Is anybody planning to go to the Recycle-A-Bicycle benefit with Wednesday 12/15?

The party starts at 6:30 pm at The Powerhouse Arena @ 37 Main Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. You can find more info on their here.

 
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NYC Bike Count Continues Upward Trend in 2010 With 13 Percent Growth

Here is an interesting article on streetblog.org about how the number of cyclist in the center of NYC is rapidly increasing in the last years. To me the recent years look like an exponential growth and it is probably due to the increase of infrastructure in certain parts of the city which makes bike use so much more easy and save. Lets hope we get some bike lanes here in Ditmas Park very soon. Several bike lanes from and to Prospect Park and to the Ocean would be great.

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Class at 718 cyclery next Saturday at Noon in Park Slope

Class at 718 cyclery Saturday, December 18th Noon. 461 7th Ave, Brooklyn. Joe will descrieb and demonstrate the installation of both threaded and threadless headsets. The class will take one hour. For more details please click here.
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The Ditmas ♥ Rides will NOT happen this Friday (12/10) INSTEAD we are trying to go to the Transportation Alternatives Holiday Party


The Ditmas ♥ Rides will NOT happen this Friday (12/10) INSTEAD we are trying to go to the Transportation Alternatives Holiday Party (http://transalt.org/events/calendar/4909).

We hope you can join us for the 11th Annual Transportation Alternatives Holiday Party! We will be traveling together meting between 6:30 and 7pm There will be music, snacks, drinks and some awesome raffle items. Complimentary drinks provided by Brooklyn Brewery and Cycles Gladiator Wines.
The party is at the Gallery Bar on 120 Orchard St and starts at 7pm
Members can buy their tickets in advance for $10. Non-Member can join at the The Holiday Party. Advance tickets can be bought online with your very own T.A. membership for $30 total. You can also buy tickets and memberships at the door for either $15 for Members or $36 to join as a member with free entry
Please let me know if you'd interested in joining so we can coordinate where we will meet in oder to ride together. Thanks, Rene
P.S.: If you or your friends like to be kept in the loop then you can add yourself to this email list here.
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Recycle-A-Bicycle's turning Sweet Sixteen!

I will try to go. Who else is interested? Let me know, Rene


Because of your continued participation and support, Recycle-A-Bicycle has reached this major milestone. We thank you and invite you to celebrate!


When: Wednesday December 15 from 6:30 - 9:30pm

Where: The Powerhouse Arena @ 37 Main Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn

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We are riding today Friday 12/03 7pm in front of the Qathra

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We are riding today Friday 12/03 7pm in front of the Qathra

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We are riding today Friday 12/03 7pm in front of the Qathra

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City Will Crack Down on Scofflaw Cyclists

There is an interesting article in the New York times today about the City wanting Crack Down on Scofflaw Cyclists. What comes to my mind about this is that with enough bike friendly infrastructure in place most of the bicyclist won't have a reason anymore to flout the law because they would feel save on the streets and infractuture would not slow them down rather then allow them to travel at a comfortable speed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/22/nyregion/22bike.html?_r=3
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Dress up for our Halloween Ride


Dress up yourself, dress up your bike and come to our next Ditmas Rides this Friday (10/29) at 7:00 pm. Of course you can join us if you our your bike are not dressed up.

We will meet in front of the Qathra @ on Cortelyou between Stratford and Westminster.

The purpose of the Ditmas Rides is for us to have fun and to celebrate and spread a way of getting around we already enjoy. There is no planned route and we the participants will decide where we would like to go shortly before the ride starts. Ditmas Park has a lot of small streets so hopefully we can have a joyful and stress free rides. I myself are planning to bring my daughter Nona Lily along and hope that other parents will bring their children as well.

A good store to get  for getting supply to dress up yourself or your bike is Michaels in Manhattan. Let me know if you know any good local arts and crafts stores or have any other tips here to get Halloween supply. Thanks, Rene


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Photos from the "Ditmas Rides" ride last Friday

Here some photos from the "Ditmas Rides" ride last Friday. We ended up meeting with Brooklyn's critical mass which was fun. Thanks everybody, Rene





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Our bike ride got press!

