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The Real Bike to Work Day

August 28, 2011

The after affects of Irene may linger for a few days, complicating commutes throughout New York and limiting subway and bus service in the five boroughs.  While the best option may be to simply stay home and avoid any headaches, that’s not possible for all.  If you find yourself deciding to give bike commuting a try for the first time tomorrow, I’m organizing an informal ride from Park Slope into Manhattan via the Manhattan Bridge.

The details:

8:15 AM

Gorilla Coffee, 5th Avenue & Park Place, Park Slope.

And if you’re out riding anyway, be sure to take a lot of pictures.  We’re sure to see huge ridership numbers tomorrow.

Be careful out there!  There may still be debris on many roads and you can bet that automobile traffic will be heavy if subway and bus lines aren’t operating.

The fine print: this ride is completely informalEvery rider is responsible for his or her safety.  Once we get to the Manhattan side of the Manhattan Bridge, we’ll split up.  (Check the DOT’s bike map for the best route to your office.)  Make sure your bike is in good working order before you leave the house.  New York requires you to have a bell as well as front, back, and side reflectors on your bike.  A helmet is recommended.

  1. Mike permalink
    August 28, 2011 9:17 pm

    Great idea. It would be nice to split into groups for the Manhattan part, based on destination neighborhood.

  2. Mrs. Westlake permalink
    August 28, 2011 9:39 pm

    I posted this on the Prospect Heights board re: Getting to work on Brooklynian. FYI

  3. August 28, 2011 9:45 pm

    Mike, great idea. How about we regroup on the Manhattan side to make sure people are comfortable with their routes and have buddies if they need someone to ride with.

    Thanks, Mrs. Westlake!


  4. Mike permalink
    August 28, 2011 10:06 pm

    Great. I can lead a route to Soho/Chelsea via Bowery, Prince, Hudson, 8th Ave.

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