A LETTER FROM ERIC ADAMS
MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY
It gives me great pleasure to welcome everyone to the 2023 TD Five Boro Bike Tour.
The future of New York City is on two wheels. Cycling is the fastest-growing transit option in our city, and my Administration is dedicated to making sure that our cyclists feel safe in every neighborhood. In our efforts to give city space back to the people, we are committed to creating an additional 300 miles of protected bike lanes across the five boroughs. Through community outreach, education, and virtual events, Bike New York is an invaluable ally in our united mission to promote cycling, protect and empower bike riders in our city, and encourage forms of movement and transportation that reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. This year’s Five Boro Bike Tour offers an excellent opportunity for New Yorkers of all backgrounds to get around, stay healthy, and take care of our environment.
I look forward to the many ways that Bike New York will continue to build a brighter, safer, and more active future for all.
On behalf of the 8.8 million people of New York City, I extend my best wishes for a safe, enjoyable ride and continued success.
Sincerely,Eric Adams Mayor of New York City
A LETTER FROM KEN PODZIBAPRESIDENT & CEO OF BIKE NEW YORK
Welcome to the 45th Anniversary of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by Manhattan Portage!
Get ready for a pure adrenaline rush as you experience the thrill of riding 40 miles car-free on the streets of the most exciting city on Earth! The Tour, which has become America’s most popular bike ride, will take you on a unique journey through the five boroughs as you take in some of the city’s most famous landmarks and breathtaking views.
Above all, this iconic ride is about 32,000 people of all ethnicities, abilities, ages, and walks of life from every state in the nation and dozens of countries coming together to create the most diverse and exciting celebration of cycling on the world’s biggest stage.
By participating in the Tour, you’re helping make New York City a better place. Proceeds from the Tour fund Bike New York’s many programs, which transform the lives of New Yorkers and their communities through bicycling. Our Bike Path program trains formerly incarcerated New Yorkers to become certified bike mechanics, who obtain full-time employment at Motivate to maintain Citi Bikes. We’ve partnered with the City of New York to encourage New Yorkers to donate their old bikes so we can refurbish them for asylum seekers who are in need of bicycles for transportation. The Tour also funds our bike education classes in New York City public schools and parks, enabling tens of thousands of New Yorkers each year to learn how to ride a bike and learn proper safety and handling skills. And we’re working with the City of New York to create safer and more equitable streets with more miles of protected bike lanes.
We’re grateful to Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez and his team at the Department of Transportation for co-producing the Tour, as well as all our government partners, including NYPD, CECM, FDNY, DSNY, NYC Parks, National Parks Service, Port Authority, DEP, MTA Bridges and Tunnels, OEM, US Coast Guard, US Army Reserve, US Parks Police, NYC Transit, Long Island Railroad, Metro-North, and NYC Tourism + Conventions.
Thank you to our longtime title sponsor, TD Bank, presenting sponsor Manhattan Portage, and other partners, including Bloomberg, Trek, NYU Langone Health, Thule, Unlimited Biking, Kryptonite, Dole, Primal Wear, Flanzig & Flanzig, Rockefeller Group, New Belgium, Jamaica Hospital, MarathoFoto, and Con Edison. And we owe tremendous gratitude to our more than 2,000 volunteers, without whom we couldn’t produce this spectacular event. Please be sure to thank them as you ride by them along the course.
Be safe, and enjoy the ride!
SincerelyKen Podziba President & Chief Executive Officer of Bike New York
A LETTER FROM YDANIS RODRIGUEZ
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER
Welcome to Bike New York’s TD Five Boro Bike Tour!
I am so excited to again join Bike NY in hosting this year’s ride, my second as New York City’s Transportation Commissioner. Whether you are joining us for the first time or are returning to savor 40 miles of car-free New York City streets at the height of spring, you will today get to enjoy the unique experience of cycling in New York City.
We have much to celebrate today, including the fact that after a successful pilot last year, cyclists will once again have more time to complete the ride than they ever had before. Many of the roads on which you will find yourself riding today provide a special treat: the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, FDR Drive and Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge offer tremendous waterfront views that cyclists don’t often get to take in.
I am proud to say that New York City strongly supports cycling on our streets all of the remaining days of the year. Under Mayor Eric Adams, who himself cycles throughout our City’s streets, cycling is continuing to expand dramatically, aided by the pace of growth that grew even more exponentially during COVID as hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers sought a healthy and socially-distant way to get around and enjoy their city.
In just the last year, and with the strong support and effective advocacy of groups like Bike New York, we have made enormous progress in expanding access and making streets safer for cycling, including by: Delivering on our commitments, creating nearly 30 miles of new protected bike lanes across New York City. New lanes in 2022 could be found on Emmons Avenue and Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, 44th Drive in Queens, University Avenue in the Bronx and East Houston Street in Manhattan. We are also fortifying our existing protected lanes across the city, making it harder for other vehicles to obstruct those lanes; we have already installed concrete Jersey barriers and other “better barriers” along ten miles of those lanes, with another ten miles planned for this year.
The expansion of bike share. Over the last several years, Citi Bike – the continent’s largest bike-share program – powered through the pandemic as it kept up an ambitious pace to double its service area and triple the number of blue bikes on the City’s streets. Citi Bike stations can now be found across all of Manhattan, and this year will arrive in new neighborhoods across the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. By the end of this year, more than half the City’s population will have easy access to Citi Bike, with further expansion being discussed.
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Advancing other major Adams Administration initiatives that advance cycling and the public realm. The Mayor has appointed the incredible Ya-Ting Liu as the City’s first Public Realm Officer, and she has already begun her work with the DOT on a great array of projects. For example, in Midtown Manhattan, through which you will bike today, the Administration is actively at work on ways to make both Broadway and Fifth Avenue more welcoming to both cyclists and pedestrians.
Keeping an eye on equity in everything we do. In addition to our commitment to building out new on-street protected bike lanes, I biked with Mayor Adams earlier this year to the High Bridge between Manhattan and the Bronx to announce that DOT would begin community engagement for an exciting plan to bring a new 7.5-mile greenway along the Harlem River waterfront in the Bronx, bringing cycling access to communities that have been too often overlooked. In addition to expanding greenways Citywide, DOT is also committed to expanding New York City’s network of Open Streets to many of those same communities, spurring and supporting community groups as they create and program their own activities along car-free streets.
Finally, want to offer my personal thanks to Ken Podziba and the entire Bike New York team for their commitment to cycling. Each year, the Five Boro Bike Tour organizers work closely with DOT, NYPD, and other City agencies to coordinate a logistically challenging event that touches each of the five boroughs.
wish everyone a safe and enjoyable ride and hope that you will see firsthand why more and more New Yorkers are selecting cycling as their preferred way to get around this great city!Ydanis Rodriguez Commissioner
A LETTER FROM ANDREW BREGENZER
REGIONAL PRESIDENT OF METRO NY, TD BANK
TD Bank, and its more than 2,000 colleagues throughout New York City, would like to welcome and thank you for participating in the 2023 TD Five Boro Bike Tour! We look forward to riding alongside you in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the amazing NYC event!
Since 2007, TD has been a proud sponsor of the Tour and our main reason in supporting this great event is Bike New York and their bike education mission. Funds generated from the Tour allow Bike New York to offer free bike education across New York’s five boroughs and to enhance sustainability and quality of life for all our New York City neighbors.
