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May 2, 2021

 

The 43rd Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 3rd. We’ve worked closely with our city partners and, despite our best efforts, we are unable to reschedule the Tour in 2020 due to the impacts and ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19. Our first priority is the health and safety of our riders. More information, including options for registered riders, is available here.

ALL REGISTRATION TIERS SUPPORT FREE BIKE EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS throughout NYC.

Standard Registration

$112

 

  • Fully stocked rest areas
  • Entertainment and live music along the route
  • Access to the Finish Festival at the end of the ride
  • Commemorative Finisher medal
  • Personal rider photo gallery

Standard Registration + BNY MEMBERSHIP

$152

 

  • All the benefits of Standard Registration
  • One year of Bike New York Membership, complete with a whole host of perks
  • Membership T-shirt and enamel pin
  • Access to the Beer Garden at the Finish Festival

VIP Registration

$350

 

  • Official 2020 TD Five Boro Bike Tour registration jersey by Primal Wear and handlebar bag by Manhattan Portage
  • Guaranteed placement in the first Start Wave
  • Timed climb over the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge
  • Breakfast and entertainment at the Start
  • Access to exclusive VIP lounge and gourmet lunch at the Finish Festival

FAQ

Is the 43rd Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour happening in 2020?

Sadly, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 43rd Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour has been cancelled. For the past few months, we have been working tirelessly with our partners in New York City government with the hope of rescheduling the Tour to October. We tried hard to find a viable solution, but the long-term implications of social distancing and the uncertainty around large gatherings post-COVID-19 have made it impossible for us to move forward with a 2020 event.

What is Bike New York doing to “ease the impact” on our riders?

There are three options available to our registered riders:

  • Support our cause: We hope that you will continue to support the Bike New York community by donating your registration fee to support our organization. If we don’t hear from you by June 1, your registration fees will automatically be converted to a tax-deductible donation, and you will receive an acknowledgment at year end. You have our deepest gratitude.
  • Defer registration: We hope that you’ll join us for a future ride, so you may use your 2020 registration fee towards a ride in one of the next three years (2021, 2022 or 2023). To do so, please click here.
  • Request a Refund: We understand that these are difficult times, and if converting your registration fee to a donation or deferring to another year is not possible, please email us directly at supportingourfriends@bike.nyc before June 1, 2020 to request a 50% refund of your entry fee. You will receive an automatic email confirmation with a link to a website where you will be asked to provide your information by June 15, 2020. Once we’ve received all necessary information, you will receive your refund by the end of June via the payment method used at registration, minus processing fees.

Regretfully, we are unable to provide a 100% refund as registration fees help cover the cost of pre-paid, non-refundable event expenses. If you choose a refund, please follow the instructions and deadlines above. Otherwise, your registration will automatically be converted into a charitable contribution as noted above.

 

To all 2020 registrants:

Whether you choose to donate, defer, or receive a refund, we hope you will join us on October 4, 2020 to participate in a free virtual Tour–one small way we’re striving to keep our community connected, no matter where in the world you ride. Details will be sent out in a separate communication.

 

All 2020 registrants will also receive a one-time 15% discount for either the 2021 or 2022 Discover Hudson Valley Ride or Twin Lights Ride.

How do I arrange deferment of my Tour registration?

Registered 2020 riders are invited to pre-register for either the 2021, 2022, or 2023 Tour by June 1, 2020. Please visit this link.

 

After selecting the year of your choice, you will receive an automatic email confirmation.  In September, you will receive additional communication that contains your link to the official registration page.

 

Registration for deferring riders will run from October 1 – October 14, 2020.

Can I receive a full refund of my Tour registration fee?

The registration fee is ordinarily non-refundable, even if the Tour is cancelled.  This policy is outlined in the Tour Waiver signed during registration for the Tour. If you would like to review the terms and conditions, they can be found here.

 

The refund policy is in place as most of the Tour expenses have already been incurred, including bike plates, bibs, helmet covers, credit card processing fees, signage, timing chips, permit fees, medals, storage fees, promotional expenses, and staff compensation as well as fees paid to multiple companies who have been working for months on the Tour.

