Whether New Yorkers ride a bike for their health, the environment, convenience, or pleasure, tragically, it seems as if our own city has yet to find a way to protect those on two wheels—and removing bike lanes, as the city did in Williamsburg, isn’t helping matters either. The NYC Street Memorial Project, which honors cyclists and pedestrians who have been killed in the city, is gathering once again through ghostbikes.org for the fifth annual Memorial Ride & Walk. The group will pass through various neighborhoods in Manhattan and Queens, and finish in Brooklyn, to honor the spot where cyclists were killed in 2009, including Greenpoint resident and Williamsburg DJ Solange Raulston (a/k/a DJ Reverend Soul), who was killed only a few weeks ago at Nassau and McGuinness. The first meet-up begins at 10 a.m. at West 145th Street and Convent Avenue; then at 11:30 a.m. at the Queensboro Bridge; and, later, at 3 p.m. at Grand Army Plaza, with a ride and walk convergence at 4:45 p.m. on Manhattan Avenue and Milton. The ride concludes with a gathering of family, friends, cyclists, and pedestrians at 5:10 p.m. at the Greenpoint Reformed Church on 136 Milton Street.
Sun., Jan. 3, 10 a.m., 2010