For more than two decades, TD has been one of these neighbors and will continue to be ingrained in the fabric and footprint of New York City. Through sponsorships like the Tour, TD continues to invest in all communities in this wonderful city to further support its great citizens.
We look forward to hopping on our bikes with the thousands of cyclists as we all take on the 40-miles of car-free streets together in one of the greatest cities in the world, New York City.
Let’s “get out and own these streets” by having a fantastic ride while also continuing to support and celebrate the amazing people of NYC!Andrew Bregenzer Regional President of Metro NY, TD Bank
BIKE NEW YORK’S EDUCATION PROGRAMS
They say you never forget how to ride a bike, but many people never had the chance to learn. We offer free classes and programs for adults and children throughout the year at more than a dozen Community Bike Education Centers and bike shops across the five boroughs. Learn more and sign up at www.bike.nyc/education.
Road Map: Our Adult Class Curriculum
Kids’ Learn to Ride Class
This free group class is for children who are ready to ditch their training wheels and ride a two-wheeler for the first time. With our safe, easy, effective method and experienced instructors, kids will learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bicycle. Most students get the hang of it in one session!
After School Programs and Summer Programs
We teach kids the mechanics of riding a bike, the rules of the road, best practices for riding in a group and on the streets, and the joy and freedom of biking. Sessions are one day per week for several weeks.
Bicycle Field Trips
Schools can bring groups of youth ages 10 and up on a 2-hour field trip to one of our Bicycle Education Centers, where they can learn how to ride a bike for the first time, learn safety and basic bike handling skills, and take a group ride using our fleet of bikes.
WHERE HISTORY MEETS THE ROAD: 45 YEARS OF FAMILIAR ROUTESby Sam Slaton, Former Communications & Marketing Director
Many cyclists are creatures of what appears, from a certain vantage point, to be habit—they ride the same route to and from home, office, café, or park. They clip in first on the same side every time, keep their tires pumped to a familiar PSI, drink from a well-loved water bottle (likely in need of a serious wash), eat the same snacks, and dismount at ride’s-end with a form as predictable as an automaton. But these habits belie these cyclists’ true nature. Keeping so much the same, they become connoisseurs of change, as keenly attuned as a meteorologist to subtle shifts in the weather, sensitive as an Old Dutch Master to the fine gradations of angles of light in different seasons, intimately familiar as a naturalist with the countless trees along their route in various stages of leaf and flower, discerning as an epicure when savoring half a leftover Clif Bar discovered on the precipice of bonking, and celebratory as Shakespeare of the world’s stage, thronged by countless passers-by and fellow riders, all to the soundtrack of the never-not-new thrum of one’s own heart when the going gets tough. Who among this class of riders, when cycling through a thriving city, has not thought something similar to Miranda near the end of The Tempest: “How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world / that has such people in’t!” Her father, Prospero, replies, perhaps a bit condescendingly, “‘Tis new to thee.” But anyone who’s ridden the same route more than once can understand
Miranda’s enthusiasm. There is something about being on a bike that remakes the world—and oneself—anew.
2,500 years ago, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said that you can’t step in the same river twice. Likewise, you can’t go on the same bike ride twice. Though the route and a million other variables may stay the same, everything else has changed: light, weather, the ache in your knee, the ache in your heart, the friend by your side, the friend who couldn’t come this time…
It’s in the same spirit that I re-enter the history of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, about which I’ve written several times—first in 2013 when we launched the new bike. nyc website, again in 2017 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Tour, and last year for a profile about Steve Bauman, the father of the Tour. Since that first time a decade ago, it can feel like everything really has changed, and not always for the better: the closing of famed punk venue CBGB in Manhattan’s East Village, the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian war on Ukraine, the untimely passing of our dear friend and former Bike New York events manager Beth Heyde. But amidst these tragedies, there has been extraordinary beauty: reconnecting with loved ones over Zoom for quarantinis and long-distance board games, countless stories of Ukrainian refugees welcomed with open arms and
homes in neighboring countries, the birth of Beth’s daughter, a ginger like her mom, just a few months before Beth died.
And of course, there have been the bike rides—you rode in the snow and rain with a headwind, in the sun with a tailwind. You rode uphill both ways. You screamed with exhilaration as the terror of a steep descent melted into euphoria when you realized at the bottom, I made it! You rode to wake up and to wind down. You rode because you were happy and you rode to get happy. You rode to remember and you rode to forget. You rode old routes and new ones that would one day become as familiar as if they were traced on your skin. You rode with old friends and made new ones along the way. You rode alone, but of course you’re never really alone on a bike: a ride has a way of putting you into conversation with your selves— past, present, and future. And now you’re here, ready to ride again. Maybe it’s your first time to ride the Tour. Maybe it’s your 45th. Regardless, this 45th Tour is the only one like it—with the weather we’ll all remember as unique to May 7th, 2023 in New York City, with the diegetic soundtrack you’ll hear spilling out of a bodega as you round a corner in the Bronx (probably something by Ice Spice), the smiles you’ll see in passing and the ones that will spread across your face time and time again over 40 miles…
These moments and many more will become a part of your history. And when you ride this year, you will also be participating in the history of New York City since the Tour was founded in 1977—all the life, strife, construction,
destruction, and flow of humanity that makes this the greatest city on earth. In a way, this history is yours, even if you didn’t live it. Hell, I’m from Arkansas and only lived in the city for five short years. But that’s one of the remarkable things about this place: even if the city isn’t yours by birthright, it gives itself to you, and you feel, if only for a moment, a year, a decade, or more, part of something bigger. And on the first Sunday in May 2023, you will be a part of something extraordinarily big and beautiful: the TD Five Boro Bike Tour—with 32,000 people on bikes, it’s the largest recreational ride in the world.
But even this Tour is just a small part of what Bike New York does. Proceeds from this and other Bike New York rides fund our free bike education classes, whereby we’ve taught skills to more than 212,000 kids and adults since 2005. Steve Bauman, the aforementioned father of the Tour, once said that “the bicycle represents freedom more than anything else.” These classes—in addition to newer programs that provide job training for bike mechanics and pair asylum seekers with bicycles—plant seeds of freedom that will flower in ways that enrich countless lives and, by extension, the story of New York City itself.
What follows is just a taste of the history that will be riding next to you, with you, under above and in you. And with each pedal stroke, you’ll be adding something utterly new to the history of this city and this ride, even though so much has stayed the same: you’ll be adding your story.
The music critic Daniel Felsenthal recently wrote on Pitchfork.com that “New York is always dying,” an obviously click-baity declamation that nevertheless contains some serious truth that is less pessimistic than it first seems when considered both more closely and more broadly (and in mind of the great truths imparted to us by The Lion King). Without dwelling too long on the corporatization of the economy—something that is certainly not unique to New York City—, there is, of course, some hole-in-the-wall restaurant, shop, or venue that is always closing. But these closings make way for openings, perhaps for some future legendary or at the very least beloved hole-in-the-wall restaurant, shop, or venue whose eventual closing will be lamented by future generations, and so on. “It’s the circle of life / and it moves us all.” (Was Elton John really singing about a bike ride?)
