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AUGUST 22, 2021

 

Bike New York and its city government partners are thrilled to announce that the TD Five Boro Bike Tour will once again welcome bike lovers from across New York and around the country on its new date of Sunday, August 22, 2021.

Standard (Adult & Youth)

Standard registration for adults and youths costs $112, $23 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 four rest areas along the route
  • Fully supported route with four 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
  • Free photos provided by Amazon

VIP (Adult & Youth)

VIP registration for adults and youths costs $350, $76.50 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
  • Limited-edition TD Five Boro Bike Tour jersey designed by Bike New York and 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

Standard Plus Membership (Adult & Youth)

Standard Plus Membership registration for adults and youths costs $152, $23 of which is a tax-deductible charitable donation to Bike New York to fund our free bike education programs. Standard Plus Membership registration includes:

  • All standard registration perks
  • Guaranteed placement in the first or second start wave
  • Bike New York Membership benefits, including a welcome kit, discounts on merchandise and our Regional Rides, and so much more!

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 offered by your selected charity

For more information, see our Charity Partners.

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

Lodging

We’re pleased to offer courtesy room blocks with special discounted rates at select hotels. Room availability is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis; we will be adding hotels to this list as we finalize details:

 

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge | Click here to make a reservation | Deadline to book and receive discounted rates is 7/20/21.

 

Hilton Garden Inn, Tribeca | Click here to make a reservation | Deadline to book and receive discounted rates is 7/31/21.

 

Holiday Inn Express, Wall Street | Click here to make a reservation | Deadline to book and receive discounted rates is 7/31/21.

 

Holiday Inn, Wall Street | Click here to make a reservation | Deadline to book and receive discounted rates is 7/31/21.

 

Holiday Inn, Seaport | Click here to make a reservation | Deadline to book and receive discounted rates is 7/31/21.

 

Gild Hall, Financial District | Click here to make a reservation | Deadline to book and receive discounted rates is 8/02/21.

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.

 

Due to ongoing construction, there will be limited parking in the Staten Island Ferry lots, but don’t worry, there are plenty of nearby alternatives. Click here for parking options.

 

Morning Ferry service on Tour Day will depart every 30 minutes 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 and masks are required. We will provide recommended departure times for each wave start at a later date, so please check back here frequently

PARKING OPTIONS

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.

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.

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; and
    • off-peak fares apply.
  • For more information on departure times and station locations, visit www.mta.info/mnr.

NY Waterway (From Jersey City)

NY Waterway will provide ferry service from Harborside in Jersey City to the Brookfield Place/Battery Park City Terminal in downtown Manhattan. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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.

On Sunday, August 22, 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 the Big Apple. 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. In response to the pandemic, our programming went virtual—we taught more than 30,000 kids and adults critical bike skills in 2020 alone. 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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Want to ride for your favorite cause? Bike New York has partnered with several nonprofits that are bringing riders together to raise funds for charity. Check out the organizations we’re working with below, and click to join a team!

21-Day Training Plan

Need a little push to get you back in the saddle? We’ve teamed up with Heather Milton, Sports Health expert at our official healthcare partner, NYU Langone, to create a 21-day training plan you can use for any bike challenge you might be taking on. Made for cyclists of all skill levels and perfect for riders looking to kickstart their fitness routines after an extended period of
lower activity.

 

Learn more about the Sports Health services at NYU Langone or schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

 

Schedule an Appointment

 

Get ready, get set… get cycling!

 

But first, let’s talk through some key pre-ride prep that’ll get your body and mind to roll.

Step 1: Slowly build mileage. 

The old saying “slow and steady wins the race” is a safe and conservative way to gradually increase your fitness routine, which will keep you from hitting the wall during competition—whether you’ve got plans to take on a century or a 40-mile ride through the 5 boroughs (hint, hint).

 

If you’re planning to clip in for the fun filled tour through NYC’s 5 boroughs this August, it’s a good idea to start training now. Training will help your body prepare well, so you can enjoy the ride and work out any kinks in your gears before the event. The chart below demonstrates a good progression to follow while you’re ramping up your routine.

 

Let’s say you currently average three 30-minute rides to and from work each week. You can start with a fourth ride on the weekend dedicated to progressing the mileage. Then add some stretching and cross training to avoid tightness that can be caused by extra time in that seated position.

