Time’s Up!: Group Bike Riding Geared Toward Greenpeace
October 1, 2012
By Blaine Ashley
TIME’S UP! is a grassroots environmental group that uses educational outreach and direct action to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city. For more than 20 years, TIME’S UP! has worked to educate people about the environmental impacts of everyday decisions, from the food we buy to the means of transportation we use.
Using bicycles for everyday transportation is very good for the environment (and for you). Safety concerns are the #1 reason people don’t ride bikes. Yet in New York City, bicycling is up 25% and on the the rise. TIME’S UP! has a simple recipe to increase biking and infrastructure: Ride On!
Group rides create community, and with it, demand for positive change. Whether it’s a moonlight ride, a Critical Mass, or just linking up with a buddy, these clusters of bicycles will eventually create safer conditions, which will attract new riders, thereby increasing cycling and pushing cities to create positive infrastructure for cycling and their community. TIME’S UP hosts countless city-based group bike rides throughout the year such as the Graffiti Ride, the Earth Day Ride and this weekend’s Peace Bike Ride.
End result: more communication, more connection, less pollution, less stress, better bike parking, and more parks and greenways. And, oh yeah, a better booty!
This weekend, TIME’S UP will host the Peace Bike Ride. On Saturday and Sunday (October 6th & 7th), a group will take a leisurely ride to visit Point Thank You, Robert Wagner Park, The Labyrinth for Contemplation, Fritz Koenig’s The Sphere, Vietnam Vet Memorial and the site of the Mother AME Zion Church (first church in NYC built and led by Afro-Americans). Bring the kids.
This riding event is the perfect entree for cyclists new to group rides.
Here’s to biking for a good cause, group morale and a better physique!