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August News from WE Bike NYC

The summer is flying by! WE hope you're enjoying the long days and warm weather. Above is a photo from the start of July's ride to L&B Spumoni Gardens for pizza and ice cream. Despite the heat, a good time was had all around!
Here are some recent highlights from the Female Bike Forum on Facebook:
Advice on flying with or shipping a bike?
Tips for beginner cyclists: bikes and saddles
Five Boro Bike Tour: volunteering and riding

WE Bike NYC Upcoming Events

WE Ride for Pupusas and Pies
Saturday, August 14
Meet at 11:00am, wheels down at 11:30am
Marsha P. Johnson State Park, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Kent Ave. & N. 9th St.)


Celebrate summer with a fun social ride and mini food tour in Red Hook! We'll meet up at Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Williamsburg, and then follow the Brooklyn waterfront down to Red Hook. Our first stop will be the Red Hook food vendors for pupusas (or whatever else strikes your fancy). Then we'll head over to Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies, a waterfront bakery where we can relax at outdoor picnic tables, take in the view and enjoy mini key lime pies!

This ride is appropriate for beginners who have some experience riding in traffic. The route is approximately 7 miles and flat. All bikes are welcome! Bring water, cash for food purchases, a mask and your helmet.

This event is for women, female-identifying and gender nonconforming people only.

Young Professionals in Transportation/WE Bike NYC Queens Bike Tour
Sunday, August 15
Meet at 11:00am, wheels down at 11:30am
South end of Queensbridge Park, near Vernon Blvd and the Queensbridge Park Greenway

Ride along with Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT-NYC) and WE Bike NYC for an epic bike ride through Queens!

For this ride, we are joined by staff from NYC DOT and volunteers from the 34th Ave Open Streets Coalition. They will guide us through the borough and showcase several of their recent projects, including the hugely successful 34th Avenue Open Street! We’ll gain insights into the implementation of bicycle infrastructure from conception to fruition.

We’ll begin this ~5 mile ride at Queensbridge Park and ride through Astoria, Woodside, and finally end in Jackson Heights.

After the ride, stick around to join fellow YPT and WE Bike NYC members for drinks and snacks in Jackson Heights.

What to bring: Helmet, mask, sunscreen, money for food/drinks, full water bottles.

Note: This is an all-gender ride open to bicyclists of all experience levels.

Meet a WE Biker: Chantal Hardy

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 Chantal Hardy. Get to know Chantal here!

What was your first WE Bike NYC ride?
It was the WE Ride the Rapha Women's 100K -- 60 miles roundtrip. I was shy but everyone was so friendly and welcoming!

What’s your favorite route?
The North and South Country rail trails connecting Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx to the Putnam County trail in Westchester. Picturesque and protected!

What do you ride?
Three (!!!) bikes: a Redline 925 single speed commuter with bullhorn handlebars, a Trek Lexa road bike, and an All City Space Horse for touring

Why do you love WE Bike NYC?  
I moved back to NYC from Boston a few years ago and am grateful to the diverse, supportive WE Bike NYC community for becoming my second family!

Bike Tip of the Month

This month's video is: How to Fit a Bike at Home Yourself.
Have a favorite bike tip video worth sharing? Email us.
How to Fit a Bike at Home Yourself

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

Featured: Five Boro Bike Tour
Sunday, August 22

Join Bike New York and roll through every borough of New York City on streets totally free of traffic. For one day, the roads are yours, the bridges are yours, the City is yours. The Tour is the world’s biggest charitable bike ride, with proceeds funding our free bike education programs. In 2020, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Bike New York taught bike riding and safety skills in virtual classrooms to more than 25,000 kids and adults.
More Info


Manhattan Loop: Car-free & Party Bicycle Ride
Saturday, August 7
Meet 9:00 am, wheels down at 9:30
Down to Earth Morningside Park Farmers Market

Mid-summer social ride looping Manhattan from West to East Harlem, organized by Uptown & Boogie Bicycle Advocacy.

Bike from Upper Manhattan (Down to Earth Market) to Brooklyn Bridge via Summer Streets and return using the West Side Greenway to party in East Harlem.

The ride will include rest stops, art and food/drinks available for purchase along the route.
More Info

Bridges of Randall's Island Bike Tour
Saturday, August 21
10:30am -12:00pm

Wards Meadow Citi Bike Station

Explore the Island by bike! Join Randall's Island Park Alliance for a fun bike tour of the park. Enjoy views of the gardens, urban farm, and wetlands! All ages and abilities are welcome. The ride will be roughly 4-6 miles at a conversational pace, primarily on bike and pedestrian paths.
More Info

Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway
Sunday, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (and most Sundays through Oct 31)
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Bronx River Parkway, Bronx

During Bicycle Sundays, the Bronx River Parkway is open exclusively for bicyclists, in-line skaters, scooters, walkers and joggers from Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center to Exit 4 at Scarsdale Road in Yonkers.

The round-trip distance is 13 miles (but you can stop anytime). A fun tradition for all ages. Parking available at at the County Center lot in White Plains ($8).
More Info

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