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December News from WE Bike NYC

Happy holidays! WE are not hosting any events this month, but WE hope to be riding together again soon.

In the meantime, check out these recent highlights from the Female Bike Forum on Facebook:
Recommendations for folding ebikes
Celebrating funding for NYC bike infra, from the infrastructure bill!
Discussion about Oonee pods

Please consider WE Bike NYC in your holiday donations!

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! 

Meet a WE Biker: Lilach Shafir

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, or building our website. This month's volunteer is Lilach Shafir. Get to know Lilach here!

What was your first WE Bike NYC ride?
The ride to Mermaid Parade in June, 2016

What's your favorite route?
I really love (and miss) my morning commute from home to office (on hold during COVID)—it’s a solid 10 miles each way from east of Prospect Park, across Brooklyn, over the Manhattan bridge and up to Midtown Manhattan. I’ve been an all-seasons bike commuter for several years and it has been great to see improvements in bike infrastructure along this route I know well. 
What do you ride?

For my daily bike commute, I have a reliable hybrid that takes the beating of the city streets. I also have a Specialized road bike that I use for laps in Prospect Park and once-in-awhile longer rides over the George Washington Bridge and out of the city. My husband has a Surly that fits our toddler on her Thule seat—and I use that when I’m taking her around. And I Citi Bike for quick trips when I don’t want to lock up. Bikes mean more mobility options around our city, and that’s a win!
Why do you love WE Bike NYC?

The WE Bike community is so strong, welcoming, and supportive! All seasons NYC bike commuting felt so solitary and I was looking for thoughtful women who also love being on two wheels and supporting one another with bike-related endeavors (and beyond). WE Bike is just that community. It is a no judgment zone—all levels of experience welcome and encouraged. And now that I have a toddler, I appreciate the sub group Moms on Wheels and all the support that parents lend one another in considering how to move about the city on two wheels with extra (child) cargo. Nearly a decade ago, I started riding an off-the-shelf Huffy—I didn’t even know how to put air in my own tires. I’ve sharpened my own repair skills and boosted my riding confidence. I love learning from others in this community and also sharing back.

Bike Tip of the Month

This month's tip is: A Winter Biking Guide! from Emma, with the Adventure Cycling Association.

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

Community Events

Recycle-A-Bicycle maintenance classes
Recycle-A-Bicycle, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
6:30 pm unless noted otherwise

Free in-person bike maintenance classes at Recycle-A-Bicycle's shop in Clinton Hill are in full swing!

Registration links are posted to their respective class pages at a week before the session. Also, keep an eye on Bike New York's website and socials (including Recycle-A-Bicycle!) for the latest.

The schedule includes:
Thursday 12/9: Fix-A-Flat
Wednesday 12/15: Fix-A-Flat
Thursday 12/16: Ready-to-Ride
Wednesday 12/22: Wheel Truing
Thursday 12/23: Fix-A-Flat
Wednesday 12/29: Fix-A-Flat
Thursday 12/30: Gears and Derailleur Adjustment

More Information:

NightCAP weekly winter rides
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm
Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn

Join NightCAP (Cyclists Against Patriarchy), a social ride for trans & nonbinary people, queer, and allied cis women. Each ride will meet at Herbert Von King Park, and the group will ride to various destinations, decided by leaders each week.

More Information: @nightcap_brooklyn on Instagram

Bike New York "Holiday Lights & Sights" rides
Various locations and dates

Bedeck yourself and your bike with XMAS lights or other holiday bling on Bike New York's popular annual tours of NYC's most fabulous and iconic XMAS trees and lights. This year, there are four different opportunities to join.

  • Manhattan I: December 11, 3:00 PM, Columbus Circle
  • Bronx: December 12, 3:00 PM, Van Cortlandt Park
  • Brooklyn: December 18, 3:00 PM, Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Manhattan II: December 19, 3:00 pm: Columbus Circle
More Information: 
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