Roller Race for Queens
Have you ever wished you could explore the borough of Queens on a bike with a large group of people? Maybe you have heard of or ridden in the Tour de Brooklyn or the Tour de Bronx and thought it would make sense for Queens to have a ride of its own? Hold your breath, no longer. The first annual Tour de Queens is planned for June 8, 2008!
Last week, the Transportation Alternatives' Queens Committee hosted a fundraising Roller Race at the Creek & Cave bar. Watch this short video and find out what exactly a roller race is. If you would like get more info on the Tour de Queens and the Queens Volunteer Committee, contact: Mike Heffron.
David Perry: [00:06] This is a roller race. When we hold a race we get racers, official and amateur racers to come, or sometimes just the public.
Speaker: [00:31] [unintelligible 00:31] are you ready?
Helen Ho: [00:35] This is all for the Tour de Queens which is going to be the first ever ride that’s coming up this June 8th 2008 and hopefully it’ll be a 500 person ride, free for all, and going around 20 miles of western Queens.
Dani Simons: [00:52] I’m here to support Tour de Queens. I am willing to go so far for this bike tour that I’m actually going to put my life in danger by racing on bike rollers which so far I’ve practiced about twice.
Speaker: [01:04] Three, two, one, go.
Wiley Norvell: [01:20] There are people living on Long Island city or Astoria or Bayside their whole lives and have never biked across Queens. Maybe they bike to the grocery store, maybe they just bike out on a weekend. But this is a way to really show these people that you can knit the Borough together with bike lanes, that it can be a bikeable place.
Andrew LaCorte: [01:37] I came out here tonight on the rollers to try to get my first competitiveness out. These rollers are unbelievable to ride, very hard, got a much higher bearing spin rate than any other roller I’ve ever ridden.
Speaker: [01:50] Three, two, one, go.
Speaker: [01:54] And it’s kind of like riding your bike on a treadmill except much harder.
Speaker: [01:57] It’s really horrible, it’s just like bicycling on ice.
Jon Orcutt: [02:03] Certainly rides like the Tour de Brooklyn and the Tour de Bronx have become very popular. You know the city really wants to encourage more people to get out and ride and experience it, so it can only be good that we’re going to have a Tour de Queens.
Wiley Norvell: [02:16] If you look at the Bronx, if you look at where people are really pumped to see bike lanes and greenways, it almost overlaps with the great events like car-free Grand Concourse and Tour de Bronx. These big bike tours really stoke the demand for more bike lanes and get bikers meeting each other, as well they should, you know, they’re part of the community whether they know it or not.
Wiley Norvell: [02:36] So having great events, not just the Tour de Queens. We have a kids bike parade coming this Bike Month. I think there’s a ride every single week in Bike Month hosted by the committee. So the idea is for them to get to know their neighbours and to really build the biking community in Queens where everybody knows each other, everyone helps each other out on the street.
Speaker: [02:54] Tonight we raised I think more than a thousand dollars for Tour de Queens, which puts it well on its way. First ever ride you know, so every bit of help we can get makes this, you know, a stronger institution.
Wiley Norvell: [03:05] It’s going to be fantastic. I can’t wait.http://transcriptdivas.ca/transcription-canada/