Bike Month Sets Off On Two Wheels

Aliyya Swaby PhotoParking spots filled up quickly as people arrived to the party—resulting not in a line of cars, but rows of bikes U-locked to sign poles down Bradley Street.

The cyclists chose bikes over cars to take to the party, held Wednesday evening to celebrate the start of the second annual New Haven Bike Month at the Bradley Street Bike Coop Wednesday evening. It was the start of a monthlong series of events promoting bike culture, safety and community around the city.

A steering committee has been planning Bike Month since November.

Throughout the month of May, people have the choice of various group rides, bike maintenance workshops, themed movie nights, and block parties in different New Haven neighborhoods, including Dixwell, the Hill, Fair Haven and East Rock.

This year, organizers focused on working with neighbors from areas outside of downtown, East Rock and Wooster Square, t
o broaden the boundaries of the bike-centered celebration. Whalley/Edgewood/Beaver Hills management team chair Nadine Herring worked with the event steering committee to bring an “Open Streets” block party to Whalley, which she said was the first time the neighborhood had been included in a citywide biking event.

The committee tried to “ensure New Haven Bike Month touches every neighborhood,” said organizer Caroline Smith to the crowd Wednesday. “We believe in a community for cyclists by cyclists.”

The Bradley Street Bike Coop is a central site for the month, with repair workshops held at the 138 Bradley St. garage space every Wednesday and a block party hosted from it May 13. John Martin, who started the coop last fall as a way to build community around bike maintenance, was on the clock even during the celebration, handing tools out to people who took advantage of the location to get a quick repair done.

Bike Month organizer Coby Zeifman sold “passports” to the city’s Tour De Brew, a series of group rides to seven different breweries in May, to merge the worlds of biking and craft beer.

The full calendar for the month is here, with events starting May 1.

Click on or download the above sound file to listen to Martin, Herring and Devil’s Gear Bike Shop’s Johnny Brehon talk about diversifying bike culture in New Haven on WNHH radio’s “In Transit.”

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posted by: TheMadcap on April 22, 2016  11:58am

“Oh I see how it is, bikes get a month and cars don’t? I’m sick of this bicycle agenda”. - actual adults

posted by: KrysiaSolheim on April 22, 2016  1:14pm

Re TheMadcap - I’m pretty sure every month is car month, so share the love! Bikes stimulate the local economy, don’t emit air pollution, and keep people healthy - which benefits everyone in the community.

posted by: William Kurtz on April 22, 2016  6:47pm

Not to speak for TheMadcap but regular readers will recognize that comment as satire.

It’s very exciting to see so many new faces bring so much new energy to bike culture in New Haven. But this culture is not just about the bike—as I think the article above makes clear, it’s about all kinds of community: movies, block parties, open-streets festivals, and beer, among other things, with the bicycle as the link between them. I hope everyone takes advantage of the many opportunities to enjoy the community spirit, not just during May, but all year.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on April 22, 2016  7:02pm

posted by: KrysiaSolheim on April 22, 2016 2:14pm

Re TheMadcap - I’m pretty sure every month is car month, so share the love! Bikes stimulate the local economy, don’t emit air pollution, and keep people healthy - which benefits everyone in the community.

Bikes also do this.

Five hours of cycling a week makes your sperm less active, says study.

Men who spend five hours a week or more cycling have lower sperm counts and semen quality than those who undertake most other forms of exercise, not to mention those who lead sedentary lifestyles, according to new research.

The study was led by Lauren Wise of Boston University, with the findings published in the journal, Fertility and Sterility, and followed previous research that suggested that cyclists were more likely than other competitive athletes to have poor quality semen and genital and urinary issues.

posted by: robn on April 23, 2016  11:16am


Then you should be happy because maybe cyclists will whither and disappear in a Darwinian manner. Until that happens, get used to them because they’re here.

posted by: Frank Columbo on April 25, 2016  2:46pm

3/5 You killed it or rather the cycling addicts did LOL.  Yes bikes are here and so are automobiles. Contrary to the desires of certain city officials, automobiles will not be rendered obsolete in this century. Annual vehicle tax revenue received by the City is in the millions, easily over $10 million!

New Haven can’t afford to loose that revenue. Not all cars currently manufactured pollute today and even train commuters drive their autos to the station. Our New England climate is not conducive to year round bike commuting and lots of jobs are not local.

Not to mention the thousands of workers employed in the Auto industry: factory, dealers, repair ect. You mean to tell me if cars were gone, the bicycle industry would pay comparative wages?

We are not anti-bike but you all need to Stop trying to apply a Farm to Fork sensibility to Transportation!