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SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2023

 

Next year’s TD Five Boro Bike Tour is scheduled for Sunday, May 7. Registration opens at noon on January 11, 2023!

On Sunday, May 7, cyclists of all skill levels will 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 NYC.

 

Produced in conjunction with the City of New York, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is a charitable ride that funds free bike education programs reaching thousands of New Yorkers each year. When you ride with Bike New York, you’re helping us in our mission to empower more New Yorkers with the skills to ride safely and confidently on city streets.

Registration for the 2023 TD Five Boro Bike Tour opens at noon on Wednesday, January 11, 2023! Sign up to our newsletter to get the latest updates.

Standard (Adult & Youth)

Standard registration for adults and youths costs $129, plus processing fees, $27 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 (bib & bike plate) – this is your key to enter and participate in the Tour
  • Snacks and entertainment at rest areas along the route
  • Fully supported route with additional water stops
  • Access to free bike repair along the route provided by Trek
  • Access to SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles
  • Entry to the Finish Festival on Staten Island
  • Digital finisher certificate

VIP (Adult & Youth)

VIP registration for adults and youths costs $400, plus processing fees, $84 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
  • Choice of two limited-edition TD Five Boro Bike Tour jerseys produced by Primal Wear
  • Custom, limited-edition Tour-branded Manhattan Portage bag*
  • Breakfast and entertainment at the Start
  • Timed climb over the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge
  • Access to exclusive VIP lounge and gourmet lunch at the Finish Festival

 

*Note that the Manhattan Portage bag is included in VIP registration. A limited number of bags will be available for purchase at the Finish Festival and online after the Tour.

Charity

The cost of charity registration depends on your selected charity. Charity registration includes:

  • All standard registration perks
  • Guaranteed placement in the first start wave
  • Breakfast at the Start
  • Lunch at the Finish Festival
  • The satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped further the cause of Bike New York and your chosen charity
  • Whatever other perks are offered by your selected charity

 

WHEN YOU RENT A BIKE WITH UNLIMITED BIKING, THE OFFICIAL RENTAL PARTNER OF BIKE NEW YORK, PROCEEDS HELP FUND OUR BIKE EDUCATION PROGRAM!

Lodging

Discounted room rates are available for TD Five Boro Bike Tour participants. Room availability is limited, and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

We’ll update this page after registration for the 2023 Tour opens.

Driving & Parking

We recommend that participants driving to the TD Five Boro Bike Tour carpool and park in Staten Island in the morning. Parking will be easier, and you’ll avoid waiting for the ferry at the end of the day. If you park on the street, please observe all posted parking restrictions. Cars parked along the Tour Route will be towed.

 

Stay tuned for more information on specific parking options as the Tour approaches.

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.

Subway

Note that some subway stations do not accommodate bikes. The MTA requests that participants do not bring bikes on the L/M/G trains. 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)

  • From Hoboken, take the PATH train toward 33rd St. and get off at the Christopher St. stop. From Newark, Journal Square, Grove St. and Exchange Pl., take the 33rd St/HOB train and get off at the Christopher St. stop. From Christopher St. connect with the West Side Highway bike path and ride south to your correct start wave entrance.
  • The fare is $2.75, payable by MetroCard.
  • Bikes are not permitted on the first car of the train.
  • Note that you will need to use stairs to get to street level, so be prepared to carry your bike.
  • For up-to-date information, system map, station locations, and parking information, visit www.panynj.gov or dial 1-800-234-PATH.
  • Note that weekend service changes on the NWK-WTC line will be in effect. See Port Authority’s Stay on Track page for details.

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, updates, and departure times and station locations, visit www.mta.info/lirr.
  • Note that there are weekend service changes affecting the Jamaica-Hicksville line.

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 will remain with a maximum of eight bikes per train.
    • Off-peak fares apply.
  • For more information on departure times and station locations, visit www.mta.info/mnr.

NYC Ferry

For participants planning to travel from the Finish Festival via NYC Ferry’s St. George route – which connects St. George to Battery Park City and West 39th Street on Manhattan’s Westside – please remember that while bicycles are welcome onboard, there is limited bicycle capacity. Bicycle capacity on NYC Ferry vessels is limited to 8-10  bikes per ferry. Participants traveling via NYC Ferry are encouraged to check the NYC Ferry app or ferry.nyc for updated schedules and service alerts, and be prepared to wait if boarding with a bicycle.