Now, there are certainly dyings and closings whose significance cannot be recuperated by this intentionally optimistic outlook. On the one most obvious and most tragic hand, there is the World Trade Center, which opened four years before the first Tour and in whose twin shadows thousands of Tour riders shivered for 24 years as they waited to take off from the tip of Manhattan, as they waited to get their legs spinning and their blood pumping and to warm up in the early morning May sunshine as they reclaimed the streets on all five boroughs, those towers whose shimmering striated heights would welcome riders back, happy and sore and sated and already ready for more, as they made their way to the Battery via the Staten Island Ferry, “feeling the wind and watching Manhattan approaching,” to quote Leonard Diamond, recalling his experience at the end of the very first Tour. Few will forget the unwelcome sun that fell on riders on the morning of May 5, 2002, the scar of 9/11 just a few blocks south of where they fiddled with helmets, pedals, and their individual management of the collective grief that eclipsed them in the absence of the Towers’ shadows. Now, the Freedom Tower stands close to where the Twin Towers once stood, standing sentinel over today’s Tour start lines.
On the other hand, there are the cultural institutions that have come and gone, like the punk music venue CBGB in Manhattan’s East Village, which opened the same year as the World Trade Center and hosted some of the most important musicians of the past half-century, whose sounds have become synonymous with a certain version of New York City: the Ramones, Patti Smith, the Talking Heads. Due to rising rents, the club closed in 2006. During Game 2 of the 1977 World Series, which pitted the Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, coverage shifted to a helicopter shot of Yankee Stadium and the surrounding area in the Bronx. Famed broadcaster Howard Cosell drew viewers’ attention to a raging fire consuming an abandoned building mere blocks away
from the stadium. Though solitary, that blaze, broadcast to the world, came to represent the conflagrations that would plague the Bronx for years, fires understood all too well by those who called the borough home to be the cause and consequence of cyclical disinvestment in the area. But out of those ashes rose hip-hop, a cultural force born and raised in the South Bronx, built on shared communal experiences, economic mobility, joy, resilience, speaking truth to power, and hope. In Queens, the 5 Pointz building was a landmark regarded as the center of the graffiti universe for decades until it was destroyed in 2014, leaving a gaping hole in the borough’s landscape that is nevertheless filled and protected in perpetuity in the cultural memory of an artform that has transformed the globe. On 86th Street
in the neighborhood of Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, Lenny’s Pizza reached an international audience in 1977 when, in the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever, John Travolta ordered two slices (“Two, two—gimme two. That’s good.”), layered one on top of the other, and ate them like that while strutting his stuff down the street to the sound of the Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive.” After 70 years, Lenny’s closed in February of this year. And in the last of the five boroughs on your Tour, Staten Island, another pizza joint—Nunzio’s, in Midland Beach, just south of the Verrazzano Bridge (which only recently won back its missing second “z”)—shut its doors after 80s years in business. Who knows what new culinary institutions will replace Lenny’s and Nunzio’s? Who knows what new New York City icon will take root in the holes left behind by yesterday’s icons? Perhaps some dream of one of the asylum seekers, helped along by a bike…
In all of these places, new life has emerged. And in the place of past Tour riders, you are here. Next year, in your place, there will be others finding their spot in that oncein-a-lifetime river of riders—always the same and always different. Which means, to say that “New York is always dying” is to simultaneously say precisely that New York is always alive and living: in life, as in New York, Elton John was right: “There’s more to see than can ever be seen / More to do than can ever be done / There’s far too much to take in here / More to find than can ever be found.”
Immediately following the very first Tour, Ellen Farrant scribbled down her memories of the ride, lest she lose them to the river of time:
“In Manhattan, we passed the South Street Seaport with its four-mast schooners in port, the Fulton Fish Market with its unforgettable aromas, Chinatown, some Bowery personalities, the beautiful brownstones, and of course, always in the background, the tall buildings. We were traveling along First Avenue. At first, there were many apartment houses and then we went into older sections with lots of stores selling everything you could think of. There were apartments over these stores and people were looking at us. It was the attitude of these people which made the ride a delight to me. If the boroughs were different, the people were the same. They were hanging out of windows, coming out of stores to line the streets. Some were cheering, some were staring. The kids were dancing up and down and running alongside us. Those who had bikes rode with us for a while. To see people smiling and cheering really made us feel fantastic. We knew we were doing something special.”
So are you. Aside from the Fulton Fish Market, all of the above and so much more persists—New York City is the same, just different. As you ride the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, how much nuance will you notice? How deeply will you drink of this river? What angles of light, bursts of sound, sudden smiles, riotous scents, bone-deep thrills will you hold onto? What stories of your own will you add to the story of the Tour? (Share yours with #TourTales.)
HISTORY OF THE TOUR
JANUARY 1978: HISTORIC MAYORAL SUPPORT
SUMMER OF 1978: 3,000 CYCLISTS, 0 CARS
1999: RIDE CAPPED AT 32,000
FEBRUARY 1977: THE TOUR IS BORN
Two Board of Education members organized the first Five Boro Challenge: Eric Prager, who had been commissioned to develop a bike safety program, and Sal Cirami, a leader of the American Youth Hostel’s Bicycle Committee. They developed a bike safety and repair program culminating in a five boro day trip for students to practice what they learned.
JUNE 10, 1977: OUR FIRST ROUTE
About 50 high school students from five schools and 200 members of bike clubs participated. The 50-mile ride would begin and end in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, and wind south through Brooklyn, over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Staten Island, and then, after a quick ferry trip, up through Manhattan, into the Bronx, and over the Throgs Neck Bridge back into Queens.
There was no entry fee, and only one sponsor: Nathan’s. They gave out hot dogs and soda in the Bronx at the ride’s one and only rest stop. Unlike today, the route was not closed to traffic. We relied on police escorts in the front and back to get us through the streets safely.
When Ed Koch became mayor, his administration sought ways to promote bicycling. Charlie McCorkle of Bicycle Habitat and Transportation Alternatives, along with the group and leaders of other New York cycling organizations, took the Five Boro Challenge idea to City Hall. To make the ride more accessible and family-friendly, they adjusted the route to 40 miles and renamed the Challenge the Five Boro Bike Tour.
With official city support, the ride grew from 250 to 3,000 participants! We also had support from Emergency Medical Services and the New York City Fire Department to make the ride safer. For the first time ever, we worked with the Department of Transportation and NYPD to create a traffic-free route. The new route took riders on highways for the first time in New York’s history, making it an unforgettable spectacle.
Families and bike enthusiasts of all levels signed up for the ride. So many, in fact, that we had to cap the registration at 32,000, which we still follow to this day.
APRIL 1980: A SUBWAY STRIKE TURNED NYC INTO A CITY OF CYCLISTS
When subway workers went on strike in the spring, New Yorkers were in need of new ways to get around the city. Cycling was a clear solution. American Youth Hostel and Transportation Alternatives worked together to set up cones and bike route signs on NYC streets. Mayor Ed Koch held a press conference supporting cycling during the strike, and bike sales soared! That year, 12,000 signed up for the Tour.
1979: OUR FIRST SPONSOR
The vice president of community services for Citibank turned out to watch the spectacle of the 1978 Tour and resolved right then and there that Citibank needed to be involved. That Monday, he met with his colleagues, and Citibank became the title sponsor of the Tour.
