By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — Time to inflate those tires on your old 10-speed.
Friday is national 'Bike To Work Day' and the city is hosting a series of events and “pit stops” in celebration. The event is part of Bike Month NYC, which aims to get more New Yorkers using the environmentally-friendly mode of transportation.
The celebration includes a Martha Stewart breakfast station at Twelfth Avenue and 26th Street. The pit stop will start handing out a free breakfast at 5 a.m.
The Manhattan Bridge Bike Path will offer coffee, snacks and other giveaways from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges will also offer pit stops, which will both start at 7:30 a.m.
The Upper West Side Will have a stop at Riverside Park and 68th Street starting at 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
For the intrepid biker, you can drop by the Times Square pit stop on Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets starting at 7:30 a.m.
Starting at 7:30 p.m., there is a “Bridges By Night” ride. The tour will start at 2 Gracie Square on East 84th and head over several bridges along the Harlem River before finishing at 179th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
The City Council is also promoting increased biking.
The Council passed the Bicycle Access Law last July, requiring commercial buildings with suitable elevator access to allow employees and guests to enter the building with their bikes.
The council announced on Thursday that so far 106 Commercial Buildings submitted bicycle access plans.
“If you provide the access, they will bike,” said NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. “By helping provide, safe, secure bike parking, this landmark legislation is already making biking as much a part of New York’s daily commute as grabbing a newspaper or a cup of coffee.”
For more information about the month-long series of events, visit http://bikemonthnyc.org.