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Tour de Queens 2008

Not even the heat and humidity of a sizzling 96 degree day could keep nearly 500 people from pedaling the inaugural Tour de Queens. The beautiful, family-friendly course - which hugged much of the northwest perimeter of the borough - was put together by the Queens Transportation Alternatives Committee and featured "lots of smiles per hour." Highlights included: a very bike-friendly Queens Museum of Art (which also showed some Streetfilms) and a briefly ironic moment where it looked like riders were queuing up for $4.25 per gallon gas!

<br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mike Heffron:</i> [00:00] Welcome everyone to the first annual Tour de Queens.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Paul Steely-White:</i> [00:06] Five, four, three, two, one, Queens, Tour de Queens is underway. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>John Liu:</i> [00:26] I think this is a great day to not only have a great, great time, but to promote cycling, and this is something that Transportation Alternatives has been doing so… for so many years, so successfully. We’re going to make this city a far more bike friendly place. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Tom Finkelpearl:</i> [00:47] Welcome to Queens worth, it’s really good to be here and I can’t wait to do the ride. Come on inside afterwards, if you haven’t seen the panorama, you can see the route that you rode on the world cyclist architectural model. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Anthony Weiner:</i> [01:01] We still have to make this city a much more bike friendly town. For every $10 we spend for transportation in this city, $9.30 goes to moving cars around, and the other 70 cents is to help pedestrians and bike riders. We need to change that.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:19] I love it, man. About time Queens had a Tour. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:21] I love Queens. Yeah, I won’t swear this time, how about that.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Clarence Eckerson Jr.:</i> [01:24] Okay.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:25] I love Queens.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Clarence Eckerson Jr.:</i> [01:26] Yeah. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:27] I live here, it’s my favourite Borough. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:30] I’m from Nashville.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Clarence Eckerson Jr.:</i> [01:31] Nashville, why’d you come do Tour de Queens for?</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:33] I’m doing an internship in New York City, so I decided to, you know, take a little bike ride. It’s great, I love it. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Clarence Eckerson Jr.:</i> [01:44] Bicycle repair. Here we are. These guys are doing me a great favour. We got a broken spoke on the Tour de Queens. We’re going to be right back in action thanks to these guys. Going right to work. Praise you guys. Thank you very much. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:56] [speaking Spanish]</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Clarence Eckerson Jr.:</i> [02:06] Spoke has been fixed. Streetfilms cannot be denied from finishing this ride. Woohoo, I’m back riding, woohoo. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [02:16] Oh my god, I’m so psyched. Go Queens. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [02:20] I got to like Streetfilms, I think they’re cool. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [02:31] As soon as you get to the rest stop, they already have three packets of baggies for you, banana, apple, you know, all the goodies and they’re leading the way so [unintelligible 02:39].</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [02:40] It’s a little moist, a little warm, but it’s no problem. We can overcome this. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mike Heffron:</i> [03:23] Clarence, they gave me a megaphone. The biggest mistake they could have made. </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font></p> Transcription Sponsored by: <a href="http://transcriptdivas.com/">Transcript Divas Transcription Services </a>
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  • Linda

    It was HOT! HOT! HOT!

  • http://www.momentumplanet.com Amy Walker

    My favourite part was seeing all the riders pass pass by the $4.45 per gallon gas signs.

    History in the making.

    Amazing!

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  • Mayor Bluto

    Sorry I missed this ride, I'm sure it was a blast!

  • Ed Pino

    I was not in town so this was great to see
    Ed

  • Jocelin

    Definitely the "hottest" ride I've been on...so much fun!

  • Elmo

    I participated in this and being 1st one is special. I celebrated afterwards with bbq ribs and bbq chicken. But I think this will be my last tour as biking is too much work for me and I prefer sitting at the couch at home watching TV.