Five Boro Bike Tour
May 3, 2015

TD Five Boro Bike Tour

Registration for the world’s biggest charitable bike ride opens January 20, 2015.

40 Miles
5 Boros
1 Day
0 Cars

On the first Sunday in May, 32,000 cyclists of all skill levels come from around the world to roll through every borough of New York City on streets totally free of cars. For one day, the roads are yours, the bridges are yours, the City is yours—there’s no better way to experience the Big Apple. Produced in conjunction with the City of New York, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is the world’s biggest charitable bike ride, with proceeds funding our free bike education programs. In 2014 alone, we taught bike skills to more than 16,000 kids and adults. When you ride with Bike New York, you’re helping us in our mission to empower more New Yorkers to grab life by the handlebars.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

Registration: Opens January 20, 2015

Cost: Youth & Adult Standard $92; Youth & Adult VIP $325. Learn more about registration options.

Bag Restrictions: Due to security concerns, bag restrictions will once again be in place. Check back for more details.

Packet Pick-Up: All cyclists must pick up their rider packets at Bike Expo New York (May 1-2, 2015).

Limited-edition 2015 TD Five Boro Bike Tour jersey

Standard (Adult & Youth): $92

Standard registration for adults and youths costs $92, $20 of which is a tax-deductible charitable donation to Bike New York to fund our free bike education programs. Standard registration includes:

  • Rider Identification Kit (helmet cover, bib, & bike plate) – this is your key to enter and participate in the Tour
  • Snacks and refreshments at four rest areas along the route
  • Access to free bike repair along the route
  • Access to SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles
  • Entry to the Finish Festival at Fort Wadsworth

VIP (Adult & Youth): $325

VIP registration for adults and youths costs $325, $76.50 of which is a tax-deductible charitable donation to Bike New York to fund our free bike education programs. VIP registration includes:

  • All standard registration perks
  • Guaranteed placement in the first start wave
  • Custom, limited-edition Manhattan Portage+Bike New York messenger bag
  • Limited-edition TD Five Boro Bike Tour jersey—designed by Bike New York and Pentagram; produced by Primal Wear
  • Breakfast and entertainment at the Start
  • Access to exclusive VIP lounge and gourmet lunch at Finish Festival

Charity: Variable

The cost of charity registration depends on your selected charity. Click here to see a full list of our Charity Partners. Charity registration includes:

  • All standard registration perks
  • Satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped further the cause of Bike New York and your chosen charity
  • Whatever other perks offered by your selected charity

Volunteer: Free!

As a Tour volunteer, you might be assigned to ride with the pack and help out other Tour participants, check-in other volunteers, provide assistance at Rest Areas, or perform other crucial duties. Volunteering is, of course, free. As a volunteer, you’ll receive:

  • A commemorative T-shirt
  • Breakfast and/or lunch (depending on role)
  • Early Bird registration for the 2016 Tour or half off the registration fee for the 2015 Discover Hudson Valley Ride or Twin Lights Ride
  • Or undying love and gratitude

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Along the Route

The 40-mile, car-free Tour begins in Lower Manhattan, heads north through the heart of Central Park, and continues on to Harlem and the Bronx before returning south along the East River on the FDR Drive. From there, cyclists cross into Queens and then into Brooklyn, where riders take over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway before the heart-pumping climb up—and thrilling ride down—the breathtaking Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and into the Finish Festival on Staten Island.

Rest Areas, Toilets, & Water Stations

Four rest areas and several water stations located along the route provide cyclists with snacks and water. Toilets are located at every rest area and water station, as well as at various other points along the route.

Marshals & NYPD

Volunteer marshals and NYPD officers will be riding with you and stationed along the route to provide assistance and keep the Tour rolling safely and smoothly.

SAG (Support and Gear)

SAG vehicles will be stationed at each rest area and will trail the back of the pack. If you are running out of steam or fall too far behind, SAG will transport you and your bike to the Finish Festival.

Medical

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, and ambulances will be deployed along the route to attend to medical needs.