 

One-way NYC Ferry tickets are $2.75 for individuals and $3.75 for individuals traveling with a bicycle. Remember to select the bike option when purchasing your ticket and an additional $1.00 surcharge will be applied. Suitcase-sized folding bikes that can be kept with the rider while traveling will not be charged.

NY Waterway (From Jersey City)

Ferry service information will be provided closer to the date of the Tour.

While you're in NYC...

If you’re coming to New York City for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, then make sure to check out the nycgo.com for official visitor information to help you plan your trip! The guide is a great resource for everything you need to know regarding where to stay, eat, drink and play while you’re in town.

 

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Our mission: We unlock the life-changing effects of cycling through education initiatives offered to the public at no cost. Here’s just a handful of the programs you’ll sustain when you ride in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour.

We believe that knowledge is power.

Bike New York provides a completely free, year-round curriculum of classes for children and adults at every stage of their cycling journeys, from first rides and fundamentals to commuting and touring. We pioneered the largest free bike education program of its kind and have inspired similar programs around the country. In 2020 alone, Bike New York’s programming reached over 30,000 people.

 

We’re dedicated to making cycling more inclusive and accessible, and that’s why we hold free classes in all five boroughs at our Community Bike Education Centers. Students are provided with bikes, helmets, and the insights and knowledge of experienced instructors, creating an encouraging environment for building core riding skills—and having a blast while learning!

We respond to the moment.

When COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill, Bike New York was forced to temporarily suspend its in-person programming. Though cycling events came to a halt, the need for bike resources swelled as a huge influx of people turned to cycling for transportation and recreation. We knew we couldn’t slow down.

 

To address the sudden surge in demand for accessible bike education, we pivoted from teaching in the streets to bringing our lessons to the virtual classroom. Since launching our digital education program and Virtual Bike Education Resource Hub in April, we’ve helped hundreds, if not thousands, of students build their bike skills, confidence, and knowhow—and with aspiring cyclists from across the country tuning in to our weekly classes, we’re making a difference far beyond the five boroughs.

We're keeping our neighborhoods green.

Recycle-A-Bicycle is our personal spin on a local bike shop. We’ve called Brooklyn home for well over a decade, so it’s no stretch to say we know the neighborhood.

 

In addition to providing New Yorkers with gear and hosting area service programs, RAB accepts donations of old, used, and broken bikes, which we completely restore, refurbish, and sell. What can’t be repaired is salvaged for parts. This means we’re not just giving thousands of well-loved bikes a second chance: In 2019, RAB reused or repurposed nearly 12 tons of material. That’s the same as saving 77.95 metric tons of CO2e!

“The look of joy on his face when he took off for the first time is something I’ll never forget. I hope every NYC parent learns about this amazing resource and the supportive staff at Bike New York.”

— Robin, parent of a Learn to Ride student

We know that learning to ride can be scary, so we do everything we can to keep things safe and fun.

Bike New York works with local communities and NYC DOT to host Bike Bonanzas, no-cost family activity days made to outfit children and their parents with all the tools they need to pedal proudly. We bring our ever-popular Learn to Ride Class for Kids, DOT’s Vision Zero helmet giveaways and fittings, and bike swaps (for kids to trade their old bikes in and upgrade to the next size) to parks and public spaces across the city. Consider it an all-ages block party with bikes.

We're making cycling accessible where it's needed most.

In July 2019, Bike New York celebrated the opening of Brooklyn’s Shirley Chisholm State Park by launching a free bike share pilot program designed to make exploring nature as easy as checking out a library book. The Bike Library hosts a fleet of 84 bikes (refurbished by graduates of Recycle-A-Bicycle’s Earn-A-Bike program) available for park visitors to “check out” for rides around the grounds in the summer and fall.

 

In the Library’s first three months, park-goers took 8,585 rides along 10 miles of car-free pathways by scenic Jamaica Bay. The cyclists we served came primarily from the surrounding neighborhoods, with 74% of bike share users hailing from Brooklyn. 34% of rides were taken by people under 18 years of age and, excitingly, riders reflected an even gender split. The Library reopened and expanded for the 2020 season, offering New Yorkers a meaningful way to enjoy the outdoors while social distancing and other pandemic restrictions were in place.

We go the extra mile for kids who love their bikes.

