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Bike and Roll NYC Teams Up with NYC Century Bike Tour

 

Bike and Roll NYC Teams Up With NYC Century Bike Tour
to Provide Bikes and Support to Participants – Just Show Up on Sept. 18th, Your Bike is Waiting for You!

DETAILS: Anyone planning on participating in the NYC Century on Sept. 18th has a convenient option – rent a bike from Bike and Roll NYC and a bike will be waiting for you at either of the five route’s two starting points. Whether you’re planning to ride the 15-, 35-, 55-, 75-, or 100-mile route through the streets of New York City, Bike and Roll NYC’s support is behind you.

In addition to the convenience of not having to get a bike to either Start (in Central Park or Prospect Park), every renter gets a bike fit to their height, a helmet, and mechanical support.

“The NYC Century supports Transportation Alternatives, which supports bike lanes in New York City,” said Chris Wogas, President of Bike and Roll NYC. “This is one of the best ways I know to show everyone that biking around New York City is a great activity. This tour has something for everyone – from families to the most hard-core cyclist. We’re proud to be a part of it.”

More than 5,000 cyclists expected to participate in the event, many from outside the city. Knowing that a well-tuned bike will be waiting for you at the start means travelers have one less thing to worry about. Bikes are simply returned to Bike and Roll NYC at the Start when riders are finished with the tour.

Bike and Roll NYC has built its reputation on the quality of its bikes and the dedication of its mechanics – renting from them for this event means peace of mind.

Several different bikes are available for the day:

Comfort Bike: $69; Performance Bike: $79; Road Bike: $89 (Transportation Alternatives members get $5 off)

Go to bikeandrollnyc.com or call 212-260-0400 for details on bikes and additional info on equipment for kids.

22nd Annual New York City Century Bike Tour – September 18, 2011


The nation’s only all-urban 100-mile bike tour. Be a part of it!

There are three great reasons to ride the NYC Century Bike Tour:

With five different routes, there’s a ride for everyone!

Choose between 15-, 35-, 55-, 75- and 100-mile route options, with fully stocked rest stops and safety marshals throughout the course. Convenient starting locations in Manhattan’s Central Park and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park make it easier to finish.

See New York City like you’ve never seen it before!

Every route on the NYC Century tours amazing views of all the sights. See the world’s greatest city from the world’s greatest vantage point, your bike saddle.

The tour links NYC’s historic bridges and rollicking parks to its unique neighborhoods and idyllic waterfronts.

Bike for Better Biking!

When you ride the NYC Century, you’re supporting Transportation Alternatives’ work for better biking in New York City. As you ride, you are the face of the New York City cyclist, showing the world that biking New York is a blast!

Participating in the Event

Two convenient starting locations: In Manhattan (Central Park) or Brooklyn (Prospect Park) mean an easier start to your day. Want to participate in the New York City Century but don’t have a bike or want the convenience of a custom, on-location rental? Rent your bike from Bike and Roll NYC. We’ll have your bike waiting for you at the starting point of your choice (Central Park or Prospect Park), pick it up at the end point, provide you with a helmet, and have mechanic support on hand, should you need it.

Pricing

Comfort Bike: $69.00*

Performance Bike: $79.00*

Road Bike: $89.00*

* plus tax

Price includes bike pickup at starting location of your choice, drop-off at end point, helmet, and mechanic support, if needed. With a Bike and Roll Rental, all you need to do is pick your route and show up!

Reserve a bike now!

About the Routes

  • 15-Mile — Park to Park: Escorted by TA (Transportation Alternatives) Marshals, this route is meant for first-time riders and families. Riders travel around historic Washington Square Park, roll through the hip scene in SoHo, then proceed over the Brooklyn Bridge. The tour officially finishes in Prospect Park, where riders can collect their tee-shirts and water bottles. Additionally, the Prospect Park Zoo will be waiving admission to anyone with a NYC Century ride bib! Just be sure to bring a bike lock to secure your bike outside of the Zoo. Route begins at 8:00 am. Finish between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. This route must start in Central Park.
  • 35-Mile — East River Loop: This route is ideal for riders looking for more than a Sunday stroll. The route travels through historic downtown Brooklyn, around the idyllic Prospect Park and continues through the artistic enclave of Williamsburg, all the way to Astoria Park in Queens. Route begins in Central Park at 7:30 am or in Prospect Park at 8:00 am. Finish between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • 55-Mile — The Waterfront: This route increases the mileage, but with New York’s relatively flat terrain, it is a manageable route for a rider looking to challenge themself. This route takes riders through waterfront views along the Brooklyn greenway, including the majestic Verrazano Bridge and the famous amusements at Coney Island. The route eventually connects with the 35-mile route to finish. Route begins in Central Park at 7:00 am or in Prospect Park at 7:30 am. Finish between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  • 75-Mile — The Rockaways: This route is not for amateurs. Riders travel out to Far Rockaway, Queens and beautiful Fort Tilden Beach. The route takes riders through the serene, car-free Forest Park and up to Kissena Park. Route begins in Central Park at 6:30 am or in Prospect Park at 7:00 am. Finish between 12:00 and 4:00 pm.
  • 100-Mile – The NYC Century: Experienced Cyclists Only. Cyclists swing through eastern Queens before looping back west to Astoria Park along the 75-mile route. The route progresses into the Bronx. This part of the ride is the most challenging because the hills have been saved for the end. The route winds down through northern Manhattan and through historic Harlem neighborhoods. Route begins in Central Park at 6:00 am or in Prospect Park at 6:30 am. Finish between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.