Bike Repair

Bike repair will be provided at all rest areas and at several other locations along the route, including at the Start Area and Finish Festival. Labor is free, but there is a charge for parts. Bring an extra tube with you in case of a flat.

Entertainment

Musical acts, performance groups, and cheer zones will be scattered along the route to keep you going strong.

Information Tents

Information tents located at each rest area and the Finish Festival are your go-to resources for all questions and concerns. They also make great rendezvous spots if you get separated from your friends.

Recycling & Composting

The Tour (and Expo) have been certified sustainable by the Council for Responsible Sport. In keeping with our green goals, recycling and composting stations are located at each rest area.

Staten Island Ferry to Manhattan

Four free ferries per hour will take cyclists from Staten Island to Manhattan on a first-come, first-served basis.

Photos

Cyclists will have the opportunity to purchase photos of themselves after the Tour, courtesy of MarathonFoto. In order be identified in photos, be sure your bike plate and bib are visible.

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Lost & Found

Check at information tents at rest areas and the Finish Festival for items lost along the way. No luck?

Contact us

Finish Festival

By the time you reach the Finish Festival at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, you will have conquered five boroughs and five bridges—including the longest bridge span in the Americas. Kick back and relax. You’ve earned it.

 

Food & Drinks

The Finish Festival is packed with the best local food vendors. Trust us—after putting in that many miles, you’re gonna be hungry. Bring cash so you can chow down.

Official Merchandise

Get kitted 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 fund our free bike education programs, so shop away!

Photo Op

Get your photo taken with that beast of a bridge—the Verazzano, that is—in the background at the TD Bank Photo Booth.

Bike Repair

Labor is free, but there is a charge for parts. Be sure to bring an extra tube with you.

Music & Entertainment

Listen to local bands and stop by exhibitors’ booths for great giveaways. As we all know, bike swag is the best swag.

First Aid

Courtesy of the New York City Fire Department Emergency Medical Services and the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

Reunion Area

Plan to reunite here if you get separated from your group along the way.

Fort Wadsworth

Fort Wadsworth is closed to the public on Tour day. Unregistered friends and family cannot enter the Finish Festival.

TD Five Boro Bike Tour starting line.

Start & Schedule

The Tour begins in Lower Manhattan in staggered start waves, which correspond to the color of your bib and bike plate (which you’ll receive when you pick up your rider packet at the Expo). In the event that members of your group are assigned different start waves, please ride together in the last wave. Check back for more details.

Bag Restrictions

Due to security concerns, bag restrictions will once again be in place. Check back for more details.

Rider Identification Kit (RIK)

The RIK, which you will receive in your rider packet, comprises a helmet cover, bib, and bike plate. The complete RIK must be visible at all times in order to participate in the Tour.

Rules of the Road

  • Wear your helmet. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
  • Have your RIK visible at all times: attach the bike plate to your handlebars, affix the bib to your chest, and wear your helmet cover. You will be asked to leave the Tour if any element of your RIK is missing.
  • Respect other cyclists.
  • Human-powered bikes only
  • 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 a cyclist.)
  • Move completely off 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 any other form of 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

  • Cash for spare parts, parking, food and merchandise at the Finish Festival, etc.
  • 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.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • An extra bike tube; make sure they’re the correct size with the correct valve—either Presta or Schrader.
  • Patch kit in case of a flat

Riding with Youths

A youth is anyone under the age of 18 on the day of the Tour.

  • Every youth must be registered with and 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.
  • Youths ages 10 to 17 may ride their own bikes, but must remain in close proximity to the adult with whom they were registered.
  • Plan ahead in case you get separated from your youth. Instruct him/her to seek out a marshal wearing either an orange or yellow vest. The marshal will guide him/her to an information tent where staff can communicate with Tour Command to reunite you with your youth.

Riding in a Team

  • In order to be assigned to the same start wave as your friends and family, you must create or join a team during registration or afterward on imAthlete.
  • Make sure you and others in your team have stored important numbers and contact info, 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 seek them out there. Do not pull over to the side of the road to wait for them.