 

Additionally, Bike New York is a non-profit organization that relies on the Tour to fund its bike education programs year-round. However, we understand that COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our nation and the world, and that many of our riders have been severely impacted. If you prefer a refund, we will send you a 50% refund by the end of June using the same method as you paid at registration.

 

Bike New York has already implemented painful cost-saving measures, including layoffs and salary reductions, and we will have to drastically reduce our free bicycle education programming as a result of COVID-19. We ask that participants consider the impact on the community and on our organization before selecting the refund option.

What does Bike New York do with the non-refundable portion of Tour registration fees?

Organizing a mass participation event like the TD Five Boro Bike Tour requires a high degree of advance preparation. Efforts to plan the 2020 Tour began in earnest in June of 2019 and, consequently, most of the expenses for the anticipated event were incurred well before the emergence of the pandemic.

 

The non-refundable portion of registration fees is needed to cover costs already incurred from planning and preparing for the 2020 Tour and to support the year-round charitable training and safety programs that Bike New York provides.

  • At its core, the Tour is a fundraiser for Bike New York, powering our mission to provide New Yorkers with the largest free bicycle education program in the country, as well as our community work across the five boroughs and calendar of local and regional events.  The Tour funds 85% of Bike New York’s operations.
  • Additionally, through our Charity Partner Program, the Tour also serves as a fundraiser for 60 other important charities.
  • Bike New York is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Here is a sample of what we do with the money you contribute through the Tour and our other events:
    • Provide free bicycles to hundreds of children from underserved communities
    • Execute an innovative partnership with the Department of Education that brings bike safety classes into the curriculum for thousands of middle school students throughout the five boroughs
    • Provide specialized instruction for autistic students and their families
    • Train formerly incarcerated residents of Brooklyn to become bike mechanics and offer them job placement assistance–most participants in our pilot program were hired by Citi Bike.

Bike New York is a small charity with a big mission. We have no endowment to fall back on and must raise money for our operating budget each year.

How are the monies from registration fees allocated?

TD Five Boro Bike Tour and Bike New York Event Production Department – 32.84%

  • 30.1% Participation Costs – Rider Identification Kits, Volunteer Vests, Participant Packets, Time Tracking Components, Medals, etc. – ordered six months in advance
  • 38.43% Staffing and Personnel Costs directly related to events
  • 14.9% Operating Costs – including warehouse rent to store supplies used during the Tour – majority has already been committed
  • 6.78% Insurance (a fixed and contracted expense), but which does not cover cancellation of the event
  • 9.8% Advertising & Marketing Costs (the majority of which is committed during the registration launch period)

Bike Education Programs – 32.86% – we served over 33,000 New Yorkers in 2019

Bike New York Operational Costs – 34.3% (including rent, staff salaries, and benefits)

As a participant, do I need to do anything in order to initiate a refund?

Yes. On May 6, you received an email from Bike New York that contains a link to a page where you can designate how your 2020 entry fees will be reallocated – as a deferred registration applicable to the 2021, 2022, or 2023 Tour, or a full charitable donation to fund Bike New York’s important community work.

 

If you choose to request a refund, please email us directly at supportingourfriends@bike.nyc any time before June 1, 2020. You will then receive an automatic email confirmation that will include a link to a website where you can input your information by June 15, 2020.

 

Once this is completed, you will receive your 50% refund by the end of June via the payment method used at registration, minus processing fees. Please note: those who don’t respond by June 15, 2020 will, by default, donate their registration fee to Bike New York.

If I converted my registration fee into a tax-deductible contribution, what percentage of the contribution is deductible?

If you registered with a standard entry, 100% of your registration fee (minus processing fees) will become a tax-deductible donation. If you registered as a VIP, $201 is tax deductible after deducting the combined value of the VIP jersey ($92, which includes shipping) and bag ($57, which includes shipping) from your total registration fee. For information about when you will receive your bag and jersey, view “I registered as a VIP. Will I still receive my jersey and bag?”

