Five Boros, Five Bridges
Cyclists on the TD Five Boro Bike Tour cross five major bridges as they travel among the islands and boros of New York City.
Madison Avenue Bridge–Mile 8
The Madison Avenue Bridge opened to traffic in 1884. 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 first incarnation of the Third Avenue Bridge was built in 1797. You’ll be cycling over the fourth 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.
Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge–Mile 15
The Queensboro Bride opened to traffic over a century 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 it opened in 1964, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was the world’s longest suspension span bridge; there are now only ten 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 is the only time of the year when cyclists can ride over this beautiful bridge. Featured in numerous films, such as Sidney Lumet’s Prince of the City, Saturday Night Fever, and Terence Malick’s Tree of Life, it’s truly a sight to behold. The bridge has two decks, with six lanes on the bottom, and six on top. Be prepared to cycle 6,690 feet–you’ll soon be at the Finish Line & Festival!
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