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January News from WE Bike NYC

Happy new year! WE hope you found safe and creative ways to celebrate the winter holidays. Here's to a 2021 filled with lovely bike rides and good company... virtual or otherwise!

Message from Allison: Hello from your new newsletter coordinator! I'm fairly new to WE Bike NYC, but I'm happy to be getting involved in this amazing community of female + non-gender-conforming cyclists. I look forward to meeting you at virtual events (and maybe even group rides) this year.

Stuck inside because of the cold? Cozy up with some hot chocolate and check out these conversations in the Female Bike Forum on Facebook:

Taking the lane: legality and advice
Thoughts on dual platform SPD pedals?
Glove/mitten recommendations for winter riding

WE Bike NYC Upcoming Events

Bike Law Workshop with Vaccaro & White
Tuesday, January 5
6:30pm-8pm, Zoom

Join WE Bike NYC for an informative discussion with some of NYC's top bike lawyers. Steve Vaccaro and Adam White ( will speak about your rights as a cyclist and what to do if you are in a bicycle crash involving a motor vehicle or are injured as a result of a defective roadway condition. They'll also give advice on how NOT to become a client of the firm with knowledge gained from over 20 years of experience representing injured cyclists and familiarity with the most common and most serious types of crashes. The presentation will end with a Q and A.

Please register on Eventbrite. Zoom link will be emailed 1 hour prior to event.

This is an all-gender event.

Meet a WE Biker: Meryl LaBorde

Every volunteer brings something special to our organization. And WE count on them—whether they’re leading our rides or writing our newsletters or responding to mail or building our website. This month's volunteer is Meryl LaBorde. Get to know her here!

What was your first WE Bike NYC ride?

My first ride with WE Bike NYC was the Five Boro Bike Tour in 2014. I’d never done the Five Boro and saw they were putting together a group and figured it’d be more fun to do with other people.  

What’s your favorite route?

I get bored easily and the destinations are always changing, so I’ll just tell you about the ride I have planned for later today.

Kosciusko Bridge Bike Path (favorite skyline views in the city) to Queens, over to Randall’s Island to take the connector (more beautiful views and no cars!) into the Bronx and then over the Madison Avenue Bridge to get to Harlem where I have an appointment for a covid test and flu shot for work. Then I figured I’d ride through Central Park and the city to Chinatown for noodles before heading home over the Brooklyn Bridge. I usually avoid the Brooklyn Bridge, but it’ll be sunset and sometimes it’s worth the traffic. 

What do you ride?

Mostly I ride a D’Accordi step-thru that I converted to a single-speed. If I know there will be hills or long miles involved, I ride my geared bike which is a custom frame I made when I first started working for a local frame builder.   

Why do you love WE Bike NYC?

WE Bike NYC has introduced me to some of my favorite people and riding buddies. I also love that WE create space for bike joy as well as space to vent, problem-solve, and create change. 

Bike Tip of the Month

Each month we'll be sharing a video of a helpful bike tip. This month is How to Clean Your Bike from Total Women's Cycling. Have a favorite bike tip video worth sharing? Email us.
Total Women's Cycling brings you a step by step guide on how to clean your bike to ensure it gives you the best possible ride.

WE Can't Do It Without You!

WE Bike NYC is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. WE are entirely volunteer-run, but it takes money for us to maintain our current standards of operation. 
If you are looking for a way to support fun, free, noncompetitive bicycle events and programming specifically for women, please consider donating to WE Bike NYC! 

Community Events


Streaming Online: Bicycle Film Festival Long Island
Friday, January 22 to Sunday, January 31st

More Info

Bicycle Film Festival, the international film festival celebrating bicycles through art, film and music the last 20 years is back. Virtually! Hosted by Cinema Arts Centre, BFF Long Island begins January 22, 2021. 

BFF Long Island presents a 90-minute international film program of the most important short films from the BFF collection. BFF select shorts will appeal to a wide audience from film connoisseurs to avid cyclists and everything in between. Let the BFF curated collection take you on a journey around the world as we learn about a charismatic Ghanaian immigrant in Amsterdam who teaches refugee adult women to ride bikes – experience a birds-eye view of a BLM bicycle protest ride from New York to DC - feel the anguish of a father's loss – the struggle of a young woman and her bike in Iran - and reprieve from genocide through cycle sport.

Bicycle Film Festival was born in New York twenty years ago at Anthology Film Archives. Due to COVID-19, the 20th anniversary of the festival has gone virtual. The physical BFF spanned the world in over 90 cities worldwide to an audience of over one million people. The festival has an incredible history of working with the most important artists, filmmakers, venues, and institutions around the world.

Click here to see the trailer.

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