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November News from WE Bike NYC

WE are so thankful for the past great season of resumed in-person rides and events. The fun is not over yet... this month WE've got a great slate of rides and meetups that WE would love you to join.

Here are some recent highlights from the Female Bike Forum on Facebook:
What weather apps do you use?
Waterproof commuter backpack recommendations
Experience organizing a Cranksgiving ride?


WE Bike NYC Upcoming Events

Cranksgiving Meetup
Saturday, November 6
12:00 pm
Restoration Plaza, Brooklyn

Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels. Part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt. Riders race (or casually bike) around to different grocery stores in Brooklyn, buying Thanksgiving food items. All food is donated to the Bowery Mission. You'll need a bag, a lock, and about $20 to participate.

This year's ride will look a bit different in order to be more COVID-friendly and to ensure that we maximize the impact of the donations our community partners receive. Instead of visiting supermarkets to buy food to donate to charity, participants will cycle around Brooklyn, stopping at various checkpoints where they'll have to snap a picture and upload to social media or complete a fun task or trivia question. Riders can also donate directly to charities at these checkpoints so please bring cash ($20 is recommended but you can bring as much or as little as you like).

WE Bike NYC hosts a meetup at Cranksgiving to encourage more women, female-identifying and gender nonconforming folks to join the event. WE'll provide a friendly face to greet you, explain how everything works, help form teams, and strategize for the ride.

Note: This meetup is for women, female-identifying and gender nonconforming people only. However, Brooklyn Cranksgiving itself is open to everyone.

November Happy Hour
Thursday, November 18
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Brewery


The winter chill is coming! Join us at our monthly all-gender happy hour to hang out, build community, and talk bikes!

Want to learn more about WE Bike NYC, what WE're all about, and how to get involved? The happy hour is a great place to meet some volunteers and fellow cyclists of all levels and find out.

All participants in WE Bike NYC events are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. WE will be checking vaccine cards/apps. WE plan to sit outside, but might move inside in case of bad weather.

*This event is open to all genders.

WE Bike for Fall Leaves and Hot Bevs
Sunday, November 21
Meet 1:00 pm, wheels down 1:30 pm
Tavern on the Green, Central Park

Join WE Bike NYC for a fun, beginner-friendly ride through Central Park and the Upper West Side. WE'll meet at the lot north of Tavern On the Green in Central Park, near Central Park West and 67th St. From there WE'll ride around Central Park and exit at the north end, then take the Columbus Ave. protected bike lane down through the UWS. WE will end at the farmer's market behind the Natural History Museum where we can purchase hot apple cider. There will also be the option to get hot chocolate from Jacques Torres nearby. Total distance is about 6 miles. All bikes are welcome, but note that we will climb a couple hills (although we're skipping the biggest hill in Central Park!).

All riders are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. WE will be checking vaccine cards/apps. Participants are not required to wear a mask while riding, however you may be required to wear a mask if we go indoors or at crowded ride stops.

This event is open to women, female-identifying and gender nonconforming people only

Meet a WE Biker: Diane Randall

Every volunteer brings something special to our organization. And WE count on them—whether they’re leading our rides, writing our newsletters, responding to mail, building our website. This month's volunteer is Diane Randall.

What was your first WE Bike NYC ride?
The Annie Londonderry ride during SummerStreets 2012! I was so impressed to learn that the ride was named for the first woman to bicycle around the world back in 1894. 

What’s your favorite route?
I love riding on the waterfront. I recently started commuting to my job downtown—and nothing beats the sunrise over the water that greets me each morning when I get on the East River Greenway at Stuyvesant Town and ride down to the Brooklyn Bridge. 

What do you ride?
I have a Brompton folding bike, a Trek Lexa SLX road bike, a Trek Verve 3 hybrid, a vintage 3-speed Raleigh— and Citi Bikes right outside my door!

Why do you love WE Bike NYC?  
WE Bike NYC has given me an opportunity to serve myself AND my community. I love that biking makes for a strong body and an economical commute. But I also love that my work with WE Bike NYC has taught me to redefine my community and understand the intersectionality of my world as a cyclist. I ride as an African American. As a woman. As a baby boomer. As a New Yorker. And it’s wonderful to share the roads and the joys of cycling with all of those groups. And to introduce that joy to so many more. 

Bike Tip of the Month

This month's tip is: Cycling at Night: How to Light Up Your Bike.

Have a favorite bike tip video worth sharing? Email us.

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

Cranksgiving Roundup
Cranksgiving -- a food drive on wheels that is part bike race, part scavenger hunt -- started in Manhattan in 1998 and now happens in cities all around the world. 

The rides are open to ALL riders of all skill levels, and casual riders are encouraged to attend. You can come as a group or do the ride on your own. Some folks who have never ridden in NYC before have gotten on CitiBikes and finished this event! It's a great time supporting a fantastic cause no matter what level of rider you are. All you need is a bike, a mask, a lock, and a bag!

  • Brooklyn Cranksgiving
    Saturday, November 6
    12:00 pm
    Restoration Plaza, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
    More Info

  • Cranksgiving NYC (Manhattan)
    Saturday, November 20
    Registration at 12:00, wheels down at 1:00
    Bella Abzug Park, Hudson Yards, Manhattan
    More Info

  • Queens Cranksgiving
    Sunday, November 21
    12:00 pm
    34th Ave and 77th St, Jackson Heights, Queens
    More Info

Foodie Fondo: The Queens of Queens - Great Women-Owned Businesses of Queens
Saturday, November 20
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Angel of Harlem, Harlem, Manhattan
More Info

“The Queens of Queens” is a 20-mile bike ride exploring Queens’ great women-owned food businesses and safe streets infrastructure. Foodie Fondo is thrilled to collaborate with Bike New York for a moveable feast celebrating Queens, NYC’s most diverse borough and a rising force on the NYC culinary landscape. 

The route will start in Harlem with visits to the Queens neighborhoods of Long Island City, Astoria, Ditmars-Steinway, and back to Harlem while enjoying a moveable feast - food and drink from great women-owned businesses that we love - Angel of Harlem, Fifth Hammer Brewing, Dulce Cultura, and Mighty Oak Roasters.

This is an intermediate-level ride for experienced adult riders only. Alcohol will be served.

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