Spinning Wheels for 40 Miles

  • 31,372 revolutions of bike wheels on an average adult bike
  • 11,279 revolutions of the crank on an average adult bike
  • 1.3 million bicycle miles traveled by participants
  • If the same number of cars drove 40 miles, they would burn more than 60,000 gallons of gas and emit more than a million pounds of carbon dioxide.

Operations

  • 32,000 riders
  • 2,000 volunteers
  • 10,000+ riders per hour on the FDR Drive during “rush hour” peak
  • 40 miles
  • 5 major bridges crossed
  • 25,000 oranges served
  • 3,000 barricades
  • 2.5 tons of left-over produce collected by City Harvest
  • 1.5 tons of plastic recycled

Demographics

  • 61% male
  • 39% female
  • 25 countries represented
  • 15,441 riders doing the event for the first time
  • 5% new to cycling or returning after along hiatus

History

  • Founded in 1977 as the 5 Boro Challenge
  • 250 cyclists participated in the first 5 Boro Challenge

 

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