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Bike New York Newsletter - January 2022

Clubs and Organizations

January 4, 2022

From: Bike Expo New York

January is a time for setting goals and putting plans into motion. Whether you resolved to brush up on your bike skills, give back by volunteering or donating, or ride in your first TD Five Boro Bike Tour, we're here to help you reach your goals—and we want you to have fun along the way!

TD Five Boro Bike Tour
New York/ May 1, 2022

Given recent developments surrounding COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, we at Bike New York have decided to postpone registration for the 2022 TD Five Boro Bike Tour. We plan to have a new registration date in the coming weeks and a healthy, safe, and fun ride for participants on May 1, 2022! 

Friendly reminder: If you deferred your Tour registration from 2020 or 2021 to 2022, we will email you with registration instructions. Please make sure to monitor the email address you used to register for the previous Tour. Your spot is secured, but you’ll need to register for the 2022 Tour, so you can confirm your mailing address, create or join a team, and sign your waiver.

Current Bike New York Members are guaranteed an opportunity to register for the 2022 Tour. A member of our team will be in touch via email.

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Virtual TD Five Boro Bike Tour
January 8-31, 2022

With the TD Five Boro Bike Tour around the corner, it's time to get started on training

This month, get ready for the in-person Tour with the virtual one! We've partnered with virtual ride provider, FulGaz, to offer a virtual, 4K version of our iconic TD Five Boro Bike Tour. From January 8 to January 31, registered riders will be able to experience America's largest bike ride from the comfort of their own home.

Registration has been extended until Monday, January 24—don't miss out on this unique opportunity to virtually cruise through car-free NYC streets.

And don't forget, the fastest U.S. participant will win a Stages Cycling SB20 Smart Bike, valued at over $3,000!

Please note: Virtual Tour registrants will receive a 30-day free trial to FulGaz via their registration confirmation email.

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BONUS Registrants can now access a new, 20-minute Central Park Loop at no cost before the Virtual Tour, so you can get a head start on training!

Check it out now on FulGaz.

Our friends at Primal are offering 20% off merchandise in their online store for all Virtual Tour registrants until March 31, 2022.

Register for the Virtual Tour between now and January 5, and you'll receive a special 20% off promo code via email!

IN THE COMMUNITY

Great news to start off the New Year, y'all! Governor Kathy Hochul signed the MTA Bike Access Bill on Tuesday, December 28.

For the first time, the MTA will be required to develop an overall strategy for bikes, including access to MTA bridges such as the Verrazzano, Triboro, and Henry Hudson and bike parking at transit stations. Enactment of the legislation and subsequent action by the MTA will support New York’s bike boom and is a vital step toward the need for climate-friendly and low-cost transportation options. The MTA currently has no program for bike parking and, alone among metro bridge operators, doesn’t allow cycling on any of its seven bridges. Bike-to-subway/commuter rail has tremendous potential in New York City and the surrounding region and can help rebuild MTA ridership. 
 
Bike New York developed the legislation, and with StreetsPAC, helped win legislative approval. Thanks to the resolute leadership of bill sponsors, State Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas, the Legislature unanimously approved the measure in June 2021. 
 
We appreciate recent MTA steps, such as ending the bike permit programs on Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road and the bike parking pilot at Grand Central. Bike New York looks forward to working with MTA and its operating agencies to significantly expand bridge access and bike-to-transit facilities.

In December, Mayor-Elect Eric Adams named Ydanis Rodriguez his incoming Transportation Commissioner. Rodriguez represented Washington Heights and Inwood in the City Council from 2009 through 2021. He has been a great friend to Bike New York, strongly supporting our Bike Education programs throughout his tenure in government. 

In his first statement as Transportation Commissioner-designate, Rodriguez said, "We are going to commit to replacing 50 percent of all plastic-protected bike lanes with sturdier and more permanent structures within the first 100 days."

We couldn't be more grateful to the new commissioner. Bike New York has relentlessly flagged the quality of the city's protected bike lanes as a big problem for advancing NYC bike use, especially over the past year, including in our interview with Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams back in March.

Congratulations, Commissioner Rodriguez! We're looking forward to working with you! 

BIKE EDUCATION
Request A Class

Does your school or neighborhood Open Street want to host a Learn to Ride - Kids class on Earth Day? Does your business want to provide a "Lunch & Learn" on Bike Commuting for employees?

Great news! Local organizations can request certain types of Bike New York classes. Schools, non-profit organizations, government agencies, you name it! Request a class and we'll do our best to put it on the 2022 calendar.

Please note: Request forms can be found at the bottom of every class page.

The following types of classes and programs can be requested:

- Anything on our website with the "chalkboard" icon

- Learn to Ride - Kids (we don't provide bikes or helmets)

- Bike Safety Assemblies for schools

- Bicycle Field Trips for schools (even college classes!)

- Any "on bike" classes that take place at our bike education centers

Please note the following limitations:

- We don't truck or transport bikes to classes.

- We don't schedule classes on federal holiday weekends.

- We can't offer classes on the weekends where we have our own major events (e.g. first Sunday of May, last Sunday of June, and last Sunday of September).

- Earth Day is very popular for Learn to Ride - Kids classes. Request a session now!

WINTER RIDING

Winter weather isn’t necessarily the end of bike riding; riding in the snow can be fun and invigorating! We offer a ton of helpful resources for you to make the most out of the winter cycling season.

Check out our Winter Cycling Tips on our blog and YouTube channel.

Recycle-A-Bicycle
Winter Tuneups

Stop by our Recycle-A-Bicycle shop in Clinton Hill today to take advantage of our Winter Service Special. Now through March 20, 2022, we are offering 25% off all Tune-Up Packages.

Please reach out to rabshop@bike.nyc or (718) 858-2972 with questions or to schedule a service appointment.

January Classes @ RAB

Wednesday, 1/5: Brakes

Wednesday, 1/12: Gears and Derailleur Adjustment

Thursday, 1/13: Fix-A-Flat

Wednesday, 1/19: Bearing Assemblies

Wednesday, 1/26: Wheel Truing

Thursday, 1/27: Fix-A-Flat

A NOTE ABOUT IN-PERSON CLASSES

Capacity for our in-person Classes @ RAB remains limited, and pandemic safety protocols will be observed. Come prepared with a mask, proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and an excitement to learn something new. Registration links are posted to their respective class pages about a week before the session. Keep an eye on Bike New York's website and social media for the latest.

VOLUNTEERS

Our January Volunteer Spotlight shines on dynamic duo: Yawa and Kent. Yawa and Kent have been Bike New York volunteers for seven years, ever since Yawa learned to ride a bicycle with BNY in 2014! We asked the pair what volunteering for Bike New York meant to them. Here's what they said...

Yawa: It is a blessing to be able to "pay it forward" through my volunteer work since many people took time out of their schedules to teach me the skills necessary to ride a bike at my age. It is very rewarding to be able to connect with the students and to share in their happiness when they achieve their goal of riding a bike.

Kent: I am proud to be a Bike New York volunteer and to be involved in this organization which provides such a useful and fun service to the community. The free bike education classes allow participants to experience the joy of learning a new skill the correct and safe way, gives them a fun way to exercise and to socialize, and allows them to help the environment through utilizing a greener method of transportation. I love seeing the smiles and unbridled joy of the students after they have learned to ride a bike.

When Kent and Yawa aren't volunteering their time for Bike New York, you can find them pedaling on the Queensboro Bridge or the Putnam County Trailways. Thank you, Yawa and Kent, for supporting us in our mission to empower New Yorkers to transform their lives through bicycling.

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