Monthly Archives: June 2016

Summer Ride and Event Calendar is Up


Summer tandem bike shot
Image Description: Drawing of a red tandem above the words Summer I’m happy!

As promised, we have a very exciting and busy ride and event calendar for July, August and September.

July highlights:
Wednesday, July 20 – Goldman Ride Community Teamworks Ride – Stokers only
Sunday, July 24 – Ride at Floyd Bennett Field with National Park Service
Monday, July 25 – Visions Youth Group Ride in Central Park – Captains needed
Saturday, July 30 – The Dogist comes to photograph our guide dogs
Sunday, July 31 – Coney Island Cyclone and Hot Dog Ride

Visit our “Events” page on our website for a complete list, more details and to RSVP.

Bill Cunningham – A True New Yorker


Bill Cunningham on bike
Image Description: Bill takes a photograph from his bike.

Last week New York lost a treasure.  Bill was the fashion and society photographer for the New York Times for nearly 40 years.  In fact, he was designated by the City of New York in 2009 as a living landmark.  He was noticeable around town for riding his rickety old bike with his camera always around his neck and for his basic blue Parisian work smock.

We will sorely miss you Bill.

Here is his obituary in the Times.     Bill Cunningham obituary

Discover Hudson Valley Ride

Image description: Group photo in InTandem jerseys posing with two Cannondale tandems

Summer event ride season has commenced.  This past Sunday,  ten InTandem teams cycled the discover Hudson Valley Ride, presented by Bike New York.  Tackling distances from 15 miles to 100 miles, all but one of our teams completed the ride.  Kudos to Brandy and Chris for doing the 75.  Tiffany and Jonathon were ready to do the 100 but bike problems knocked them out pretty early on.  Did not stop Jonathon from enjoying that chocolate eclair ice cream stick (see photo below).

Special thanks to Kirsten Sonnenberg and Mick Grimme for coming along and helping out. Kirsten did the driving.  Shout outs to new captains Bill Raftery and Mark Berens.  Welcome.


Maria, Jose, Brandy, Chris, and Pinta the Dog pose with a tandem bike
Mick and Emma
Matthew and Ron on the move, ready to start their day on a 29er tandem.
Stanley and Chris show their greasy hands after doing a bit of bike maintainence.
Jonathon enjoys a chocolate eclair ice cream popsicle.
Matthew and Ron posing in front of their tandem.
Pinta relaxing in the van.
A happy post-ride Kate
Kirsten and umbrella
Kirsten and her signature flower umbrella

Bill and Hashim
Bill and Hashim

Volunteers and Ambassadors Needed

Shared Streets Logo
InTandem will be hosting a station at the DOT Shared Streets event on Saturday, August 13, 2016. The DOT is encouraging a vehicular speed limit of 5mph in this shared street zone from Broadway to Water Street and from Park Row to State Street. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will be encouraged to share the streets of lower Manhattan and take the time to rediscover the commerce, culture, and history in this special district.

InTandem is looking for volunteers captains to help train new captains, and general volunteers to serve as ambassadors to hand out flyers and answer questions about our programs. This is an excellent opportunity for us to reach out to our community and invite more captains, stokers, and volunteers to join us in the future.

Captains and stokers will ride from Central Park downtown using Summer Streets, and end their ride by volunteering at Shared Streets at our station.  We will break the day into shifts.  You can ride back up to the Park at the end of the shift if you wish as well.

If you would like to help, please RSVP to volunteer for Shared Streets.