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40 Miles of Bikes and Only Bikes!
Below is the 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour Route Map & Route Description.
The TD Five Boro Bike Tour travels through the five boroughs of New York City on car-free roads, thanks to the cooperation of City agencies and officials. At 40 miles, the route is doable for cyclists of almost all levels. The most significant hills are bridges. Be sure to follow the directions of Tour marshals as you ride. They will warn of spots where you should stop, slow down, or exercise caution.
Starting just north of Battery Park, the tour runs up Manhattan, through Central Park, around a brief loop in the Bronx and down to the Queensboro Bridge passing countless New York City icons on the way. After a ride over the Pulaski bridge passing through Brooklyn, riders enjoy an incredible view from the lower deck of the Verrazano Bridge. The tour lands on Staten Island for a lively outdoor Festival, including bike demos, giveaways, games, food, product samples, stretching, massage, photo booths, and official Bike New York merchandise on sale. Leave plenty of time to check out the exhibitors and activities. Before tackling the final three miles to the ferry, riders can visit the Fort Wadsworth Overlook for a scenic photo. Proceeds from the event fund Bike New York’s education programs.
- 40 miles
-enters all 5 boroughs
- 5 Bridge crossings
- Car-free streets
-Con Edison Learning Center
-Brooklyn Bridge Park
-Fort Wadsworth (finish festival)
Riders in the rear third of the Tour will be directed to take a route that bypasses the Astoria Park rest area and leads directly to the Con Ed Learning Center rest area, shortening the Tour by 4 miles.
Leaving the Tour
If you need to leave the Tour for any reason, we recommend the following locations. Note that if you leave the Tour, you will be riding in motorized traffic and will have to watch for cars and road hazards.
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 the 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 to the bridge, and volunteers on the Manhattan side can help you find your way from there.
Subway: The Tour route is near many subway stations; click here for the subway map. Bikes are allowed on the subway, but some unstaffed subway stations have turnstiles that do not accommodate bikes. Ask at an Info/Reunion Center at any rest area for details.
Hitching a ride with “SAG”: If you are running out of steam or fall too far behind the Tour, pull off to the side of the road and wait for the “SAG” (support and gear) buses and trucks. They will take you and your bike to the Festival.
Medical concerns: If you feel that you need medical attention, speak to a marshal or police officer immediately. Do not wait for “SAG.”
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