Despite the fact that I “fell off” my bike last Saturday (I was cut off & spilled off) and bruised my back & neck up pretty good, I’m still gung ho about biking in this fair city. It’s a great way to get around, it burns calories instead of fuel, and it’s often faster than driving a car. Luckily for those of the pedal-powered persuasion, new bike paths have been established in the last few years, making it a bit safer for riding amongst the mostly apathetic motorists (even tho’ I was in a bike lane when I had my little accident & the guy did stop thankfully).
Groups like Transportation Alternatives, Streets Blog, and Brooklyn Greenway Initiative are fighting for cyclist rights and the establishment of more continuous bike paths or greenways. Resources for cyclists are ever-improving as well.
Here are some great go-to sites for bikers:
Ride the City
Great tool for finding the safest or most direct route to your destination
NYC Bike Maps
Pretty self explanatory
Find bike parking anywhere in the city
The NY Times bicycle news blog
Bike Blog NYC
More bike news
If you like cycling group-style, a la Critical Mass, some events coming up are:
This Saturday the 26th. Get out of town!
Four Corners NYC Bike Tour
Also this Saturday the 26th. Via Hey I’m Walkin’ Here (facebook group)
2009 Tour de Bronx
Other cyclist-centric fare:
It’s a PSA competition run by Transportation Alternatives to improve the public image of city cyclists. Hurray, if you want to enter, the deadline is Monday the 28th! PSA’s will be screened at BAM on Tuesday, November 17th.
A cleverly named ongoing short film get-together. Submit a film, you could win $100. Next screening is this Sunday the 27th