Welcome to BRBRbrooklyn! Whether you are pedaling to the shore, the store, your neighbor’s stoop, or back to your own coop, this blog is for you. Bay Ridge Bicycle Routes is an effort raise to awareness within our neighborhood and among civic groups about the activities of bicyclists in Bay Ridge and other nearby communities in southern Brooklyn.

Our neighborhood’s immediate access to the harbor, less congested street traffic, friendly atmosphere, expansive parks and flat terrain (except, of course, for the steep ridge in Bay Ridge!) makes our corner of New York City one of the most fantastic places to ride a bicycle. Whether for transportation, recreation, fun or fitness, cycling is great in Bay Ridge.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Stripers in Bay Ridge

Stripers with one "P", not two! They've been in Bay Ridge over the past couple of weeks, re-striping the existing bicycle lanes throughout the neighborhood.

Shore Road at Ft Hamilton High School.

Shore Road. Notice the new bicyclist icon painted over the old fading one.

Colonial Road, behind the Visitation Academy.

Epic Ride in Bay Ridge

Yes, it happened! The Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride passed through Bay Ridge and many local riders from Bay Ridge and nearby neighborhoods met with the group at Owl's Head Park. The riders continued to the 69th Street Pier and the Bay Ridge Promenade, continuing towards Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Beach.

The ride included bicyclists of all kinds and ages. the ride was organized by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. Members of the National Parks Service even joined for the event (see the green NPS shirt in the photo below)!

The Dutch Way: Bicycles and Fresh Bread

This article recalls one of BRBR's first posts. And besides, who doesn't like fresh bread?

Speaking about a bicycle's carrying capacity, "...cyclists can’t carry six bags of groceries; bulk buying is almost nonexistent. Instead of shopping for a week, people stop at the market daily. So the need for processed loaves that will last for days is gone. A result: good bread."

Read the full article in the New York Times. Oh, and BTW Washington, settle the debt ceiling so we can move on.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Petition for Bay Ridge Parkway Bicycle Lane

Click here to add your name to our new petition to bring a bicycle lane to Bay Ridge Parkway and throughout Bay Ridge.

It will only take a moment but can make a great difference in informing our Community, Elected Officials and the Department of Transportation about the travels and needs of bicyclists in our neighborhood.

We'll be collecting signatures all summer, both online and on paper, to deliver in the Fall.

We saw the paper sheets last night and there are already 200+ signatures collected. But you are online and don't need paper... so take 60 seconds to include your name on the online list. Cyclists, let them know you are in the neighborhood!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

3rd Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride

The Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride is coming on July 30th, 2011, all along the Brooklyn Waterfront. The ride starts in Greenpoint at 9am. And for all the Ridge-ites, there will be a pickup point in Bay Ridge!

Join with the bicycle riders at 10am at Owl's Head Park, near the comfort station at 68th Street between Bliss Terrace and Narrows Avenue. Google Map link here. Depending upon their speed, riders may arrive from Greenpoint as late as 10:30am, so be patient in case they don't arrive at 10am, sharp.

Be sure to preregister for the ride at the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative's website. One of the members of the Greenway will bring a sign-in sheet and provide maps and other information. Local Bay Ridge riders welcome as volunteers to help facilitate the day and sign in. Feel free to send us an email at brbrbrooklyn@gmail.com.

This will be a great way to meet other riders in the area and see the future of the Brooklyn Waterfront!