Safety dance! Transportation group throws Bicyclists’ Ball

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You can dance if you want to. You can leave your car behind.

Transportation Alternatives, a group that promotes alternatives to driving, is throwing a Bicyclists’ Ball and Pedestrian Prom at Atlantic Avenue events hall Roulette on Aug. 14. And despite the soiree’s name, drivers can cut a rug alongside their fellow commuters, an organizer said.

“All are welcome,” said Stacey Auguste. “We’re always looking for new opportunities to convert people — we’re not anti-car, we’re pro-walking.”

But cyclists will get to feel like drivers for the night — Transportation Alternatives staff will valet-park pedalers’ rides, and Citi Bike employees will do the same for the ubiquitous blue bicycles arriving at the Third Avenue and Schermerhorn Street docking station, Auguste said, adding that cyclists using the valet service must also bring a lock.

Party-loving pedalers might want to keep their helmets on, because the ball is serving unlimited wine and beer from Brooklyn Brewery, Auguste said.

And with all that green cyclists save biking to work, they can bid on some swanky swag in a silent auction, with prizes including a bicycle from Priority Bikes, duds from Give Love Cycle, and gear from a bevy of other Brooklyn brands.

Music for the shindig will come via a live performance by jazzy, jivey brass band Ikebe Shakedown and a DJ. Transportation Alternatives itself has some catchy telephone hold music — Motown mega-hit “Dancing in the Streets” — but Auguste said the ball’s tunes will not necessarily be transit-themed. So in the spirit of people-moving and shaking, The Brooklyn Paper has compiled an alternative transportation play list.

The blacktop ballet is not specifically a black-tie event — T-shirts and shorts will get you in the door — but some folks are getting gussied up anyway, Auguste said.

“We have a few people here who already said they are wearing a tuxedo,” she said.

Bicyclists’ Ball and Pedestrian Prom at Roulette [509 Atlantic Ave. at Third Avenue in Boerum Hill, (212) 629–8080,] Aug. 14 at 7 pm. $25, members $15.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Spelling correction.
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Reasonable discourse

Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
Unlimited wine and beer? I hope they know it's illegal to ride a bike intoxicated and bring a designated peddler...
Aug. 7, 2014, 4:48 am
Speller from Brooklyn says:
"[A] designated peddler?" You mean somebody assigned to selling things?
Aug. 7, 2014, 6:22 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Bikers are exempt from all rules, and if you didn't know it, they ae better than you. Just watch what happens next.
Aug. 7, 2014, 6:57 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Only half right, Rufus. Not exempt from all rules, but yes, better than you. Much better than you.
Aug. 7, 2014, 7:09 am
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
Yah!!!!! Cycling drinking = a good time.
Aug. 7, 2014, 7:48 am
ty from pps says:
To be clear, most everybody is better than Rufus -- and we're talking a very very high percentage when I say "most."
Aug. 7, 2014, 8:07 am
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
No this in NYC, what others refer to as peddlers in NYC are called hustlers, but an enterprising hustler can be assigned to the event to offer their foot peddling services for a small fee for anyone too intoxicated to ride. Or better yet be on hand with a bike equipped with a side car...
Aug. 7, 2014, 8:47 am
ty from pps says:
gerund or present participle: pedaling

move by working the pedals of a bicycle.
"they pedaled along the canal towpath"
move (a bicycle) by working its pedals.
"she was pedaling a bicycle around town"
work the pedals of a bicycle.
"he was coming down the path on his bike, pedaling hard"
Aug. 7, 2014, 9:19 am
Ruth Brown from The Brooklyn Paper says:
You are correct -- it should be "pedaler" (in the story, at least; I can't speak to Common Cents' intention). The article has been updated.
Aug. 7, 2014, 12:25 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
"we’re not anti-car, we’re pro-walking.”

That's always how such fanatics like to start out.
Aug. 7, 2014, 7:54 pm
ty from pps says:
Stop Hamassing everyone, Tal.
Aug. 7, 2014, 8:18 pm

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