Intro Lesson: What good is a bicycle? After our discussion of the program rules and expectations we talked about what bicycles can do. Two wheels aren’t as stable as three, so why don’t we ride tricycles? Well, the tricycles are slower because there’s more friction with more wheels touching the ground. So we can go faster on bicycles, but the lack of stability means we have to keep going forward. Bicycles are all about staying in motion.Word of the Day: bicycle
(from Greek bi = two + kýklos = wheel)
Trip: The riders were raring to go after the intro lesson and safety instruction. We took 1st Ave up to 102nd St to find the pedestrian bridge over the FDR. One of the construction workers told us that the renovations wouldn’t be completed until the summer, so we’ll have to find an alternate route to Randall’s/Ward’s Islands if we decide to go there on Day 3. We oriented ourselves in terms of the East River and headed north on the bike path. Pier 107 provided a scenic site for a snack break while watching a man chop a frozen fish for bait. Some of the riders explored the central roofed area which could use some repair. Speaking of repair, the path was fenced off in three places where it had collapsed–we could even see the water below us. Kalima had ridden on the west side before and we discussed the difference in upkeep and safety between the two river paths. We saw a cormorant, identified by its neck above water while its body stayed below. Compared to a duck it’s a low-rider. The riders worked well as a team except for one incident as we slowed to a stop at the northern terminus of the path, just before the Triboro Bridge. Kalima bumped Saphire’s back tire and Saphire somehow ended up on the ground with her bike on top of her. Aside from a small chin scratch she was fine, so we could laugh about it later; it was also a good lesson on why we keep our distance when we ride. Our crew was eager to explore more, so we rode back south past the 102nd street bridge and meandered up to Carl Schurz park. Another snack break provided a view of the Roosevelt Island lighthouse. Then back to the Center, passing Gracie Mansion. A great first day.
This trip was on April 10, 2012
Trip distance: 4.6 miles
Programming time: 3 hours
Participants: Tyler Joseph, Jacob Mehl, Saphire Small, Kalima Walker
Leaders: Cappy Collins, Onyx Salvador