Waterfront Alliance Bike Bonanza Draws Hundreds
Hundreds of people came out for the Queens Bike Bonanza hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance last week. Rockaway Beach Boulevard was shut down for the afternoon at Beach 59 Street, for the day’s festivities focused on giving kids and others a chance to learn to ride safely on NYC streets.
Recycle a Bike led a bike swap in which hundreds of people were able to swap bikes for upgrades or get their own fixed by the mechanics. Bike NY took to the street to teach kids to learn to ride a bicycle, DOT Bike Safety was on hand to give out hundreds of helmets and the 101 Police Precinct was there to etch VIN numbers and register bikes to prevent them from being stolen. IOBY let community members know about their website focused on fundraising for community groups. Bringing all these groups together made for a successful event.
The day finished on a high note with local residents and kids from the RWA summer program leading the Rockaway Bike Parade where the students did a “flash mob” dance to celebrate biking and advocate for bike safety for kids and families. Steve Golden from the National Park Service came to show his support and was taken aback by the overwhelming turnout at the event. “It’s nice to see so many families and kids in Rockaway getting out to explore the area by bicycle. It will help to raise awareness of the amazing natural resources in this area as well as improve the health of the community through active exercise. Rockaway is so well suited to biking and a turnout like this shows that local residents do want and need safer and healthier ways to get around the Peninsula. What a great day!” commented Steve Golden on Saturday.