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Tour de Queens 2009

As usual, one of Transportation Alternatives "Tour de" rides brought out mega fun and happy faces to ride bikes. This year's 2nd Annual Tour de Queens event took riders on an 18 mile circuit of the most diverse borough on the planet, introducing newbies to St. Albans, Kew Gardens, Hollis, and many other neighborhoods. Once again, the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing-Corona Park, helped host the event and Tom Finkelpearl (its president) rode the entire route. There were many more riders this year, probably due not only to this year's beautiful weather but the fact that last year's high temp was 96!

<blockquote class="_text"> [bike bell] [music] [0:00] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_1_text"> <cite class="speaker_1" >Speaker:</cite> [0:02] Tour de Queens! </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_2_text"> <cite class="speaker_2" >Speaker:</cite> [celebratory shout] [0:03] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_3_text"> <cite class="speaker_3" >Nora Pena:</cite> [0:04] Today is the Tour de Queens. July 12th, Second Annual Tour de Queens. Here again, at beautiful Flushing Meadows - Corona Park. Riders are here, they're rested, they're happy. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_4_text"> <cite class="speaker_4" >Speakers shouting in unison:</cite> [0:14] Tour de Queens! [celebratory shout] [music] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_2_text"> <cite class="speaker_2" >Tom Finkelpearl:</cite> [0:19] This is sort of like the Tour de France was an ad, a real estate ad for France. You should be on your bicycle and you should be riding around Queens. It's a beautiful place to ride and a beautiful way to get around the city is on bike. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_5_text"> <cite class="speaker_5" >Speaker:</cite> [0:30] Bay way, buddy. Big day, beautiful day in Queens. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_6_text"> <cite class="speaker_6" >Speaker:</cite> [0:33] Is this Sesame Street or something? [laughter] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_5_text"> <cite class="speaker_5" >Speakers:</cite> [0:35] A - B - C. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_6_text"> <cite class="speaker_6" >Speaker:</cite> [0:36] A. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_5_text"> <cite class="speaker_5" >Speaker e> [0:36] B. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_7_text"> <cite class="speaker_7" >Speaker:</cite> [0:37] C. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_8_text"> <cite class="speaker_8" >Speaker:</cite> [0:38] D. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_9_text"> <cite class="speaker_9" >Speaker:</cite> [0:38] E. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_10_text"> <cite class="speaker_10" >Speakers in unison:</cite> [0:39] Tour de Queens! </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_11_text"> <cite class="speaker_11" >Speaker:</cite> [0:41] Good job. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_12_text"> <cite class="speaker_12" >Speaker:</cite> [0:43] I hope today we have a good turn out. The weather's good and maybe not as hot as last year. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_13_text"> <cite class="speaker_13" >Speakers shouting:</cite> [celebratory shout] [0:48] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_14_text"> <cite class="speaker_14" >Speaker:</cite> [0:49] This is fun. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_15_text"> <cite class="speaker_15" >Speaker:</cite> [0:50] Yeah. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_14_text"> <cite class="speaker_14" >Speaker:</cite> [0:50] Watch... [overlapping speech] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_16_text"> <cite class="speaker_16" >Speaker:</cite> [0:51] Did you talk to them? </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_14_text"> <cite class="speaker_14" >Speaker:</cite> [0:52] This is the best part. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_17_text"> <cite class="speaker_17" >Speaker:</cite> [0:53] Keep together. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_14_text"> <cite class="speaker_14" >Speaker:</cite> [indecipherable 0:54] [0:54] Laguardia Community College, one of the sponsors of the event. And so here we are, right here, on a beautiful day. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_18_text"> <cite class="speaker_18" >Speaker:</cite> [1:01] Ready to go! [musical interlude] </p><p>[bike bells] [1:03] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_19_text"> <cite class="speaker_19" >Eddie Hernandez:</cite> [1:32] I'm extremely proud of the Queen's Committee and all the stuff we're doing here in Queens. I'm really thankful to Transportation Alternatives for everything in helping us accomplish. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_20_text"> <cite class="speaker_20" >Speaker:</cite> [1:39] Transportation Alternatives here to promote riding, getting more people to ride in Queens. Getting people their feet wet--or their pedals wet and having them ride through their borough. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_21_text"> <cite class="speaker_21" >Speaker:</cite> [1:51] I'm having a great ride! </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_22_text"> <cite class="speaker_22" >Speaker:</cite> [1:53] Here is a wonderful ride. I don't think I'll be able to sit down after I get off this bike. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_23_text"> <cite class="speaker_23" >Speaker:</cite> [1:58] The day's amazing. What a beautiful day! </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_24_text"> <cite class="speaker_24" >Speaker:</cite> [2:00] And you see all the different people. There's babies. And a dog. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_25_text"> <cite class="speaker_25" >Speaker:</cite> [2:04] Yeah, there's a dog. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_26_text"> <cite class="speaker_26" >Speaker:</cite> [2:05] Did you see the dog? </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_27_text"> <cite class="speaker_27" >Speaker:</cite> [2:06] Boy, you're big. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_28_text"> <cite class="speaker_28" >Speaker:</cite> [laughs] [2:07] [dog panting] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_27_text"> <cite class="speaker_27" >Speaker:</cite> [2:09] How heavy is that dog? </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_29_text"> <cite class="speaker_29" >Speaker:</cite> [2:10] Around 85, 90 pounds. