Bike Culture Summit

May 6, 2010   7:00 pm   
NYU - Wasserman Center Auditorium
133 E. 13th St. (bet. Third & Fourth Aves.), 2nd floor
$20; $15 for members of Transportation Alternatives
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As urban cycling expands by leaps and bounds, how is bicycle culture changing? The image and ethos of commuters, racers proponents of "cycle chic" and outlaw cycling vie with each other to define what it means to be an urban cyclist. Transportation Alternatives brings together leading pundits of bicycle culture -- David Herlihy, "Bike Snob" and Caroline Samponaro -- to debate the critical bike culture controversies: Do cyclists need to rehabilitate their public persona? To what extent should safety trump convenience and style? Will protected bike lanes segregate cyclists? Is Critical Mass a boon or a liability for the bike movement? What can be done about sexism in the cycling community? Explore these topics at the Bike Culture Summit with our panelists:

  • David Herlihy, author of "Bicycle" and "Lost Cyclist" (forthcoming, May 2010), is the foremost U.S. historian of bicycling.
  • "Bike Snob," the popular and elusive blogger, will make a rare public appearance at this event, following publication of his long-awaited book on bike culture in late April.
  • Caroline Samponaro, Director of Bicycle Advocacy for Transportation Alternatives, is a longtime New York City cyclist and cycling activist, and is a co-founder of the Freewheels Bicycle Defense Fund.

This event has been generously sponsored by Kona Bikes, Nutcase Helmets, Brooklyn Bike and Board, Mod Squad Cycles, and Spokesman Cycles. Don't just buy a ticket, support T.A. even more by choosing the ticket and book option. Choose either David Herlihy, author of "Bicycle" or Eben Weiss "Bike Snob: Systematically and Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling" when reserving your ticket. Books can be picked up at the event. All proceeds from the Bike Culture Summit will support Transportation Alternatives' bicycle advocacy work.