May 7, 2017

TD Five Boro Bike Tour

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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 Presented by REI is the largest charitable bike ride in the U.S., with proceeds funding our free bike education programs. Last year alone, we taught bike skills to more than 17,000 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

Bag Restrictions: No bags with shoulder straps (including backpacks and hydration packs), no panniers or bags that hang on the side of your bike, no covered baskets, and no bags over 420 cubic inches (6.9 liters). Here’s some more info.

Packet Pick-Up: All cyclists must pick up their rider packets at Bike Expo New York (May 5-6, 2017).

Where can I find my personal photo gallery from the 2016 TD Five Boro Bike Tour?

Check it out here!

 

WHERE CAN I VIEW THE RESULTS OF THE VIP TIMED CLIMB?

VIPs can view the results of the 2016 timed climb over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge here.

 

 When is the next TD Five Boro Bike Tour?

The 40th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in the know!

 

When will i receive my barcode?

Your barcode will be emailed to you the week before the Tour.

 

What app should I use to track my ride during the Tour?

Strava! Visit the TD Five Boro Bike Tour route map on Strava to get a detailed, turn-by-turn map of the event. You can even download the route to your Garmin or smartphone. And if you’re looking for training partners or some company on the ride, check out the Bike New York club on Strava. Don’t forget to upload your tour to Strava. All participating Strava cyclists will be entered to win 10 great prizes, like a Fitbit Surge, Strava Premium membership and Greenblender smoothie kit.

HOW CAN I EDIT MY TEAM AND REGISTRATION DETAILS?

Want to add people to a team after you’ve already registered? Go to your Participant Page and enter your confirmation code to edit these and other details. Note: The option to join or create a team for the 2016 Tour has expired.

WHAT IS A TEAM?

A team is a collection of Standard Riders who wish to be placed in the same start wave. You can join the team created by your friends and family or create a team for your friends and family to join.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO ORGANIZE A TEAM?

Select a team captain first. This person will be in charge of creating the team and sharing the team name with everyone else. Once this person has registered, everyone else can join that team either within registration or on their participant page.

HOW CAN I ENSURE THAT I AM ASSIGNED TO THE SAME START WAVE AS MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY?

You must be on a team together. If you were unable to create or join a team with friends and family during registration, you may visit your participant page after registration and adjust/create/join a team at that point.

CAN VIP AND CHARITY RIDERS JOIN A TEAM?

No. But, remember: VIP and charity riders can ride in any wave and therefore can ride with whichever team they choose.

 

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—and the best part about it is that a portion of the proceeds from rooms booked through onPeak fund our free bike education programs. Click here to book a room.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE TOUR?

All interested and willing parties are invited to participate. We intend to create an event that adheres to principles of social equity and inclusion and is open, welcoming, safe, and accessible for all who have an interest in participating provided that they have obtained a valid pass of entry to the event.

 

How much does it cost to ride in the Tour?

The price for Standard Registration is $94 (plus processing fees), $22 of which is a tax-deductible charitable donation. VIP Registration is $325 (plus processing fees), $76.50 of which is a tax-deductible charitable donation. All Tour fees are nonrefundable, non-deferrable, and nontransferable. Tour fees are subject to change from year to year.

 

Where does the money go?

Proceeds from the Tour fund our free bicycle education programs. In 2015 alone, we taught bike riding and bike safety skills to more than 17,000 kids and adults throughout New York City.

 

HOW DO I VERIFY THAT I AM REGISTERED FOR THE TOUR?

If you received a confirmation email, you are registered. If you don’t receive an email within one day of completing registration, go here to confirm your registration. If you don’t find your name , you are not registered.

 

DO I HAVE TO BE LOGGED IN TO IMATHLETE TO REGISTER?

No. Just uncheck the box next to ‘Create an imATHLETE account’ on the upper left of the webpage.

 

Can i bring a bag on the tour?

Yes. However, the following are PROHIBITED:

  • bags with shoulder straps (including backpacks, hydration packs, drawstring bags, and messenger bags)
  • panniers or bags that hang on the side of your bike
  • covered baskets
  • any bag over 420 cubic inches (6.9 liters)

If you suspect that one or more of the above criteria applies to your bag, do not bring that bag. If you do, you run the risk of having your bag and personal belongings contained therein confiscated. Bike New York is not responsible for confiscated property. Confiscated property will not be returned under any circumstances. Here’s some more info.

