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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 electric bikes, electric trikes, scooters, and folding bikes. Check out the Kleefer Pure 180 folding bike, $229.

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.

In Daring to Drive, Manal al-Sharif relates how she became an activist for a woman's right to drive in Saudi Arabia.

Six vans make up the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals' Wheels of Hope, transporting pets away from shelters where they may be euthanized to rescue groups and no-kill shelters. Since the program began in 2005, they have transported more than 93,000 animals to better lives.

Built in 1920, Deno's Wonder Wheel on Coney Island, originally known as Dip-the-Dip, was designated an NYC landmark in 1989.

It may be overdue and over budget, but Staten Island's New York Wheel is now targeting an early 2018 opening date.

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