A Bicycle Ride of Epic Proportions

The 3rd annual Waterfront Epic Ride drew hundreds of enthusiastic cyclists.

by Lilly Frances

Call it biking for a cause.

Hundreds of enthusiastic cyclists participated in the 3rd annual Waterfront Epic Ride, a 40-mile excursion intended to raise awareness about cycling in the borough and to show the potential for, and encourage the completion of, a waterfront greenway.

The ride began at Newtown Creek in Greenpoint and proceeded through Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy, Fort Greene, Dumbo, Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Gowanus and also featured stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and historic waterfront industrial buildings along the wat route. The ride was organized by bike advocacy group Transportation Alternatives in collaboration with Columbia Street’s Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.

Many riders praised and acknowledged the improvements and progress made on the waterfront Greenway bike path over the past three years. Some riders, including David Lynch (no relation to the filmmaker) even came from outside of the city to participate, giving Brooklyn some well deserved street cred for being so bike-friendly, and always getting better.

“We live in Nassau county, and come to Brooklyn to ride,” he said.

Indeed, the term “bike-friendly” has its own meaning in Brooklyn; the sense of community Brooklyn cyclists are becoming known for was evident in Saturday’s ride. Riders stopped along the way were asked by others if they needed assistance. Many riders looked out for those behind them, making sure everyone was on the right path and didn’t get separated from the group.

“It’s encouraging to see this could be a bike path, especially for an avid biker and rookie,” said one rider, Amanda Smith.

“It doesn’t have an elitist vibe to it,” said another, Erika Clarke. “I feel like everyone is looking out for each other, and it’s super fun.”

This year’s ridership included well over 250 people, spread out in small groups, and the path was marked so as everyone could ride at their own pace.

Dave “Paco” Abraham, local bike advocate, volunteer and member of Transportation Alternatives, said the ride has grown steadily bigger since it started three years ago, demonstrating the potential for an extremely popular waterfront bike path.

There are “a lot of energized people,” he said.

The other sponsors of the ride exemplify the wide ranging support the waterfront Greenway bike path enjoys. They include the Regional Plan Association, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Transportation, among others.

The Greenway is well on its way to becoming what its supporters envision, said Abraham.

“We’re linking all Brooklyn neighborhoods through the Greenway,” he added.

Currently, only parts of the Greenway are built, but the work continues.

“All in all, people are getting to see the real potential of complete bicycle infrastructure in the city,” said Abraham.

3rd Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride on July 30, 2011

On Saturday, July 30th, join Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI), Transportation Alternatives (TA) Brooklyn Volunteer Committee, National Park Service, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and Regional Plan Association (RPA) for the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride, a 40 mile ride along Brooklyn’s entire waterfront and Jamaica Bay that highlights the potential of a completed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway combined with a completed Jamaica Bay Greenway.

Following the ride you can go to the beach or make your way back independently via the A train, a Rockaway ferry to Wall Street Pier 11 from Riis Landing (at 3:00PM or 5:00PM) or by riding back on Flatbush Avenue, the most direct route to northern Brooklyn.

Register today!

Want to participate in the Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride but don’t have a bike? Rent one from Bike and Roll New York City. Our nearest rental location is our Brooklyn Bridge Park location at the end of old Fulton Street and very close to the start of the ride. Please call 212.260.0400 to make sure the right size bike is waiting for you on the day of the ride.

Hop On, Hop Off Bike Rentals Roll Into City Parks

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, second from left, joins Bike and Roll executives on some Bike and Roll bicycles. (Photo credit DNAinfo/Leslie Albrecht)

by Leslie Albrecht, DNAinfo.com

UPPER WEST SIDE — Just in time for the summer cycling season, bike rental outfit Bike and Roll unveiled a new “hop on, hop off” service in which riders will be able to return rented bikes at any of the company’s locations around the city.

Bike and Roll has a contract with the Parks Department to rent bikes at 11 locations, including the Tavern on the Green parking lot in Central Park, Riverside Park South and West Harlem Piers Park.

Starting Tuesday, the company will allow riders to “hop on” their bikes at one location, and “hop off” of them at any other Bike and Roll locations throughout the city, including Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and Governor’s Island. The company had previously required that riders return their bikes to the same place they were rented.

“It allows every person to personalize Manhattan and see it the way they want to see it,” Bike and Roll NYC president Chris Wogas said at the announcement event on Tuesday at Tavern on the Green.

Bike and Roll’s rental prices range from $12 an hour for a beach cruiser to $69 for a day for a Trek racing bike.

Aside from renting bikes, Bike and Roll runs community programs, including free riding lessons for kids and a good neighbor initiative that fixes flat tires for any cyclist who stops at a Bike and Roll location.