 

Can i check a bag?

No.

 

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, and bike plate) at Bike Expo New York on the two days preceding the Tour. Click here to learn more about Packet Pickup.

 

What if i can’t attend the expo to pickup my rider packet?

If you cannot attend the Expo to pickup your rider packet, you may designate a proxy to pick it up for you. Click here to learn more about Proxy Packet Pickup.

 

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

Yes. Individuals (including non-riders) may pick up a maximum of five (5) proxy packets. 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. Individuals (including non-riders) may pick up a maximum of five (5) proxy packets. 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. There are 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. Youths must be registered by a parent or guardian, and must be on the same team as their registered parent or guardian. Children under the age of 3 are not allowed on the Tour.

 

Can I register someone else?

You are allowed to register others, but we recommend registering individually. If you choose to register others, you must collect ALL of their personal information before you do so, including emergency contact name/phone, mobile number, email address, mobile provider, etc. PLEASE NOTE: registration will only become valid after the participant you register has personally signed the event waiver. Event waiver will be emailed to that participant.

 

Are there refunds on any registration purchases?

No.

 

Can I transfer or exchange any registration purchase (including a Jersey)?

No.

 

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 Staten Island Ferry (St. George Ferry Terminal) before you get on the trip back to Manhattan. Reserve 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. The start times are as follows:

  • Start 1 – 7:30AM
  • Start 2 – 8:10AM
  • Start 3 – 8:45AM
  • Start 4 – 9:20AM

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?

Yes, 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?

Lunch is provided for VIP and Charity Riders. Standard 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.

 

Can my friends or family meet me at the Finish Festival?

No. Only registered riders are allowed at the Finish Festival.

 

What happens if I start the ride, but cannot finish it?

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?

Yes. 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 that you bring an extra bike tube, and check your bike before the Tour. Here’s some info to help with that.

 

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, bike repair, and toilets..

 

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 it has been turned 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. Don’t have a helmet? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

 

Can I wear headphones/earbuds while I ride?

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

 

What kind of bike is allowed on the Tour?

Any human powered bike (recumbent, unicycle, tandem, tricycle, etc.) is permitted. Absolutely no electric assistance is permitted on any bike in the Tour.

 

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.

 

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

Only VIP riders who register before late February and those with a mailing address outside of the U.S. will pick up their jersey at packet pickup. All other orders will be shipped.

 

When can I order the Tour registration jersey?

The Tour registration jersey is available during the online registration process and for a limited time to registered riders, who will receive a link to this exclusive offer in their email.

 

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?

No. All jersey sales are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Be sure to consult the fit guide before ordering a jersey.

 

can international riders participate in the tour?

Yes! Every year, we welcome cyclists from dozens of countries around the world.

 

TOUR STORIES

 

Bike New York organizes the largest charitable bike ride in the country and runs the largest free bike education program of its kind in the world; needless to say, the work we do affects quite a few people. We’ve heard many good stories about how cycling has changed lives—here are a few of them (we’ll be adding more as we get closer to Tour day, so check back in every once in awhile).

“If you don’t know how to ride a bike, join a program that teaches you. If you know how to ride a bike, don’t stop! Keep riding!”

“It’s not that easy for someone like me, who has leg braces and has a progressive disease, to go out and ride.”

“Anytime I learn something, I like to teach it to someone else. It reinforces my knowledge, and it’s good to pay it forward. I went back to volunteer at the site where I learned to ride, with the same instructor and some of the same volunteers that helped me learn to ride. It’s like a big family.”

“Just being with other bikers is great! I love seeing who rides. They’re not all commuters; there are people from all over the world, every walk of life. You get a sense of community.‟

“You cannot feel upset at whatever is happening in your life if you’re giving to someone else and making them smile.”

