Long Island's First Annual Bike-to-Work Fashion Parade
was held on May 7, 2016, 9-11:30 am
Slide show below (click on picture to advance). Thanks to Antonio, Dan, Bill, Melissa, Sharon, Steve, Chris, Mira, Tom and Arthur for submitting pictures!
Although the day was overcast and cool and rain loomed, we had a full 41 participants who seemed to have a very good time!
The parade follows a 6.5-mile loop which began at Hofstra University and then circled through scenic Eisenhower Park before returning. There was a shorter 2.3-mile loop for participants on foot, those with small children, or those who simply preferred a shorter ride. Roughly half of the 41 participants opted for each. There was be a lane of traffic shut off for the the part of the longer loop that did not have a bike path. The shorter route was exclusively on sidewalks and bike paths.
There was a short festival after the parade where we awarded prizes and wrote letters. First and second place prizes were given for three separate categories and there was a prize for the most enthusiastic little one. The winners were determined by student volunteers.
1. Most Creative Bike-to-Work Outfit
First place went to: Heike von Maydell for her Lufthansa Airline Pilot with real puppy copilot and inflatable plane. Heike won a free private yoga class for 10 people with patio reception afterwards at Samudra Yoga in Garden City (!) and a bike bag with phone carrier.
Second place went to: Tom Culkin for his Bernie Sanders outfit (which arguably looked more like Einstein or Rod Stewart in a suit). Tom won a set of front and rear bike lights and a bike noise maker.
2. Most Work-appropriate Bike-to-Work Outfit
First place went to: Steve Hetzel for his nurse's scrubs. Steve won a coffee basket from Gentle Brew Coffee Roasters in Long Beach and a bike bag with phone holder.
Second place went to: Kenneth Scott, for his Wonder Bread jacket. Ken won a set of front and rear bike lights and a bike noise maker.
3. Most creatively decorated bike:
First place went to: Caroline Scott for her beautifully drawn skull figurehead. Caroline one a decorative bike horn, chain lube, a light set, a funny noise maker and a bike bag with phone holder.
Second place went to: Sharon Stanley for her Beetles-themed bike. Sharon won a set of front and rear bike lights and a bike noise maker.
4. Winner for most enthusiastic kid: Nathan! He one a helmet he could draw on with dry erase markers and a bike noise-maker. (We don't have a picture of Nathan.)
The participants hand-wrote wrote a total of seven letters to Nassau County legislators encouraging to start work on the Motor Parkway East/West Bike Trail immediately, four letters to the NYS Parks commissioner to extend the Jones Beach Bike Trail and one to Suffolk County legislators to add more bike lanes.
The Bike-to-Work festival lead into Hofstra’s Dutch festival, with vendors, rides, games and lots and lots of beautiful tulips. After all, what is more Dutch than biking to work?!
Long Island's 2016 Bike-to-Work Fashion Parade Gold Level Sponsors:
Other (also VERY generous) Bike Parade Sponsors
(It is so nice to be able to HONESTLY recommend doing business with our sponsors!)