1991: TOUR CANCELLED
1982: THE WORLD’S BIGGEST BIKE TOUR
With a bike boom in NYC that sustained much longer than the subway strike in 1980, the Five Boro Bike Tour ballooned to 32,000 riders. The Five Boro Bike Tour earned the title of “World’s Biggest Bike Tour.”
With the loss of our title sponsor, we unfortunately had to cancel the Tour. We made a triumphant return in the following year!
2000: BIKE NEW YORK IS BORN
American Youth Hostel concluded that the Tour needed more attention and spun itself off as two independent non-profit entities: Bike New York, to run the Tour, and the Five Borough Bike Club, which provides volunteers and technical expertise. Bike New York has since developed other rides and a robust, free bike education program.
2007: TD BANK SPONSORS THE TOUR
In 2007 we kicked off our relationship with TD Bank as the title sponsor, who has supported the Tour for 16 years!
2021: A TRIUMPHANT RETURN, AGAINST ALL ODDS!
2005: BIKE NEW YORK STARTED ITS FREE BIKE EDUCATION PROGRAM
Bike New York operates the largest free bicycle education program of its kind in the world, and it all started in 2005. Since its inception, Bike New York has taught cycling skills to over 212,000 kids and adults. Your ride in the Tour today helps us continue this important work.
2014: THE TOUR IS RECOGNIZED FOR ITS SUSTAINABILITY
The TD Five Boro Bike Tour became the first event in New York City to be certified sustainable by the Council for Responsible Sport by earning the silverlevel certification. In 2016, we secured the Council’s Gold Level and have maintained it in subsequent years.
The following year, with vaccines and more information about how to keep riders safe during the pandemic, we reopened the Tour! After all that NYC had endured, we owed it to this city and to each other to bring the cycling community together again. Despite operating at limited capacity with space for only 20,000 riders, and Hurricane Henri postponing the Tour’s return by one week, we were determined to get out and ride!
2022: MORE TIME TO RIDE
In 2022 the Tour went back to operating at full, pre-pandemic capacity. With approval from the city, we even added an extra hour to the Tour in 2022, marking the Tour’s first significant change in decades.
2020: A HISTORIC PAUSE
The spring of 2020 was very turbulent as NYC became the first domestic epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. With no treatments or vaccines yet available, for the second time in the Tour’s history, we made the call to cancel the ride to prioritize rider safety.
2023: 45TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY, 1 MILLION RIDERS!
You are riding in Tour history today! This year marks our 45th year of the Tour, and our historic milestone of reaching a total of 1 million riders registered since our inception. Thank you for riding with us and supporting Bike New York, the city’s biggest cycling champion. We hope to see you with us next year!
THERE’S NO NEW YORKER LIKE A BIKE NEW YORKER.
Cyclists of all stripes are welcome in the Bike New York Membership Program; it doesn’t matter if you can’t tell a crankset from a derailleur or if spandex is your second skin. The thing is, if you are a New Yorker—even if it’s only in your heart or mind—and you ride bikes, you are a part of a community. Let’s make it official. bike.nyc/membership
Early Registration for the 2024 TD Five Boro Bike Tour
Bike New York Member T-shirt
Bike New York reflective bike sticker
Bike New York membership card
Members-only Meet & Greet
Members-only Social Rides
Free or discounted Local Rides
10% off your first Sports Performance Service at NYU Langone
Discounts at local bike shops
50% Discount on Unlimited Biking bike rentals and guided bike tours (excluding TD Five Boro Bike Tour rentals)
25% Discount on Primal merchandise (exclusions may apply, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details)
10% Discount on Bike New York merchandise
40% first-time 5BBC Membership
15% Discount on Twin Lights & Discover Hudson Valley regional rides (2023)
10% Discount on new parts & accessories at Recycle-A-Bicycle and 15% discount on bike tune-ups
20% off a basic or premium subscription on Ride With GPS
INSPIRING STORIES FROM FELLOW CYCLISTS
A RIDE FOR TONY SAVED BERNARD’S LIFE
When Bernard got on a bike in 2014, his life was forever changed. After losing his father Tony to heart disease in November of 2014, Bernard fell into a severe depression. His friend and co-worker Alex noticed he needed help and invited Bernard to start cycling with a spare bike Alex had on hand. During their first ride, Bernard felt like a kid again and made cycling a big part of his life.
When Alex suggested that they should train together for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, Bernard got a bike of his own and decided to dedicate the ride to his late father. To prepare for the Tour, Bernard started with 10-mile rides on the weekend and worked his way up to 20 and 40 to build up his endurance and strength. Because the Tour is not a race, he could go at his own pace and enjoy the city in a new way.
On the day of the Tour, Bernard found himself struggling when he got to the infamous incline on the Verrazzano Bridge. The support of the cyclists around him, and a sign from his late father, helped him persevere:
“I was wiped out and far behind Alex. As was struggling in agony, I looked to my right, and a stranger looked at me and said, “Come on, man, you got this!” immediately thought of my Dad and got off my seat, and started pedaling as hard as could.
On the way up the bridge, there were sayings stenciled on the floor. As looked down at the road, I saw a stenciled eye. Around the eye were the words the Eye of the Tiger! My father’s nickname growing up was Tony the Tiger, and started crying and pedaling faster. Finally, I made it to the top!
Upon arriving at the top of the bridge, there was a DJ playing “Don’t Stop Believing” and as I met with my friend in the middle of the bridge, we were both in tears!”
Bernard and Alex continue to ride in the Tour every year.
There are many famous NYC landmarks along the route where cyclists like to pause to take it all in. However, Bernard’s favorite part of the Tour route is passing by the BQE on Third Avenue, where he can see his own house. It might not be the most majestic or postcard-worthy stop, but for him, it’s everything. It reminds him of his family, all he has overcome, and why he rides the Tour in the first place.
Whether you’re a new cyclist like Bernard or a veteran rider like Alex, the Tour is more than just a long bike ride. It’s an experience that brings the NYC community together, uplifts spirits, and gives every rider unexpected new perspectives.
“The TD Five Boro Bike Tour saved my life in my fight against depression.”
- Bernard Hernandez, Civil Servant and City Plumber from Staten Island
FIVE YEARS, ONE CAUSE: HOW MATHEW HONORED HIS MOTHER’S MEMORY
Mathew Baxt, a television development executive from Long Island, first signed up for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour as a new way to explore NYC after moving back from LA. For Mat, the Tour has been a chance to honor his mother, who passed away from Multiple Myeloma, by raising money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). On his first ride, he reached his goal of raising $10,000. He was so inspired and uplifted by the experience that he has made it an annual tradition for the last five years.
Mat’s advice to first-time participants is: Take your time and enjoy the ride. He emphasizes that the Tour is not a race; it’s a leisurely activity that allows riders to experience the city in a unique way with no cars in sight! Mat loves to take his time, talk to people along the route, take pictures, and soak in the atmosphere.
The Tour has also allowed Mat to see the city in a new light. His favorite moments are riding past Radio City Music Hall and down the FDR with no cars around. Each year, he looks forward to the event and the chance to create new memories and support a good cause.
