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A ‘Cycling Madman’ Pedals His Way Across the World

Lai Likun, a factory manager from China, has pedaled 31,000 miles through four continents and nearly 25 countries as part of a five-year solo bicycle tour.

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A Couple, Getting Better

Dear Diary:

On the F train a few days ago in Brooklyn, I saw two people sitting next to each other, who were not traveling together, reading self-help books from vastly different places.

She, wearing jeans and a sweater, was reading, “Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cures.”

He, wearing a Harlem R.B.I. youth program coach’s shirt, was reading, “Rod Carew: The Art and Science of Hitting.”

Either way, sitting together, but clearly not together, they were trying to get better.


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New York Today: Beach (Work) Day

Updated, 6:13 a.m. | It’s Tuesday morning. Time to go to work – on the beach.

About 100 young New Yorkers will start their city summer jobs cleaning up the shore and waterfront.

On Coney Island, the city will begin its program to educate people about how litter on city streets ends up as litter on the beach.

If you want to bring your office work to the boardwalk, you can do that, too.

Starting Tuesday, solar charging units will pop up at beaches in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx — so you can remain just as tethered to your phone as ever.

Here’s what else you need to know to start your Tuesday.

WEATHER

Still hot, stickier than Monday, highs around 87. Decent chance of thunderstorms from mid-afternoon on, with significant rainfall possible. Bring the umbrella.

TRANSIT & TRAFFIC

Roads: [6:03] The ramp to the Brooklyn Bridge from the B.Q.E. is closed, 1010 WINS reports. Otherwise O.K. so far.

Alternate-side parking rules: in effect.

Mass Transit: [6:13] Southbound F running along the E line from 36 St to Forest Hills-71 Ave in Queens.Click for the latest subway and bus status.

COMING UP TODAY

• Officials will release harmless, odorless gases in subway stations and on streets in Manhattan this morning to study how not-so-harmless gases would disperse in a terror attack.

• Mayor Bloomberg will sign a bill allowing newsstands to sell items for as much as $10, up from the current ceiling of $5, as long as they’re not “apparel, jewelry, hair ornaments, handbags or video cassettes.”(When was the last time you bought a video cassette at a newsstand?)

• On the campaign trail: Christine C. Quinn will be on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC at 7:15 a.m. William C. Thompson Jr. will greet subway commuters at 72nd Street and Broadway at 7:15 a.m. Sal Albanese will greet ferry riders in Rockaway and make the case for permanent ferry service from the peninsula to Manhattan.

• Scott M. Stringer, the Manhattan borough president who is running for city comptroller against a certain late entrant, will discuss a new report on hunger in the city and recommendations for the next mayor.

• The City Parks Foundation will kick off its free sports and arts programs for children in 60 parks, including a circus workshop at a Columbus Park in Chinatown at 10:30 a.m.

• Gov. Cuomo’s new education reform commission will hold a public forum at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at noon.

• Meet the birds in Bryant Park: a shelter for parrots, macaws and other exotic pets, Arcadia Bird Sanctuary and Educational Center, will bring its beautiful winged residents to the park from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Free concert in Bay Ridge: Head Over Heels, which bills itself as “Bay Ridge’s Party Band,” will play at Shore Road Park at 79th Street at 7 p.m.

• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.

E.C. Gogolak contributed reporting.

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