The Annual Five Boro Bike Tour gave 32,000 + cyclists the rare opportunity of traveling throughout New York City on roads void of motorist yesterday as they traveled over 42 miles of roads and bridges throughout Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island (via ferry), where participants completed their day at the Finish Festival at Fort Wadsworth. There they enjoyed bike demos, giveaways, a variety of food concession, product samples, stretching, massage, a photo booth, and official merchandise for sale. The festival was not open to the public.
Considered the largest recreational cycling event in the United States. Cosponsored by the New York City Department of Transportation and TD Bank, the event has been held on the first Sunday of May for the past 37 years. Funds raised from Five Boro Bike Tour are used to support Bike New York’s free bike education classes, which teach city residents how to ride safely and confidently. Last year (alone) more than 15,000 people have taken the courses.
“This year drew participants from every state in the US as well as 65 countries,” exclaimed Bike New York’s communications director Samuel Slaton.
Note: Proceeds from last year’s New York City Bike Tour were donated to the One Fund Boston, established by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.