes and have turned it into a good message.

Scrapertown from California is a place. on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Brooklyn Kids Learn to 'Bike Like Drivers' to School

Bike New York holds a clinic to teach bike skills in the hope that more kids will bike to school

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The number of kids who bike or walk to school in the US has fallen from nearly 50 percent in 1969 to 13 percent today. The group Bike New York is trying to change that statistic, by holding free clinics that teach kids to bicycle safely to school.


"They are outside, they are getting some exercise. It's a great thing," says Erica Tovaris, whose son and daughter are participating in the clinic. Tovaris' daughter will be biking to school for the first time on Wednesday on a ride organized for MS 51 by the Department of Transportation.

Friday, October 8, 2010

An Amazing Guide To Cyclocross

Well this is my favorite time of year for racing bikes, because it's cyclocross season. Most people don't really know what it is. I found this entertaining and informative description. I'll be racing this weekend up at Harriman State Park. I'll try to get some pictures. Enjoy the link