ATTENTION 2014 RIDERS: See below for important information and dates.
Bag restrictions: Backpacks, hydration packs, panniers and bags larger than 420 cubic inches are prohibited at this year’s Tour. You are allowed to bring water bottles, saddle bags, fanny packs, baskets, and bags smaller than 420 cubic inches. Click here for more info.
Rider Number & Start Wave Assignments: Your rider number and start wave assignment will be emailed to you sometime between March 28, 12PM noon EST, and April 11, 12PM noon EST. Print this email (including the barcode) in order to pick up your packet at Bike Expo New York on May 2 & 3.
Packet Pickup: Rider Packets include the Official Program for the 2014 TD Five Boro Bike Tour, as well as your Rider Identification Kit (RIK), which comprises a bib, bike plate, and helmet cover. Your complete RIK must be worn at all times during the Tour). Packets can be picked up at Bike Expo New York on May 2, from 10AM-8PM, and on May 3, from 9AM-6PM. Proxy Packet Pickup is available for those unable to attend the Expo.
Finish Festival: The Finish Festival at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island is closed to the public.
ATTENTION NEW JERSEY CYCLISTS
The Bayonne Bridge will be closed beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, May 2, and continuing through 5 a.m. Monday, May 5, to allow work to proceed on the “Raise the Roadway” project, which will allow larger, more efficient ships to access the region’s port terminals. The scheduled weekend work will allow for the safe removal of portions of the structure of the bridge and for the lifting of large steel and concrete sections onto the bridge. Motorists should consider using the Goethals Bridge as an alternatives. Port Authority has also announced the return of the free weekend Bayonne Bridge shuttle for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Due to the weekend closure of the World Trade Center PATH Station for the duration of 2014, and to accommodate our many fellow TD Five Boro Bike Tour cyclists from New Jersey, NY Waterway has graciously offered to run seven additional early-morning ferries on May 4th from Paulus Hook in Jersey City to the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan, beginning at 6:00 AM and departing thereafter every 15 minutes.
The fare is $2.50 one-way (or $5.00 roundtrip), plus a $1.00 bike fee.
Cyclists may purchase tickets at either the Paulus Hook or World Financial Center ferry terminals or through the NY Waterway mobile ticketing app. The mobile ticketing app is available as a free download for iPhones and Android phones. Tickets purchased through the mobile ticketing app are activated by the cyclist immediately in advance of boarding, whereupon a boarding pass will be displayed on the cyclist’s phone. Purchasing tickets through the mobile ticketing app is a great way for folks to avoid lines at ticketing booths. Paper tickets are valid for 30 days after purchase. Tickets purchased with the app do not expire.
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When is the next TD Five Boro Bike Tour?
The 37th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour is on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
How do I register?
Standard and VIP Registration is sold-out for the 2014 TD Five Boro Bike Tour, but you can still ride on behalf of one of our many Charity Partners.
How do I group together with my friends/family to ensure that we are assigned the same start time?
After registration closes, each rider will receive a follow-up email with instructions on how to link up with friends and family.
How do I book a hotel room in New York City?
Bike New York has once again teamed up with onPeak to make your TD Five Boro Bike Tour experience better than ever. Click here for great rates on great rooms throughout New York City. A portion of the proceeds from each reservation booked through onPeak goes directly to supporting Bike New York’s free bike education programs.
Will I be allowed to bring a bag on the Tour?
Backpacks, hydration packs, panniers and bags larger than 420 cubic inches are prohibited at this year’s Tour. You are allowed to bring water bottles, saddle bags, fanny packs, baskets, and bags smaller than 420 cubic inches. Click here for more info.
Can I wear headphones/earbuds while I ride?
In accordance with New York State law, cyclists may ride with only one earbud in.
How much does it cost to ride in the Tour?
The price for Standard Registration is $90, $22 of which is a tax-deductible charitable donation. VIP Registration is $325, $100 of which is a tax-deductible charitable donation, and includes the following: a Priority VIP Pass, which allows you start at the front of the pack; a commemorative TD Five Boro Bike Tour jersey that’s only available to riders upon registration; breakfast at the start; a chip that’ll time your climb up the Verrazano Narrows Bridge; and a gourmet lunch at the finish festival. Ride for a Reason participants individually fundraise for one of our many Charity Partners. All Tour fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Note: Everyone over the age of 18 must register individually; after registration is closed, each rider will receive an email with instructions on how to link up and ride with friends and family.