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_27_text"> <cite class="speaker_27" >Speaker:</cite> [2:12] Are you feeling that? </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_29_text"> <cite class="speaker_29" >Speaker:</cite> [2:13] Yes. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_30_text"> <cite class="speaker_30" >Speaker:</cite> [2:14] We live in Astoria. We'd go from where we live in Astoria to Shay Stadium when they had the dog day. We don't have a car. That's how we got out there. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_31_text"> <cite class="speaker_31" >Speaker:</cite> [appreciative sound] [2:21] , there, that is cute, right there. Hello. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_32_text"> <cite class="speaker_32" >Speaker:</cite> [2:25] Hi. [music] </p><p>[laughter] [2:26] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_33_text"> <cite class="speaker_33" >Speaker:</cite> [2:29] How's the ride today? </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_34_text"> <cite class="speaker_34" >Speaker:</cite> [2:30] Hey. Look ma, no hands. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_35_text"> <cite class="speaker_35" >Speaker:</cite> [2:32] ...kicking and screaming. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_36_text"> <cite class="speaker_36" >Speaker:</cite> [2:33] Yeah? </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_35_text"> <cite class="speaker_35" >Speaker:</cite> [2:34] Like James Brown. Ow! </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_36_text"> <cite class="speaker_36" >Speaker:</cite> [laughs] [2:35] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_37_text"> <cite class="speaker_37" >Speaker:</cite> [2:37] There's his food. [laughter] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_38_text"> <cite class="speaker_38" >Speaker:</cite> [2:39] That his food? </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_37_text"> <cite class="speaker_37" >Speaker:</cite> [2:40] Food! </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_28_text"> <cite class="speaker_28" >Speaker:</cite> [2:41] Yeah! [laughter] </p><p>[background conversation murmur] [2:43] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_39_text"> <cite class="speaker_39" >Speaker:</cite> [2:46] We had like a.... </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_40_text"> <cite class="speaker_40" >Speaker:</cite> [laughs] [2:47] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_39_text"> <cite class="speaker_39" >Speaker:</cite> [2:49] It slices, it dices, it's a phone card. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_41_text"> <cite class="speaker_41" >Speaker:</cite> [2:52] Is that a phone card? </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_39_text"> <cite class="speaker_39" >Speaker:</cite> [2:53] It's a phone card. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_42_text"> <cite class="speaker_42" >Speaker:</cite> [2:54] It's a new product. [music] </p><p>[background conversation murmur] [2:55] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_43_text"> <cite class="speaker_43" >Speaker:</cite> [2:57] We rode all the way from Brooklyn. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_44_text"> <cite class="speaker_44" >Speaker:</cite> [2:58] Brooklyn, right there baby. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_43_text"> <cite class="speaker_43" >Speaker:</cite> [3:00] And you know what? This is a better ride. [music] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_43_text"> <cite class="speaker_43" >Speaker:</cite> [laughs] [3:03] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_44_text"> <cite class="speaker_44" >Speaker:</cite> [3:03] Oh. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_45_text"> <cite class="speaker_45" >Speaker:</cite> [3:05] It's all about Queens, baby. [music] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_46_text"> <cite class="speaker_46" >Speaker:</cite> [3:10] I love it! This is awesome. Never been to Queens before, this is my first time. Thank you, thank you, thank you. But it's...I'm enjoying it. [whistle] </p><p>[music] [3:16] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_47_text"> <cite class="speaker_47" >Speaker:</cite> [3:22] Hey! [women shouting] </p><p>[honking horn] [3:25] </p><p>[people shouting] [3:26] </p><p>[honking horn] [3:26] </p><p>[bike bells] [3:27] </p><p>[people shouting] [3:27] </p><p>[clapping] [3:28] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_48_text"> <cite class="speaker_48" >Speaker:</cite> [3:39] Everyone should do this ride next year. We should get 5, 000 people out here. [music] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_49_text"> <cite class="speaker_49" >Speaker:</cite> [3:47] Fantastic! Had a wonderful time! [laughs] [music] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_50_text"> <cite class="speaker_50" >Eddie Hernandez:</cite> [3:54] Those are actually better than like anything you'll see in Cape Canaveral or Houston, or anything like that. Those actually go to like, you know...to other planets... [audio ends] </p><p>[0:00] </blockquote> <br/><br/>

Clarence Eckerson Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • Robert

    This was a ton of fun! I plan to do it again next year.

  • Kathryn

    Great depiction of the day. It was loads of fun!

  • let the sunshine in

    St. Albans was awesome! Never got so much lovin' on a ride! What a great reception we received. Glad that was part of the video.

  • http://msftandthefuture.spaces.live.com/ Quikboy

    Wow, that looks pretty awesome. I'd want to be there too.

    I wish I could set up something similar in Houston (not just the MS 150) to encourage people to ride their bike out here more often.

  • http://www.livablestreets.com/people/JulieRobDubov Juliana Roberts Dubovsky

    Great video!! It really captured the thrilling energy of the ride and my ridiculous facial expression!

  • http://www.jobacle.com Andrew G.R.

    You guys do a great job at producing videos that truly capture the event. Well done!

  • Ronald E Collier

    I was a riding marshall last year and enjoyed it a lot. This year i rode with the masses and also had a wonderful time! I'm re-locating to virginia and i hope they have nice rides like this one!!

  • KK

    Nice piece Chuckie! Queens rocks...LET'S GO METS!

  • Ray Welch

    very nice, up-beat vid. I want to ride it next yr.