A ‘Rideout’ Rides Up Amsterdam

Hundreds of bicyclists rode up Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon, doing tricks as they went. Jeff Baehr got these shots on Amsterdam and 86th around 1 p.m.

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    1. J.O. says:

      Always dig seeing these group rides (often down Broadway, sometimes across 72nd), nice work Jeff Baehr getting some quality pics.

    2. Alta says:

      Before the comments fill with anti cycling people complaining, let’s remember that these are KIDS RIDING BIKES! What’s better than that.

      • Leon says:

        Kids without helmets or masks.

      • Bob says:

        Yeah, you guys hold on a minute, let me get my popcorn.

        But in seriousness, kids will be kids and kids are short-sighted, mischievous, and goofy sometimes. It’s part of growing up, and so anyone who sees this and thinks “grr, we should ban all bicycles, and while we’re at it all children”… well.

        That being said, recognizing that kids are kids and not overreacting doesn’t mean approving their every action. Masks! Helmets! Careful in the crosswalks! We want you kids to grow up healthy and strong, not get a debilitating brain injury–or hurt someone and have it ruin your life.

      • yrag says:

        what’s better than kids riding bicycles? are you serious? can’t you think of anything better?

      • NotImpressed says:

        What’s better than kids riding bikes?
        Kids wearing helmets riding bikes.

      • JL says:

        BRAVO ! Nice action shots. Thank you.
        Should’ve seen all the kids on the Bronx River Parkway yesterday.

        Helmets-
        https://www.outsideonline.com/2373236/appearance-safety

        Masks-
        Outside, social distanced exercising, a mask is soaked after 5 minutes. Much healthier to enjoy a beautiful day in NYC than staying home in your hermetically-sealed bubble.

    3. Ramon the pool guy says:

      “dozens?”
      are you joking?
      it was probably closer to 1000.

    4. Josh P. says:

      Great pics! Love this for the neighborhood.

    5. Sid says:

      Agreed with Alta. I’d rather have kids riding bikes than the cars and trucks running reds I regularly see on Amsterdam avenue.

      • Joan says:

        Bike riders go through lights all the time and as a pedestrian they are much harder to see since they speed up between cars and you can’t see them coming at you as you enter the crosswalk.

    6. your_neighbor says:

      Looks like fun which is exactly what we need now. I wish I could have seen it.

    7. naro says:

      How adorable…NOT. Teach “kids” to disregard the law.

    8. henstation says:

      Great stuff and a fun moment.

    9. Buddy Revell says:

      My only concern is that they disregard traffic laws and effectively shut down the street with their activity. Not exactly safe for them (no helmets and pissed of drivers). They do not have the right to shut down commerce or transportation.

      • Jacob van Hoensbroek says:

        What you don’t get is that in 2020 NYC, if you feel strongly about something you have the right to block traffic or occupy public space to the exclusion of others. And god help the police if they try to stop you because their hands are literally tied. There is no technique to move people who refuse to be moved that won’t get a cop fired, sued or imprisoned, none–compliance with the law and apparently arrest is optional. The detestable Trump is not wrong about anarchy.

        • Josh says:

          The hands of police are tied because they are not allowed to use choke holds, fire their weapons at unarmed civilians, or beat people who are already restrained? What world do you live in where any of these are necessary for effective policing?

    10. rikitiki says:

      I love these groups! They always look like they’re having so much fun. Good for them and great shots!

    11. data_guy says:

      Why are kids on bicycles blocking traffic, running red lights, and kicking cars supposed to give me the warm and fuzzies?

      • Alta says:

        Seems pretty harmless to me. If a group of kids who can’t go to school, can’t see their friends in doors, and can’t do any afterschool activities due to COVID want to block traffic for 10 minutes with their bikes, maybe that’s OK??

    12. Brett says:

      Excellent use of Amsterdam Ave, for a change!