Urban Athletics: Bike the NYC Bridges by Night

  • August 31, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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*** Please, no need to RSVP "NO" if not attending ***

[One of my long-time members requested that I repeat this ride for an out-of-town visitor they're having for the holiday weekend. So if you missed this ride the first time around, you're in luck.]

The other night I was on my bike riding around town and was struck by how dramatically the vibe of the city changes once the sun sets. People get out on their cycles and enjoy this town during the day but most of us put them away when the evening comes. That's like ordering a slice of pizza, throwing away the cheese and only eating the crust -- you're only getting half of what makes the experience great.

The Plan ...

We are going to take a nighttime tour of the East River bridges, we'll wheel through three boroughs and cross over five spans -- the Queensboro, Pulaski, Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn bridges. This ride will highlight the stunning vistas only viewable from our water crossings and take in different views of the sparkling nighttime Manhattan skyline. If there was ever a time to go through the hassle of carrying your camera with you, this will be it. Our reward for the evening's effort will be a stop at Brooklyn's world famous Junior's Cheesecake to pick up something sweet to eat which we'll enjoy while relaxing at the DUMBO waterfront.

A $3.00 organization fee will be collected at this event, your host is in the running for the title of hardest working person at meetup.

The Important Stuff ...

• This is going to be a casually-paced ride of about 17 miles. Most of the ride will take place in bike lanes but there will be parts with some automobile congestion. You must be comfortable riding in a group and in traffic. Helmets are suggested. Lights and reflectors for your bike are REQUIRED by law.

• This is a night ride so dress to be seen by motorists and pedestrians -- bright or reflective clothing is a must.

• Make sure your bike is in good working order before the meetup and bring a lock in case we need to leave our cycles. Also bring a patch repair kit, air pump, and spare inner tube.

• Rain cancels the meetup.

• Check your email the evening before you head out for last minute meetup updates as well as my mobile phone number which will be sent to those who RSVP.

• Please DO NOT RSVP if you do not seriously plan to attend as space is limited. No flakes allowed! If you RSVP and I notice that you have a number of no shows or have a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.

• Sorry, no guests allowed for this one.

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  • Mahasin

    Can anyone suggest where to get a good, decently priced light?

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    very good

    September 2, 2013

  • Mariana

    I enjoyed so much the ride last night. Thanks a lot! And can't wait to do it again!

    September 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Couldn't agree more, definitely a fun outing!

      1 · September 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, it was a good ride.

      1 · September 2, 2013

  • Milagros

    Looks like everyone had a blast. I hope to join next time just after confirming I couldn't go. Next Time for sure.

    September 1, 2013

  • Jo

    Had a city light joy ride into nyc instead...worth the try. I bought the lights, installed it, test ride...prepare everything in my car..but why did i thought to nap :(

    August 31, 2013

  • kindchris

    Sorry also had a laat minute change in plans and cannot attend the event.

    August 31, 2013

  • kindchris

    Sounds like a lot of fun and a great time

    August 31, 2013

  • Jac

    Can't make it to Manhattan in time for the event -- my apologies!

    August 31, 2013

  • Seanspeare

    Sorry my plans have changed and now I won't have enough time!

    August 31, 2013

  • Jo

    Will some return to Central Park after the ride?

    August 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will, I'll be parking in that area.

      August 31, 2013

  • Mariana

    Hi Kevin! I guess I wrote in the wrong spot before. Any way....Is it ok if I don't do the whole ride? I have a train to catch before midnight. Thanks! Can't wait to try this that is new for me!

    August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kevin I'm excited to do it. Just as information how long it could be? In terms of miles or housr. I'm not worried i can go 70moles easy, it's just for broad info. ;-)

    August 26, 2013

    • Mariana

      Hi Kevin! I'm so exiting to do this, but is it ok if I don't do the whole ride? I live 1 hour away from the city and need to catch the train to come back :-S

      August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where exactly do we meet?

    August 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      you found it? where is?

      August 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok perfect

      August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I guess I need to ask the question again. The Cue sheet shows "start/stop" at City Hall Park. The meetup says that we should meet at South end of Central Park. Does that mean the "start/stop for the ride is at a different location than where we are to meet? Thanks

    August 30, 2013

  • Yi (.

    Hi Kevine, I would love to come, but will need to rent a bike first. I rsvped here first to hold a spot. In case there is no bike, I'll cancel tomorrow.

    August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im down!! :)

    August 26, 2013

  • kindchris

    Sounds like a lot of fun and a great time

    August 26, 2013

  • kindchris

    Sounds like a lot of fun and a great time

    August 26, 2013

  • Jo

    Kevin, is this ride for me? I'm tentative if i have the chance to get a a front light or can I make a headlamp work?

    August 25, 2013

    • Jo

      I meant if there would be a lot of city traffic to deal with. You know i stop and walk my bike if "not" with a group on intersectations with car traffic :)

      August 26, 2013

  • Robin

    Red Bulls game that night so I'm going to sadly have to bow out.

    August 26, 2013

  • Ashley W.

    Is there a place near by to rent a bike for this event? I would love to do this event but I do not own a bike.

    August 19, 2013

    • Anshul K.

      Same here!

      August 19, 2013

    • Chris C.

      Another option is to use Citibike.

      August 25, 2013

  • Nigel

    Sorry Carnival wked

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to doing this ride again!

    August 9, 2013

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