“It’s truly the best New York sightseeing you could do.‟

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2016 Tour Entertainment

The Good Morning Nags

American Roots Rock

Loc: Father Demo Sq – 6th Ave. and Bleecker St., Manhattan

2/3 Goat

Americana
Loc: Church St. and Murray St., Manhattan

Brian Mackey

Pop Rock
Loc: 6th Ave. and W 43rd St., Manhattan

Diamonds from Jupiter

R&B and Soul

Loc: 6th Ave. and 52nd St., Manhattan

Nikki Briar

Country Rock
Loc: Trinity Place and Exchange Alley, Manhattan

 EPOCH FAILURE

Urban Pop
Loc: Commodore Barry Rest Area

Cheer NY

Cheer Squad

Loc: 6th Ave. and 32nd St. and Queensboro Bridge Entry Ramp, Manhattan

ANGELA MISSY BILLUPS

Gospel

Loc: Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and W. 125th St., Manhattan

Inner Roots

Reggae

Loc: 135th St. and 5th Ave., Manhattan

Bomba Yo

World Music

Loc: 138th St. and Rider Ave., The Bronx

Street Beats Brass band

Brass Band

Loc: FDR Dr. and approx. 68th St., Manhattan

Apple Bonkers

Classic Rock and R&B

Loc: Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

 

Ola Fresca

World Music

Loc: Astoria Park, Queens

HANNA BARAKAT

Rock/Pop/Middle Eastern

Loc: 6th Ave. and W 55th St., Manhattan

Giant Flying Turtles

Alternative

Loc: Vernon Blvd. and 41st Ave., Queens

Dancin’ Machine

’70s

Loc: conEd Learning Center Rest Area., Queens

Dragonfly 13

Funk
Loc: 37th Ave. and 21st St., Queens

Triskelion Arts

Dance and Circus Arts

Loc: Franklin St. and Calyer St., Brooklyn

The Rusty Guns

Country

Loc: Kent Ave. and N. 14th St., Brooklyn

Bonnie Brae Knights

Drumline

Loc: Flushing Ave. and Clermont St., Brooklyn

MUSIC WITH A MESSAGE

Choir Group

Loc: Start Line Stage

Bandulos

Cover Band

Loc: Finish Festival, Staten Island

DJ Luis

DJ

Loc: Bay St. Water Stop, Staten Island

RUDE BOY GEORGE

80’s/Ska/Reggae

11th Street and 47th Ave., Queens

MACK & SOUL

Loc: Finish Festival

Not riding this year? Come out to cheer on the 32,000 riders and enjoy the music along the route!

Along the Route

The 40-mile, car-free Tour begins in Lower Manhattan (the start line is at Franklin St. and Church St., with entrance points for each of the four start waves running south along Church to Battery Park), 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. Here’s a printable map.

Rest Areas, Toilets, & Water Stations

Four rest areas and three water stations located along the route provide cyclists with snacks and water. All rest areas and water stops feature toilets, water, and bike repair. Rest areas include food and sponsorship activations.

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 and stationed at Rest Areas to attend to medical needs.

Strava

Strava is the official cycling app of Bike New York! Visit the TD Five Boro Bike Tour route map on Strava to get a detailed, turn-by-turn map of the event. You can even download the route to your Garmin or smartphone*. And if you’re looking for training partners or some company on the ride, check out the Bike New York club on Strava.
 
Don’t forget to upload your tour to Strava! All participating Strava cyclists will be entered to win 10 great prizes, like a Fitbit SurgeStrava Premium membership and Greenblender smoothie kit.
 
Using Strava during the Tour will also provide us with valuable data to improve the event experience.

 

*Want to store the route on your phone? Here’s how:

1) Visit the route map on Strava. Be sure you have registered and are logged in.

2) Star the route by clicking the star next to the route name.

3) When you are ready to ride, open the app, select “Profile” and tap on “Routes.”

4) Find the TD Five Boro Bike Tour route and select “Use Route” to start your ride.

5) That’s it! Enjoy your five borough adventure.

Bike Repair

Bike repair will be provided at all rest areas, water stops, and the Start Area and Finish Festival. Labor is free, but there is a charge for parts. We strongly recommend that you bring an extra bike tube, and check your bike before the Tour.
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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, we partner with the NYC Compost Project and GrowNYC to provide recycling and composting stations at each rest area and the Finish Festival.

