April Community Events

April 4: Velo City Benefit 
6:00 PM, Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pll, Manhattan.

Please join Velo City and friends in celebrating another year of training the next generation of urban planners and designers!
In addition to celebrating Velo City’s fourth year of cycling-based urban planning and design education programs we will recognize the inspiring work of an individual, a company, and a non-profit organization. Our honorees are leaders in the built environment, community development and social justice realms.

April 6: DOT Bike Bonanza Free Helmet Giveaway
11:00 AM.  Thomas Greene Park, between Nevins Street and 3rdAvenue and Douglass and Degraw Streets, Brooklyn.
The Department of Transportation will be fitting and giving away free bike helmets to people of all ages, while supplies last.  You must be present, learn how to properly fit and wear the helmet, and sign a waiver (parents or legal guardians must sign waivers for children 17 and under) in order to receive a free helmet.  There will also be a kids’ bike swap “learn to ride” sponsored by Bike New York (more info here). 

April 8: Annual Ghost Bike Memorial Ride
Check out the FB or website below to find the meet up spot in your borough.
The annual Memorial Ride and Walk brings New Yorkers together to remember pedestrians and cyclists killed in our city during the past year.  Riders will visit the sites of each ghost bike installed over the last 12 months.  Bring flowers and other items to honor and commemorate those lost.  Please check ghostbikes.org/node/949 for updates on the full schedule and route info over the next few weeks.  RSVP here.

April 13: Brooklyn Skillshare – Beat the Fare, Learn to Ride: Urban Cycling Skills 101
2:00 PM.
 Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 92, Brooklyn.
With the advent of NYC’s first-ever bike share program, and yet another hike in transit fares, there’s never been a better time to brush up on your bike-commuting skills and get on a bike.  Learn about biking and advocacy groups (like TA and Recycle-a-Bicycle) and how you can get involved.  Topics will include Biking Rules, Flat Fixing 101, how to lock up right, and more.  The event will conclude with an hour-long group ride on the Kent Avenue Greenway.  RSVP here; more info here.

April 13: Rally and Chalk walk to Celebrate Anti- Street Harassment Week
12-5 PM, Washington Square Park
RECLAIM THE STREETS! Street harassment ends here.
There will be a rally with a mix of speakers and performers in Washington Square Park on the stage, located east of the fountain, then at 2pm participants will leave the rally to chalk the streets of New York with positive messages against street harassment. Chalk is provided! After your hard work has paid off, come to The Half Pint on the corner of Thompson and West 3rd to refuel. RSVP and more info here.

April 14 (and June 9 and July 21): Kissena Velodrome Women’s Track Clinic
This is your chance to try riding a fixed gear the way they were intended! One a banked track on the velodrome! Loaner bikes are available, so register early if you want to borrow one. The coaches are great and the whole clinic is a blast! This is a great activity for people who are new to the track and fixed gears, but you should feel comfortable riding a bike. More info here.
April 17: Women’s Racing Clinic with CRCA
Interested in racing? This free event meets at our Soho store where our women’s team and a few other guest speakers introduce you to the NYC women’s racing scene. Meet other cyclists, ask questions and learn more about what you might want to try this spring. We encourage you to register in advance in order to ride with the team in Central Park as they take you first-hand through a private, closed race, guided and instructed. http://www.crca.net/racing/open-clinics/womens-clinic/

April 20: Annual Blessing of the Bikes
9:00 AM SHARP! Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 112th Street & Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan.
Dress as you normally do for cycling and bring your bike (or skates or non-motorized scooter) inside the spectacular Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for the 15th Annual Blessing of the Bikes.  Lots more info attheblessingofthebikes.com.

May 8: Bike to School Day

June 2: Tour de Cure
Pier 84 (W 44th & 12th Ave.)
New York City bike ride to help raise money to find a cure for diabetes.