Day blessing of bicycles in the U.S.

May 1 New York in the United States celebrates the blessing of bicycles.

The story is this. 1819. On the streets of New York went first bike. Novelty brought from England. By late summer, the city council banned the movement around the city in a new form of transport, calling the bike unsafe for humans.

However, over time, has become a major bike, cheap and convenient means of transportation state residents.

Every year since, in New York, runs the largest U.S. mass arrival on bicycles Five Boro Bike Tour. The race starts in Battery Park, passes through the five boroughs of New York City on closed to traffic in the streets that day. The length of the route — 68 km.

On the road comes out to about 30,000 cyclists. The route passes through Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island, then crosses the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and back to Manhattan via ferry to Staten Island. After the end of the arrival of the festival waiting in Staten Island with live music, food and exhibits.

Also in New York State each year an auction of antique bicycles in the little town of Kopek. In addition to the more unusual bikes of all sizes and models, from the elegant ladies to sport and racing monsters, you can find all that in one way or another connected with the bike theme: accessories, parts, rare photographs and postcards.

The auction was attended by collectors and lovers of rare books from England, Japan, Canada and the United States.

An interesting fact about the 43rd president of the United States : in 2006 he arranged a bike ride dedicated celebrated around the world celebrate Earth Day. The route was paved bike ride near San Francisco. As companions sporting event have been invited several Californian officials.

The track runs cross country, and for Bush, accustomed to walks on asphalt tracks in Washington, and Texas, the difficulty came as a surprise. The fact is that before the run was heavy rain, and even the participants of the rally fell a few times in the resulting mud, however, Bush himself kept from falling.

George W. Bush has shown the best of their capabilities. When in the course of the race one of his assistants asked, is fairly out of breath in response to the president joked, "Can not you at least pretend that it's difficult breathing? '.

By the way, while walking, when Bush was riding a bike, rear, jeep drove doctors and security.