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You know that huge herd of bicyclists take over streets every month, ringing their little high-pitched bells at you to get out of the crosswalk when it’s not your turn to walk and looking like a PG version of the Hells Angels? I have always thought they were SO annoying… until I got a bike. And now I want to be a helmeted hogger, too!

On Friday, October 1st folks and their wheels have two opportunities to ride amok: The aforementioned First Friday Ride and the Midnight Ride in Central Park. Both are monthly and the former starts at 7PM in Union Square North and encourages costumes, music and snacks to share (I mean, everything’s more fun with snacks, no?); and joggers and skaters are welcome as well. The bikers will usually hit up the latter after for the kind of adrenaline rush that comes with doing a thing that every cell in your body instinctively knows to be dangerous, and meet in Columbus Circle around 10PM for about 10 miles of exploring Central Park in the dark via bike.

The Central Park ride will wrap by midnight, just in time for you to join your friends at a bar to drink the beer you’ve already burned off. So, see you in the streets! Or park! Or, um, crosswalk!

First Friday Ride

7PM, Meet in Union Square North [Union Square]

Midnight Ride

10PM, Meet in Columbus Circle @ SW corner of Central Park [Midtown West]

Photo Credit: Time’s Up.org

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Jill S.

Jill S.

Jill is an Ohio native and Boston University graduate who refuses to stop saying "pop" and wearing her Red Sox gear despite being heckled for doing so since moving to Brooklyn. She's been honing her thrifty ways since doing that silly thing people talk about when they ignore reason to follow their hearts and chose a career in the fulfilling but faltering music industry. She earns her beer money as a publicist and writer, and spends her spare time cooking, biking, and trying to decide if she's ready to get a cat.