As a participant, do I need to do anything to initiate a deferral to 2021, 2022, or 2023?

Yes. On May 6, you were sent a letter from Bike New York that contained a link that will drive you to a page where you can choose the deferral option, as well as the desired year for deferral, by June 1, 2020. After selecting the year of your choice, you will receive a confirmation email within one week.

 

At the end of September, you will receive an additional communication that contains your link to the official registration page. Registration for deferring riders will run from October 1 – October 14, 2020.

If I’m unable to defer to the 2021, 2022, or 2023 Tour, can I defer to another Bike New York event?

Yes. On October 1, 2020, Bike New York will send you a link to a page where you will initiate the deferment of your 2020 registration to one of the following:

  • 2021 Discover Hudson Valley Ride
  • 2021 Twin Lights Ride
  • 2022 Discover Hudson Valley Ride
  • 2022 Twin Lights Ride

I purchased event insurance from Allianz Insurance during registration on imATHLETE. Can I get my money back?

If you purchased insurance during registration, you may file a claim with the insurance provider, Allianz Insurance, to request a refund of your registration fees. You may also call them directly at 888-497-6987.

 

You’ll need to have your Tour registration confirmation number handy so you can provide it to them when requested. You can find your confirmation number in your registration receipt or on the Tour participant page.

 

Please note that Allianz Insurance, and not Bike New York, determines the outcome of all claims submitted to them.

I purchased a jersey during Tour registration. Will I receive the jersey?

Most jerseys ordered during Tour registration will have been sent to each rider’s registered address by the end of April. VIP entrants should receive their jerseys by June 5. Jerseys and shorts ordered on or before April 14 from Primal Wear’s website should be delivered by June 5. Orders after April 14 will be fulfilled in bulk, so we are unable to provide an exact delivery date.

 

As you know, the COVID-19 situation has disrupted supply chains and shipping throughout the world, so there may be delays that are beyond our control.

I registered as a VIP. Will I still receive my jersey and bag?

Yes, you will receive your jersey and bag as separate mailings at no additional cost. Your jersey will ship directly from our partner Primal Wear, and your VIP bag will ship from the warehouse.

I registered for Membership plus Tour entry. Can I receive a refund for membership and the Tour entry?

First, thank you for your generous support. We are grateful for your Membership. If you choose to defer your Tour registration, you will be guaranteed a spot in the first Start Wave. If you choose to contribute your registration to Bike New York as a donation, we are doubly thankful. You are helping to support a generation of healthier, safer cyclists.

 

If you need to ask us for a refund of your TD Five Boro BikeTour registration fee, we will send you a 50% refund (minus processing fees). However, we cannot refund your Membership fee.

I registered for the special packet mailing option. Will I receive a refund?

Yes, you will automatically receive a refund issued to the method of payment used for purchase, minus processing fees.

I booked hotel accommodation via onPeak. Will I be charged for the hotel room(s) I booked?

By now, you should have received an email from onPeak informing you of the cancellation of your reservation. If you did not, please contact onPeak at (877) 766-6748 or 5borobiketour@onpeak.com.

I booked my Tour entry via a tour operator. Will I get my money back?

Questions regarding bookings made via tour operators must be directed to the tour operator you used to book your entry into the Tour.

I’m not familiar with Bike New York’s mission. What do you do and who do you serve?

