It seems that I missed a lot by leaving New York City on Memorial Day Weekend. Sure, it was the conclusion of Fleet Week and a remembrance of all those who have sacrificed their lives to protect this great country. But, bigger than that, I missed the Doggie Pedal Parade! (A parade of people on bikes with their dogs either in the front baskets or with them some how or another.
And, when I saw this bicycle today all decorated and chained up on Barrow Street in the West Village, I realize that I have yet to mention the Love Your Lane campaign.
Incidentally, this bicycle was adorned with information on both the Love Your Lane campaign and the Doggie Pedal. I’d love to meet the owner. My guess is that they are a member or associated with Time’s Up!, New York City’s non-profit direct action environmental organization. For more than 20 years, they have worked to educate people about the environmental impacts of everyday decisions, from the food we buy to the means of transportation we use.
Time’s Up! can be found here. They offer group rides (silly or serious), environmental information, great T-shirts, bike repair workshops and an overall sense of belonging. Check them out either online or at their new space in Brooklyn at 99 South 6th Street off Bedford Avenue, right under the Williamsburg Bridge.