Mat’s story serves as an inspiring reminder that participating in an event for a good cause can have a profound impact on one’s life. The TD Five Boro Bike Tour provides a unique opportunity to experience New York City in a fun and safe way, all while supporting a charity of your choice. So grab your bike and join the ride!
ELISA IS PEDALING TOWARD A BRIGHTER FUTURE
Elisa DiGregorio’s story is one of resilience, perseverance, and hope. After struggling with opioid addiction for over a decade, Elisa found her way back to a healthy and fulfilling life through cycling.
At 22 years old, Elisa entered a long-term treatment center. It was her third time seeking help for her addiction, but it was the last time. She spent 14 months living at the center in upstate New York and, when she returned to Brooklyn for the outpatient phase of her recovery, she had a renewed sense of motivation and purpose.
With her passion for biking, she signed up for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour to raise money for suicide prevention. The 40-mile ride was a physical challenge she was excited to take on but, more importantly, she wanted to ride in honor of her uncle, who struggled with mental health and substance use.
The Tour marked the start of her re-entry into life without drugs or substances.
“Although hadn’t trained in a while, and at some points, wanted to give up, kept riding and riding. Finishing the TD Five Boro Bike Tour was a feeling could not explain, it was the first time in as long as I could remember feeling absolutely exhilarated.”
Today, Elisa has been clean from drugs for 12 years. She went back to school to complete her degree in Dental Hygiene at NYU, became president of her class, and now works at one of the top cosmetic dentistry practices in New York. She attributes much of her success to her participation in the Tour, which motivated her to believe she could do anything, especially the things that were meaningful to her.
The TD Five Boro Bike Tour played a significant role in Elisa’s journey, but it is also a symbol of something larger; it’s a celebration of community, of coming together for a cause, and of the joy of cycling.
DONNA’S MISSION TO FIGHT MS
Through his efforts, he has raised nearly $100,000 for MMRF, contributing to advances in treatments and improvements in the lives of Myeloma patients.
“I ended up riding in the Tour for the MMRF five years in a row and helped raise nearly $100,000 for the organization in the process. Best of all, on my final ride, I was joined by eight friends and family members, including my 13-year-old twin sons, who made it their mission to finish the 40-mile ride and raise money in memory of their grandmother. Seven years later, still get goosebumps thinking about the look of joy and satisfaction on both of their faces when they crossed the finish line - and I’m sure if you asked them about their experience, they’d be equally as moved.”
Donna Lewiz is a woman on a mission. As the spouse of an MS Warrior, she has been biking for more than 15 years to raise money in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
In 2017, she was presented with an opportunity to participate in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, and despite the challenges she faced, she was determined to take part. At 51 years old and in need of a new knee, Donna was uncertain whether she would be able to complete the Tour. However, Bike New York’s mission and focus on making cycling more accessible for all inspired her to join.
As she crossed the finish line in Staten Island, Donna was overcome with emotion and shed tears of joy. She had accomplished an incredible feat that was both physically and emotionally demanding. Donna’s story is an inspiration to everyone who wants to push their limits and make a difference. Her dedication to biking for charity, particularly for MS, shows how much impact one person can have.
The TD Five Boro Bike Tour provided Donna with the opportunity to be part of a community that shares her passion for biking and to be part of something bigger than herself.
HOW THE GODZILLA RACING TEAM FOUND HEALING AFTER CANCER
Despite facing life-threatening illnesses, brothers Brian and Evan Mastro refused to let cancer define their lives—Brian is a two-time Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, and his brother Evan, who rides with him every year, has survived leukemia.
Brian and Evan first rode the TD Five Boro Bike Tour eight years ago when Evan started seeing advertisements for it, and thought it seemed like a cool experience to “rule the streets for the day” and see New York from a different perspective. Growing up on Long Island, they had always enjoyed riding bikes and had taken up road biking a few years earlier.
For years, Brian and Evan have ridden with their family as team “Godzilla Racing” in honor of their late Uncle Lenny (affectionately called Godzilla), who instilled in them a deep love of cycling. Lenny initially adopted the middle name Godzilla as a joke to entertain his young nephews, and ended up adding it as his legal name. He was a wonderful spirit and a huge influence in fostering the love of
TWO DECADES OF 5 BORO BIKING
Some of his friends call it a fabulous social outing. Others say it is a joyous reunion, delightful chaos, a highlight of the year, or a truly dynamic, healthy, communal celebration of New York City. But for Kenneth Levy, Brooklyn-born and bicoastal legend of Silicon Valley’s semi-conductor industry, the annual Five Boro Bike Tour is simply good oldfashioned fun and always a trip down memory lane.
For more than fifteen years, Ken and Gloria Levy have invited their friends and family to come to New York for a weekend of festivities built around this amazing Tour. The invitees range in age from 16 to 85 and travel thousands of miles from as far away as Israel, California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas for a carefully planned, action-packed two-day weekend that includes Broadway Shows, dinner and cocktails for the Kentucky Derby at a Manhattan sports bar, shopping, museum visits, biking through all five boroughs with friends, family and 35,000 others and then celebrating with their guests with a “Victory Party” at an upscale Greek restaurant.
all things BMX, cycling, and racing in Brian’s and Evan’s lives.
Brian likes the bike Tour because it’s not a race.
“You can set your own pace and it isn’t too strenuous, so you’re not over-exerting yourself. Anyone in any walk of life can do it, not just avid cyclists,” he says. He has even seen people on unicycles, so he encourages people to “just do it” and not hesitate since “there are plenty of places to exit or rest and refuel, and you don’t need the best equipment or to be in the best shape because it’s an inclusive event.”
The Godzilla Racing crew has gotten larger and larger over the years, with people floating in and out. Brian and Evan’s story is a reminder that when we ride together, we can heal and find joy together. The TD Five Boro Bike Tour brings much joy to Brian and Evan every year. Brian and his wife Alison currently reside in Tampa, FL, where they raise two sons, who also love their bikes.
This story for Ken goes back more than 20 years when he first joined the Five Boro Bike Tour with one of his semi-conductor colleagues and good friend, Gary Hillman, a fellow engineer from New Jersey (see attached image) and they promised each other that they would both ride the Tour until one of them could not. Ken, now 80 years young, keeps on biking, and likes to tease that:
“The Tour claims that the distance is the same every year but I’ve been riding this for at least 20 years or so and I know that the distance has changed. The forty miles must be at least 60 or 70 miles now based on how long it takes me to finish.”
Ken is too modest to see what he does as heroic. But his enthusiasm, good humor, unbridled generosity, commitment to friends and successful management of a remarkable two day agenda is worthy of a gold medal not only for Ken, but for Gloria Levy, his high school sweetheart and wife of 60 years.
START SCHEDULE & MAP
The Start wave corridor (shown in white on the map below) runs along Greenwich/Trinity/Church. Start waves correspond to the color of your bib and bike plate. See below to find out when and where to go. Course Marshals in safety vests will be on site to direct riders to appropriate entry streets.
In the event that members of your group are assigned to different Start waves, please ride together in the latest Start wave for your group. Riders assigned to later Start waves cannot move to an earlier time. VIP and Charity riders should consult their credentials for access points. Riders heading southbound to the Start Line must enter their wave via Broadway. Riders heading northbound to the Start Line must enter their wave via the Hudson River Greenway.
