TD FIVE BORO BIKE TOUR: 40 Miles of Car-Free NYC Streets Return Sunday May 5 to Benefit Bike New York

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On Sunday, May 5, 32,000 cyclists will ride through all five boroughs of New York City; Proceeds from country’s largest bike ride fund free bicycle education programs and advocacy for a bike-friendly city.

Because the TD Five Boro Bike Tour supports Bike New York’s extensive bike education program, nearly every rider in the Tour helps on other person learning to ride or improving their bike skills,

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DATE/TIME LOCATION
Sunday, May 5, 2019. Tour starts at 7:30AM
Start is Church and Franklin Streets in Lower Manhattan. The route travels north through Midtown and Central Park, traverses part of the South Bronx, and skirts the East River on the FDR Drive. After crossing the Queensboro Bridge, the Tour loops through Astoria, enters Brooklyn on the Pulaski Bridge and continues south. Near Downtown Brooklyn, riders enter the Gowanus Expressway, which leads to the Verrazzano Bridge and Tour Finish Festival in Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island. Cyclists then ride to the Staten Island Ferry.

The TD Five Boro Bike Tour, now in its 42nd year, is a well known annual rite of Spring for both New Yorkers and cycling enthusiasts around the world. The following page presents
a set of the large and small statistics behind America’s biggest bike ride (one of the world’s largest charitable rides).

The 2019 TD Five Boro Bike Tour by numbers:
1 The Tour is the only day of the year (so far) when cyclists can ride over the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

5 The number of bridges the Tour crosses, offering spectacular views of NYC. Riders cross in this order: The Harlem River via the Madison Avenue and Third Avenue Bridges, the East River on the Queensboro Bridge, Newtown Creek via the Pulaski Bridge, and New York Harbor over the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

6 The Tour doesn’t just bring together riders from all walks of life to share a New York moment across the five boroughs, but this year it’s also welcoming riders from all six inhabited continents – that’s a total of 37 countries represented!

12 miles of protected bike lanes installed on or adjacent to the Tour route in the last 10 years. Newer segments include 6th Ave south of Herald Square and the Pulaski Bridge bike path. Protected bike lanes make cycling safer and more enjoyable in NYC the other 364 days of the year.

40 “32,000 New Yorkers on bikes can’t be wrong about the thrill and attraction of 40-miles of car-free streets. There is tremendous demand for safe places to ride and experience the city on two wheels,” says Bike New York President & CEO Ken Podziba.

41 pizza places directly along the Tour’s route

42 years since the Tour began with 250 people interested in making New York a better place for riding bikes

50 This year, the Tour draws riders from every U.S. State (not to mention Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico)!

1,200 volunteers make the Tour tick. “It takes a whole city,” says Podziba. The Tour also relies on 20 city, transit and federal agencies and 200 event-day staff.

28,000 people participated in Bike New York’s learn-to-ride and other cycling skills classes in 2018. “Nearly every rider in the Tour now supports another person learning to ride or improving their bike skills,” said Bike New York’s Podziba.

About Bike New York
Bike New York is a nonprofit organization that promotes and encourages bicycling and bicycle safety through education, advocacy, outreach and events. http://www.bike.nyc

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