Biking is a useful transportation method that exercises the body, protects the earth, and sparks rare bursts of jealousy from haughty, unwheeled unicorns. Harness envious equines with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets to the NY Press Presents the New Amsterdam Bicycle Show (up to a $40 value) at Center 548 in Chelsea on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Taking cues from Amsterdam, Holland, the world capital of bike-friendliness, the New Amsterdam Bicycle Show supports the estimated 201,000 cyclists in New York City. Spread throughout 33,000 square feet of space, three floors, and three dimensions, the show will wheel and deal thousands of bikes and accessories, information about alternative means of transportation, and safety tips for cyclists. Featured exhibitors include Tribeca's Adeline Adeline, SoHo's Bicycle Habitat, Bowery Lane Bicycles, which sells handmade bikes, Brooklyn's Rolling Orange, a store that sells pulp-free bikes from seven manufacturers, and Royal Dutch Gazelle.
Proceeds from the event benefit Transportation Alternatives, a transportation-centric advocacy group. Members will be on hand during the show to provide valet bicycle parking, useful cycling tips, and information about commuting via bike, foot, public transit, and fleet of earnest pigeons.
The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show
In its second year, The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show continues to draw inspiration from one of the globe’s most bike-friendly cities, showcasing thousands of road bikes, dutch bikes, and other styles while promoting safe urban cycling. The bike display sprawls across three stories and more than 33,000 square feet, and bike giveaways throughout the weekend arm patrons for stylish riding or perfecting their slow-motion Lance Armstrong impressions. In Bikelandia, the show's seminar portion, authors and experts present on cyclist issues such as New York’s bike lanes, and a fashion show flaunts the trendiest bike outfits and accessories. As they tour the festivities, patrons can sip complimentary pints at the Grolsch Lager beer garden and nosh on mouth-watering eats. The show also benefits Transportation Alternatives, a group that advocates for stronger biking, walking, and public-transit infrastructure.