Five Boro Bike Tour is back in full force this year

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No masks while riding, but there are plenty of precautions

By Raanan Geberer
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Registration is now open for the 2022 TD Five Boro Bike Tour, which is to cycling what the New York City Marathon is to running.

Enrollment was delayed earlier this month due to rising COVID-19 cases associated with Omicron, but with numbers in New York and other parts of the country falling, Bike New York, the ride sponsor and its municipal partners are now opening registration. for America’s biggest and best bike ride.

Additionally, after last year’s TD Five Boro Bike Tour was capped at 20,000 registrants and significantly delayed until August, this year’s tour is scheduled to spring on Sunday May 1 and is expected to reach full capacity. – with 32,000 cyclists.

The route crosses the five arrondissements. Shannon Jordy, spokesperson for Bike New York, said the exact route is still being worked out, but will likely be similar to last year. “Runners cross the Pulaski Bridge to Greenpoint, cross Williamsburg and past the Brooklyn Navy Yard to DUMBO before climbing the BQE to the Verrazzano,” she said in an email.

All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in the tour. While cyclists don’t need to wear masks while riding, says Bike New York, masks are mandatory in the start area, at the indoor Finish Festival at the end of the ride, and at rest areas. along the turn when they’re not eating or drinking.

According to the Bike New York website, “Any human-powered bicycle (recumbent, unicycle, tandem, tricycle, etc.) is allowed. Also, based on changes to New York law, you can now use a pedal-assist e-bike on the tour.

Finally, the tour welcomes participants from dozens of countries around the world. All participants who complete the round will receive medals.

“We’re back and better than ever,” said Ken Podziba, CEO and President of Bike New York. “The ability to ride car-free through all five boroughs of the world’s most exciting and diverse city is why the TD Five Boro Bike Tour has become our country’s most popular bike ride. And knowing the proceeds from Tour Fund Bike New York’s free bike education and safety programs makes it even more meaningful.

“As a regular cyclist myself, I encourage all New Yorkers who can to pick up a bike, and hope this event inspires more of our neighbors to give it a try,” said the Mayor of New York, Eric Adams.. “Bicycling is a great way to get around, stay healthy and take care of our environment, and I’m so excited that the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is back in full swing so that tens of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors can be part of this great event.

The TD Five Boro Bike Tour is the premier fundraising event for Bike New York, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to empowering New Yorkers to transform their lives and communities through bike. Proceeds from the event directly fund free public bike education programs for more than 30,000 adults and children in the five boroughs.

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