WAVE 1 (7:30AM)
VIP, CHARITY PARTNER, PREFERRED START, MEMBER
Recommended arrival time: 6AM-7AM. Charity Riders enter the VIP and Charity breakfast from Broadway & Worth Street, and VIP riders enter from Canal & Church Street. If Southbound, Preferred Start & Members should enter from Chambers to Duane or from Thomas. If Northbound, Preferred Start & Members should enter from Chambers to Bogardus Plaza then Duane.
WAVE 2 (8:05AM)
Recommended arrival time: 7:05AM-7:35AM.
If Southbound, enter from Murray. If Northbound, enter from Warren.
WAVE 3 (8:40AM)
Recommended arrival time: 7:40AM-8:10AM. If Southbound, enter from Fulton. If Northbound, enter from Vesey.
WAVE 4 (9:15AM)
Recommended arrival time: 8:15AM-8:45AM. If Southbound, enter from Cedar. If Northbound, enter from Albany to Greenwich to Thames.
WAVE 5 (9:50AM)
Recommended arrival time: 8:50AM-9:20AM. If Southbound, enter from Morris. If Northbound, enter from Albany to Greenwich to Rector.
WAVE 6 (10:25AM)
Recommended arrival time: 9:25AM-9:55AM. If Southbound or Northbound, enter from Battery Pl.
After a Start wave is released, the line moves up. Please refer to access points for earlier waves.
Finish Festival (10:00AM – 6:00PM)
GETTING TO THE START
The route closes to vehicular traffic at 7:15AM; be sure to take this into account when planning your arrival. We do not recommend driving to the Start Area.
Obviously, we’re quite partial to this option. From anywhere in Manhattan or downtown Brooklyn, the best way to get to the Start Area is by bike. The Hudson River Greenway and Broadway both lead directly to Bowling Green. For detailed directions, we recommend using Google Maps to plan your route (be sure to click the bicycle icon).
If you are planning to drive, we suggest parking in Staten Island. Please see page 25 for Ferry directions.
Riders bringing their bicycles should use:
World Trade Center Chambers St.
Cortlandt St. South Ferry
Bowling Green (n/b exit only)
These train stations do not accomodate bikes:
Bowling Green (s/b exit)
Please be aware of subway service changes affecting Lower Manhattan on Sunday, May 7, 2023.
The A and C lines will run on the F track between W 4 St and Jay St-Metrotech in both directions. The E line will serve Spring St, Canal St, and World Trade Center. Additionally, the A, C, and E lines will run locally on 8th Ave., serving local platforms at 34 St-Penn Station. Please plan accordingly and allow extra time for your commute.
Please note that there will be no 5 train service between Bowling Green and E 180 St from 07:45 am to 10:00 am. Bronx-bound 5 train departures from Bowling Green will begin at 11:00 am. The 2 line will run approximately every 15 minutes from 07:30 am to 10:00 am.
In addition to the service changes affecting Lower Manhattan, there are other service changes for Sunday, May 7th, 2023: The N line will be unavailable between Astoria-Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza, and the G line will be unavailable between Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Church Av. Southbound DNR lines will skip Union St, 4 Av-9 St, Prospect Ave., and 25 St. Furthermore, there will be no F line service between Church Ave. and Coney Island-Stillwell Ave.
Please plan your subway travel accordingly, and visit https://new.mta. info/ for more information.
GETTING TO THE FERRY
PATH Trains (from New Jersey)
From Hoboken, take the PATH train toward 33rd St. and get off at the Christopher St. stop. From Newark, Harrison, Journal Square, Grove St., and Exchange Pl., take the WTC train and get off at the World Trade Center stop. The fare is $2.75, payable by MetroCard. Bikes are not permitted on the first car of the train. Note that you will need to use stairs to get to street level, so be prepared to carry your bike. For up-to-date information, system map, station locations, and parking information visit www.panynj.gov or dial 1-800-234-PATH.
Staten Island Ferry
Ferry service for the Tour begins at 6 AM and will run every half hour until 11 AM. Starting at 11 AM, Ferries will run every 15 minutes until 6 PM, and then every half hour.
Following the Tour, ferry lines may be long.
Long Island Railroad (LIRR)
Cyclists can take the MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to Penn Station or Grand Central - Madison and then transfer to downtown subway service or cycle downtown. Cyclists should distribute themselves evenly throughout the train to facilitate the flow of people boarding and disembarking at stations. Cyclists are asked to bring a bungee cord to secure their bikes to the train. For more information on departure times and station locations, including weekend timetables, visit www.mta.info/lirr.
On Tour Day, bikes are allowed on all trains on the Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven Lines. Off-peak fares apply. Bike permit rules are suspended and there will be no restrictions on the number of bikes per train. Go to mta.info/bike to find out more. Check schedules for local service on all lines. To get to the Start Area via subway from Grand Central Terminal, take the 4, 5, or 6 to the Brooklyn BridgeCity Hall station. For more information on departure times and locations, visit www. mta.info/mnr.
We recommend that participants driving to the TD Five Boro Bike Tour carpool and park in Staten Island in the morning. Parking will be easier and you’ll avoid waiting for the ferry at the end of the day. We suggest parking in lots near the ferry (see parking information to the right).
(There is limited parking on Ferry terminal property; if unavailable, please use local garages.)
If you park on the street, please observe all posted parking restrictions. Cars parked along the Tour Route will be towed. Visit www.bike.nyc for detailed driving directions.
MTA Staten Island Railway
Park on local streets or in a Staten Island Railway Park-and-Ride at Dongan Hills, Great Kills, Annadale, Prince’s Bay, or Huguenot stations, then hop on a train to the ferry. Bicycles will be allowed on the trains, and you can board at any Staten Island Railway station. MetroCard fares are collected as you enter and exit at the St. George and Tompkinsville stations. Visit www.mta.info or dial 511 for more information.
Staten Island Ferry Parking
Due to ongoing construction, there will be no parking at the Staten Island Ferry municipal lots. Alternatively, use street parking or the following nearby private and municipal lots.
55B Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10301
Open 24/7. $25 for the day. Pre-book your parking at empireoutletsparking.com.
St. George Courthouse Garage
54 Central Ave
Staten Island, NY 10301
Open 8 AM-8 PM. $12 for the day. Pay with cash or credit card (no debit card).
25 Wall Street
25 Wall St Staten Island, NY 10301 $15 for the day. Pay with cash, credit, or debit. Please note: Cars that park without checking in with an attendant are subject to being booted.
South Beach Field #4
446 Father Capodanno Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10305 Parking is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
We work hard to ensure that you have a great time on the Tour. But just in case you aren’t able to complete the ride, or if you need assistance for any reason, here’s what to do, who to contact, and where to go.
Please note that once the Tour starts, the front of the pack will travel at approximately 15 mph, the tail at about 6 mph. Cyclists who fall behind will be given the option of boarding SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles traveling at the tail of the Tour, or leaving the Tour as the route permits.
Hitching a Ride with SAG
SAG vehicles follow the back of the pack and they can assist you if you are running out of steam or fall too far behind. They will be stationed at each Rest Area, or you can signal and then pull off to the side of the road. They will take you and your bike to the Finish Festival.