All cyclists must pick up their rider packets at Bike Expo New York, which takes place on May 1 (10AM-8PM) & May 2 (9AM-6PM), 2015.

Bike Expo

Packet Pickup

All cyclists must pick up their rider packets at Bike Expo New York, which takes place on the two days prior to the Tour. This packet includes your Rider Identification Kit (aka RIK) and Tour Program. We will not mail rider packets. If you cannot pick up your own packet, see below for information regarding Proxy Packet Pickup.

Picking Up Your Packet

  • Bring your barcode, either printed out or on your smartphone.
  • Residents of the United States and Puerto Rico must show state or federal government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, DMV photo ID, or passport.
  • Non-US residents, including Canadian residents, must show a valid passport
  • In order to pick up a youth’s packet without the youth present, the registered guardian must bring his/her own valid photo ID; his/her own barcode, either printed out or on a smartphone; and the youth’s barcode.You do not need to provide ID for the registered youth.
  • Note that adults may only pick up the rider packet for the single youth registered in connection with their name.

Proxy Packet Pickup

Anyone picking up a packet for someone else must bring the following to the Expo:

  • Proxy Packet Pickup form signed by the individual whose packet you are picking up
  • Valid photo ID
  • Photocopy of the ID of the individual whose packet you are picking up
  • Print-out of the barcode of the individual whose packet you are picking up (You can also display the barcode on your smartphone.)

Individuals (including non-riders) can pick up a maximum of 10 proxy packets.

Bike

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, use Google Maps to plan your route. Be sure to click the bicycle icon.

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Subway

Note that some subway stations do not accommodate bikes. Visit www.mta.info for customized travel directions using TripPlanner, or call the MTA for more information by dialing 511.

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Path Train (from New Jersey)

  • PATH trains bound for the 33rd St. station in Manhattan leave frequently from Newark, Journal Square (JSQ), and Hoboken.
  • Disembark at the Christopher St. station.
  • The fare is $2.50, payable by MetroCard.
  • Bikes are not permitted on the first car of the train.
  • You may need to use stairs and/or escalators to get to street level, so be prepared to schlep your bike.
  • For up-to-date information, system map, station locations, and parking details, visit www.panynj.gov or dial 1-800-234-PATH.
  • Note that the World Trade Center station is closed indefinitely, and WTC-bound service is suspended on weekends.

Long Island Railroad (LIRR)

  • The Manhattan stop for the LIRR is Penn Station, at 34th St. and 7th Ave.
  • At Penn Station, cyclists can transfer to downtown subway service or bike downtown to Bowling Green.
  • On Tour Day, off-peak fares apply and bike permit rules are suspended.
  • Cyclists should board and remain in the rear two cars of the train.
  • Bring an elastic bungee cord to secure bikes to the train.

For more information on departure times and station locations, visit www.mta.info/lirr.

Metro-North Railroad

  • On Tour Day,
    • bikes are allowed on all trains on the Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven Lines;
    • bike permit rules are suspended;
    • restrictions on the number of bikes per train are lifted; and
    • off-peak fares apply.
  • To get to Bowling Green via subway from Grand Central Terminal, take the 4, 5, or 6 train to the Brooklyn Bridge or City Hall stations.
  • For more information on departure times and station locations, visit www.mta.info/mnr.

Staten Island Ferry

Expanded morning service on Tour Day is provided to ensure that cyclists get to the Start Area in time to get rolling. A one-way trip lasts 30 minutes, and is free. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ferry times will be posted here closer to Tour Day.

When is the next TD Five Boro Bike Tour?

The 38th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour is on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Registration opens January 20, 2015.

 

How CAN i ensure that i am assigned to the same start wave as my friends and family?

During registration, you’ll have the opportunity to create or join a team. If you create a team, inform your friends and family of your team name; when they register, they’ll be able to choose your team from a drop-down list.

 

Will I be allowed to bring a bag on the Tour?

Due to security concerns, bag restrictions will once again be in place. Check back for more details.

 

Can i check a bag?

