Just as it was last week, the atmosphere of the day was fun and cheerful, with oh so many delighted smiling faces. Comments I overheard as I rode were: “This is sooo cool.”, “Isn’t this great?” etc.
Sponsors such as Whole Foods, REI, and Bicycle Habitat offered nutritious refreshments and entertaining activities, such as rock climbing, yoga, and bicycle repairs. Generous volunteers from organizations such as Transportation Alternatives offered bike valet service.
If all of this wasn’t sensational enough, I met up with a few outstanding NY “ladybikers” at the midtown rest stop: Whole Foods City Picnic. I’ve had the sincere pleasure of meeting yesterday’s birthday girl, the inspiring, genuine Sheryl Yvette http://www.sherylyvette.com/ on previous occasions. Sheryl truly could be the grand marshal of a bicycle parade down each fashionable NY avenue any day of the week. Julie, http://www.thejulieblog.com/along with Malaika, was kind enough to arrange a meet up with several fellow “LadyBike twitter and blog friends.” Julie’s readers easily recognized her, and came over to say, “hi”. Additionally, I got to meet the totally sweet and talented SuperKat ,http://cruiserdolly.blogspot.com/ and her hilarious husband! Brand new to NY cycling was Kim, http://houdiniandme.com/ along with Houdini her adorable canine passenger. What could be cuter than a fluffy dog along for the ride?
Due to a slight kink in my plans, I rode my Trek FX 7.3. It’s light and nimble and was really a dream to ride along Park Avenue! I really planned on bringing the Schwinn, so I would have my camera and other essentials in easy reach of my front basket, but it all worked just fine!