This week at the 5BBC
Saturday, March 15, 2014
SPRING TRAINING: SANDS POINT
10:00 AM, Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Pl, Queens, 40 miles
One of the nicest spots to visit on the North Shore of Nassau County. The series rides get harder next week, so start training now! Bring a lightweight bike lock and money for lunch.
QUEENS WAY RIDE
9:30 AM, Union Square North @ Park Ave, Manhattan; 10:00 AM Queensboro Plaza; 11:00AM @ Shalimar Diner, Austin St & 63 Dr, Queens. ALL RIDERS DEPART SHALIMAR AT 11:15 AM. 25 leisurely miles if starting in Manhattan.
Join Friends of The QueensWay and 5BBC in a ride from Rego Park to Ozone Park to explore the future route of the QueensWay, the proposed bikeway, linear park, and rail trail atop the abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch railroad. We will make several stops, and brief hikes onto the rail line before officially ending outside the Aqueduct Race Track and Casino. Riders wishing to take the A train back to Manhattan can continue to Aqueduct Station. Peter Beadle of Friends of The Queens Way will accompany us.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
SPRING TRAINING: WEST ENGLEWOOD
9:30 AM, Columbus Circle, 40 miles
The Spring Training Series takes us over to New Jersey again, but a little farther than last week.
KILLMEYERS - WINTER EDITION
9:30 AM, South Ferry, 34 miles, moderate pace
Far off the beaten path. Along the North Shore of Staten Island is the remote outpost of Kreischerville. There, we visit one of the best German bar/restaurants in the City - Killmeyers. This bike friendly establishment features cheap delicious food, amazing beer choices, and old time atmosphere that is hard to come by in New York. So, kick up your heels dancing to some Oom Pah Music. Have a great bowl of goulash. And ride with us to the Forgotten Borough. BRING: Lock, spare tube, lunch money, and a spirit of adventure. Please check the Facebook page for any weather related cancelations. - But Spring is just around the corner. We will be on the 9:30 ferry - so be at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan and 9:15 to allow some time for the doggies to sniff your bike.
February Bicycling News Roundup
Head on over to Adventure Cycling Association to read about the history of fatbikes, which have emerged as the fastest growing segment of the bicycle industry this year. Also at Adventure Cycling Association is a guide on bike touring for couples, perfect timing for Valentine's Day. Last, but certainly not least, Adventure Cycling Association has some tips on maintaining your sanity through this snowy winter.
Transportation Alternatives has an interesting article on what all this snow we're getting reveals about the streets that surround us. Also by Transportation Alternatives is a to-do list for Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero initative. This bold declaration by the NYC major aims to reduce to zero by 2024 the traffic crashes that injure 70,000 and kill 300 New Yorkers annually. Do you want to participate in advocacy in your neighborhood? Transportation Alternatives has community activist committees that meet; read more here.
Speaking of advocacy, the League of American Bicyclists is holding the 2014 National Bike Summit in Washington DC on March 3-5, 2014. The 2014 Summit will provide bicyclists a voice on Capitol Hill on the topics of bicycle safety, funding and equity. Join more than 700 participants from all across the US working towards a Bicycle Friendly America. Even if you can't make it in person, you can take action now to support the safe streets act!
Speaking of safe streets, on Streetsblogs you can view the weekly carnage, a round-up of all the motor vehicle violence across the five boroughs.
Elsewhere on the interwebs, timelapse into a bike and pedestrian friendly New York City on The Bird Wheel. Velojoy shares some lessons from extreme weather Citi-biking and Jake Dobkin on Gothamist shares his story about riding Citibikes in the snow. Also on Gothamist is the story of the grouchy Suffolk County legislator that thinks all cyclists should just stay off the roads, for their own safety of course. Hey, he's just concerned about you.
Stuck inside because of all this snow? Check out some bicycle video shorts courtesy of Bike Blog NYC. Or maybe you're rethinking your career and considering a move towards becoming a bike mechanic. Before you do, check out Bike Rumors slideshow of bike mechanic salaries. After viewing it, perhaps you'll take a little better care of your bike in between visits to the shop and little better care of your mechanic while you're at the shop.
Lastly, in the news of the weird, Willamette Week reports that Portland's Worst Day of the Year to Ride was cancelled for... wait for it... BAD WEATHER! Apparently, a measley 8 inches of snow caused Portalandians to cancel their eponymous ride.
The 2014 Montauk Century
The 2013 "back to basics" Montauk Century accomplished three important things: re-established the camaraderie and community spirit that had defined our Club's past; showed that we didn't need to do this ride on a big scale; and ensured that we didn't lose money on an ambitious event. That will continue for 2014. The 5BBC Executive Board has decided that to repeat the formula of the 2013 "Back to Basics" approach.
It will again be held on Sunday, May 18th, Last year, there were 50 participants. We anticipate being able to raise those numbers a bit more for 2014. The ride is only open to a dedicated and very limited number of 5BBC Members. We will update you on the 5BBC Members-only 2014 Montauk Century as more information becomes available. In addition to those who want to ride, we are as eager as ever for your ideas, input and availability to volunteer. All are highly-valued.
The December and January editions of the 5BBC Bicycletter are available now!
Thank you to our supporting bicycle shops and organizations!
The Five Borough Bicycle Club would like to express our gratitude for the generous contributions of the following affiliatied bicycle shop and organizations s for our holiday party. Thank you! Members and non-members alike, please support these shops and buy local.
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