may-bike-monthToday begins Bike Month NYC, a month-long celebration of riding bikes in the city. Sponsored by Transportation Alternatives with the help of the Department of Transportation, the 19th annual event features parties, rides, races, and classes for all types of bike riders. We’ve pulled a handful noteworthy events after the jump, but check the calendar for the full kist of happenings.

  • 3rd War Block Party – Sunday, May 3 – 2 PM to 8 PM
    “We’ve taken over Stagg street for a day of mayhem. Compete in a drag race, bring a t-shirt for live screenprinting, take a workshop, or just come for the fun.”
  • 5 Boro Bike Tour – Sunday, May 3
    This 30,000 person, 42-mile bike ride through all five boroughs, even Swine Flu-free Staten Island, is sold out. However, you can still score a registration on Craigslist.
  • DOT Commuter Rides – May 4, 5, 11, 12 – AM
    Throughout the month, these morning group rides, from Brooklyn to Midtown Manhattan and back at night, offer bike-curious commuters a safer, more comfortable chance to start.
  • 5th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day – May 9 – 12 to 6 PM
    “A block party for your bicycle!” Celebrate with bike events such as “awards and celebrations of bicycle culture, bike artwork, bicycle rides, and bicycle beautification stations to spiff up your wheels. … Afterparty at the City Reliquary’s spacious backyard to follow.”

  • National Bike to Work Day in New York City – Friday, May 15 – AM
    “In appreciation of NYC bike commuters please join T.A. at any one of the East River Bridges or City Hall Park or Madison Square Park.”
  • Bike to Bottle Beach! – Saturday, May 16th – 1:30 to 5 PM
    Start at The City Reliquary at 370 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg for “a fun, free, leisurely and historical bicycle ride from North to South Brooklyn and back. Travel along America’s first urban bicycle lane, traverse various “deep Brooklyn ‘hoods” and end at Dead Horse Bay, aka Bottle Beach. After a rest, we’ll return the way we came. End at the City Reliquary for a beer and pizza party. About 20 miles round trip. Bring shoes you can get dirty.”
  • Bike Night at Brooklyn Brewery – Wednesday, May 20 – 6 PM
    “Join Braking the Cycle (The AIDS Ride from Boston to NYC benefiting the Center’s HIV/AIDS Services)” for “live entertainment, games, contests and $1 Brooklyn drafts” at the Brewery.
  • Commuter Race – May 21 – AM
    “8th annual New York City Commuter Race between the Automobile, Subway and Bicycle. Call it crazy but yes the bicycle has won the past 7 years.” Our money is on the bicycle winning again.
  • Brooklyn Bike Jumble – May 31
    The first Brooklyn Bicycle Jumble, “New York’s only outdoor bicycle flea market,” will offer bikes, bike parts and clothing from a variety of private vendors.