21-Day Training Chart

Keep in mind that the 5BBT includes some good hills. On your longer weekend rides, shoot to incorporate some more hilly sections to your rides.

 

If you’re starting your routine with less total time per week than you’d like, don’t stress! It’s okay if you don’t build all the way up to 40 miles on a training ride. In fact, it’s better to progress slow and get 20-30 miles rather than jumping the gun and trying for 40 right away. The course is designed to have fun breaks along the way, so you can rest, rehydrate, and stretch out as needed during the tour.

Step 2: Balance your body. 

Getting your body ride-ready isn’t just something you do while you’re pedaling! There are all kinds of exercises you can do off your bike to help keep you fit and ready for the hills, bridges, and miles in the saddle.  While cycling, the body tends to hold a similar position over an extended time, so some muscles remain in a shortened and tight position while others are in a lengthened or weakened position. Over time, imbalanced muscles can contribute to compensation patterns and overuse injuries.

 

To keep everything balanced and working to its full ability—or to even increase that ability—add some mobility drills to the beginning of your workout to ensure you are getting both a good warm up and getting the range of motion your body needs to move at its best. Check out our recommendations in the gallery below.

 

Walking Lunge

Cat + Cow

Glute Bridge

Foam Rolling

Try 10 repetitions of the following before each workout!

Walking Lunge:

  • Start with feet together. 
  • Step one foot out far in front of you, and bend the back knee down towards the floor as you raise the arms up to the ceiling. 
  • Push off the back leg and swing the back in up and in front of you. 
  • Repeat with the other leg. This is one repetition.

Cat + Cow:

  • Get on your hands and knees with wrists under your shoulders and knees in line with hips.
  • Arch your low back as shown in the left image.
  • Then round your back as shown in right image.
  • Repeat 10 times.

Glute Bridge:

 

  • Begin lying on your back, belly button pulled in towards spine and feet flat, heels pulled in towards hips. 
  • Exhale and squeeze the gluteal (butt muscles) to lift the hips just until the thighs, hips, and shoulders are all in one straight line.
  • Hold for a count of 3 seconds.
  • Progress to single leg bridges when this becomes too easy.

Foam Rolling:

 

As the name suggests, this technique involves rolling the muscles of the thigh, back of leg, hips, and lower leg over a hard foam roller. 

  • Begin at the start of a muscle rather than the belly (i.e. for the hamstring, start just above the knee or just under the buttocks, rather than in the middle of the back of your leg).
  • Roll slowly over the muscle from beginning to end, but not over the knee joint.
  • Remember to breathe!

Step 3: Crosstrain.

It may seem counterintuitive, but stepping out of the clips can actually help you perform better while you’re in ’em. We recommend also working in some resistance training 2-3 days per week, as this will help improve that power during the power phase of the pedal stroke. This requires strength of the core, gluteal muscles, quads, and calves. Resistance training is a great way to build muscular efficiency and strength to help you conquer those climbs.

 

Below are some examples of exercises that have a nice carryover to cycling performance. Start with just 1-2 sets per exercise if you have less experience with resistance training, then build as you get stronger.

 

Single Leg Squat with Trunk Rotation

Step-ups

Lateral Band Walks

Bird Dog

Prone Superman with Shoulder External Rotation

Plank with Hip Extension

Single Leg Squat with Trunk Rotation:

 

  • Stand on one leg. 
  • Engage the lower abdominals and keep your pelvis level.
  • While maintaining a level pelvis, perform a shallow squat. 
  • Slightly rotate your shoulders toward your stance side at the same time you perform the squat.
  • Return to the start position.
  • Repeat 10 times, then switch legs.

Step-Ups:

 

  • Start with your right foot on a step 4-6 inches high.
  • Hold dumbbells at shoulder height.
  • As you step up on the right leg, drive the left knee up and press the weight up to the sky.
  • Next, rotate your body 90 degrees to the left. To step down. Repeat 10 times, then switch legs.

Lateral Band Walks:

  • Begin by tying a resistance band around your thighs. 
  • Perform a mini-squat, keeping your knees in line with your second toe. 
  • Hold the mini squat position as you step out to the right side with your right foot.
  • Be sure to keep your toes facing forward, and push to the right side with your heel, not the toe. 
  • Bring your left foot to meet the right, this is one repetition.
  • Do 10 repetitions.
  • Advanced version: Make the band tighter and put it around your ankles.

