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Five Boroughs, Five Bridges
Cyclists on the TD Five Boro Bike Tour cross five major bridges as they travel among the islands of New York City.
Madison Avenue Bridge–Mile 8
The Madison Avenue Bridge opened to traffic in 1910. It connects the Bronx–the only piece of mainland USA in New York City–and Manhattan at 138th Street. This swing bridge has two roadways and two sidewalks. The road you’ll be riding on is 1,892 feet long.
Third Avenue Bridge–Mile 9
The Third Avenue Bridge was built in 1898. You’ll be cycling over the third structure to occupy this site, just completed in 2005. The bridge carries traffic from East 135th Street and Third Avenue in the Bronx to East 128th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. With five lanes, it’s a quick ride at only 300 feet.
Queensboro Bridge–Mile 15
The Queensboro Bride opened to traffic 102 years ago, in 1909. It has been immortalized by numerous artists and musicians, including Simon & Garfunkel in “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).” This cantilever bridge spans the East River between 59th Street in Manhattan and Long Island City in Queens, and offers view of Midtown Manhattan, highlighted by the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations. The bridge has two decks and a total of nine lanes (four upper, five lower) plus a bike/pedestrian path. You’ll be cycling 3,724 feet to get to the other side.
Pulaski Bridge–Mile 22
Opened to traffic in 1954, the Pulaski Bridge carries traffic and pedestrians over Newtown Creek and the Long Island Expressway and connects Greenpoint in Brooklyn to Long Island City in Queens. The bridge has six lanes and a pedestrian sidewalk. Your ride here will be 2,810 feet long.
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge–Mile 35
When opened in 1964, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was the world’s longest suspension span bridge; there are now six in the world that exceed it. The entrances of the bridge are at historic Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn and Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island. The TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour and the ING New York City Marathon are the only two events that allow people to cross the bridge without using a motor vehicle. Featured in more films than we can name, it’s truly a sight to behold! The bridge has two decks, 12 lanes (six upper, six lower). Be prepared to cycle 6,690 feet–you’ll soon be at the Finish Line!
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