Announcements

Ride marshalls are needed for the Tour de Yonkers Ride on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Ride for FREE! If interested, please register by emailing me: Maloneh@hotmail.com.

Ride description:

Join us for the 7th Annual Tour de Yonkers, a ride through one of NY's most beautiful cities. The tour route follows the Hudson River north for several miles, passes some of the city's historic old carpet mills as well as newly developed downtown areas, including the recently day-lighted Nepperhan River. The longer routes wind through east and northeast Yonkers, along the Bronx River Park, passing Sarah Lawrence College and other parks including sections of the South County Putnam Rail-Trail, an old rail line connecting NYC with Putnam County that is now a paved bike path.

All routes begin and end at Beczak Environmental Center, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers.

 

With the resignation of David Meltzer, announced below, Vice President Shawn Carney has stepped up to be President for the remainder of the 2015 term. You probably know her from her terrific Graffiti rides, which have made at least me, a lifelong resident, look at the City differently. Shawn, a Club Golden Spoke Award recipient, was the 2014 5BBC Membership Coordinator and an unsung hero directing the development of our beautiful new website.  Thanks, Shawn, for taking on this new job!

We also give a big thanks to her predecessor. David, thanking him for caring passionately about the Club, his contagious enthusiasm, hard work and time spent, especially in helping re-energize the Club, increasing membership and in building bridges with other elements of the NYC cycling community. 

Andrea M. Mercado, Secretary, Five Borough Bike Club Board

 

Dear 5BBC:

For the past three years I have had the privilege of sitting on the Board, both as Vice President and this year as President. In those three years, much of what I set out to do has been accomplished. We have revitalized the weekend program, our infrastructure is vastly improved, and our membership has grown. I feel that we are a vibrant part of the New York cycling scene. I have tried to provide honest and effective leadership and to represent all of our diverse members. I hope that I have served you well.

But all things do come to an end. At this time, I will be resigning from the Board for personal reasons. Many of you know that this has not been an easy period for me, and the added stress of the Presidency was taking its toll. In short, I was no longer having fun and needed to step back.

I am not disappearing from the Club. You will continue to see me on rides, both as a leader and as a tripper. I will also continue to volunteer for the Club's programs such as Summer Streets. I remain committed to advancing the 5BBC and to maintaining its spirit. I wish President Shawn Carney and the Board well.

See ya on the road.

MEL

Come Marshal for the NYC Century Bike Tour!

Transportation Alternatives need volunteer marshals on bikes or on their feet to help NYC Century riders navigate the route, negotiate tricky intersections, fix flats and find their way to the rest stops, first aid and bike repair stations. Marshals are also goodwill ambassadors, spreading the joy and excitement of America's only all-urban century! 

 

Riding marshals should be experienced cyclists with the ability to fix a flat tire. Advanced riders are encouraged to join the early morning ride to scout the route one last time before hitting the roads in full force. If you choose to join this team, you can ride all of T.A.'s 2016 tours for free! 

TA is offering marshal trainings throughout the month of August. First-time riding marshals are required to attend one of these sessions -- you'll be provided drinks and snacks as a thanks for coming! There are a few different marshal teams during the NYC Century Bike Tour, and you are encouraged to pick the one that fits your schedule, location and interests!
 

Find out more and register at nyccentury.org/volunteer or reach out to TA directly at volunteer@transalt.org if you have any questions. 

What's Summer Streets?  The city is closing down Park Avenue and Lafayette Street to make a car free route from 72nd Street down to the Brooklyn Bridge.  See http://nyc.gov/summerstreets for the full story.

5BBC is once again staffing a bike repair / information table on the route, at East 24th Street and Park Avenue South.  And once again, we need volunteers to help us during the event, from 7 AM to 1 PM on Saturday August 1, August 8, and August 15.

What do the volunteers do? If you can do any of these things:

  • pump tires
  • fix flats
  • fix minor chain, brake, or gear issues
  • help answer beginner cycling questions about commuting, clothing, where to bike, etc.
  • help answer questions about the Club

Then you can help us help the cycling public!

Additionally, if you don't know much about bike repair but want to learn, you can "shadow" any of our senior mechanics at the table - they will happily explain what they are doing and share their expertise.

If you'd like to volunteer, please send a note to Ed Ravin (eravin at panix.com) and mention which Saturday(s) (8/1, 8/8, or 8/15) and what hours you can help.  We need the most coverage between 9 AM and noon.

Isn't the High Bridge Old News already? We've had quite a few rides go over it already...... wait, we have not formally celebrated its opening!

5BBC is co-sponsoring, along with many others, this party (aka High Bridge Festival) to celebrate the re-opening of this great piece of NYC history connecting two of our five beloved boroughs.

Here are some of the details also available at this web site. If you would like to volunteer at our table on the Bronx side, please contact communications@5bbc.org

Join NYC Parks for The High Bridge Festival at Highbridge Park, on both the Manhattan and Bronx sides of the Harlem River!