Bird Dog:

  • Start on your hands and knees, placing your hands under your shoulders and knees under your hips. 
  • Draw your belly button up towards your spine and extend your opposite arm and leg out as pictured.
  • Return to the start position.
  • Repeat, but this time with the alternate leg and arm.
  • This is considered one repetition. Repeat 10 times.

Prone Superman with Shoulder External Rotation:

  • Lay on your stomach with your shoulders and elbows at 90-degree angles and your thumbs pointing up towards the ceiling.
  • Keeping your pelvis and legs on the ground, lift your chest off the ground while maintaining your arms aligned with your trunk.
  • Hold this position for 2-3 seconds, then return to starting position. Repeat 10 times.

Plank with Hip Extension:

  • Start in a plank position with your shoulders directly over the elbows and hands, draw your belly button in towards your spine, and maintain a flat back. 
  • Continue checking each cue listed in the above bullet (like shifting eyes from mirror to rearview mirror and back while driving).
  • Lift one leg slowly while you maintain abdominal contraction. Repeat on each leg 5 times.

The Sports Health experts at NYU Langone offer state-of-the-art diagnostics for athletes, including Health & Fitness evaluations, Cycle evaluations, VO2 + Lactate analysis, and Nutrition consultations. As our official partner, they are offering all participants exclusive concierge access to their multidisciplinary team—whether you want to improve your performance for race day, have a nagging orthopedic injury, or just need an annual checkup. Fill out an appointment request form below and one of their experts will be in touch to create a customized plan just for you!

Developed by Heather Milton, MS, RCEP, CSCS, Exercise Physiologist Supervisor and Sports Health expert at NYU Langone.

If you would like to cover and/or ride the TD Five Boro Bike Tour as a member of the press, please complete and submit this form. 

FAQ

When is the next TD Five Boro Bike Tour?

The 43rd edition of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour will take place on Sunday, August 22, 2021. If you haven’t yet, please sign up for our monthly newsletter and mailing list (at the top right corner on the homepage of our website) to get updates on all things Bike New York!

When does registration for the 2021 Tour open?

Registration is currently OPEN. To register, please click here.

How much does the Tour cost?

The price for standard registration is $112 (plus processing fees), $22 of which is a tax-deductible charitable donation. VIP registration is $350 (plus processing fees), $73.50 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.

Why am I being charged a processing fee?

The processing fee that you see at the end of your registration is charged by EnMotive, the registration platform we use for the Tour. Fees are charged for the service that is provided and the convenience of using a credit card. These fees do not go to Bike New York, but to the software company and credit card company that is used for the transaction.

Where does the money go?

Proceeds from the Tour fund our free bicycle education programs. In 2020 alone, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we taught bike riding and bike safety skills in our virtual classroom to more than 25,000 kids and adults. Click here to see how we turn your support into action.

I deferred my entry to the 2021 Tour; what do I need to do now?

All riders who deferred their 2020 Tour registration to the 2021 Tour have been sent an email (to the email address associated with their 2020 registration) with instructions on how to register for the 2021 Tour; if you no longer have access to that email address, please contact us at info@bike.nyc. Make sure to include your old email address as well as your new one.

What steps will be taken to prevent COVID-19 transmission to other Tour participants?

To ride in the 2021 Tour, all participants must have one of the following:

  • COVID-19 vaccination certificate or other proof of full vaccination
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of the Tour (this includes all children under the age of 12). Please note: Bike New York will not administer COVID-19 tests; participants are responsible for obtaining their own COVID-19 tests.

 

Proxies may provide this proof as part of a completed Proxy form. Please note that Proxies must also provide their own proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test to enter the Packet Pickup location.

 

If you opted to have your packet mailed to you and did not answer “YES” to the vaccination question during registration, we will reach out to you regarding this. We will not mail packets to unvaccinated riders.

 

In addition, though we will not require participants to wear face masks while riding, we require that you wear one at Packet Pickup and at the Tour Start and Finish areas.

 

Please note that, as mandated by the federal government, masks must be worn on the Staten Island Ferry.

 

We may update our safety guidelines and requirements as the Tour draws closer, so please check back here frequently.

Are riders required to have the Covid-19 vaccine in order to participate?

Riders must have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result within 48 hours of the Tour. See above for more details.

What is the limit on the number of riders allowed on the 2021 Tour due to the pandemic?