Leaving the Tour
If you need to leave the Tour for any reason, we recommend doing so at the following locations. If you leave the Tour, you will be riding with motorized traffic and will have to watch for cars and road hazards.
Mile 14: York Ave. and 63rd St. (Manhattan)
This is your last chance to exit the Tour in Manhattan. If you don’t want to continue, travel straight on 63rd St. after the Tour exits the FDR Drive. Do not take the left-hand turn onto the ramp of the Queensboro (59th St.) Bridge.
Mile 27: Brooklyn Bridge
Before the Tour enters the BQE, you can leave the Tour at Old Fulton St. and Cadman Plaza West and take the Brooklyn Bridge bike path into downtown Manhattan. Marshals on the Brooklyn side will direct you. (This exit point is recommended for those traveling with children who want to exit the Tour.)
The Tour passes near many subway stations. Bikes are allowed on the subway, but some unstaffed subway stations have turnstiles that do not accommodate bikes. Marshals and Information Tents at Rest Areas can provide more details on which stations to use. Visit www.mta.info for up-todate info.
If you feel that you need medical attention, speak to a Tour Marshal or NYPD officer immediately, or visit a medical station located at each of the Rest Areas along the course. Do not wait for SAG. If you have an emergency, and there are no Tour Marshals or NYPD officers nearby, call 911 and say that you are with the TD Five Boro Bike Tour.
Marshals and Police
Volunteer Marshals and NYPD officers will be riding with you and are stationed along the route to provide assistance and keep the Tour rolling safely and smoothly.
Here’s who to look for:
SERVICES ALONG THE ROUTE
All Rest Areas include snacks, water stations, toilets, bike repair courtesy of Trek, first aid, and information. Complimentary refreshments include New York City water provided by NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Dole bananas, pretzels, and electrolyte beverages, provided by Bike New York and select sponsors. Signs and Marshals along the route will direct you to bypass lanes.
We recommend bringing two water bottles so you can stay hydrated while you ride. All water stations include water, toilets, bike repair, and information.
9 The Bronx Dedicated to David Schlichting
28 Brooklyn Bridge Park
33 Gowanus BQE
36 Bay Street
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics from the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Bike Unit are available to attend to medical needs, as are ambulances from the NYC Fire Department Emergency Medical Service. Ask any Marshal or NYPD officer for medical assistance if you need it. There are also EMTs at each Rest Area and at the Finish Festival. If you have an emergency, and none of these are available, dial 911 and say you are with the TD Five Boro Bike Tour.
Rider Assist Marshals will be riding alongside you in safety vests to help keep the Tour moving. They can also help out with flat tires and minor repairs.
Toilets are available at all Rest Areas, Water Stations, the Finish Festival, and at the following locations throughout the Tour:
Course Marshals will be stationed along the route in safety vests. They can give route directions and alert you to road conditions ahead.
*All cyclists near the front of the pack will be held here for about 20 minutes while the NYPD closes down portions of the route to traffic. Cyclists near the tail of the Tour will be directed to a mandatory shortcut that bypasses this stop and leads to the next one.
0 Start Area – Battery Place, Bowling Green, and along Church
3 Sixth Ave., at approximately 56th St., before entering Central Park**
NYPD officers will be on the route to manage car traffic.
Please follow all instructions given by Marshals and NYPD.
7 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. and 115th St.
located in Central Park will not be available during the Tour.
Information Tents at the Start Area (in Battery Park), Rest Areas, Water Stations, and the Finish Festival are your go-to resources for all questions and concerns; they also make for great rendezvous spots in the event that you get separated from family and friends. (Do not stop in Central Park, on any of the bridges, or in the middle of the road to wait for friends.
If you must stop, please signal and pull off to the side of the road.)
TD Bank Entertainment Zones and Cheer Zones are located along the Tour route to keep the party rolling from start to finish. Visit www.bike.nyc for more details, including Entertainment Zone locations and artist websites.
SAG Vehicles (Support and Gear)
SAG vehicles provide transport to the Finish Festival for cyclists (and their bikes) who require assistance. SAG buses and trucks will be stationed at each Rest Area and will follow the end of the Tour. If you are running out of steam or falling too far behind, signal and then pull off to the right side of the road to wait for SAG. Make sure your bike plate is attached to your handlebars so that we can reunite you with your bike at the Finish Festival; your bib will serve as your bike retrieval ticket.
Photographers will be stationed along the route to take your photo as you ride. For identification purposes, make sure your bike plate and bib number are clearly visible. After the Tour, MarathonFoto will contact you via email so you can view and purchase your photos.
Lost and Found
Check at Information Tents at Rest Areas and at the Finish Festival for items lost along the way. No luck? After the Tour, email email@example.com to see if your lost item has been returned to our office.
If your bike needs attention, flag a Rider Assist Marshal or stop at a Repair Tent. Labor for basic repairs is free, but there is a charge for parts. Flat tires are very common, and our Marshals will be able to get you back on the road faster if you pack a spare tube. Many of our bike repair partners will have tubes for sale (cash only).
Free bike repair labor is generously provided by:
Cruz Bike Shop
Tread Bike Shop
Repair services can be found at these locations:
• Battery Park (Broadway & Battery Pl.)
Bike repair zone (North-West corner of Canal St. & 6th Ave. / In front of Duarte Park)
Bike repair zone (South-East corner of 52nd St. & 6th Ave.)
• Bike repair zone (East side of East Dr. & E 72nd St.)
• Bike repair zone (South-East corner of 110th St. & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.)
Bronx Water Station (South-West corner of E 138th St. & 3rd Ave.)
FDR Rest Area (North-West corner of Pleasant Ave. & 114th St.)
• Astoria Park Rest Area (Astoria Park South between 14th St. & 21st St.)
• Con Ed Learning Center Rest Area (Con Ed Learning Center Parking Lot on Vernon Blvd. between 43rd Ave. & 44th Ave.)
Bike repair zone (South-East corner of Kent Ave. & N 14th St.)
• Bike repair zone (South side of Flushing Ave. between Clermont Ave. & Vanderbilt Ave. / In front of Propel Bikes Shop)
• Commodore Barry Rest Area (Flushing Ave. between N. Elliott Pl. & Navy St.)
Brooklyn Bridge Park Water Station (On Furman St. between Old Fulton St. & Atlantic Ave.)
• Gowanus Water Station (Service Road between 81st St. & 82nd St.)
• Finish Line (Fort Wadsworth, Artillery Road Parking Lot)
Bay Street Water Station (East side of Bay St. between Hyatt St. & Slosson Terrace / In front of USPS office)
The Rider Identification Kit (RIK) comprises a helmet cover, a bib, and a bike plate made from an environmentally friendly material called Ultra Green. In order to ride in the Tour, your bib must be pinned visibly on your torso and your bike plate must be attached to your handlebars. Please do not discard your bib or bike plate at the Finish Festival.
RIDER ID KIT FINISH FESTIVAL
After conquering five boroughs and as many bridges, you will finish your day at Ft. Wadsworth. Once you arrive, pick up your TD Five Boro Bike Tour finisher medal, then kick back and relax before you head to the Staten Island Ferry.
Check out the live entertainment on the main stage and stop by exhibitors’ booths for great giveaways.
