Great Five Borough Bike Tour

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Great Five Borough Bike Tour Summary

Event Overview: With approximately 32,000 participants, the Great Five Borough Bike Tour is by far the largest recreational cycling event in the United States. Each year, avid cyclists and passionate New Yorkers tour the five boroughs of New York City in a 42-mile circuit. Rest stops offer drinks and snacks such as orange slices and bananas. Food can also be purchased at any of the countless deli-style restaurants passed along the way.

What to Expect: A good workout. As its name implies, the Great Five Borough Bike Tour passes through all five of New York City's boroughs (some only briefly), for a total distance of 42 miles. Of course, rest stops are provided with some frequency.

  • Bottlenecks: Because of the high number of participants in the Great Five Borough Bike Tour, bottlenecking often occurs on narrow thoroughfares. Expect to walk your bike on these occasions.
  • Comradery: Whether you're an avid cycler, a passionate New Yorker, or a dedicated sightseer, you'll enjoy mingling with likeminded people at the Great Five Borough Bike Tour. Expect to make friends with other participants over snacks and drinks at the rest stops and the concluding festival.

Inside Knowledge: The Great Five Borough Bike Tour began in 1977 as the Five Boro Challenge, with approximately 250 participants. Since then, this cherished NYC bike tour has grown in popularity, attracting well over 30,000 in 2010, making it the largest recreational cycling event in the United States.

Event Hints:

  • Take the Ferry: If you plan on driving to the Great Five Borough Bike Tour, park in Staten Island and take the ferry to the start area. This way, you'll avoid waiting for the ferry after the tour, and you'll also avoid the ride through Manhattan traffic back to your car. Paid parking is available at the minor league stadium adjacent to the ferry terminal.
  • Arrive Early: Arrive early to this NYC bike tour if you don't want to start late. The 6am ferry will assure you a place you in the queue near Duane Street, and you'll likely begin the tour by 8:10 or 8:15. Those who catch the 6:30 ferry will likely be queued south of Chambers Street, with the second wave. Note that the farther back you are in the queue, the longer it will take you to get to Central Park.
  • Layer Clothes: While the weather in New York can be unpredictable, it's usually a good idea to wear layers of clothes that you can strip off as the temperatures change (be sure not to tie sweatshirts around your waist, though, as these can get caught in your wheels).



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See the City in a New Way - Five Borough Bike Tour

Don't get stuck inside on a beautiful Spring day.  Instead, you should take part in the Five Boro Bike Tour.  This fun bike tour will take you through 42 miles of New York City, so you'll be able to see the boroughs you didn't make it to while sightseeing. Riding your bike through the City is a great way to get to know the streets a little better.

If you do decide to join the Five Boro Bike Tour, you should budget some extra time because there is a good likelihood that you will be standing for a while to catch the ferry back to Manhattan.

 

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Enjoy the Ride through the City on the Five Borough Bike Tour

If you are going to be in New York City this April and are looking for something active to do, you should join the Five Boro Bike Tour.  As the name implies, you'll be riding throughout the five NYC boroughs.  However, if you're looking to sign up for this bike tour, you need to plan ahead; the Five Boro Bike Tour usually sells out in the first day.  This event is so fun that New Yorkers and out-of-towners plan to come for the bike tour well in advance.

 

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Great Five Borough Bike Tour

May
1

General Location

Manhattan

Event Date

May 01,2011

Event Cost

FREE

A 42-Mile Tour of New York City in the Great Five Borough Bike Tour

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Event Quick Facts

  • The Great Five Borough Bike Tour passes through all five boroughs of New York City in a 42-mile circuit.
  • This NYC bike tour is held every year on the first Sunday in May.
  • Children under 14 who participate in this NY bike tour must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

Phone:
212.870.2080

Website:
http://www.bikenewyork.org/rides/fbbt/index.html

Nearest Transit:
Bowling Green (4, 5); Whitehall St (R, W); Rector St-Greenwich St (1)


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