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August News and Events from WE Bike NYC!

August may not technically be the last month of summer, but it sure feels like it! WE're squeezing every last drop of summer out of this month with SIX cycling events. From learning about biking across India, to getting a dose of history and culture on Governors Island, to boogie-ing in the Bronx, WE hope to see you so that WE can enjoy the longer days and warm weather together!

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WE Bike NYC Upcoming Events

WE Talk: Travels with Elephants / Biking Across India
Thursday, August 2
7:00-9:00pm, Kween Kargo Bike Shop, 79A West Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

“I lost my pants today. Danny's tube exploded yesterday. But there is the ocean. We have a host in this town. Most people are wonderful. And it is worth it.”
-Mary Ann Thomas

WE are excited to be hosting Mary Ann Thomas as part of her cross-country road trip/storytelling tour! Mary Ann is a travel nurse, bike tourist, and writer who biked across India from the Himalayas to Kerala in 2017. She will speak about her experiences on the road as a brown, queer woman and the daughter of Indian immigrant parents.

This will be the first talk on her cross-country trip to the WTF Bikexplorers Summit in Montana this August, where she will be on a panel of QPOC bicylists.

Come and be inspired to break boundaries!

**Note: This event is all-gender

Moms on Wheels Meetup with Kidical Mass to Ride Summer Streets
Saturday, August 4
8:00am-11:00am, meet at Commodore Battery Park in Brooklyn

Let's ride the kids over to Summer Streets -- on the Manhattan Bridge, then up Centre and Lafayette Streets and Park Avenue South and Park Avenue. We'll first meet at Commodore Barry Park, then pick up any Manhattan riders on the Grand Street side of the Manhattan Bridge. We'll ride in succession to Summer Streets and keep together in safe riding practice.


WE Ride to Spumoni Gardens!
Sunday, August 5
1:30pm, wheels down 2:00pm, meet under the arch at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn

Please join us for PIZZA and ICE CREAM at the legendary 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, up the Eastern Parkway protected bike lane to Ave U at a social pace.

The 7-mile ride ends at the spot in Gravesend Brooklyn, near trains and close to beaches if anyone wants to venture on to Coney Island.

What to bring: helmet, sunscreen, money for food

**Note: This event is for women, female-identifying and gender non-conforming people only.


WE Bike NYC Happy Hour
Thursday, August 16
7-9pm, Ellington in the Park, 105th St inside Riverside Park


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 month our happy hour is outdoors in Riverside Park. If coming by subway, take the 1 train to 103rd, take the stairs down into the park at 103rd St., and head northwest past the dog run. You'll see the red umbrellas at the bar. Here's a map that shows you how to get there by bike from Riverside Drive or the Hudson River Greenway.

The WE Bike to Governors Island Civics & Art & Music & Culture Ride!
Saturday, August 18
9:45am, wheels down 10:00am, meet at Solar One on the East River Greenway just south of 23rd St in Manhattan

Route: Ride via East Side Bikeway to the Governors Island Ferry Building to get on the (FREE!) 11am shuttle

If you'd like to ride a Citi Bike (for FREE), you can meet us at the ferry and WE'll grab a Governors Island Citi Bike for you when WE get off the boat. (Let us know in the Facebook Event comments.)

After getting off the ferry, WE will ride the perimeter of the Island together and then WE'll check out some of the fabulous, free cultural events featured on the Island that day (and/or relax in the hammocks!). See the RSVP page for more info about all that is going on that weekend.

If you’d like to eat on the island, you can bring food or purchase something delicious from a wide variety of vendors. Participants can leave whenever they like – the ferry leaves for either Manhattan or Brooklyn on a regular basis throughout the day.

This is a beginner-friendly ride – the East River Greenway and Governors Island are both car-free. Bring your bike or spend some time on a Citi Bike. WE'll unlock a bike for you on the island, you can ride with us and return it before you leave.

Bring water, cash for lunch (or pack your own), a lock and your helmet.

**Note: This event is for women, female-identifying and gender non-conforming people only.


WE Ride to Boogie on the Boulevard
Sunday, August 26
12:00pm, wheels down 1:00pm, meet at Central Park Great Hill, Manhattan

Join WE Bike NYC for a short ride (approximately 5 miles) from Central Park up to Boogie on the Boulevard. Boogie on the Boulevard is the Bronx's version of Summer Streets. The Grand Concourse will be closed to cars from 162nd to 170th Street, and there will be a bike party!

WE'll start with a optional picnic gathering (bring your own food) at the Great Hill in Central Park. Look for us across from the bathrooms under a tree. (To get to the Great Hill, enter the park at W. 106th and Central Park West, take the bike path up the hill and then turn right and continue until you reach a large field.) If you want to skip the picnic you can meet us there at 1pm. There will also be food available at Boogie on the Boulevard.

Next, WE'll ride uptown on bike lanes and cross the beautiful High Bridge into the Bronx. When WE get to the Boogie on the Boulevard bike party there will be some surprises in store for us!

Please bring: Your helmet and water.

**Note: This event is for women, female-identifying and gender non-conforming people only.

We Can't Do It Without You!

WE Bike NYC is an entirely volunteer-run organization, but it still takes a bit of 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

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

Bike East Bike Tour + Active Lifestyle Fair
Saturday, Aug 18
9am-4pm, Linden/Gershwin Park, East New York, Brooklyn
More info

Join neighbors from around the city to celebrate and explore the active lifestyle amenities in and around East New York and Brownsville with a 20-mile bike tour through the neighborhood and onto the newly improved Jamaica Greenway.

This year there is also an all-day Active Lifestyle Fair at the start line so those who don't bike can also get in on fitness fun!

Bike New York's Forts, Ferries & Fotos Ride
Saturday, Aug 25
10am-4pm, Staten Island Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
More info

Join Bike New York on a voyage to Staten Island! We’ll enjoy inspiring Harbor views, beaches, sea breezes, and stop at two historical sites. First up: Fort Wadsworth, a former military fort with gorgeous views of the Verrazano bridge. Next, we’ll travel to the Alice Austen House Museum for a catered picnic and private tour. Alice Austen (1866 – 1952) was one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers and an early advocate for and photographer of women bicyclists. The tour will discuss Alice’s life and work and late 19th-century cycling. Among the highlights of the house: two period rooms and her original darkroom. Shutterbugs, it doesn’t get any better than this!

Rockaway Beach Bike Ride
Saturday, Aug 25
11am-6pm, Get Up & Ride, 330 South 3rd St, Brooklyn
More info

The Outsiders, Clif Bar, and Get Up and Ride are hosting a one-way bike Ride to Rockaway Beach. The ride starts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and cruises to the Far Rockaways in Queens with a pit stop along the way in Red Hook. The group will have access to a private beach complete with beach volleyball, spikeball and all the beach goodies you wish you had. 
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