Courtesy of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and the New York City Fire Department Emergency Medical Service.
Food & Drinks for Purchase
We’re bringing in some of the best local food vendors to the Festival. After putting in that many miles, you’re gonna be hungry!
Get decked out in official Bike New York and TD Five Boro Bike Tour gear— we’ll have shirts, jerseys, water bottles, and much, much more. All proceeds go directly to funding our free bike education programs, so shop away!
Get on stage and take a victory photo at the Finisher Photo Op presented by TD Bank.
Courtesy of Trek. Labor for basic repairs is free, but there’s a charge for parts (cash only). Be sure to bring some spare tubes with you.
TIPS & FAQS
• No bags with shoulder straps (including backpacks, messenger bags, hydration packs, and drawstring bags)
• No panniers or bags that hang on the side of your bike
• No covered baskets
• No bags over 420 cubic in. (6.9 L.)
TIPS & FAQS
Rules of the Road
Wear your helmet. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Also:
• Have your RIK visible at all times: attach the bike plate to your handlebars and affix the bib to your outermost layer. You will be asked to leave the Tour if any element of your RIK is missing.
• Respect other cyclists.
• Only human-powered bikes and pedalassist e-bikes are allowed in the Tour.
• Ride in a straight line. If changing lanes or pulling over, look first and then signal to show which way you’re planning to go. Use hand signals to indicate that you are slowing down, stopping, turning, or changing lanes.
• Keep to the right; pass left. (Call out “On your left” when passing another cyclist.)
• Move completely to the side of the road if stopping for any reason.
• Do not ride against the flow of the Tour.
• Do not use your cell phone while riding.
• Maintain adequate distance between yourself and other cyclists—especially on downhills.
• Control your speed and be prepared to slow down for congestion or road hazards.
• Keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
• Do not wear earbuds or headphones.
• Slow down when approaching a security checkpoint and make sure your complete RIK is visible.
• No photos on bridges or their access points. Your camera may be confiscated.
What to Bring
• Your Rider Identification Kit
• A helmet—no ifs, ands, or buts about it!
• Photo identification—you may be asked to show it
• Cell phone*
• Water bottles (you can refill them at Rest Areas and Water Stations along the route)**
• Weather-appropriate clothing (be sure to check the forecast)
• An extra bike tube; make sure it’s the same size as your current tubes, with the right valve—either Presta or Schrader
• Patch kit in case of a flat
• A smile!
*If you are riding with a child who does not have a phone, please make sure to write your rider number, cell phone number and name on the back of your child’s bib.
**Water bottles will not be provided.
Riding in a Team
• Make sure you and others in your team have stored important numbers and contact info on your phones, including that of someone not riding in the Tour, your hotel, your team members’ home and cell numbers, etc.
• If you get separated from your team, continue to the next Rest Area and look for them there. Do not pull over to the side of the road to wait for them.
Riding with Youths
• A youth is anyone under the age of 18 on the day of the Tour.
• Each youth must be registered on the same team as a parent or guardian riding in the Tour.
• Adult to youth ratio must be 1:1. No exceptions.
• Children under the age of 3 are not allowed on the Tour.
• Youths ages 3 to 9 must ride with an adult on a tandem bike, in a child’s seat, on a tag-along bike, or in a bike trailer. If you are towing a bike trailer, please keep to the right when going uphill.
• Youths ages 10 to 17 may ride their own bikes, but must remain in close proximity to the adult with whom they are registered.
• Plan ahead in case your group gets separated. Instruct youth riders to seek out a Marshal wearing either an orange or yellow vest, or a member of the NYPD, who will guide them to the nearest Information Tent where staff can communicate with Tour Command to reunite you.
You conquered 40 miles of car-free streets alongside 32K riders from all corners of the world. Now it’s time to show off your hard-earned medal!
Share a celebratory pic of yourself and your medal on social media, and remember to tag it with #MedalMonday and #TDFBBT. We want to see your creativity shine! Extra points will be given for unique, humorous, or adorable medal photos. Need some inspiration? Check out our favorite shots from 2022!
SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2023
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2023
Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @BIKENEWYORK to keep up with our latest updates and announcements. And if you want to be featured in our feeds, tag your Tour weekend social media posts with #TDFBBT. Remember, capturing photos while you’re riding is not allowed, but there are plenty of opportunities to snap some awesome shots of your Tour experience off the saddle. Get snapping!
2023 CHARITY PARTNERS
The cyclists riding on behalf of these inspirational charities prove that the bicycle is a powerful tool to effect change.
Welcome, charity riders!
ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
American Cancer Society
American Liver Foundation
Bike & Build
The Blue Card, Inc.
Boomer Esiason Foundation
Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC)
Brielle Grace Breast Cancer Foundation
Broadway Green Alliance
CaringKind, the Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation
Children’s Tumor Foundation
Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County, Inc
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
debra of America
The Foley Hoag Foundation
Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (Team FARA)
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research
Girls in Gear
Good Shepherd Services
HeartShare Human Services of New York
Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation
Hudson River Park Friends
Inner City Handball Association Inc.
Israel Cancer Research Fund
The Livestrong Foundation
Lung Cancer Research Foundation
Lymphoma Research Foundation
Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York
The Marty Lyons Foundation
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
Bike New York is 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to transform lives and communities through bicycling. In 2018, we taught bike skills to more than 30,000 kids and adults. Funding for these programs comes from numerous annual events, including the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, Bike Expo New York, and regional events.
Visit www.bike.nyc for more information.
National Blood Clot Alliance
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (Team NOCC)
New York Cares
New York Legal Assistance Group
NYC Health + Hospitals
NYU Langone Health
One Fact Foundation
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
Partnership to End Addiction
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York
Red Door Community
Ronald McDonald House New York
Sanctuary for Families, Inc.
Sun River Health
Worldwide Orphans Foundation
YMCA of Greater New York
City Government Officials
The City of New York
Eric Adams, Mayor
NYC Department of Transportation
Ydanis Rodriguez, Commissioner
NYC Police Department
Keechant Sewell, Commissioner
NYC Citywide Events
Coordination & Management
Dawn Tolson, Executive Director
NYC Fire Department
Laura Kavanagh, Commissioner
NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Susan M. Donoghue, Commissioner
NYC Citywide Events
Coordination & Management
Dawn Tolson, Executive Director
New York City Tourism + Conventions
Fred Dixon, President & CEO
NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit
Fred Kreizman, Commissioner
NYC Department of Sanitation
Jessica Tisch, Commissioner
NYC Department of Emergency Management
Zachary Iscol, Commissioner
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Rohit Aggarwala, Commissioner
Central Park Conservancy
Elizabeth W. Smith, President & CEO
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Janno Lieber, CEO
National Park Service
United State Coast Guard
US Park Police
Participating Bike Shops
Cruz Bike Shop
Tread Bike Shop
Flanzig & Flanzig
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
NYU Langone Health
NYC Department of Transportation
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
MTA New York City Transit
MTA Bridges and Tunnels
NY State Department of Transportation
Long Island Railroad
New Jersey Transit
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Presenting Sponsor Benefiting
Bike New York thanks the following agencies, officials, organizations, bike shops, and sponsors for their support of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour.
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2022 Environmental Impact Report for Recycle-A-Bicycle
29.70 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT**