Here’s a cool event that’s been happening here in the city for almost 20 years and to my dismay, I’ve only just recently found out about it. On the first Friday of the month–that would be tonight–bike riders from all over the city meet at Columbus Circle at 10 p.m. for a moonlight ride around Central Park. The park is truly beautiful in the daytime and at night…well, forget it…truly romantic.
The ride is organized by Time’s Up, a not-for-profit direct-action environmental group that, “uses events and educational programs to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city”. Sustainable/less toxic = good. Bicycling = fun!
Any kind of two-wheeler is welcome, as well as rollerbladers, as this is not a race. The turn around the loop lasts about two hours and totals less than ten miles.
And It’s totally safe. There are plenty of police in the park at night and hey, who’s going to mess with a bunch of people on wheels?
Visitors might like to know that starting in May, there will be a bike-sharing system called Citi Bike. (Finally.) 600 stations and 10,000 bikes throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens will be available for a small fee–a 24-hour pass to use the bikes will be only 10 bucks. (For residents, a year-long pass is $95.)
Have a great weekend, everyone. Happy biking!