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.
AMERICA’S FAVORITE CELEBRATION ON TWO WHEELS RETURNS ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 2021.
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With Broadway lighting up its marquees and concert venues opening their doors, the future of entertainment in New York City during its pandemic recovery has begun to take a more hopeful turn. The latest good news is the highly anticipated return of the nation’s largest annual charity cycling event.
Bike New York and its city government partners 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.
“Preparations are underway for the 43rd edition of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Ken Podziba, President and CEO of Bike New York. “We’re thrilled and so grateful that we can once again host our celebrated car-free ride this year—and what better time to announce it than during Bike Month.”
The event, which typically has drawn up to 32,000 riders annually and opens 40 miles of NYC’s busiest roadways for recreation, returns to a city energized by cycling thanks to the 2020 bike boom and an increased demand for Open Streets across the five boroughs.
“New York City is proud to celebrate the cycling boom—and the return of iconic events that highlight great neighborhoods in all five boroughs—by welcoming the TD Five Boro Bike Tour this summer,” said New York City Senior Advisor for Recovery Lorraine Grillo. “We look forward to welcoming locals and tourists alike to enjoy a safe, exciting event this year.”
“Given the pivotal role that bikes have played in protecting the health, wellness, and safety of New Yorkers through the pandemic—especially for essential workers commuting to their jobs—it feels right that bikes will also play a part in powering New York City’s economic revitalization,” Podziba remarked. “The Tour has been a landmark event for NYC for decades, and it’s a true highlight for international tourism. We hope our ride will continue to support the city we call home as we all strive to come back strong from these hardships.”
“Now more than ever, New Yorkers need a safe and welcoming space to reconnect, to celebrate,” he added. “Bike New York is hard at work making the 2021 Tour into the joyful and safe day of community fun that cycling enthusiasts have treasured for nearly half a century.”
The TD Five Boro Bike Tour is a fundraising event for Bike New York, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to provide free bike education opportunities to New Yorkers. Proceeds from the ride fund public classes that reach over 25,000 children and adults each year, with special focus given to improving cycling access and resources to residents of neighborhoods historically overlooked in infrastructure improvements. In addition to free classes held at Community Bike Education Centers located in all five boroughs, Bike New York has introduced bike safety education programs into area middle schools, co-developed a job training and placement program for bike mechanics with Brooklyn’s One Community, and helped pilot a free bike rental system in Shirley Chisholm State Park.
Though the organization’s 2020 education and events calendar was suspended in response to the pandemic, Bike New York introduced virtual programming to inform new bike boom cyclists and keep seasoned members of the city’s cycling community engaged and connected. The 2021 TD Five Boro Bike Tour will support the return of Bike New York’s in-person classes while sustaining their online offerings, which reached more than 30,000 viewers worldwide in 2020.
Details about the August 22 event, including registration information, total number of participants, and changes to the event format, will be released in the coming weeks. “With the safety and well-being of participants being our highest priority, we will continue working with our government partners to monitor the changing Covid-19 climate and will adapt the Tour to satisfy all requirements that may be in place at any given time until ride day,” Podziba confirmed.
Riders are advised to subscribe to Bike New York’s newsletter and social media for the latest updates about the 2021 TD Five Boro Bike Tour.
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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.
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?
We will announce the opening of general registration once we know how many riders will be permitted to participate in this year’s Tour.
I deferred my entry to the 2021 Tour; what do I need to do now?
In the next few days, we will send you an email with instructions on how to register for the 2021 Tour; if the email address you used for your 2020 Tour registration has changed, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?
We are working with state and local health officials and will follow all COVID-19-related and safety guidelines in place up to and during the Tour.
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.