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. We suggest that those riders who are driving to the Tour park on Staten Island and take the ferry to the Start. Find more info here.

Photos

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

SEE YOUR PHOTOS

 

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.

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 to different start waves, please ride together in a later wave.

 

Start Wave 1

  • Departs: 7:30AM
  • Recommended Arrival Time: 6:30-7:15AM
  • Access Start Corridor via Chambers or Warren.

Start Wave 2

  • Departs: 8:10AM
  • Recommended Arrival Time: 7:10AM-7:55AM
  • Access Start Corridor via Barclay (West side only) or Vesey or Dey (East side only).

Start Wave 3

  • Departs: 8:45AM
  • Recommended Arrival Time: 7:45AM-8:30AM
  • Access Start Corridor via Cedar or Rector.

Start Wave 4

  • Departs: 9:20AM
  • Recommended Arrival Time: 8:20-9:05AM
  • Access Start Corridor (in pink in the map above) via Battery Place, Bowling Green, or Morris (East side only).

Bag Restrictions

No bags with shoulder straps (including backpacks and hydration packs), no panniers or bags that hang on the side of your bike, no covered baskets, and no bags over 420 cubic inches. Here’s some more info.

 

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 use your cell phone while riding.
  • Do not ride against the flow of the Tour.
  • 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 April 29 (10AM-8PM) & April 30 (9AM-6PM), 2016, at Pier 36 at Basketball City—299 South Street, New York, NY 10002.

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. Your barcode will be emailed to you in April and/or texted to you a few days prior to the Expo.
  • If you do not receive your barcode email, you should come to the Expo to pick up your packet as usual; please bring your ID with you. Please note that not bringing a barcode with your ID could result in delayed service.
  • 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 or digital display (on a smartphone or tablet) of the barcode for the individual whose packet you are picking up. The barcode will be emailed to all registrants in late April.

Individuals (including non-riders) can pick up a maximum of 5 proxy packets.

Staten Island Ferry

Note that due to construction there will be NO PARKING at the Staten Island Ferry. Click here for information about alternative parking options.

 

Expanded morning service on Tour Day is provided to ensure that cyclists get from Staten Island 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. We recommend taking the following ferries (times indicate departure from Staten Island), according to your assigned start wave:

  • START 1
    • 5:30AM, 6:00AM, 6:30AM
  • START 2
    • 6:30AM, 7:00AM, 7:15AM
  • START 3
    • 7:15AM, 7:30AM
  • START 4
    • 8:00AM, 8:15AM, 8:30AM

Lodging

We’ve 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—and the best part about it is that a portion of the proceeds from rooms booked through onPeak fund our free bike education programs.

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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. Also, the NYC 2016 Bike Map is a great resource for mapping your ride.

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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. Check the schedule for changes as Tour day approaches.

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Path Train (from New Jersey)

  • PATH trains bound for the World Trade Center Station in lower Manhattan (near the start) leave every 10-20 minutes on Sundays, and travel times depend on your station origin.
  • The fare is $2.75, payable by MetroCard.
  • Bikes are not permitted on the first car of the train.
  • Path does not recommend bringing bikes on escalators. They advise travelers with bicycles to please use stations that have elevators to transport their bikes, or use stairs.
  • For up-to-date information, system map, station locations, and parking details, visit http://www.panynj.gov/path/ or dial 1-800-234-PATH.

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 attempt to distribute themselves evenly throughout the train to facilitate the flow of customers boarding and disembarking at stations.
  • 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

  • Take Metro North to Grand Central Station at East 42nd St. and Park Ave.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For more information on departure times and station locations, visit www.mta.info/mnr.

Parking

Bike New York has partnered with Parking Panda to make finding and reserving parking spaces easier for Tour participants. Through this partnership, a portion of the proceeds fund our free bike education programs.

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NY Waterway (From Jersey City)

NY Waterway will provide ferry service from Paulus Hook in Jersey City to the World Financial Center Terminal in downtown Manhattan.

  • $4 one way, plus a $1 bicycle surcharge
  • The bicycle surcharge will be waived until 8:30AM.
  • Service starts at 6AM.
  • Ferries depart every 15 minutes.