Saturday, April 23, 2022

The best of NY Bike Culture Speakers!

A thrilling ride around NY Harbor!

A finish festival with live music!


Spring 2022 Harbor Ring Ride

We’re excited for our second annual Harbor Ring Ride, taking place on Saturday, April 23, 2022!

This scenic ride around the NY Harbor explores parts of NYC and NJ, such as South Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn, Manhattan along the Hudson River, Fort Lee, Hoboken, Jersey City, and Bayonne, including 3 major bridges.

Both the 35 and 60 mile routes encircle the NY Harbor starting at one end of the Verrazzano-Narrows bridge and ending at the other. The 60-mile route includes all 3 bridges (Brooklyn, George Washington, and Bayonne) while the shorter 35-mile route includes 2 bridges (Brooklyn, and Bayonne) as well as a ferry (from Brookfield Place Terminal to Paulus Hook, NJ)

The ride is self-guided and self-paced, although we will have a ride leader, and several ride marshals. To ride in any capacity, you must fill out our waiver. We will start in John Paul Jones Park, Brooklyn featuring the best of NY Bike culture’s speakers, and celebrate the end of the ride at the Alice Austen House in Staten Island.

Don’t forget to stop by any of the local businesses along the route that have partnered with us for a discount on the day of the ride!

Itinerary:

7:30 am: Check-in

8:30 am – 9:20 am: Speakers

9:30 am: Ride Leader takes off

3 – 6pm: Finish Festival

Location:

Start: John Paul Jones Park, Shore Parkway 101st Street, Brooklyn

Finish Festival: Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island

Check-in will begin at 7:30am. Please don’t forget to wear BLUE to locate other riders.


Rest Stops

The ride leader will stop for approximately 10-15 minutes at each rest stop, where there will be restrooms and/or water fountains. If you don’t plan on starting at the beginning in Bay Ridge, we recommend using one of these rest stops to locate other rides (who should be wearing blue) and join in. We also recommend joining our whatsapp group, where riders will be able to communicate and the ride leader’s live location will be shared.

*These are ESTIMATED time of arrivals based on the 12-14mph speed the ride leader will maintain*

Stop 1: Brooklyn Bridge Park – By Ample Hills Creamery/Pier 1 @ 10:25AM

Stop 2: Brookfield Place Ferry Terminal – Shorter Route Divergence Point @ 11:15AM

Stop 3: Riverside Park – Ten Mile River Playground @ 12:10PM

Stop 4: James J Braddock – North Hudson Park @ 1:20PM

Stop 5: Stephen R Gregg – Bayonne Park @ 3:00PM

Arrive at Alice Austen House @ 3PM to 6PM


Speaker list

Brian Hedden and Anna Lise Jensen of Bike South Brooklyn

Christopher Leydon of Bay Ridge Environmental Group

Andrew Bennett of Good Co. Bike Company

Shabazz Stuart of Ooneepod

Terri Carta of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative

State Senator Andrew Gounardes of District 22


Volunteer

Harbor Ring is fueled by volunteers and volunteer work! We need bike marshals, rest stop volunteers, and more. Please fill out our form below to volunteer.


Finish Festival

Come celebrate the end of our Harbor Ring Ride at the finish line in Staten Island! This festival is open to riders and the public. We will have live music, food trucks, an REI/Citibike + swag raffle, and more!

When: 3-6pm

Where: Alice Austen House

(2 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10305)

Live Music

3pm: Tony Travis and friends

4-6pm: Band of Others

with Special Musical Guests

Food Trucks

Makina Cafe, an Ethiopian/Eritrean food truck, offers delicious and healthy food, with vegetarian options, and will be parked right outside Alice Austen House for the duration of the finish festival.


Local Businesses along the Route

These local businesses have been gracious enough to partner with us and support us by offering discounts to our riders on the day of our ride. Please stop by for a drink or snack and mention that you’re on the Harbor Ring Ride!

Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Yafa Cafe, a middle eastern cafe, is offering 10% discount

Brooklyn’s Italian Heroes, an italian hero spot, is offering a buy one sub get one free deal

Park Slope, Brooklyn

Mexiana, a mexican restaurant, is offering a 10% discount on smoothies (very berry or green goddess), burritos (jerk chicken or roasted chicken), and fruit cups

Sip n’ play, a board game cafe, is offering a 20% discount

DUMBO, Brooklyn

Ample Hills Creamery (in DUMBO), an ice creamery, is offering a 10% discount

Town Market (in DUMBO), a gourmet market, is offering a 10% discount

Fort Lee, NJ

Fudgarten, a healthy organic eatery, is offering 15% off all drinks + 10% off all meals

Jersey City, NJ

Cafe Quetzal, an authentic Guatamalan spot, is offering 15% off all food purchases

La Cantina Italiana, a pizzeria, is offering a 15% discount

Honshu, a Japanese restaurant, is offering a 15% discount

Bayonne, NJ

Starfish and Chips, a seafood joint, is offering a 10% discount or a free soda


Frequently Asked Questions

How should I prepare for the ride?

Please make sure your bike is in good riding condition, and your wheels are pumped. We will have several pumps available at the start in Fort Wadsworth, and will be doing bike checks if desired.

How will I identify other riders/bike marshals?

Please wear BLUE (any shade) to locate other Harbor Ring riders and volunteers. We will be handing out blue bandanas as well on a first come first serve basis. Bike marshals will be wearing safety vests. You can also join our whatsapp group to communicate with/locate other riders

What can I expect at the start?

We will begin check-in promptly at 7:30am. Please make sure to have RSVP’d on eventbrite, have your waiver filled out, and check-in by your last name at the appropriate table.

What time is check-in?

Check-in begins at 7:30am.

What can I expect at the finish?

We will have a finish festival open to riders and the public with live music, food, a raffle, and more! The finish festival will take place at Alice Austen House in Staten Island from 3-6pm.

What is the pacing of the ride?

The ride is self-paced, but the ride leader will be going approximately 11-13mph and stop for 10-15 minutes at every designated rest stop.

Are there rest stops/restrooms along the route?

Yes, below are a list of the rest stops the ride leader will stop at for approximately 10-15 minutes. There are restrooms and water fountains at most of these rest stops. For more restrooms, check out the local businesses we’ve partnered with.

Stop 1: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1 (next to Ample Hills Creamery) @ 10:30am

Stop 2: Hudson River Park – Pier 62 (near the Chelsea piers skatepark) @ 11am

Stop 3: Riverside Park – Ten Mile River Playground @ 12pm

Stop 4: James J Braddock North Hudson Park (by Nature’s Park Cafe) @ 1:30pm

Stop 5: Liberty State Park – Flag Plaza @ 2:15pm

Stop 6: Snug Harbor – Harbor Eats @ 3pm

Arrive at Alice Austen House @ 4pm**

**We expect the bulk of riders to arrive between 3-6pm, where we will hand out more snacks, mingle with other riders, and hand out Harbor Ring swag with a backdrop of live music and the option to purchase food from our food vendors.

Are there any businesses giving discounts?

Yes! We’ve partnered with several businesses along the route for discounts and restroom use for the day of the ride. Please check above or refer to our route for more information.

Where can I find the route?

How can I support Harbor Ring?

Harbor Ring is completely volunteer run, and funded by donations. You can support us by donating to our venmo, purchasing our merchandise during our events, and getting involved by volunteering with us! To volunteer, please email harbor.ring@transalt.org

Does Harbor Ring have social media?

Yes! We are active on instagram and twitter, both using the handle @theharborring. We’d love to see your photos and videos – please tag us and use the hashtags #VB4P #theharborring #harborring22