Events around the five boroughs encourage more New Yorkers to bike as ridership continues to soar 

The New York City Department of Transportation will be kicking off Biketober, DOT’s annual celebration of biking, by joining with elected officials and cycling advocates to give away bike helmets, lights and bells at locations around the city this month. The fall is when many of DOT’s bicycle projects are completed for the year, underscoring the significance of Biketober. 

 “Biking is booming as New Yorkers embrace the healthiest, most sustainable and certainly the most fun way to get around our city,” said DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman. “I’m thrilled to kick off Biketober alongside our partners in the Council and Get Women Cycling with events encouraging cyclists to stay safe on our roads. I hope people of all ages will join us and take to the streets on two wheels!” 

 DOT will be holding pop-up bike light and bell giveaways during the weeks of October 4th and October 25th on popular bike routes, along with the following helmet giveaways starting this weekend:  

 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 | 11:00AM – 2:30PM  

Sponsored by City Council Member Mark Levine  

Riverside Park  

153rd Street and Riverside Drive  

(Near the pedestrian Bridge to the Waterfront)  

New York NY 10032  

 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16 | 11:00AM – 2:30PM  

Sponsored by City Council Member I. Daneek Miller  

Roy Wilkins Park  

177th Street and Baisley Boulevard  

Queens NY 11434 

 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17 | 11:00AM – 2:30PM  

Sponsored by City Council Member Keith Powers  

Stuyvesant Town Playground 9 

1st Ave. Loop Rd. b/w 16th and 18th Streets.  

Manhattan, NY 10009  

 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 | 11:00AM – 2:30PM  

Sponsored by City Council Member Oswald Feliz  

Tremont Park/Walter Gladwin Park  

East 175th Street and Tremont Avenue  

Bronx, NY 10457  

 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 | 11:00AM – 2:30PM  

Sponsored by City Council Member Rafael Salamanca  

Playground 52LII  

681 Kelly Street  

Bronx, NY 10455 

 DOT will also sponsor Bike Safety Check Stations run by the group Get Women Cycling. Bike Unit staff and Street Ambassadors will be on hand to talk about projects and collect feedback about cycling in the neighborhood.   

 ·         Wednesday, October 13, 2:00PM-5:00PM, Tompkinsville Park, Bay Street and Victory Boulevard, Staten Island 

·         Friday, October 15, 12:00PM-3:00PM, Diversity Plaza, Roosevelt Avenue and Broadway, Queens 

·         Monday, October 18, 8:00AM-11:00AM, Pulaski Bridge, Eagle Street and McGuinness Boulevard, Brooklyn 

·         Wednesday, October 20, 2:00PM-5:00PM, Nostrand Playground, Foster Avenue and Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn  

·         Friday, October 22, 3:00PM-6:00PM, Dyckman Street Plaza, Dyckman Street and Broadway, Manhattan 

·         Saturday, October 23, 11:00AM-2:00PM, Dutch Kills Playground, Crescent Street and 36th Avenue, Queens 

·         Sunday, October 24, 11:00AM-2:00PM, Sunset Park, 44th Street and 6th Avenue, Brooklyn 

·         Wednesday, October 27, 8:00AM-11:00AM, Brooklyn Bridge Entrance, Park Row, Manhattan 

·         Friday, October 29, 2:00PM-5:00PM, Fordham Plaza, Bronx  

·         Saturday, October 30, 11:00AM-2:00PM, Eastchester Road and Pelham Parkway Greenway, Bronx   



“Whether for commuting, exercising, or just for fun, biking is an essential part of life in New York City,” said Council Member Keith Powers. “I’m very excited for the start of Biketober and look forward to celebrating all the wonderful biking opportunities across our city. I hope everyone joins us for a bike helmet giveaway event—be sure to bring your friends and family too!” 


“Will your bike pass our safety check? Come see us at this year’s Biketober celebration to find out! We are pleased to be a partner of this year’s NYC Department of Transportation Biketober event!” said Angela Azzolino, Founder and Executive Director of Get Women Cycling. “If you ride a bicycle, if you’re thinking about riding a bicycle, if you know someone who bicycle rides these events are for you! Stop by to say hello, learn about current and upcoming bike projects, share your experiences with city Street Ambassadors, have your bicycle checked by Get Women Cycling mechanics and pick up some pretty awesome swag while you are there!” 


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