The High Bridge Festival celebrates the historic reopening of the High Bridge, NYC's oldest standing bridge. This free event has something for everyone to enjoy. Activities include:

  • Bridge Making Workshop by the Bronx Children’s Museum
  • Walking tours of the High Bridge
  • Puppet Mobile by CityParks Foundation
  • Rowing instruction and demonstrations by the Harlem River Community Rowing
  • Live entertainment presented by ZTE
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 Photo Booth
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Kids’ obstacle course
  • International food
  • A special guest appearance by Dora The Explorer!

And don’t miss the SummerStage concert featuring Jose Peña Suazo y La Banda Gorda at 7:00 p.m.

The High Bridge Festival will also feature activities, performances, and information from more than a dozen community partners, including: Bike New York, Bronx Children’s Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Circa ’95, City Parks Foundation, CLIMB, Cocolart, Five Borough Bicycle Club, Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, Harlem River Community Rowing, Highbridge Voices, Jenae Schwartz, Robleswrites Productions, Row New York, Unicycle Bridge Tour, Waterfront Alliance.

The High Bridge Festival is supported by ZTE, Fresh Direct, Emblem Health, FlatRate Moving, and Kung Fu Panda 3.

Five Borough Bicycle Club Bike Leaders, check this out! Cruise Rides are a partnership between the Five Borough Bicycle Club and Bike New York in which 5BBC leaders lead novice adult cyclists on rides in NYC parks and prepare them for group riding on NYC streets.

WHEN and WHERE? Rides are currently scheduled for July 19, August 16, and August 30 from 10AM to Noon at FLUSHING MEADOW PARK

If there is interest from 5BBC Leaders, BNY can also set up rides after work on weekdays at:

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • East River Park
  • Randall’s Island
  • Van Cortlandt Park

RSVP Please drop Shawn Carney a line and let me know the dates and locations you are interested in volunteering.

 

At the conclusion of the 5BBC Earth Day in Harlem Ride - NYPD will be there to register our bikes.  Some of us have had that sinking feeling when we find that our bike is not where we left it.  Registering the bike with NYPD enhances the possibility that the bike may be found and returned to you.  It also settles any dispute about whose bike it really is.  In most cases, the bike's serial number is merely entered into the NYPD computer - no etching is done.  

Sgt. Insigne of the Crime Prevention Section says, "With the bike registration we only etch bikes that do not have a serial number on it or if the serial number is unreadable. Most bikes have an engraving underneath the crank case with the manufacturers serial number.  That is the number we use.  Most people do not even realize that it is there.  On some Specialized bikes the serial number can be on the neck, seat tube, top of the crank case or on the rear wheel mount."

Bike registration is free, not harmful to the bike, and may get your bike back.  That said, the best crime prevention is always a good lock, a visible location, and taking your bike inside with you.  Registration is in Morningside Park on April 25th at the Earth Day Celebration.  Because.....you never know.

It has been a long hard winter.  But the days are getting longer, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and once again our thoughts turn to riding.  Here are a few brief announcements for the start of the season.

1.  ID Cards -  Whether you rode this winter or your bike just sulked in storage, it is time to clean it up.  Many bike stores are running tune up deals and at this time of the year.  BIke stores affiliated with the 5BBC will provide discounts - but you need to show your membership card.  Printing out your membership card is easy. Go to the website and click on "VIEW MY PROFILE."  When your profile comes up, click the big red button that says "View My ID Card."  Print out the card and take it to the bike shop with you.  If your bike shop does not participate, let us know and we will try to get them enrolled in the program.  

2.  Registering for Rides -  In the past, you just showed up at the start point and signed in.  And you still can.  BUT, we are encouraging all members to REGISTER for rides prior to showing up. Registration is easy.  Click on the ride you wish to attend, scroll to the bottom, click "Save my Registration."  Done.  Should you not be able to ride on that day, you can also click on cancel.  Pre-Registration makes it easy for leaders to know an estimate of the number of riders attending.  Also, some rides may be registration only if a leader has to limit numbers.  So...please use this great new feature of the website.

3.  April Showers -  Weather is an inexact science.  Our leaders do not want to cancel rides and sometimes hold out waiting for the latest forecasts.  Even if it is not raining, gusty winds can also lead to cancellations.  We do try to post out as early as possible if the ride is cancelled.  Most commonly it is the night before, but sometimes it is early in the AM.  If you are not sure, please check our web site and/or Facebook page to see the status of the ride.  

4.  New Members - We have been fortunate to have many new members signing up and riding with the club.  For those of you who are new to the 5BBC - WELCOME.  We hope to see you on many rides this year and in the future.  For those of us who have been riding with the club for a while, let's make our new riders feel welcome. Remember, we are the "Friendliest Bike Club."

 

 

 

Flaunt your 5BBC pride by wearing a new, cool, tech fabric t-shirt emblazoned with either the member or leader badge on the back. They are now for sale in the 5BBC store for only $20! Member shirts are now in stock and the first order Leader shirts has come in for those who pre-ordered. Please note, only Leaders who are logged in will be able to view and order the exclusive Leader shirts.

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