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New Amsterdam Bike Show

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Bike Month is just around the corner and this year NYC gets it's first ever bike show! Apparently there was a bike show back in 1897 so I guess it's about time for another. They plan to have bike giveaways, roller races, some bike safety education, helmet giveaways, a place to test ride bicycles, and plenty of food and good coffee. Check out the list of exhibitors.

Date: Saturday, April 30,  2011
Time: 10 AM to 7 PM
Place: Center 548 -  548 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10011
Tickets: $15 in advance ($20 at the door)

Where to ride on the Greenway

We're happy to have a new blogger at Ride the City. Please welcome jrab. Here's his descriptive take on riding the NYC Greenway!

Spring is upon us. If it ever gets warm, a popular and fun NYC ride is the Hudson River Greenway from Brooklyn to Upper Manhattan. When riding the Greenway, there are lots of great sites to check out. Some of the best include the The Cloisters and their medieval European collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Cloisters occupy a beautiful setting at the top of Fort Tryon Park, with gorgeous views of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge, as well as northeast to the Bronx.

Ride the City - Spain


This is an exciting week for bicycling as the premier international cycling conference Velo-City gets underway in Sevilla, Spain. Created by the European Cyclist's Federation (ECF) in 1980, the Velo-City conference brings together city planners, nonprofits, policy makers, and experts from around the world to discuss best practices, new initiatives, and ways to promote cycling as a form of transportation and recreation.

Ride the City: Brisbane and Newcastle

It's Bike Week in Brisbane through March 20th. What better way to celebrate bicycling than with the launch of Ride the City: Brisbane and Ride the City: Newcastle! In addition to bike routes the Ride the City map displays nearby bike shops and bike hire locations, including CityCycle locations in Brisbane. (If we're missing your business, please let us know.)

Open Street Map - Intro

Most of you have probably generated bike routes on Ride the City. But how many have contributed to the Ride the City basemap? The background image at Ride the City is provided by Cloudmade, a company that's all about services and applications that are based on Open Street Map (OSM), the volunteer effort to map the world. Open Street Map provides the data, Cloudmade makes services that help to get that data to the end user. With Cloudmade's Style Editor, developers can customize their own map style or copy other maps. Here are some of the map styles from the Style Editor:

Nine Million Bicycles

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Here's a 4 minute music video break for your midday leisure. Katie Melua being dragged around, singing about bicycles. Nine million bikes in Beijing, really? If 10% of New Yorkers have bikes we may have about 900,000.


Ride the City - Australia

image from Here in NYC, we're in the thick of winter with snow storms every week, it seems. But on the other side of the world it's mid summer. In many parts of Australia, the average high these days is 80F (27C). That makes for great bicycling weather (if it's not too hot). For bicyclists in Australia, 2011 will be a year for easier bicycling because today we launch Ride the City - Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, and Adelaide!

Ride the City - Santiago, Chile

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In early 2010, we were contacted by Bicicultura, a Chilean nonprofit started in 2006 with a mission to promote a new culture that emphasizes human-powered transport: walking, bicycle riding, skating, wheel chairs, tricycles. Now, eight months later, we are happy to announce Ride the City - Santiago, the capital of Chile with over six million people. Later we plan to continue to expand to other cities in Chile.

This is our first rollout to South America. The data behind Ride the City - Santiago, Chile is based on Open Street Map, the volunteer effort to map the world.

A look at bicycling in New York

On November 23, the NYC Department of Transportation announced that the City is seeking a vendor to provide a bike share system. The system, which could resemble those already in place in Paris, Montreal, Barcelona, and Washington, D.C., could be fully operational in time for the spring of 2012 with a potential pilot next summer. 

Ride the City - Vancouver Metro

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Nine months ago we brought Ride the City across the Canadian border with the start of Ride the City - Toronto. Today we're happy to launch our second Canadian city: Vancouver, B.C.

Ride the City - Vancouver comprises all the cities within a distance of about 40 miles, including Richmond, New Westminster, Burnaby, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Surrey, Delta, Langley, White Rock, and even Victoria! By the way, if you'd like the map to start out centered in Victoria, just use this address:

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