Women’s Ride June 9, 2019

Welcome to the Women’s Ride on Queens Boulevard! We’re riding to celebrate women and gender non-conforming people who bike, promote solutions to address the gender gap in cycling, and advocate for the continuation of the protected bike lanes on Queens Blvd!

This ride is organized by the women of the “Queens Bike Family,” a consortium of local cycling groups!

Sign up to ride here:

https://www.bike.nyc/events/local-rides/womensrideqb/

Ride Information

START: The ride begins at the Queensbridge Park, Long Island City at 10 AM. Please arrive at the start by 9:30 AM.

ROUTE: The ride is 7-miles long. We will ride on the protected bike lanes on Queens Plaza, Skillman and 43rd Avenues, and Queens Boulevard. The last 1.4 miles will not be protected, but we will ride together as a group.

END: The ride will culminate with a brief rally on the steps outside of Queens Borough Hall.

The ride is free to attend, but all participants must REGISTER.

All people, including men and male-identifying people, are welcome to ride and support the message.

Mission Statement

We are committed to the inclusivity and empowerment of women and gender nonconforming people of all sexualites, religions, races, ages, abilities or political orientations.

We ride to celebrate the women and girls who bike in Queens, New York City, and throughout the world. Our goal is to encourage more to join us.

As we make our roads and streets safer for cyclists, female ridership increases. We demand more protected bike lanes, greenways and infrastructure to protect us and help close the gender gap in cycling.

We remember those that have lost their lives cycling throughout the City of New York. We honor their legacy and support their families in demanding safer streets to prevent additional fatalities.

We are committed to a sustainable future, and aim to promote cycling, as a clean transportation option which positively impacts our health and communities. This event will be zero-waste to complement this mission.

We oppose all acts of violence. Our ride is a peaceful expression of ideas.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What should I bring?

All participants must bring a bicycle in good working order and a helmet. Make sure to do an ABC Quick Check in advance of the ride, and if your bike needs work bring it to a local bike shop for a tune-up. Make sure your tires are inflated before you head out! Pedal-assist electric bikes and all electric bikes that are legal in New York City are welcome on the ride. However, we will not allow tall bikes or other bikes that cannot stop easily. We also strongly recommend bringing a refillable water bottle.

How do I get to the starting point?

We recommend arriving by bike or by taking the E,M,F,R,7,N, or W trains. If you are using public transit, check the MTA website for updates as train schedules may vary on weekends and due to construction. If you are driving in, be aware that parking will be difficult.

How do I get home after the ride?

We recommend departing by bike or by taking the E, F or LIRR trains from Kew Gardens. If you are using public transit, check the MTA website for updates as train schedules may vary on weekends and due to construction. We are not arranging transportation back to the start point in Long Island City.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

The ride will go on as planned in most weather conditions, including moderate rain, hot, and cold weather. Please dress accordingly. In the event that heavy rain or other serious weather conditions are forecasted, the ride will be canceled. In the event of a cancellation, you will be notified by e-mail the day before the ride.

Should I bring my child?

Youth riders must be able to ride their own bike (no balance bikes or training wheels) or accompany an adult on a tandem or in a child seat. All youth riders must remain in close proximity to the adult with whom they were registered.

What if I have additional questions?

Contact communications@bike.nyc and we will be happy to answer your questions!

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