Where does the money go?
Proceeds go directly to fund our free bicycle education program. Last year alone, we taught more than 15,000 New Yorkers how to ride a bike, and how to do so safely and confidently.
My friends and I linked together to ride as a group. Can I pick up their packets at the Expo?
Yes. Registered friends and family can pick up packets for all linked group members. Whoever is picking up the packages for the group must bring the signed proxy packet pickup form along with the confirmation e-mails containing the unique barcodes and rider numbers, as well as a photocopy of valid photo identification for all group members.
Can you mail me my rider packet and Rider Identification Kit?
No. All participants must pick up their packet and Rider Identification Kit (helmet cover, bib, & bike plate) at Bike Expo New York on May 2nd and 3rd (the days preceding the Tour). You must show valid photo identification and your registration e-mail to receive your Tour packet. If you cannot attend the Expo for any reason, you may have a friend or family member pick up your packet by using a proxy packet pickup form, available here. Click here for more information about packet pickup.
Can I pick up someone else’s rider packet for them?
Yes, anyone picking up a Tour packet and Rider Identification Kit for someone else must come to the Expo with the proxy packet pickup form (click here) as well as a copy of the participant’s confirmation e-mail and a photocopy of valid photo identification. Individuals picking up for a group must bring the signed proxy form along with the confirmation e-mails containing a barcode for each group member.
For more information, visit the Packet Pickup page.
My child is riding with me, but cannot attend the Expo. Can I pick up his/her packet?
In order to pick up the child’s rider packet without the child present, the registered guardian must bring his/her valid photo identification and the confirmation e-mail containing both registration numbers and barcodes. You do not need to provide identification for the registered youth. Note that adults may only pick up the rider packet for the youth(s) registered under their name.
What forms of identification are considered valid?
Residents of the United States and Puerto Rico must show state or federal government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license, DMV photo ID, or passport. Non-US residents, including Canadian residents, are required to show a valid passport (except residents of Puerto Rico, see above).
Are there age restrictions for the Tour?
Children younger than 3 years old may not participate.
Youth ages 3-9 years must ride with an adult over the age of 18 on a tandem bike, tagalong bike, in a child’s bike seat, or in a bike trailer.
Youth ages 10-13 can ride their own bicycles and must stay in close proximity to their adult guardian.
Youth ages 14-17 can ride their own bicycles, but must be linked to a registered adult riding in the Tour.
Do I need to register my child?
Yes. All participants must be registered, including children, even if they are not riding their own bike. All children must be at least 3 years old on the day of the Tour to participate. An adult must register and sign the waiver on behalf of any minors.
I plan on riding a tandem with my spouse/friend/child. Do we both need to register?
Yes. All participants must register individually. Minors must be registered by a parent or guardian.
What if I don’t have a bike?
We’ve partnered with Bike and Roll to arrange for bike rental pick-up right at the start of the ride and drop-off at the finish.
What is the route for the Tour?
The TD Five Boro Bike Tour is a 40-mile, traffic-free ride through all five boroughs of New York City. Click here for the route description and map.
How do I get back to Manhattan at the end of the Tour?
After leaving the Finish Festival at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, you can proceed to St. George’s Terminal to take a ferry back to Battery Park in Manhattan.
What are staggered starts?
To alleviate congestion throughout the Tour, riders will be assigned to one of three start times. Participants who link together as a group will be assigned to the same start time.
Can I start the ride farther along the Tour route and avoid the start line?
No. Riders must depart during the designated start time from the designated start area.
Will there be a Finish Festival?
There will be a Finish Festival at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island featuring bike demos, giveaways, a wonderful food concession, product samples, stretching, massage, a photo booth, and official merchandise for sale.
Is lunch provided for riders at the Finish Festival?
Riders can purchase food from a variety of vendors at the Finish Festival. Rest Areas along the route will provide water, bananas, energy bars, and more.
What happens if I start the ride, but cannot finish it due to unforeseen circumstances?
