Jennifer Blumin, Skylight Group President and avid New York City bike rider, says, “Biking in New York has changed the way I perceive and interact with the city. The Skylight Group uses bikes to zip between our venues, which span across the city and to Brooklyn. There is no better way to get around, keep a clear head and think about this tremendous city in which we live and work."
More than 6,000 cycling enthusiasts are expected during the weekend that kicks off Bike Month NYC to shop, hear what the experts have to share, meet bicycle makers, watch films about cycling and gear up for another season of touring the city by bike. Local and national exhibitors and sponsors from the United States, Europe and Asia will fill the show’s 70-plus booths. Participating are local New York specialty bike shops like Adeline Adeline, Bicycle Habitat, Hudson Urban Bicycle, Rolling Orange Bikes, Ride Brooklyn, Echelon Cycles, Al’s Cycle Solutions and Paragon Sports. To see a complete list of this year’s exhibitors, please visit www.newambikeshow.com/exhibitors.
Event highlights include:
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is organizing a Grand Prize raffle of a pair of round-trip economy class tickets from New York to Amsterdam, followed by First Prize, a KLM-branded traditional Dutch bicycle. Show attendees are invited to register for the drawing at the KLM booth, located at booth spaces #35 and #36 in the main hall. In addition, attendees visiting the KLM space will discover an entertaining KLM photo booth that captures great pix which guests can take home or send electronically to friends and family.
Grolsch’s Biergarten. Famous for their Dutch lager, Grolsch Beer will be pouring complimentary pints for two days in their very own beer garden. Setting up shop in the bike-centric back terrace, Grolsch will create their spin on a biergarten under a tent with communal tables and chairs for all. Attendees can relax and enjoy a nice, cold lager while taking in the world of bikes around them.
BIKELANDIA, sponsored by Bicycling Magazine, will feature authors and experts leading presentations and panels. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28th, Bicycling Magazine contributor and Guardian editor Matt Seaton will discuss NYC’s “Bike Lane Backlash” and the critical issue of cyclist behavior, based on his feature in Bicycling’s May issue. New York's own beloved author/blogger Bike Snob NYC will speak about his new book, The Enlightened Cyclist, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Film critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer and author of Hollywood Rides a Bike Steven Rea and Grant Petersen, founder of Rivendell Bike Works and author of Just Ride will also discuss their new books. Ben Fried, the Editor-In-Chief of Streetsblog, will share the inside scoop about how Streetsblog makes an impact through effective advocacy journalism. Clarence Eckerson Jr., founding Director of Streetfilms, will show a selection of videos from Streetfilms' 450-film collection and share secrets to making NYC a world-class biking city. Other speakers (TBA) from advocacy groups, bicycling publications and bicycle makers will also be in attendance.
The “New York Ride Style” fashion show returns and delivers stylish fun and finds from all over the city and globe. It’s a star-studded event full of spring and summer’s latest bike gear for natty urban cyclists.
To purchase tickets, visit www.newambikeshow.com. Tickets are $15 in advance online and at select exhibiting bike stores. Tickets are $20 at the door both days of the event. One ticket is good for admission on both days.
SECURE BICYCLE PARKING: T.A. representatives will be on hand to provide valet bicycle parking to guests.
See you there!