Recap: National Bike Month Kickoff Party
Well, folks, our first-ever National Bike Month celebration went off without a hitch last Tuesday! The food & drinks were delish–food from Lorimer Market, beer graciously donated by Sixpoint–and the presentation by Transportation Alternatives‘s Deputy Director, Caroline Samponaro, was stellar. Check out the event below–and if you wanna get in on the fun, there’s still time to join us for tonight’s Bike Riding IRL: Real Talk with Real NY Riders panel. RSVP here!
Our awesome easels were designed by Carl, our graphics guy (shoutout to Fulton Bikes for turning us on to him), and printed by New York’s own ImageKrafters (shoutout to Jaime at PencilWorks for the recommendation). This was also our first experience with TaskRabbit, and both our Taskers were great. (Mirarai is pictured here, getting prepared.)
…and this whole crowd of happy folks.
After some relaxed mingling on everyone’s part, Transportation Alternatives‘s Deputy Director Caroline Samponaro (pictured below with Brooklyn Bicycle Co. president Ryan Zagata) gave a great presentation about the “Myths & Legends” that surround biking in NYC.
Myths include the biggie–that biking is dangerous, during which segment we learned it’s safer to bike in this city than it is to walk–plus well-known bike lane myths, such as that they increase traffic congestion (data shows they relieve it), are bad for business (studies show they’re actually good for business), and take up too much space (since bikes take up way less space than cars, really the argument should be made that cars are the ones taking up too much space).
Legends featured legendary bike activists, including Jane Jacobs, whose 100th birthday was honored by the above Google Doodle only a day after our party.
Caroline’s presentation, together with great audience questions, incited a lively discussion, and we all learned things, shared concerns, and got to know new people.
Then we rounded up our guests for some photobooth fun…
…and closed things out with an awesome giveaway.
Like what you see? Join us again tonight for Bike Riding IRL: Real Talk from Real NY Riders, a bike panel composed of inspirational riders from different walks of life. Free food and drinks, giveaways, and a fun photobooth are on the agenda. RSVP here!