We know that one of the best ways to encourage healthy lifestyle choices and regular physical activity in children and young adults is to give them the freedom to explore on two wheels. We partner with Woodhull Hospital, Lincoln Hospital, and New York Cycle Club to produce our Kids’ Ride Club, a friendly, fun group ride program for youth cyclists in low-income neighborhoods. And to challenge kids to see what cycling life is like beyond city limits, we held our inaugural bike touring trip for teenage bike enthusiasts in 2019, a tristate adventure that pushed them out of their comfort zone to prove just what amazing things they could accomplish together.




We help our neighbors tap into their potential.

 

Last year, Bike New York partnered with One Community, a nonprofit dedicated to professional training and employment placement, to pilot an intensive, hands-on bike mechanic training program that helps formerly incarcerated New Yorkers continue down the path of rebuilding their lives through the power of stable employment. The program focuses on the particulars of repair and maintenance for Citi Bikes and prepares participants for a well-paying union job on Citi Bike’s mechanic team. Recycle-A-Bicycle provided 60 hours of instruction, as well as tools, materials, and support, to a cohort of students. Learn more about this program here.

We're working to build the path to a safer future for all street users.

In 2019, Bike New York began a concentrated effort to actively engage in and spearhead local-level advocacy initiatives. Within its first year, projects included:

  • Providing expertise and detail to the City Council’s Streets Master Plan Bill, which passed in October of last year. It commits the city to install 50 miles of protected bike lanes per year starting in 2022, and to measure bike network connectivity.
  • Supplying a broad set of ideas for Mayor de Blasio’s “Green Wave Plan,” issued in July 2019. It raises NYC DOT’s target for protected bike lanes from 20 to 30 miles per year in 2020 and 2021. It also calls for more attention to the quality of barriers along protected bike lanes, bike-speed signal timing, and bike parking.
  • Producing a Bike Network agenda to take advantage of congestion pricing.

And in the summer of 2020, Bike New York launched its new Street Action Now! program to instruct a cohort of students in how to analyze unsafe street conditions, perform a street audit, and work with community boards to provoke real change on their blocks.

Together we ride.

Check out our handy maps for the

2022 TD Five Boro Bike Tour:

*All maps are subject to change. Please refer to this page for the most up-to-date maps and stay tuned for more details on the Start Area and Finish Festival.

Start Wave Map for 2022 TD Five Boro Bike Tour

Start Schedule

In the event that members of your group are assigned to different Start waves, please ride together in the latest Start wave for your group. Riders assigned to later Start waves cannot move to an earlier time. Riders heading southbound to the Start Line must enter their wave via Broadway. Riders heading northbound to the Start Line must enter their wave via the Hudson River Greenway.

 

START 1A (VIP & CHARITY RIDERS) AND START 1B (7:30AM)

Recommended arrival time: 6AM-7AM. If Southbound, Start 1B should enter from Chambers to Duane or from Thomas. If Northbound, Start 1B should enter from Chambers to Bogardus Plaza then Duane.

 

START 2 (8:05AM)

Recommended arrival time: 7:05AM-7:35AM.
If Southbound, enter from Murray. If Northbound, enter from Warren.

 

START 3 (8:40AM)

Recommended arrival time: 7:40AM-8:10AM.
If Southbound, enter from Fulton. If Northbound, enter from Vesey.

 

START 4 (9:15AM)

Recommended arrival time: 8:15AM-8:45AM.
If Southbound, enter from Cedar. If Northbound, enter from Albany to Greenwich to Thames.

 

START 5 (9:50AM)

Recommended arrival time: 8:50AM-9:20AM.
If Southbound, enter from Morris. If Northbound, enter from Albany to Greenwich to Rector.

 

START 6 (10:25AM)

Recommended arrival time: 9:25AM-9:55AM.
If Southbound or Northbound, enter from Battery Pl.

 

After a Start wave is released, the line moves up. Please refer to access points for earlier waves. Sixth Ave will reopen to cars at 12:00 PM.

VIP & Charity Breakfast

VIP & Charity Riders access the VIP & Charity breakfast from Canal and Church.

VIP & Charity Entry Points

VIP & Charity Riders in Start Wave 1 should enter from Chambers to Duane or from Thomas. See the streets indicated in red on the Start Wave Map.

2022 TOUR PROGRAM

 

*Note that a revised version of the Tour Program was made available on April 26, 2022. References to a 2:00 PM cut-off time for the BQE have been removed, as the new cut-off time is 3:00 PM.  Additionally, Staten Island parking garage information was expanded.