Today, May 27, New York City is set to become the latest major metropolitan area to offer up a public bike sharing system. Citi Bike, operated by NYC Bike Share, will provide commuters and joyriders alike with thousands of bicycles at hundreds of stations across Manhattan and Brooklyn.
But as much as we love getting some fresh air and cardio time in during our daily commute, we can’t help but worry that biking to work might put a damper on our fash. Does saying hello to a bike mean bidding adieu to skirts and heels? And helmets–can they ever look not awful?
We consulted Emilia Crotty, education and outreach manager at NYC Bike Share (and, full disclosure, my very own cousin!), for some tips on looking more like a Sartorialist snapshot and less like Lance Armstrong on our way to work, happy hour, and beyond. Read on for her advice on cruising the bike lane in style.