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June News from WE Bike NYC

Summer is in the air! This month, WE have three in-person events planned, and WE would love to see you there!

The 2020 WE Bike NYC Annual Report is now available. Annual reports for this and previous years can be viewed at our website, at http://webikenyc.org/we-bike-nyc-annual-report/.
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Here are some recent highlights from the Female Bike Forum on Facebook:
Does biking affect your pecs?
Safe garage parking for a bike-transit combo commute
Route suggestions around Beacon/New Paltz and Saugerties

WE Bike NYC Upcoming Events


WE Ride To Coney Island
Saturday, June 12
10:30 am meeting time, 11:00 am wheels down
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
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Gear up for beach season and take a ride with us to Coney Island! WE will be meeting at Grand Army Plaza (by the arch) then biking through Prospect Park to get to Ocean Parkway. Then it’s a straight shot to Coney Island for sun and fun! WE will end at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog stand. After that, you can head off to explore on your own, or have a group hang with the other WE bikers. The total ride distance is about 8 miles, almost entirely in bike lanes (including the first bike path in the United States, Ocean Parkway!) This is a one-way ride.

Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear a mask while riding, however you may be required to wear a mask if we go indoors or are in a crowded space. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask at all times.

Please bring a mask, plenty of water, and your helmet (helmets are required).

This ride is open to women, female-identifying and gender-nonconforming folks only.

WE Bike NYC June Picnic in the Park
Thursday, June 17
6:00 pm
Queensbridge Park (southern end near the water), Long Island City, Queens 
RSVP

Join us to hang out, build community, and talk bikes! The picnic takes the place of this month's happy hour. This event is all-gender, so invite your friends! BYOB (and nibbles if you like).


WE Ride to Women-Owned Bike Shops
Saturday, June 26
2:00 pm meeting time, 2:30 pm wheels down
McCarren Park (at the corner of Lorimer St. and Driggs Ave.), Brooklyn

RSVP

Join WE Bike NYC on a fun tour around Brooklyn to visit some local bike shops that are owned or managed by women. WE will start in Williamsburg, make our way through Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights, and end in Dumbo. Most riding will be in bike lanes, but riders should be comfortable biking on the street in traffic. Total distance will be about 9 miles.

Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear a mask while riding, however you may be required to wear a mask if we go indoors or are in a crowded space. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask at all times.

Please bring a mask, plenty of water, and your helmet (helmets are required).

This ride is open to women, female-identifying and gender-nonconforming folks only.

Meet a WE Biker: Allison Fisher


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 Allison Fisher, our newsletter coordinator. Get to know Allison here!

What was your first WE Bike NYC ride?
TBD! I became part of WE Bike NYC during the 2020 virtual covid era. I'm looking forward to joining my first ride this month.

What’s your favorite route?
I love riding River Road (Henry Hudson Drive) on weekdays when it's not too crowded. My other favorite route goes across the GWB, through New Jersey, and up Bradley/Tweed in Blauvelt State Park, to visit Nyack and Piermont.

What do you ride?
I ride a Blue Fuji road bike named "Bluji," and a steel Soma Wolverine as my gravel/touring/adventure bike. I also really enjoy cruising around on the CitiBike e-bikes!

Why do you love WE Bike NYC?
It's great to have a community of female+ cyclists who support and empower each other. I've really enjoyed the passion I've seen in WE Bike just in the virtual events I've attended since joining last fall, and I can't wait to meet more of you in person.

Bike Tip of the Month


This month's video is: 7 Tips for Buying a Bike. Have a favorite bike tip video worth sharing? Email us.
7 Tips for Buying a Bike

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! 
DONATE NOW!

Community Events


Bike New York: World Bicycle Day Ride
Saturday, June 5
11:00 am
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn


In recognition of the third annual World Bicycle Day, riders will explore the international history of cycling and its intersections with our local community, highlighting notable New Yorkers who have made their mark on the bike world. The ride will be on 14 miles of bike lanes and city streets, enjoying NYC’s ever-improving bike infrastructure, the intimate relationship with neighborhoods that can only come from riding, and awe-inspiring waterfront views together. Bonus: Everyone who joins will pedal away with some awesome, free World Bicycle Day swag including a T-shirt, face mask, cycling cap, and water bottle!

More Info

Pedal to Empower
Saturday, June 5
Virtual OR in-person in Tarrytown, NY

World Bicycle Relief is on a mission to help get as many people on bikes as possible – any age, any ability, anywhere. Pedal to Empower is a free virtual event that focuses on building community and empowering women and girls with bicycles. The event takes place on June 5 to coincide with World Bicycle Day and celebrate the bicycle as “a symbol of human progress and advancement.” In addition to the virtual DIY Ride, there is also an in-person 20 mile and 50 mile ride in Tarrytown, NY on June 5 that the WE Bike NYC community has been invited to.

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East Coast Greenway Alliance Red Hook Ride
Sunday, June 13
9:00 am @ Glick Park, E. 37th and East River, Manhattan
9:45 am @ Under the Manhattan Bridge at entrance to bike lane, Brooklyn

Join the East Coast Greenway Alliance for a 24-mile, guided bike ride on the Manhattan east side East Coast Greenway and bike paths through Brooklyn's Red Hook and Park Slope neighborhoods!  The route will head South from the starting point down to the Manhattan Bridge, over the bridge to where they will pickup additional riders from Brooklyn, down Jay Street's bike path to Brooklyn Bridge Park's lovely new bike path, through Red Hook to the Erie Basin Peninsula. Then they will head east over 9th Street Bridge to Prospect Park, loop around park, go past the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and return to the Manhattan Bridge.  Those returning to Manhattan will ride back across the Manhattan Bridge to Glick Park Con Ed pier again.

Lunch at Prospect Park's Bluestone Cafe.

They intend to make stops at several locations along the route to discuss notable parks and landmarks including several photo ops. The ride will proceed at an easy-going pace of 10 - 13 MPH. 

There is a suggested donation of $10 to join this ride, which supports the ECGA's mission to create a 3,000-mile Greenway from Maine to Florida. Donate $50 or more and you'll receive a year membership to the ECGA!

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