The TD Five Boro Bike Tour Preview

A look at the “largest mass cycling event in the United States”

Each week thousands of tourists board double decker buses to tour New York City, many more see the city on foot and some check out the bustling city by boat. While there is no wrong way to explore, there are rare chances to see the city in an entirely new ways. The next chance is on May, 4 2014.

Each year the streets are cleared for one day and 32,000 cyclists get the chance of a lifetime—the opportunity to tour the five boroughs on two wheels.

Co-produced by Bike New York and the New York City Department of Transportation, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is a 40-mile ride that crosses five different bridges and ends in celebration in Staten Island. The event began more than 35 years ago, founded on the ideals of building a strong and friendly cycling community. According to Bike New York, it has become “the largest mass cycling event in the United States,” but it maintains the simplicity and camaraderie of the first ride, back in 1977.

Today riders come from 25 different countries for the chance to own the streets of New York. Just over half of the riders are returning to do the event again and 2,000 volunteers will be making the tour possible. While paid registration is sold out, they are still accepting riders to tour on behalf of charities and they are looking for volunteers (which will come with a guaranteed cycling spot for next year).

Part of the entry fee goes to fund Bike New York’s free bike education classes, which helped more than 15,000 New Yorkers learn how to ride a bike last year.  On May 4 Bike New York wants you to “grab life by the handlebars,” or simply come out and support the journey.

“For one day, the roads are yours, the bridges are yours, the city is yours.”

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