No. There will be no bag check.

 

How much does it cost to ride in the Tour?

The price for Standard Registration is $92, $22 of which is a tax-deductible charitable donation. VIP Registration is $325, $100 of which is a tax-deductible charitable donation. All Tour fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

 

Where does the money go?

Proceeds from the Tour fund our free bicycle education programs. In 2014 alone, we taught bike skills to more than 16,000 kids and adults throughout New York City.

 

My friends and I linked together to ride as a TEAM. Can I pick up their packets at the Expo?

Yes. Click here to learn more about Proxy Packet Pickup.

 

Can you mail me my rider packet and Rider Identification Kit?

No. All participants must pick up their packet and Rider Identification Kit (helmet cover, bib, & bike plate) at Bike Expo New York on the two days preceding the Tour. Click here to learn more about Packet Pickup.

 

Can I pick up someone else’s rider packet for them?

Yes. Click here to learn more about Proxy Packet Pickup.

 

My child is riding with me, but cannot attend the Expo. Can I pick up his/her packet?

Yes. Click here to learn more about Proxy Packet Pickup.

 

What forms of identification are considered valid?

Residents of the United States and Puerto Rico must show state or federal government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, DMV photo ID, or passport. Non-US residents, including Canadian residents, are required to show a valid passport.

 

Are there age restrictions for the Tour?

  • 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.
  • Youths ages 10 to 17 may ride their own bikes, but must remain in close proximity to the adult with whom they were registered.

 

Do I need to register my child?

Yes. Every youth must be registered with an adult 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.

 

I plan on riding a tandem with my spouse/friend/child. Do we both need to register?

Yes. All participants must register individually. Youths must be registered by a parent or guardian, and must be on the same team as their registered parent or guardian.

 

What if I don’t have a bike?

We’ve partnered with Bike and Roll to arrange for bike rental pick-up right at the start of the ride and drop-off at the finish. Reserves yours as soon as possible after registering for the Tour; the bikes rent out quickly.

 

What is the route for the Tour?

The TD Five Boro Bike Tour is a 40-mile, traffic-free ride through all five boroughs of New York City. Click here for the route description and map.

 

How do I get back to Manhattan at the end of the Tour?

After leaving the Finish Festival at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, you can proceed to St. George’s Terminal (about a 4-mile ride) to take a free ferry back to Battery Park in Manhattan.

 

What are staggered start waves?

To alleviate congestion throughout the Tour, riders will be randomly assigned to a start wave. Participants who link together as a team will be assigned to the same start wave.

 

HOw can i guarantee that i’ll be assigned to the first start wave?

Register as a VIP or as a Charity Rider.

 

Can I start farther along the Tour route and avoid the start line?

No. Riders ­must depart from the designated start area during their assigned start wave.

 

Will there be a Finish Festival?

There will be a Finish Festival at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island featuring bike demos, giveaways, food concessions, product samples, stretching, massage, a photo booth, and official merchandise for sale. Bring cash to purchase lunch.

 

Is lunch provided for riders at the Finish Festival?

Riders can purchase food from a variety of vendors at the Finish Festival. (Food vendors are cash-only.) Rest areas along the route will provide complimentary snacks and refreshments.

 

What happens if I start the ride, but cannot finish it due to unforeseen circumstances?

You can leave the ride at any time. Note that if you leave the Tour, you will be riding in traffic and will have to watch for cars and road hazards.  Once you leave the Tour route you will no longer have access to Tour services, including Rest Areas and SAG. If you need to depart, we recommend the following locations:

 

Mile 14, York Avenue and 63rd Street, Manhattan: This is your last chance to exit the Tour in Manhattan. If you don’t want to go to Queens, travel straight on 63rd Street after the Tour exits FDR Drive. Do not take the left-hand turn onto the ramp of the Queensboro (59th Street) Bridge.

 

Mile 27, Brooklyn Bridge: Just before the Tour enters the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE), you can leave the Tour and take the Brooklyn Bridge bike path into downtown Manhattan. Marshals on the Brooklyn side will direct you. (This exit is recommended for those traveling with children.)

