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This Weekend's Best Bike Rides

Mermaid Parade Ride, Harlem Skyscraper Crit and More

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Above: a 2008 rally for car-free parks takes to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Transportation Alternatives activists have been fighting to get automobile traffic out of Central and Prospect Parks for nearly four decades. Celebrate a major victory in the parks for people movement with a weekend ride, then keep working toward the day when Prospect Park's East Drive and Central Park below 72nd Street are also car-free!

Read on for all this weekend's best events. 


Queens Way Ride

Queens Way Ride

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 9am | Free 

Join Friends of The QueensWay, 5BBC, and TA Queens Committee members in a ride from Rego Park to Ozone Park to explore the future route of the QueensWay, the proposed bikeway, linear park, and rail trail atop the abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch railroad.


InTandem Central Park
 
Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 9:30am | Free

 

NYC's InTandem was founded to bring the fun and freedom of bicycling to the visually impaired and otherwise disabled.


Social Cycling NYC
 
Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 10am | Free
 

Get your beauty sleep Friday and be ready some SATUR DAZE fun! We’ll meet up near Columbus Circle for a bit of social time before we pedal our way to Grand Army Plaza where will pick up our Brooklyn reinforcements. Next we will make our way out to Coney Island for the Mermaid Parade. Around 3PM we will jump back on the bikes and pedal the remaining 6 miles to Riis Beach.

 
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 9am | Free
 
Free Ride to Coney Island from around New York and New Jersey! Start in one of six locations around the New York metro area and end at the Shorefront Y on Coney Island between 12 – 1 pm for lunch and beachcombing…

 
 
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 10am | Free to Watch
 

The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic was created in 1973 by Al Toefield, a former New York Police Officer who was heavily involved in the Century Road Club Association and co-founded the Kissena Cycling Club and David Walker, an NYPD Community Affairs Officer in the 25th Precinct. Designed as a community event focused on racing and children’s cycling safety, the inagural edition drew 300 racers and 5,000 spectators who watched Robert Phillips, a 26 year old from Baltimore, defeat Patrick Gellineau of Trinidad.

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