Five Boro Bike Tour Hero
Volunteer at Bike New York
Volunteer Opportunity

TD Five Boro Bike Tour

Join us at America’s largest charitable bike ride!

Overview

Every May, 32,000 cyclists from every state in the nation and dozens of countries around the world roll into New York City for a tour of the Big Apple unlike any other. We rely on a small army of more than 2,000 volunteers to ensure that our riders have the best experience possible. From handing out bananas to helping a fellow cyclist fix a flat, there’s a job for everyone. Plus, we offer some great volunteer incentives.

 

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Important Details

Date: The first Sunday in May

Duration of shift: 5-12 hours, depending on role

Location: New York City – all five boroughs

Age Restriction: Volunteers must be 16 or older on the day of the Tour.

Registration: All volunteers must register in advance of the Tour.

Perks: Complimentary breakfast and/or lunch, commemorative T-shirt, opportunity to register for next year’s Tour before public registration opens, 50% off the registration fee for the Discover Hudson Valley or Twin Lights Ride, a chance to win tons of great prizes, and the satisfaction of knowing you played an integral role in making the world’s biggest charitable bike ride the world’s best bike ride.

 

Volunteer Positions

Course Marshal

  • Duration of shift: 5-7 hours, between 6:00AM and 4:00PM
  • Bike-riding skills are not required, but a basic understanding of cycling is helpful.
  • Strong people skills a must
  • Must attend a mandatory training and orientation session, which will be offered several times in mid-April.

Course Marshals are positioned along and on the course to help ensure the safety of our riders, relay important information, and shuttle light supplies to and fro.

 

On Tour day, Course Marshals meet at their assigned post, receive instructions from their Captain, and have breakfast. Course Marshals then report to their assigned positions throughout the City. Some Course Marshals will ride within their zone to transport light equipment such as flags and bullhorns. As the Tour passes, Course Marshals direct riders and communicate safety concerns and general information. Lunch is also provided.

 

Responsibilities: Course Marshals work in a team under the supervision of a Captain. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: alerting participants to upcoming road conditions, assisting with crowd control and road emergencies, encouraging slow riders, and providing information to participants, spectators, and residents along the route.

Rider Assist Marshal

  • Duration of shift: Approximately 5:00AM – 4:30PM
  • Experienced cyclists only
  • Must have strong people skills, know how to fix a flat, and have a basic understanding of bike repair.
  • Must attend a mandatory training and orientation session, which will be offered several times in mid-April.

Rider Assist Marshals play a crucial role in keeping the Tour running smoothly and safely. These experienced cyclists provide assistance to riders along the route.

 

On Tour day, Rider Assist Marshals meet at their assigned post in lower Manhattan, receive instructions from their Captain, and have breakfast. At the Start Area, Rider Assist Marshals provide information and help with crowd control until their designated start time on the course. Rider Assist Marshals then proceed along the course, stopping to give assistance to riders wherever needed. At the end of the Tour, Rider Assist Marshals check out at the Finish Festival in Staten Island and enjoy lunch.

 

Responsibilities: Rider Assist Marshals work under the supervision of a Captain. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: crowd control, providing riders with important information, helping riders with flat and bike repair, responding to road emergencies, providing information to participants, encouraging slow riders, and assisting riders boarding SAG (support and gear) vehicles. Rider Assist Marshals also help Captains and Course Marshals along the Tour who are in need of assistance.

Event Day Support

  • Duration of shift: 5-7 hours, between 6:00AM and 4:00PM (except for Central Park volunteers, whose shifts last from 7:00AM until 11:00AM)
  • Bike-riding skills are not required.
  • Volunteer groups are welcome.

Responsibilities & Roles: Event Day Volunteers work in teams under the direction of a Captain. Responsibilities include but are not limited to setting up, serving snacks and beverages at Rest Areas and Water Stations, assisting riders at Information Areas, providing information to spectators and community members, and working at the Finish Festival on Staten Island. Event Day Volunteers can select from the following posts, but may be asked to perform other tasks as needed:

Start Area at Battery Park: Set up equipment and supplies, provide information, direct and assist riders, clean up and strike.

VIP Hospitality at Start Line: Set up equipment and supplies, provide information, direct and assist riders, clean up and strike.

Rest Areas and Water Stations: Set up the Rest Area or Water Station, greet and assist cyclists, distribute snacks and water, help cyclists and spectators at Information Tents, direct traffic flow, and clean up after the Tour passes. All Rest Areas and Water Stations are accessible by public transportation, and parking is available on a limited basis.

Central Park: Redirect park users while the Tour is in progress. Knowledge of Central Park is helpful. This is a comparatively short shift (7:00-11:00AM).

Finish Festival (Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island): volunteer check-in/out, volunteer lunch tent, VIP area, merchandise tent, water stations, crowd handlers, shuttle bus host, and cleanup.

 

A shuttle bus will run from the Staten Island Ferry to the Finish Festival, and parking is available as well.

Pre-Tour Support

  • Duration of shift: 5-7 hours
  • No riding or bike skills are required.
  • Volunteer groups are welcome.

Responsibilities & Roles: Pre-Tour Volunteers work in teams under the direction of a Captain, and are assigned to specific tasks as needed. Volunteers can select from the following locations/roles:

Finish Festival Set-up (Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island – Saturday, May 2): Set up tables, chairs, signs, and small tents. Lunch provided with 5 hour shift.

Flyer Distribution (arranged with Bike New York and completed in the weeks leading up to the Tour): Distribute flyers in communities impacted by the Tour, including drop-offs at police precincts, public buildings, major apartment complexes, parking garages, and retail establishments.