Bike to Work Day is tomorrow—Here's where to fuel up in the morning

Transportation Alternatives' annual campaign encourages bikers of all skill levels to get out and ride.

Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day Photograph: Courtesy Transportat

It's no secret that we're excited for the launch of Citi Bike on Memorial Day—but we can also understand why novices might be put off by the service. Because, let's be honest: Riding a bike in New York City is slightly terrifying. Though there are more bike lanes in the five boroughs than ever, there's plenty that cyclists need to be aware of: riders who are "salmoning" (going against the flow of traffic), car doors, pedestrians, food-cart dudes in the bike lanes, tourists in the bike lanes, tourists everywhere and—of course—speeding drivers. So we definitely understand the apprehension—there are numerous obstacles, and if you're not comfortable on the road, it's going to seem scary.

But here's the thing: the only way to overcome that fear is to just get out there and ride. And what better time to do it than when a bunch of other bicyclists—some of whom are probably newbies like you—are on the road? Tomorrow, Transportation Alternatives hosts its annual Bike to Work Day, encouraging riders of all stripes to commute by cycling. Reps from the advocacy group will be strategically located at fueling stations from 7–10am, equipped with coffee and treats, and can answer your questions, offer advice or simply hand out bike lights and reflective decals. Here's where you can find them:

•    Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn tower)
•    Manhattan Bridge (Manhattan-side bike-path exit)
•    Joyce Kilmer Park (E 161st St and Grand Concourse)
•    Williamsburg Bridge (Brooklyn-side bike-path entrance)
•    Queensboro Bridge (Queens-side bike-path entrance)
•    Staten Island Ferry (Whitehall Terminal)
•    Hudson River Greenway (W 72nd St)

There's also a Bike Home from Work party in Dumbo later that evening, with Brooklyn Brewery beer (you deserve one after a long day of riding), cycling vendors and a reflective-clothing fashion show. Fun!

Still feeling nervous? Check out TA's cycling tips, including advice from bike commuters; the DOT lists NYC's cycling laws on its website (although we don't care if helmets are not required—wear one anyway, you dopes); and Gothamist's guide to bike etiquette is also particularly helpful. (Seriously, don't be that guy who salmons. That guy is the worst.)