NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND BIKE NEW YORK ANNOUNCE MAJOR ENHANCEMENT TO TD FIVE BORO BIKE TOUR ON SUNDAY MAY 1, WITH ADDITIONAL HOUR TO ENJOY AMERICA’S BIGGEST CHARITY BIKE RIDE

 

Registration still open for the Tour, with more time and space to enjoy 40+ miles of car-free NYC streets, a once-in-a-lifetime experience

 While an hour may have been lost for daylight savings, Bike New York is gaining an hour for the upcoming 2022 TD Five Boro Bike Tour. In partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT), Bike New York announced today that riders in the 2022 Tour will now have an additional hour to enjoy the sights and sounds of the most exciting city in the world car-free! The additional hour marks the Tour’s first significant change in decades, providing an enhanced experience for riders to enjoy the boroughs with a lot more space between other riders. The extra hour will be built into the beginning of the Tour with starting waves running from 7:30 am to 11:30 am.

The announcement comes as the Tour, which was capped at 20,000 registrants last year and notably delayed until August, will operate at full capacity for the first time since 2019, with 32,000 cyclists riding. Registration for the Sunday, May 1 ride is now open for New Yorkers and visitors as the world reopens and as cycling surges in popularity with thousands of local cyclists hopping on the bike bandwagon. During the height of the pandemic, average weekday cycling ridership was up an estimated 33 percent with shops selling out of bikes and parts. Overall ridership continues to trend upwards.

“The extra hour is a game-changer for the riders of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour,” said Bike New York President & CEO Ken Podziba. “The ability to spread out the start waves means less congestion, plus additional space to soak in the amazing views and enjoy a more leisurely, free-wheeling ride. This year’s Tour will be the best one yet, and we’re grateful to Mayor Adams, Commissioner Rodriguez, and all our government partners for working with us to infuse an exciting, new liberating feel to the Tour experience.”

The TD Five Boro Bike Tour is the premier fundraising event for Bike New York, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to empowering New Yorkers to transform their lives and their communities through cycling. Proceeds from the event directly fund free public bike education programs for over 30,000 adults and kids each year throughout the five boroughs. Bike New York co-produces this iconic New York tradition with NYCDOT.

“DOT is thrilled that not only will the TD Five Boro Bike Tour be back at full capacity this year, but riders will also have an extra hour to enjoy riding on car-free roadways across all five boroughs,” said NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “May will be Bike Month – and so I thank Bike New York for their work to have us kick it off right this year – as well as for their efforts year-round to promote bicycle ridership and safety amongst New Yorkers of all ages.”

“As the proud title sponsor of the Five Boro Bike Tour, TD is excited for the extended time that riders will now be able to enjoy our magnificent city, in what will surely be another amazing Tour through the streets of New York City on Sunday, May 1,” said Andrew Bregenzer, Regional President of Metro NY, TD Bank.

For more information and to register for the 2022 TD Five Boro Bike Tour, visit www.bike.nyc/tour.

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About Bike New York

Bike New York is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides free bike education programs throughout New York City. Bike New York teaches bike education and safety skills to 30,000 kids and adults each year. Funding for these programs comes from numerous annual events, including the TD Five Boro Bike Tour and regional rides like Twin Lights. www.bike.nyc.

About the TD Five Boro Bike Tour

Co-produced by Bike New York and the NYC Department of Transportation, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is a 40-mile, car-free bike ride that began in 1977. It has grown to become the world’s largest charitable ride and the world’s largest urban bicycling event.

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