Have dog, will travel.
May is Bike Month in New York City and while there are dozens of ways to participate in the celebration, the event I am most excited about is The First Annual Doggie Pedal Parade (Saturday, May 17th, 2pm). The event, which is organized by the environmental group Time’s Up!, seeks to combine two things the group loves– bikes and dogs–in an effort to raise awareness about green transportation with animal companions, as well as the benefits of adopting an animal from a shelter.
Bike riding people and their dogs will meet in Union Square Park and ride through the East Village and Greenwich Village, making stops at dog-friendly spots like Animal Haven Adoption Center, Social Tees, and the dog runs at both Tompkins and Washington Square Parks along the way.
This event has something for everyone. Don’t have a dog? You can take an adoptable dog on the ride or be part of the “Pooch Patrol” to ensure the safety of the ride. Don’t ride a bike? Bring yourself and your canine along to be cheerleaders!
The related Pup Your Ride workshop on Sunday May 11th from 2-6pm is also not to be missed. There, mechanics will help cyclists transform their rides into pooch coaches. (Bring a dog-sized basket!) Crafty folks are also encouraged to drop in and help decorate parade floats. (Time’s Up, 73 Morton Street, between Hudson and Greenwich Streets, Manhattan.)