2006_05_bikemonth.gifWe hope you've got your padded spandex and your cushy bike seat, because May is bike month here in New York City. Organized by the good people at Transportation Alternatives, there are over 150 great events going on all about the city. While some of the events have already happened, there are tons of events left (the month is so jam packed that there were events in April and there are some in June) including some of the bigger ones starting tomorrow.

Each borough president is having an event, and Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión kicks it off with a ride to a free breakfast. Saturday is the DOT's Bike to Shea, where you can see the Mets play the Braves (should be a good game). Also Saturday is the Streetart and Graffiti Tour, which Gothamist's own Jake Dobkin helped organize. If that's not enough cycling for you, you can finish off the weekend with Bike New York’s Five Borough Bike Tour. The annual event, now in its 29th year, is the largest recreational cycling event in the United States. Those participating can ride the streets and highways of NYC traffic-free on a 42-mile route.

And if you're getting some saddle sores, here's an entry from About.com about preventing them. Ouch. For the men out there that spend lots of time on their bikes, we hope that you've read this NY Times article - at least if you're planning on reproducing, that is.

Finally, because we just can't get enough of TransAlt, they also released their 2006 bike maps today.