If you’ve been in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Central Park, or Riverside Park at all this summer, chances are you may have seen one of our brand new Pedal Stops in action. Pedal Stops are cyclist aid and info stations, strategically placed in those three city parks. We provide all kinds of info about Bike New York, including flyers on volunteering, our free bike classes, and our regional rides. We also have some great giveaways, like our all-natural fruit and nut KIND bars (generously provided by KIND Healthy Snacks), NYC Cycling Maps, which detail all the bike lanes in our fair city (and some in Jersey too!) and a really cool tote bag and programming guide provided by our friends at NYC Media.
People ask us all the time why we are out there. Our answer is: because we love NYC, we love cycling, and we love cyclists! We wanted to come up with a way to connect with the cycling community outside of our rides and classes. We want to hear your comments and questions. We want to know what you want to see from us. (More or less regional rides? More Bicycling Basics classes? More local NYC public events?) We also know that it helps to speak face to face to a real live person—not a voice on the phone, not an email, although we do our best to return all emails and phone calls.
Bike New York also realizes that it can take a while to become familiar with all the cycling rules in Central Park and Riverside Park. This is why the amazing team at Central Park Conservancy is on hand every time we have a Pedal Stop in Central Park to answer questions. We are in touch with Riverside Park too, and we convey the questions and concerns you voice to us about the bike path. So if you have questions, let us know! We’ll do our best to get answers for you.
I have to say though, that the Pedal Stops seem to bring out the best in people. I have met so many members of the cycling community with so many interesting stories. I met a fellow last month who rolled up with a fully packed touring bike. I asked him where he was going and he said, “Around the world.” He had started off from Park City, Utah, on June 1, and we met in Riverside Park on July 17. I’m not sure where he is now, but I wish him the best of luck.
Our next Pedal Stop is in Riverside Park on August 20th and 21st. If you are interested in volunteering, contact us at email@example.com. Otherwise, come out, pick up a tote bag and a KIND bar, pump up your tire, and stay and chat with us for a while.
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