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe encouraged the public to jump on a bike this summer, saying that the city is becoming increasingly bike-friendly, with new bike lanes and six miles of bike paths in Central Park.

Plans to add even more cycling to Central Park by letting cyclists to share crosstown paths with pedestrians this summer have drawn praise from bike riders, and criticism from an Upper East Side community board.

 

Tour the Monmouth Countryside: Twin Lights Ride

 

Presented by Jamaica Tourist Board

September 25, 2011

Start/Finish: Highlands, NJ

Bike New York, an organization that promotes and encourages bicycling and bicycle safety through education and events, has pulled out all the stops for their season-ending ride in 2011! New routes alongside the ocean, pies, and chocolate fountains are some of the highlights while riding back roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. Founded in 2002, the annual Twin Lights Ride begins and ends beneath the famed Twin Lights overlooking Sandy Hook and features:

  • Four mileage choices, from 30 to 100 miles, including optional group rides
  • Landmark lighthouse views
  • Well-marked routes, well-stocked rest areas, full SAG support
  • Fresh, local seafood for sale at post-ride festival and in town
  • Free T-shirt for the first 1,500 registrants
  • Optional round-trip ferry from NYC (reservations available until September 24)
  • A portion of rider entry fees helps people with cancer via The Wellness Community, and you can help additionally by becoming a VIP fund-raiser.

Riders have the option of joining a group or riding on their own for the 30- and 55-mile routes. Route Info >

At the end of the ride, everyone returns to Highlands to enjoy a meal at one of the many seafood (or other) restaurants, catch some music or light food at the post-ride festival, and pick up the ride T-shirt (eligible participants only). Thanks to the Highlands Business Partnership for working with us to offer this full day of cycling, seafood, and fun!

Rider Feedback from 2010

“Just wanted to say a big “THANK YOU” to all involved in the event. This was my first organized cycling event and it far exceeded my expectations. The route was marked very well. The people running the rest stops were incredibly friendly. I came with friends but made more along the way. I was also happy to get to know the Highlands community. I otherwise would have probably never ventured out there but is was quite lovely and I’m thinking of planning a date-night with my wife in the area.”
-JC, 50 miles

“I just want to thank you for a fabulous riding event today. I have nothing bad to say from start to finish. I love how we got to take the ferry to the starting point of the ride. All the rest stops had everything I need. See you next year.”
-GL, 100 miles

“We just wanted to thank you. We traveled from Utica, NY, for this ride and we definitely plan to come back next year. We were pleased with its organization, safety, course markings, rest areas, and overall friendliness of participants. It was a truly enjoyable experience.”
-DM, 50 miles

“Just wanted to convey my appreciation for organizing a super duper ride/event. The road markings especially were beyond reproach. The rest areas were well equipped. Volunteers were ever cheerful. And the cruel climbs at the end of century… pure genius! Loved it all. To quote a gu’vnor, ‘I’ll be back.'”
-AS, 100 miles

“I had a great time at the ride Saturday. You guys did an excellent job! I have never done an organized ride before and I can’t see how any others could be better than this experience. My thanks to all the volunteers, the police, and the rescue people.”
-AB, 50 miles

 

The Fourth Annual Tour de Queens

 

The 4th Annual Tour de Queens will be held on Sunday, July 10th, 2011

For a taste of what you’re in for, check out this video of riders enjoying the 2009 Tour de Queens, courtesy of StreetFilms.org:

The Tour de Queens starts in Flushing Meadows Park by the Queens Museum of Art. Check-in begins at 8 am. The ride begins at 9:00 am.

  • The Tour de Queens is a leisurely paced, 20-mile ride open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels.
  • The course is mostly flat and will go through the parks and neighborhoods of eastern and northern Queens.
  • We will visit the neighborhoods of Corona, Forest Hills, Glendale, Ridgewood, Maspeth, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights. There will be a rest stop in Forest Park.
  • Registration is required; limited day of registration will be available at the Start on a first come, first serve basis, beginning at 8am.
  • Helmets are required for riders under 14 years of age.

Getting there: The Tour de Queens starts in Flushing Meadow Corona Park between the Queens Museum of Art and the Unisphere.

Mass transit: Via #7 Flushing, Queens. Exit Mets-Willets Point and follow the signs to Flushing Meadows Corona Park through the exit ramp of the station into the park. Then, follow signs for the Queens Museum on a fifteen-minute walk through the park to the museum, which is located next to the Unisphere, the giant steel globe. Get subway and bus directions powered by HopStop (exiting at Mets-Willets Point)

Alternatively, exit at 111th Street Station. Walk south on 111th Street past the New York Hall of Science. Left on 49th Avenue into the Park. Continue past fountain over the Grand Central Parkway walking bridge. Museum is on right, next to Unisphere, the giant steel globe. Get subway and bus directions powered by HopStop (Exiting at 111th Street)

Please Note: If you plan on taking the subway check the MTA Service Advisory Postings before leaving home.

For walking, cycling and (gasp) driving directions, use this address in google maps:

Queens Museum of Art New York City Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens NY 11368