Art, Giveaways, Repairs and Swaps at LIC Bike Parade on Saturday

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    It’s going to be wheelie fun. The annual LIC Bike Parade will roll through Western Queens on June 6, starting at 3 pm. But the multi-faceted fun will begin inside Socrates Sculpture Park at around 11 am, when racers can repair their rides for free with RECYCLE-A-BIKE and get free helmets from the NYC Department of Transportation.

    At the same time, artist-led workshops will help participants decorate their rides and there will be a bicycle swap. Meanwhile, from noon to 2 pm at nearby Rainey ParkBike NY will offer a riding class for beginners. The parade will take off from the main entrance to Socrates and go along Vernon Boulevard to Queensbridge Park for a waterfront celebration that lasts until 5 pm.

    The parade coincides with the season’s first GrowNYC greenmarket and the third annual Northwest Queens Food Day at Socrates. This means cooking demonstrations with City Harvest, youth planting workshops with City Growers, and composting with Build It Green! NYC.

    Details: LIC Bike Parade, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, 11 am to 5 pm, free.

    Photo by Socrates Sculpture Park

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