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July News and Events from
WE Bike NYC!

WE're opening up this newsletter on a solemn note to remember the three members of the NYC cycling community who lost their lives in car crashes this past week: Robyn Hightman, Ernest Askew, and Victor Ang. 

The number of NYC bicycle fatalities in 2019 already surpasses last year's total. If you feel less safe on your bike or less certain about biking on our streets, WE feel you. Join this conversation in the Forum to hear how other people are coping with the loss and learn about ways you can get involved to help make our streets safer. 

WE look forward to seeing you at this month's events, where WE'll ride with comfort in numbers and the solidarity of friendship.

WE Bike NYC Upcoming Events

With summer in full swing, slather on that sunblock and join us for:
✅Ice cream  ✅Outdoor movies ✅Beergarden
 
WE Ride to Spumoni Gardens
Saturday, July 6
12pm, wheels down 12:30, Grand Army Plaza in front of the arch, Brooklyn

RSVP

Please join us for PIZZA and ICE CREAM at the legendary L&B Spumoni Gardens! In 1938 the owner would peddle the pizza by horse and wagon! The establishment still exists today and not only is the pizza delicious, the ICE CREAM is to die for!!

Don't miss this epic ride! We'll start out at Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope Brooklyn, head through the park, and down the Ocean Parkway protected bike lane to Ave U at a social pace.

The 7-mile ride ends at a spot in Gravesend Brooklyn that's near trains and close to beaches -- if anyone wants to keep on and venture to Coney Island.

What to bring: Helmet, sunscreen, money for food, full water bottles (it's gonna be HOT!)

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


WE Ride to See Pariah at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Thursday, July 11
6:00pm, wheels down 6:30pm, Chelsea Piers, Hudson River Greenway at 22nd St.
More info

Let's ride to a free outdoor movie! Join WE Bike NYC for a fun summer after-work ride. We'll meet at Chelsea Piers, bike down the Hudson River Greenway, around to the East River Bikeway, and across the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Total distance is about 7 miles. The park will have music, food available for purchase, and a screening of the film "Pariah" beginning at sundown.
https://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events/pariah

Please bring a water bottle, some cash for food (or pack your own picnic), a bike lock, and your helmet.

Note: This ride is open to women, female-identifying and gender nonconforming people only.


WE Meetup: Tour de Flushing
Sunday, July 14
9:00am, Kissena Corridor Park, Flushing, Queens
RSVP

WE ride the Tour de Flushing (https://support.transalt.org/event/the-3rd-annual-tour-de-flushing/e238686)! Join WE Bike NYC on this fun, flat
15-mile ride starting at Kissena Corridor Park and ending at the Flushing Quaker Meeting House. Afterwards, we'll leave our bikes with the bike valet and explore Flushing's food scene at a local eatery.

Tickets for the Tour are FREE, but please register in advance at https://support.transalt.org/event/the-3rd-annual-tour-de-flushing/e238686 . We'll meet at 9:00 AM (exact meetup location TBD - stay tuned), head over to the start, and the ride begins at 9:30 AM.

Bring your helmet, sunscreen, money for food, and full water bottles

Note: This meetup is for women, female-identifying and gender nonconforming people but the Tour de Flushing is all-gender.


WE Bike July Happy Hour
Thursday, July 18
7-9pm, Mission Dolores, 249 4th Ave, Brooklyn
RSVP


It's summer and that means more bike adventures. Join us at our monthly all-gender happy hour to hang out, build community, and talk bikes! This event is for everyone, so invite your friends!

Meet a WE Biker: Cindy Chan

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. Meet Cindy Chan, one of the special people who make WE Bike NYC work!

How did you first learn about WE Bike NYC?
I saw a free event by WE Bike NYC about Citi Bikes on the REI class calendar page. They were also giving away free 30-minute Citi Bike rides. Who doesn't want free things? Ha ha ha!

What do you do as a WE Bike NYC volunteer?
I help where I can when I can, but mostly I help behind the scenes with updating the website. 
 
What draws you to the bike community?
I just learned to bike a few years ago and I love it. For a native New Yorker who only walks, or rides the busses or subways, it's new-found freedom in the open air transportation route. 
 
Why do you love WE Bike NYC?
I love WE Bike NYC because it's a community of women from all different careers who are linked by their love of biking and helping each other rise together in their knowledge and skills in biking. 

WE Can't Do It Without You!

WE Bike NYC is now an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. WE are still 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

Here are some of our favorite bike events in the #bikenyc community this month!
 

Po Campo 10th Birthday Celebration
Wednesday, July 9
6pm-9pm, Tacocina, Domino Park, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
More info


Po Campo, the original (and local!) designer of stylish, functional bike bags, is celebrating its 10th birthday! Join us for snacks, games, prizes, and good times. 
[Full disclosure - Po Campo is owned by me, Maria Boustead, author of the WE Bike NYC newsletter]
 

Bicycle Habitat Women's Cycling NYC Ride to Coney Island, Rockaways, Long Beach
Saturday, July 13
8am-2pm, outside the PS 503 schoolyard on the corner of 4th Ave (between 59th and 60th Sts), Sunset Park, Brooklyn
More info

Choose your own adventure of 20, 30 or 40 miles! We will have three groups, each going a different speed: 12-14 MPH, 14-16 MPH, and 16-18 MPH. Riders in all groups will have the option of completing the 20, 30, or 40 mile ride options. Routes will be provided to registered riders as we approach the ride date in the form of an email from your ride leader.
 

Urban Farming Bike Tour
Sunday, July 14
2pm-3:30pm, Randall's Island Connector to the Bronx (meet on Randall's Island side)
More info

Join the Randall's Island Park Alliance for a ride around the Island and see a variety of ways produce can be grown in an urban environment. They'll visit the NYC Parks 5-Borough Green Roof, as well as the RIPA Urban Farm!

 

Bike the Jamaica Bay Greenway
Saturday, July 20
9am-11am, Canarsie Park, East 102nd St, Brooklyn
More info

Join NAC Ecologists, New York State Park staff, and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy staff for a bike tour of natural areas along the Jamaica Bay Greenway. Bring your own bike! Mostly flat terrain with small hills. Bring lots of water, a hat, and sunscreen. Registration required.

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