After a brutal winter and before a sultry summer starts, it’s a perfect time to get out on a bike. Plus it’s National Bike Month, and in New York City, there are ton of events, such as:
- The Blessing of the Bikes on May 2
- Bike New York’s Five Borough Bike Tour on May 4
- Bike to Work Day on May 16
- Gran Fondo New York and Bike Expo on May 17
- The Five Borough Bike Club’s “Back to Basics” Montauk Century, open only to members of the 5BBC, on May 18
- Glen’s Ride to Montauk, open only to those who registered early or don’t mind doing a 30-miler from East Hampton to Montauk or a 70-mile loop from Montauk to Montauk, on May 31.
And these are the ones I know off the top-of-my-head. Trust me, there’s much more.
I’ll be volunteering for Bike to Work Day at the bike path at the Queensborough Bridge in the morning, handing out coffee and snacks to intrepid bike riders, many of whom are riding to work for the first time.
With so much going on, it’s no wonder that even automobile drivers want to get in on the action and ride too.
If only these drivers would get out of their cars before driving on the Queensborough Bridge’s bike path…
By the way, if you think this is absolutely crazy and never happens, then you haven’t ridden across the Queensborough Bridge bike and pedestrian path very many times. I’ve seen it at least three times in my six years living in Queens. One time, I saw two cars appear to get lost and end up in the bike and pedestrian path. They retreated once they got stuck around the hairpin turn at the bottom of the Manhattan approach and a bunch of people yelled at them, guiding them to the automobile lane. Another time, a sedan sped up the Manhattan side of the bridge. I was riding along in front of him, huffing and puffing from climbing that ramp on a single-speed, and then I head a loud throttling engine accompanied by horn honking warning me to get out of the way. Instinctually, I moved to the right to avoid getting hit. I tried to chase the car to get a picture, but the driver was too fast.