Brooklyn Based, the best source on Brooklyn events and happenings featured our bike ride on their latest newsletter:


Coast with Kids Through Ditmas Park
If you have yet to experience the Victorian-lined streets of Ditmas Park, let these dedicated locals give you the grand tour by bike. Every Friday, the group meets up at the Egyptian coffee shop Qathra for a leisurely, play-it-by-ear evening ride. The tradition was started by neighborhood parents teaching their kids to ride their bikes, but has expanded to include residents and Ditmas-curious visitors of all ages. Invited guests often stop by to show off specialty bikes, like the
cargo-ready Bullit or elegant Pendersen.
Fridays at 7pm, free.


Click here to read the full newsletter with other great bike tour options in Brooklyn.

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The Ditmas ♥ Rides will meet this Friday, October the 1st @ 7pm in front of the Qathra (on Cortelyou between Stratford and Westminster)

We be meeting at a new Location!
We have a new web site which also will allow you to subscribe to our email list. Just go to http://www.ditmasrides.com and let us know what else you'd like to see on our new site.


The next Ditmas Ride will be this Friday (10/1) at 7:00 pm. We will meet in front of the Qathra @ on Cortelyou between Stratford and Westminster. It will be fun to see you so please come it will make a difference. Since it gets dark now earlier and we have children with us who also go to bed earlier I'd like to ask every body to please come at 7 pm sharp

Please forward this email to other bicyclists who might be interested in cycling together. If you or your friends like to be kept in the loop then you can add yourself to this email list here (http://ethreemail.com/e3ds/s.php?g=33146ac8).

The purpose of the Ditmas Rides is for us to have fun and to celebrate and spread a way of getting around we already enjoy. There is no planned route and we the participants will decide where we would like to go shortly before the ride starts. Ditmas Park has a lot of small streets so hopefully we can have a joyful and stress free rides. I myself are planning to bring my daughter Nona Lily along and hope that other parents will bring their children as well.

I am really looking forward to seeing everyone soon. Thanks, Rene
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New Location! The Ditmas ♥ Rides will meet this Friday, Sep the 24th @ 7pm in front of the Qathra (on Cortelyou between Stratford and Westminster)

We be meeting at a new Location!

The next Ditmas Ride will be this Friday (9/24) at 7:00 pm. We will meet in front of the Qathra @ on Cortelyou between Stratford and Westminster. It will be fun to see you so please come it will make a difference.

Please
forward this email to other bicyclists who might be interested in cycling together. If you or your friends like to be kept in the loop then you can add yourself to this email list here (http://ethreemail.com/e3ds/s.php?g=33146ac8).

The purpose of the Ditmas Rides is for us to have fun and to celebrate and spread a way of getting around we already enjoy. There is no planned route and we the participants will decide where we would like to go shortly before the ride starts. Ditmas Park has a lot of small streets so hopefully we can have a joyful and stress free rides. I myself are planning to bring my daughter Nona Lily along and hope that other parents will bring their children as well.

I am really looking forward to seeing everyone soon. Thanks, Rene
P.S.: Feel free to
unsubscribe if you don't want to receive news about our rides anymore!
P.P.S.: It would be nice if some of you could RSVP so we can wait for you if you end up a little late and be encourage doing it since we know that there will be other people showing up as well.
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Here some photos from our frist "Ditmas Rides" ride





The fist Ditmas
Ride happened on a Friday May 14th 2010. Ditmas Ride came out of a series of bike rides I organized the year before which was called "kids on bikes". Its purpose was to help people find way to get around with their kids on a bike. As a result we try to keep the Ditmas Ride as kid friendly as possible and still try to introduce people to ways how they can transport their kids on a bike. There for the Ditmas Ride is no way a competitive ride rather then a leisurely ride which would like to facilitate meeting other bicyclist and enjoying each other company. We welcome all kinds of riders. Especially new once. If you'd like to offer a ride at a different time of the day or on a different day. Please let us know. We will be happy to pass out the word.
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