 

Note: If you are unable to finish the Tour, you may also take a SAG vehicle to the Finish Festival.

 

Is bike repair offered along the Tour route?

Each rest area will have a bicycle mechanic station for minor repairs. Rider Assist marshals should be able to offer some assistance for minor repairs while on the route. We strongly recommend bringing an extra bike tube.

 

Will there be refreshments along the Tour route?

Yes. Each rest area will have all sorts of nutritious snacks and goodies to keep you going until the end.

 

I registered for the Tour. Can I sell or give away my entry?

No. Registration is nonrefundable, non-deferrable, and nontransferable. If you decide not to ride, we can convert your full registration fee into a tax-deductible charitable contribution. Please email Bike New York as soon as possible if you want to explore this option.

 

How can I find out where rest areas, water stations, and bike repair hubs are located along the Tour route?

Click here for the route map to see locations of rest areas. Each rest area will have water and bike repair.

 

What if I am late to my designated staggered start time?

Simply depart with the following start wave.

 

Can I start at an earlier start time?

No. You can only fall back into a later start time.

 

What if I lose something while riding?

We ask all riders who find lost possessions on the route to hand them in to a staff member and let him/her know where the item was found. If you lost something, ask a representative at the Information Tent at the Finish Festival if anybody turned it in. You can also email Bike New York with a description of the item and a note about where you think you lost it. If your item is turned in, we will contact you. The TD Five Boro Bike Tour and Bike New York are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

 

Do I need a helmet for the ride?

Yes. Helmets are required to participate in all Bike New York rides. For the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, you must also display all three components of the Rider Identification Kit, a.k.a. RIK (helmet cover, bib, and bike plate), for the duration of the ride.

 

Can I wear headphones/earbuds while I ride?

No. You may not wear earbuds or any other form of headphones.

 

What if the weather looks bad?

This is a rain or shine event. Check the weather and dress appropriately.

 

What should I bring on the ride?

While the Tour provides snacks and water at the rest areas, don’t forget to bring two bottles of water, some snacks, sunscreen, and a spare tube in case you get a flat. You will want to pump your tires full of air the day before. Also, you will want your camera, fully charged cell phone, and cash for food and merchandise at the Finish Festival.

 

What if I lose track of my friends/family during the Tour?

Make a plan in advance with your friends/family in case you get split up. Rest areas are a good place to meet up with friends.

 

Do not stop in the following locations: Central Park, on any of the bridges, or on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE). Out of courtesy for other riders, do not stop in the middle of the roadway; always pull over to the right side of the road if you need to stop for any reason. There will also be an Information Center at the Finish Festival where riders can rendezvous.

 

Can I bring a pet on my bike?

No.

 

What sort of travel and accommodation options does Bike New York offer to riders?

Bike New York has partnered with onPeak to provide you with hotel options for your trip to New York. Through this partnership, Bike New York and onPeak are able to offer discounted nightly rates at hotels throughout the city. Check back for more details.

 

Can I pick up the TD Five Boro Bike Tour registration jersey at Bike Expo New York?

TBD.

 

When can I order the Tour registration jersey?

The Tour registration jersey is available exclusively during the online registration process.  It will not be available at any point after you have completed registration.

 

Where can I find sizing information for the Tour registration jersey?

Sizing information for the Tour registration jersey can be found here.

 

Can I return/exchange my Tour registration jersey?

All jersey sales are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Be sure to consult the fit guide before ordering a jersey.

 

How many Tour registration jerseys can I purchase?

Participants may purchase up to five (5) Tour registration jerseys of any size.

Charity Partners

Bike New York doesn’t have to be the only beneficiary of your Tour; ride for a reason on behalf of one of our 50+ charity partners.

 Sponsors

Check out our current sponsors or click here to learn more about becoming a sponsor of the world’s biggest charitable bike ride.

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Exhibitors

From outdoor gear retailers to local food vendors, the Finish Festival has got it all. Contact us about becoming an exhibitor.

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