leisure 06.21.11

Every Person in New York

The Motorcycle Safety School is run by Diane Howells in Brooklyn and upstate. She teaches people to ride and get licensed for scooters, Vespas, and motorcycles. Howells and crew have a welcoming attitude, especially for women learning to ride.

Here's a way to lose the rush-hour crush, gain some eco-cred and add a little fun to running errands. Just make a pit stop to NYCeWheels, 1603 York [84th/85th] 212.737.3078, where they stock the latest and greatest in "energized and portable rides." That means: electric bikes, electric trikes, scooters, and folding bikes. Not cheap, but if you're biking (electric or not), you might be able to forego the monthly subway pass or car. And have more fun, too.

Better World Club is making a direct challenge to the AAA with eco-travel services, providing roadside assistance for cars and bikes(!), and donates 1% of annual revenues to environmental cleanup and advocacy.

In 1981, Gael Greene read an article about homebound New Yorkers often going hungry and turned her outrage into Citymeals on-Wheels, which now provides over 2 million meals for New Yorkers each year. When you donate, 100% of your gift goes to preparation and delivery of meals.

Built in 1920, Denos' Wonder Wheel on Coney Island is now an official NYC landmark… A ferris wheel in Times Square? Yup, there's a 60-foot wheel inside the Toys"R"Us, 1514 Bway [44th] 646.366.8800.

Saudi Women Getting Behind the Wheel: The rubber has met the road, challenging Saudia Arabia's cultural ban on women driving. Sign a petition at change.org encouraging Secretary Clinton to support Saudi women's right to drive.

Make a memorable entrance or exit at an event with something from the stock of vintage cars at FilmCars.

Advocates for cycling, walking, and environmentally sensible transportation, Transportation Alternatives has been fighting the good fight since 1973.

We're quite taken with the 2012 Fiat 500: cute, EPA city/highway driving: 27-30/34-38 mpg, and a base price of $15,995.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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