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From ride locations to event updates, stay tuned and up to date on the New York bike scene with the official blog of Bike New York.

Winter Cycling Tips: Six steps to bike light etiquette (or how to NOT blind and enrage oncoming cyclists)

Daylight savings time has ended. It gets dark around 4:30 PM between now and March, so you definitely need bike lights. The last several years have seen an arms race in bike lighting technology. In some ways, this is a good thing, as brighter lights make it easy to see where you are going. Lights have pulse modes that aren't so visually jarring as the "flash" mode, and some lights stay steady and pulse or flash at the same time.  But bike light courtesy has not kept up with the increasing number of lumens. This article is our annual reminder...

Winter Cycling Tips: Keep your bike running smoothly all winter

Winter weather can be tough on bikes. There's more rain and sometimes snow and ice, which brings salt and slush. All this grit and grime can add up and be tough on the moving parts of a bike.     Here are some tips for keeping your bike running well and looking great: Your chain If you want to turn your chain into a solid piece of rusty, non-moving (and non-recoverable) metal, the best way to do that is ride it a few times in salty snow slush without cleaning or lubing it (I learned this the hard way a couple of...

From Big City to Bike City: Our Work for Better City Cycling Conditions

We announced in these pages in 2019 that Bike New York was “adding its voice to efforts to produce more bike paths and protected bike lanes” because experience around the world shows that for many people to enjoy cycling, they need more separation from car traffic than New York offers today. After all, what attracts 20,000 bike riders on one day each year? A 40-mile car-free route through the city! They say great cities are never finished. That’s certainly true of forging a bike-friendly New York. But we can report real progress thanks to our engagement in direct conversations with...