  1. Most recently, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we donated thousands of ponchos and gloves from our TD Five Boro Bike Tour storage warehouse to local hospitals.
  2. Bike New York is proud to run the nation’s largest free bicycle education program; we served over 33,000 New Yorkers in 2019. Programming highlights have included:
  • We host after school and summer camp programs in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs, providing thousands of children, including those who might otherwise never have the chance to learn how to ride, with the opportunity to experience the joy and freedom of bicycling.
  • We launched an innovative partnership with the NYC Department of Education to introduce bike safety classes into the curriculum for thousands of middle school students.
  • We work with other organizations serving youth in low-income communities, helping them use bicycles as tools to explore New York City beyond their own neighborhoods as well as areas outside city limits–just last year, we held our inaugural tristate overnight bike touring trip for youth riders.
  • We provide specialized instruction for autistic students and their families, unlocking a powerful outlet that connects them with friends, classmates, and the broader cycling community.
  • We created an employment initiative designed for formerly incarcerated people, enrolling participants in an intensive mechanic training program at our Recycle-A-Bicycle shop and offering job placement assistance through our partnership with Citi Bike.
  • In partnership with the State of New York, we opened New York’s first-ever “Bike Library,” giving visitors to Shirley Chisholm State Park and members of the surrounding neighborhoods access to bikes free of charge.
  • Through our Gear Femmes program, we’ve built an inclusive, affirming community that welcomes women cyclists and contributes to closing the gender gap in New York City’s ridership.
  • We salvage, repair, refurbish, and sell almost 2,000 broken and unwanted bikes each year, thus diverting more than 45,000 pounds of waste from the City’s landfills. This program allows us to provide more affordable bikes to a community that needs affordable transportation options.
  • We’re on the ground in every borough, advocating for better bike infrastructure and safer streets for all who ride and walk.
  • Click here for more information about Bike New York’s adult education programs
  • Click here for more information about Bike New York’s youth education programs

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 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. Click here to download a PDF version of the 2019 map. The 2020 map is coming soon!

 

Rest Areas, Toilets, & Water Stations

Four Rest Areas and four Water Stations located along the route provide cyclists with snacks and water. All Rest Areas and Water Stations feature toilets, water, and bike repair. Rest Areas include food, sponsorship activations, and entertainment.

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.

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 provide recycling and composting stations at each Rest Area and at 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.

 

Lost & Found

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

Contact us

Strava

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.

Shortcut

Please note that the tail of the Tour will be traveling just over 6 miles per hour. Riders at the back of the pack may be directed to take a shortcut that bypasses the Astoria Park Rest Area and leads directly to the Con Ed Learning Center Rest Area, trimming four miles off the route.

 

Due to the street closure schedule, all riders must be on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) by 2:00PM; otherwise, your Tour will end in Brooklyn at mile 28. Please be mindful of the time you spend at the Rest Areas. If you do not make it to the BQE in time, see “Leaving the Tour” below.

Leaving the Tour

If you need to leave the Tour for any reason, we recommend doing so at the following locations. If you leave the Tour, you will be riding with motorized traffic and will have to watch for cars and road hazards.

 

  • Mile 14: York Ave. and 63rd St. (Manhattan) This is your last chance to exit the Tour in Manhattan. If you don’t want to continue, travel straight on 63rd St. after the Tour exits the FDR Drive. Do not take the lefthand turn onto the ramp of the Queensboro (59th St.) Bridge.
  • Mile 27: Brooklyn Bridge Before the Tour enters the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE), you can leave the Tour at Old Fulton St. and Cadman Plaza West and take the Brooklyn Bridge bike path into downtown Manhattan. Marshals on the Brooklyn side will direct you. (This exit point is recommended for those traveling with children.)
  • Subway The Tour passes near many subway stations. Bikes are allowed on the subway, but some unstaffed subway stations have turnstiles that do not accommodate bikes. Marshals and Information Tents at Rest Areas can provide more details on which stations to use. Visit www.mta.info for up-to-date info.

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 delicious local vendors. Trust us—after putting in that many miles, you’re gonna be hungry.

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.

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Our Charity Partners ride in support of important causes. Click on a logo below to learn more about their work and join their team.

2020 Charity Partners

At this time, we are no longer accepting applications into the 2020 TD Five Boro Bike Tour Charity Partner Program. If you would like to receive an application for the 2021 Charity Partner Program, please click here and submit your information. All applications are emailed in early September.

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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 is the largest bike ride in the U.S., with proceeds funding our free bike education programs. Last year alone, we taught more than 28,000 kids and adults. 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.

 

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You can support Bike New York and promote your business at the Tour by becoming an exhibitor at the Finish Festival or purchasing ad space in the Tour program.

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