You can leave the ride at any time. Note that if you leave the Tour, you will be riding in traffic and will have to watch for cars and road hazards. Once you leave the Tour route you will no longer have access to Tour services including rest areas and SAG. If you need to depart, we recommend the following locations:
Mile 14, York Avenue and 63rd Street, Manhattan: This is your last chance to exit the Tour in Manhattan. If you don’t want to go to Queens, travel straight on 63rd Street after the Tour exits FDR Drive. Do not take the left-hand turn onto the ramp of the Queensboro (59th Street) Bridge.
Mile 27, Brooklyn Bridge: Just before the Tour enters the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE), you can leave the Tour and take the Brooklyn Bridge bike path into downtown Manhattan. Marshals on the Brooklyn side will direct you. (This exit is recommended for those traveling with children.)
Note: You can also take a SAG vehicle to the Finish Festival.
Is bike repair offered along the Tour route?
Each rest area will have a bicycle mechanic station for minor repairs. Rider Assist marshals should be able to offer some assistance for minor repairs while on the route. We strongly recommend bringing an extra bike tube on the route.
Will there be refreshments along the Tour route?
Yes, each rest stop will have all sorts of nutritious snacks and goodies to keep you going until the end.
I registered for the Tour. Can I sell or give away my entry?
No. Registration is nonrefundable, non-deferrable, and nontransferable. If you decide not to ride, we can convert your full registration fee into a charitable contribution. Please email Bike New York as soon as possible if you want to explore this option.
How can I find out where rest stops, water stations, and bike maintenance hubs are located along the Tour route?
Click here for the route map. Rest stops are designated thereon. Each rest stop will have water and bike maintenance hubs.
What if I am late to my designated staggered start time?
Simply depart at the following start time. Please let a marshal know that you have entered at a different time.
Can I start at an earlier start time?
No, you can only fall back into a later start time.
What do I do if I lose one of my possessions while riding?
We ask all riders who find lost possessions on the route to hand them in to a staff member and let him/her know where the item was found. If you lost something, ask a representative at the Information Center at the Finish Festival if anybody turned it in. You can also email Bike New York with a description of the item and a note about where you think you lost it. When all items are turned in, we will contact you if we find it. The TD Five Boro Bike Tour and Bike New York are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Do I need a helmet for the ride?
Yes. Helmets are required to participate in all Bike New York rides. For the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, you must also wear all three components of the Rider Identification Kit, a.k.a. RIK (helmet cover, bib, and bike plate), for the duration of the ride.
What if the weather looks bad?
This is a rain or shine event. Be sure to dress appropriately.
What should I bring on the ride?
While the Tour provides snacks and hydration at the rest areas, don’t forget to bring two bottles of water, some snacks, sunscreen, and a spare tube in case you get a flat. You will want to pump your tires full of air the day before. Also, you will want your camera and fully charged cell phone.
What if I lose track of my friends/family during the Tour?
Make a plan in advance with your friends/family in case you get split up. Rest areas are a good place to meet up with friends. Do not stop in the following locations: Central Park, on any of the bridges, or on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE). Out of courtesy for other riders, do not stop in the middle of the roadway; always pull over to the right side of the road if you need to stop for any reason. There will also be an Information Center at the Finish Festival where riders can rendezvous.
Can I bring a pet on my bike?
No. Pets are not permitted on the Tour.
What sort of travel and accommodation options does Bike New York offer to riders?
Bike New York has partnered with onPeak to provide you with hotel options for your trip to New York. Through this partnership, Bike New York and onPeak are able to offer discounted nightly rates at hotels throughout the city. Visit our lodging page for more information.
Can I pick up the TD Five Boro Bike Tour registration jersey at Bike Expo New York?
Tour registration jerseys are only available during the online registration process, and will be mailed to participants before the Tour.
When can I order the Tour registration jersey?
The Tour registration jersey is available exclusively during the online registration process. It will not be available at any point after they have completed registration.
Where can I find sizing information for the Tour registration jersey?
Sizing information for the Tour registration jersey can be found here.
Can I return/exchange my Tour registration jersey?
All jersey sales are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Be sure to consult the sizing charts before ordering a jersey.
How many Tour registration jerseys can I purchase?
Participants may purchase up to five (5) Tour registration jerseys of any size.