In consideration of the challenges posed this year, the longstanding cap of 32,000 riders has been reduced to 20,000.

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.

Can international riders participate in the Tour?

Every year, we welcome cyclists from dozens of countries around the world. For the 2021 Tour, we will comply with all national and international travel guidelines in place up to and at the time of the Tour. International riders will be able to defer their 2021 Tour registration to the 2022 Tour if they are unable to ride in the 2021 Tour due to closed borders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

What kind of bike is allowed on the Tour? Can I use my e-bike?

Any human-powered bike (recumbent, unicycle, tandem, tricycle, etc.) is permitted. Also, as per recent changes to NYC law, you may now use a pedal-assist e-bike in the Tour.

Where can I purchase shorts to match the Limited Edition 2021 Tour jersey?

You can complete your kit by adding shorts (or purchase a jersey if you haven’t already) in Primal Wear’s online shop. Due to the shortened timeline for this year’s Tour, shorts and jerseys will not arrive until after the Tour. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

Why is the jersey I ordered arriving after the Tour?

The 2021 Limited Edition Tour Jerseys are made to order. Production on these jerseys starts months in advance of the Tour so they arrive in time for the event.

Due to the shortened timeline for this year’s Tour, this is not possible. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

Can you mail me my rider packet and rider identification kit?

Yes! You may sign up for mailing during registration, or add it on later; the cost is $30 per person.

Where is Packet Pickup?

Packet Pickup for the 2021 Tour will take place at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street on Friday, 8/20 and Saturday, 8/21.  Although this is not our usual Expo, we will have official Tour and other Bike New York merchandise available for purchase, and we are adding some select partners and vendors to join us on-site. We’ll provide more details as we get closer to Tour day, so please check back here frequently.

My child is riding with me, but cannot attend Packet Pickup. Can I pick up their packet?

Yes, you may pick up your child’s packet, as long as your child is under 18 years old.

If I can't make it to Packet Pickup, can someone else pick up my rider kit?

Yes; we are happy to offer Proxy Packet Pickup again this year. More details, including a downloadable Proxy form, will be added as the Tour gets closer, so please check back here frequently.

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 think your bag may be on the prohibited list, do not bring that bag. It (and all contents within it) may be confiscated. Confiscated property will not be returned under any circumstances, and Bike New York is not responsible for confiscated property. Here’s some more info.

 

PLEASE NOTE: These restrictions are subject to change, so check back often.

Will finisher medals and helmet covers be given out?

Due to this year’s shortened Tour timeline we are unable to offer finisher medals or helmet covers for the 2021 TD Five Boro Bike Tour. However, we will be offering rider photos free of charge. We hope to be back to normal for 2022.

What is the route for the Tour?

The Tour route will remain at 40 car-free miles through all five boroughs.* To view a map of the route overview, please click here.

 

*Tour route is subject to change.

What are staggered start waves?

To keep the Tour flowing smoothly, riders will be assigned to a start wave. Participants who link together as a team will be assigned to the same start wave. The start waves are as follows:

Start 1 – 7:30 AM

Start 2 – 8:10 AM

Start 3 – 8:45 AM

Start 4 – 9:20 AM

How can I guarantee that I'll be assigned to the first start wave?

In order to be placed in the first start wave, you must be a Bike New York Member, or register as a VIP or Charity Rider.

Can I start farther along the Tour route and avoid the Start Area?

No. Riders must depart from the designated Start Area during their assigned start wave.

What if I am late to my designated start wave?

Simply depart with the following start wave. Please note the last start wave departs at 9:20AM. All riders must cross the Start line by 9:50AM.

Can I start with an earlier start wave?

No. You may fall back to a later start wave, but not an earlier one.

When will I know what start wave I'm in?

We will be assigning start waves in early August, and will email you with start time and location information as the Tour gets closer.

How long is the Tour?

The Tour travels 40 miles from lower Manhattan to Staten Island (near the Staten Island Ferry). You’ll have at least eight hours to complete the Tour, so no matter how fast or slow you roll, you’ll be able to enjoy the sights and sounds. Please keep in mind a variety of factors will ultimately determine how long it will take you to finish up, including your experience level, how frequently you stop at rest areas, and your hydration level. If you’re towing a child in a tagalong or tandem bike, this can also affect your speed, especially on hills.

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 2019 alone, Bike New York’s programming reached over 33,000 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.