This week at the 5BBC
Saturday, March 8, 2014
SPRING TRAINING RIDE #1: ENGLEWOOD
9:30 AM, Columbus Circle, 35 miles
We kick off our Spring Training Series with a short distance and an easily attainable goal. Enjoy the view from the GW Bridge on the way over to New Jersey.
SPRING TRAINING RIDE #2: HICKSVILLE
10:00 AM, Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Pl, Queens, 35 miles
Not in shape for a 100 mile ride yet? That's OK, neither are we. Start preparing now for the Montauk Century with our training ride series - each week the rides get a little longer. Bring lightweight bike lock and lunch money.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
FLAT ROCK NATURE PRESERVE
9:30 AM, City Hall, 30 miles, moderate pace
AAH Naturale in Joisey! This privately owned nature preserve lets us bike to their Nature Center but, only hike their trails. Lunch at a pond teaming with life in the beautiful outdoors. It's Spring. Clear the winter cobwebs and come for a ride. Clothing is not optional.
JACKSON DINER - A WINTER'S RIDE TO WARM YOU UP
9:30 AM, Grand Army Plaza, Entrance to Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 30 miles at a moderate pace
Warm up and end the winter doldrums with a ride that will add spice to your life. From Grand Army Plaza we ride to the famous Jackson Diner in Jackson Heights to take advantage of their all-you-can-eat Indian buffet for $10.95 (regular lunch menu also available) + tax and tip. On the way out we will divert slightly for a loop through historic Stuyvesant Heights. Bring lock and money for lunch. In case of iffy weather check Bulletin Board or follow billm45s on Twitter.
GROTTA AZZURA PIZZA RIDE [CANCELED]
10:00 am, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, 20 miles, flat 12-15 mph pace
A short flat ride down to Coney Island and back. Stopping at the highly rated Grotta Azzurra Pizzeria for lunch. Bring a lock, $$ for lunch, a spare tube, cold weather gear and a metro card just in case. A forecast of snow or rain or temps below 25 degrees cancels.
February Bicycling News Roundup
Head on over to Adventure Cycling Association to read about the history of fatbikes, which have emerged as the fastest growing segment of the bicycle industry this year. Also at Adventure Cycling Association is a guide on bike touring for couples, perfect timing for Valentine's Day. Last, but certainly not least, Adventure Cycling Association has some tips on maintaining your sanity through this snowy winter.
Transportation Alternatives has an interesting article on what all this snow we're getting reveals about the streets that surround us. Also by Transportation Alternatives is a to-do list for Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero initative. This bold declaration by the NYC major aims to reduce to zero by 2024 the traffic crashes that injure 70,000 and kill 300 New Yorkers annually. Do you want to participate in advocacy in your neighborhood? Transportation Alternatives has community activist committees that meet; read more here.
Speaking of advocacy, the League of American Bicyclists is holding the 2014 National Bike Summit in Washington DC on March 3-5, 2014. The 2014 Summit will provide bicyclists a voice on Capitol Hill on the topics of bicycle safety, funding and equity. Join more than 700 participants from all across the US working towards a Bicycle Friendly America. Even if you can't make it in person, you can take action now to support the safe streets act!
Speaking of safe streets, on Streetsblogs you can view the weekly carnage, a round-up of all the motor vehicle violence across the five boroughs.
Elsewhere on the interwebs, timelapse into a bike and pedestrian friendly New York City on The Bird Wheel. Velojoy shares some lessons from extreme weather Citi-biking and Jake Dobkin on Gothamist shares his story about riding Citibikes in the snow. Also on Gothamist is the story of the grouchy Suffolk County legislator that thinks all cyclists should just stay off the roads, for their own safety of course. Hey, he's just concerned about you.
Stuck inside because of all this snow? Check out some bicycle video shorts courtesy of Bike Blog NYC. Or maybe you're rethinking your career and considering a move towards becoming a bike mechanic. Before you do, check out Bike Rumors slideshow of bike mechanic salaries. After viewing it, perhaps you'll take a little better care of your bike in between visits to the shop and little better care of your mechanic while you're at the shop.
Lastly, in the news of the weird, Willamette Week reports that Portland's Worst Day of the Year to Ride was cancelled for... wait for it... BAD WEATHER! Apparently, a measley 8 inches of snow caused Portalandians to cancel their eponymous ride.
The 2014 Montauk Century
The 2013 "back to basics" Montauk Century accomplished three important things: re-established the camaraderie and community spirit that had defined our Club's past; showed that we didn't need to do this ride on a big scale; and ensured that we didn't lose money on an ambitious event. That will continue for 2014. The 5BBC Executive Board has decided that to repeat the formula of the 2013 "Back to Basics" approach.
It will again be held on Sunday, May 18th, Last year, there were 50 participants. We anticipate being able to raise those numbers a bit more for 2014. The ride is only open to a dedicated and very limited number of 5BBC Members. We will update you on the 5BBC Members-only 2014 Montauk Century as more information becomes available. In addition to those who want to ride, we are as eager as ever for your ideas, input and availability to volunteer. All are highly-valued.
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Thank you to our supporting bicycle shops and organizations!
The Five Borough Bicycle Club would like to express our gratitude for the generous contributions of the following affiliatied bicycle shop and organizations s for our holiday party. Thank you! Members and non-members alike, please support these shops and buy local.
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