Summer 2002, p.21

Bike Week 2002, May 12-19
NYC On The Roll

T.A.'s 11th annual bike week NYC 2002 brought together T.A., the City, elected officials and city cyclists for a celebration of bicycling in New York City. From The Bronx to City Hall to Staten Island, cyclists enjoyed a wide variety of fun events coordinated by Transportation Alternatives and a myriad of city agencies and biking groups.

Recognition is due to the DOT's Bicycle Program led by Chief of Alternative Modes Traffic Planning, Dan Orlando and Bicycle Program Director, Andrew Vesselinovitch for promoting Bike Week. Special thanks to the DOT for installing enormous Bike Week posters at 75 bus shelters around the city. Both the DOT and the Department of City Planning helped T.A. staff tables hand out magazines, cycling maps, bells, lights and reflective leg straps, and field questions from enthusiastic cyclists. T.A. looks forward to continued and increased participation of these cities agencies in 2003.

A big thank you also goes to Borough Presidents Adolfo Carrion, C. Virginia Fields, Marty Markowitz, Helen Marshal and James Molinaro for sponsoring breakfasts and after-work snacks in their respective boroughs for appreciative cyclists.

Highlights of Bike Week 2002:

  • T.A.'s heated Commuter Race covered extensively in the NYC press.
  • Breakfasts/After-work snacks sponsored by the Borough Presidents.
  • NYC Department of City Planning's innovative "Virtual Ride Around the Manhattan Waterfront."
  • Seasonal opening of the Hudson River Greenway sponsored by the Hudson River Park Trust.
  • NYC cyclists also enjoyed the Bicycle Film Festival-including one night at Pier 54, rides presented by local bike clubs, park tours led by the Urban Park Rangers, a bikeTV marathon, a special edition of Operation Hazard ID, a Traffic-Jam and the NYC Bike Show. Sadly, the Bike Rodeo was rained out.

ABOVE: Both Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz and Bronx BP Adolfo Carrion led cyclists to hearty breakfasts. BPs C. Virginia Fields, Helen Marshall and James Molinaro sponsored fun morning and after-work events for cyclists. T.A. presented all borough presidents with our "Friend of City Cyclist" award.

RIGHT: Cyclists got tons of free stuff-thousands of magazines; 500 lights, 200 bells and 600 reflectors; hundreds of the new cycling map; heaps of baked goods and fruit; and gallons of juice and water.

LEFT: NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, NYSDOT Regional Director for NYC Douglas Currey, Hudson River Park Trust President Robert Balachandran and T.A.'s Executive Director John Kaehny officially opened the Hudson River Greenway. Recycle-A-Bicycle donated reconditioned bikes.

Thank you!

Thanks to: NYCDOT, NYCDCP, Bronx BP Adolpho Carrion, Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz, Manhattan BP C. Virginia Fields, Queens BP Helen Marshall, Staten Island BP James Molinaro, Brooklyn DOT Commissioner Kathy Keegan, NYPD, Urban Park Ranger Explorer Program, Kerri Martin, bikeTV, Hudson River Park Alliance, Hal Ruzal, Diana Gavales, Taliah Lempert, 5BBC, Recycle-A-Bicycle, NYCC, Weekday Cyclists, Anthology Film Archives, the Bicycle Film Festival, Krispy Kreme, 57th Street Pick-A-Bagel, Bike New York, The NYC Bicycle Show, Ruth and Michael Rosenthal, Gary Lingard and T.A. volunteers.

Go to the Bike Week Web site.