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About Bike New York

About Us

Bike New York empowers New Yorkers to transform their lives and their communities through bicycling. Our vision is to increase ridership, to empower youth to lead healthy, productive lives, to remove barriers to cycling, and to advocate for and expand services to reach more New Yorkers.

What We Do

We offer free bike education programs throughout the five boroughs, whereby we teach kids and adults how to ride a bike, and how to do so safely and confidently in the city. In 2020 alone, we taught bike skills to more than 30,000 New Yorkers. Bike New York organizes numerous annual events, including the TD Five Boro Bike Tour (the largest charitable bike ride in the U.S.), Bike Expo New York, and smaller regional and community rides.

Bike Education Programs
1977 Five Boro Bike Tour in the bronx

Our Story

The history of Bike New York begins with the Five Boro Bike Tour, which started as an audacious plan to take a group of high schoolers on a ride across New York City.


Beginning in 1977, the American Youth Hostels and the NYC Board of Education initiated a high school training program that culminated in a challenge: 50 participating students were asked to pedal through all five boroughs in a single day. It was the first Five Boro Bike Tour, then known as the Five Boro Challenge, and it began with 250 total riders. Every year since, on the first Sunday in May, we welcome 32,000 cyclists from every state in the nation and more than 60 countries around the world to NYC for an experience of the Big Apple unlike any other.


Cycling is a zero-emissions activity, but a large-scale ride like the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is not. That’s why, in 2014, we implemented myriad initiatives to make the Tour as green as it can be and to set the bar high for sustainably produced events.

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Bike New York is the City’s leading proponent of cycling and the go-to resource for anyone planning to saddle up and hit the streets. Check out past media appearances and download press releases.

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Our Team

Poets, photographers, programmers, thespians—we’re a diverse bunch, but we’re all here for one purpose: to put more butts on bikes. Meet the passionate people that make Bike New York roll.

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