The following is subject to change. Please check with relevant mass transportation authorities for the most up-to-date information.
The best way to get to the Start Area, of course, is by bike. Broadway and the Hudson River Greenway both go directly to Bowling Green and the start area. When you pick up your rider packet at the expo, you will be given instructions on which of the three starts you are in and where you should go to get to your start corral area. Note: The route will begin to close to vehicular traffic at 7:30AM. Be sure to take this into account when planning your arrival. It is not recommended to drive to the start area if you are in Starts #2 or #3.
MTA Subway (within NYC)
The best way to get to the Bowling Green area: From Manhattan, Bronx, Queens: take the 1,2,3 to Chambers Street; 4, 5 or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; A, C to Chambers Street (Church St); J to Chambers Street (Brooklyn Bridge). From Brooklyn: take the 2,3 to Chambers Street; A,C to Chambers Street; 4 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall or Bowling Green (Broadway exit only). Do not take your bicycle to: R N Whitehall Street, Rector Street, Cortlandt Street; 2, 3 Park Place, Fulton Street/Nassau Street, Wall Street; 4,5 Fulton Street, Wall Street, Bowling Green. Brooklyn bound entrances/exits: 1 Rector St; 1 South Ferry.
The best way to leave the Battery Park area: To Manhattan, Bronx, Queens: 1,2,3 at Chambers Street; 4,5,6 at Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall or Bowling Green (Uptown, Broadway entrance only); A, C, J at Chambers Street; N, Q at City Hall. To Brooklyn: A, C at Chambers Street (Church St); 2, 3 at Chambers Street; 4,5 at Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; N, Q, R at City Hall. Visit www.mta.info for customized travel directions using TripPlanner or call the MTA for more information: 511. Do not take your bicycle to: R N Whitehall Street, Rector Street, Cortlandt Street; 2, 3 Park Place, Fulton Street/Nassau Street, Wall Street; 4,5 Fulton Street, Wall Street, Bowling Green. Brooklyn bound entrances/exits: 1 Rector St; 1 South Ferry. Visit http://new.mta.info/ for more information.
PATH Train (from New Jersey)
You and your bicycle can board PATH trains leaving frequently from Newark, Journal Square (JSQ), or Hoboken for the World Trade Center (WTC). The fare is $2.50, payable by MetroCard. To travel to the WTC from Hoboken in the early morning, take the JSQ-bound train two stops to Grove Street and change to the WTC-bound train across the platform. Do not use the first car on the train; follow the conductor’s directions. You may need to use stairs and escalators to get to street level. For schedule information, system map, station locations, and parking information, visit www.panynj.gov or call 1-800-234-PATH. NOTE: PATH Trains will not be running to the World Trade Center on weekends in 2014. Instead, take the PATH to Christopher Street and ride to Battery Park from there, or take the A to Chambers Street or the E to the World Trade Center station.
NY Waterway Ferry (from New Jersey)
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.
$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.
Staten Island Ferry
Expanded morning service is provided for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour. Boats leave Staten Island throughout the morning to get you to the Tour start on time; the ride to Manhattan takes 30 minutes. The ferry is free. Riders are advised to take the following ferries for their staggered starts: Riders in Start 1 (blue start), 5:30am, 6:00am, 6:30am. Riders in Start 2 (red start), 7:00am, 7:15am, 7:30am. Riders in Start 3 (silver start), 8:00am, 8:15am. Please note, if you miss your assigned start time, you will not be given priority in line at the ferry and may have to ride in the following start group. Take the earliest ferry you can so you and your group can have a good Tour experience.
Staten Island Ferry Parking
Limited parking is available in the parking lots surrounding the Staten Island Ferry in Staten Island. To see specific information about the lots, click here. Plan to arrive early to get a spot.
South Beach Park-and-Ride
Participants parking at South Beach Park-and-Ride (located off Capodanno Boulevard between Seaview Avenue and Sand Lane) can ride their bikes to the Staten Island Ferry in order to make their way to the Start Area. At the end of the day, cyclists can return to their vehicles via the bike path running from the Finish Festival at Fort Wadsworth to South Beach Park-and-Ride.
MTA Staten Island Railway
Park on local streets or in a Staten Island Railway Park & Ride at Dongan Hills, Great Kills, Annadale, Prince’s Bay, or Huguenot Stations, then hop on a train to the ferry. Bicycles will be allowed on the trains, and you can board at any Staten Island Railway station. MetroCard fares are collected entering and exiting at the St. George and Tompkinsville stations. Visit www.mta.info or dial 511 for travel information.
Metro-North Railroad (NY and CT)
All trains on Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven Lines allow bicycles on Tour day. Bike-permit rules and restrictions on the number of bikes per train are suspended all day. Check schedules for local service on all lines. To get to the start from Grand Central Terminal, see the bike directions above or take the 4, 5, or 6 subway to the Brooklyn Bridge or City Hall station. See schedule for exact time each hour. For more information on departure times and locations, visit www.mta.info/mnr/
Long Island Railroad
The New York City stop for the MTA Long Island Rail Road is Penn Station, at 34th Street and Seventh Avenue. At Penn Station, cyclists can transfer to downtown subway service or cycle downtown to Battery Park. Off-peak fares apply and on the day of the Tour, bike-permit restrictions are suspended. Cyclists should board and remain in the rear two cars of the train. In addition, cyclists are asked to have a suitable elastic cord to secure their bikes to the train. For more information on departure times and locations, visit www.mta.info/lirr/
New Jersey Transit
No permits are required to take your bicycle on New Jersey Transit trains, including the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. Direct service to Penn Station is available on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, and Midtown Direct lines. Connecting service is available in Newark and Secaucus Junction. Up to two bikes can be stored in each “accessible” rail car. Wheelchair customers have priority. At Penn Station, cyclists can transfer to downtown subway service or cycle downtown to Battery Park (see subway and bike info, above).
Driving (& Parking)
Participants driving in from the south are encouraged to park in Staten Island and take the ferry to the start. There are several parking options on Staten Island:
- South Beach Park-and-Ride
- Participants parking at the South Beach Park-and-Ride (located off Capodanno Blvd. between Seaview Ave. and Sand Lane) can ride their bikes to the Staten Island Ferry in order to make their way to the Start Area. At the end of the day, cyclists can return to their vehicles via the bike path running from the Finish Festival at Fort Wadsworth to the South Beach Park-and-Ride.
- Staten Island Ferry Parking
- One municipal and several private paid-parking lots are located on the north side of the ferry terminal, off Richmond Terrace near the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George (Staten Island Yankee Stadium). Please enter the parking lots via Wall Street and Bay Street. Look for “Bike Tour Parking” signs. Bring at least $7 in cash to cover parking, and use the Muni-Meters as necessary. Note: parking rules for Richmond Terrace and Bay Street are strictly enforced.
If you drive into Manhattan, it will likely be very difficult to find parking—so we’ve partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow riders to purchase guaranteed parking at many convenient locations throughout New York City. Once purchased, parking passes are emailed instantly and guarantee you access to your selected location. Parking can be scarce and expensive in New York City, so it is strongly recommend that you reserve a 100% guaranteed parking space if driving into the city! Note: The route will begin to close to vehicular traffic at 7:30AM. Be sure to take this into account when planning your arrival. It is not recommended to drive to the start area if you are in Starts #2 or #3.
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