Registration for Bike New York’s TD Five Boro Bike Tour has been extended and will now close at 11:59 PM EDT on SUNDAY, 8/15.
The event offers an unmatched opportunity to ride 40 miles through New York City’s five boroughs car free, in a festival atmosphere. Though typically the event hosts 32,000 riders, this year, registration is capped at 20,000 (more room to ride).
Here’s a sneak peek👀 at what you can expect on event day this year:
Fully supported rest areas with bike maintenance and medical care ⚕️
Snow cone trucks at three rest areas: FDR, ConEd, and Commodore Barry 🍧
Numerous cooling stations to help you beat the August heat ☀️
Entertainment stops with local musicians and performers. )Check out one of the performers, Music With a Message, here) 🎤
Brand new Finish Festival location at Empire Outlets in Staten Island, conveniently located next to the ferry (don’t forget to bring your cycling shoe covers with you to the Finish Fest!) 🎉
Stress-free bike parking located at the Finish Fest 🚲
Celebrate your achievement with an ice-cold beer! Food and New Belgium beer will be sold at the Clinton Hall Beer Garden on Level 4 at the Finish Fest. Make sure to bring your ID and cash or card! 🍺
10-minute post-Tour Guided Stretching Sessions led by Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Sports Health experts at NYU Langone Health, from 11am-3:30pm 🤸
Frozen treats courtesy of our partners at TD Bank🍨
The TD Five Boro Bike Tour is back! Bike New York and its city government partners announce that the popular ride will once again welcome bike lovers from across New York and around the country on its new date of Sunday, August 22, 2021.
“Preparations are underway for the 43rd edition of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Ken Podziba, President and CEO of Bike New York. “We’re thrilled and so grateful that we can once again host our celebrated car-free ride this year—and what better time to announce it than during Bike Month.”
The event, which typically has drawn up to 32,000 riders annually and opens 40 miles of NYC’s busiest roadways for cyclists, returns to a city energized by cycling thanks to the 2020 bike boom and an increased demand for Open Streets across the five boroughs.
“New York City is proud to celebrate the cycling boom—and the return of iconic events that highlight great neighborhoods in all five boroughs—by welcoming the TD Five Boro Bike Tour this summer,” said New York City Senior Advisor for Recovery Lorraine Grillo. “We look forward to welcoming locals and tourists alike to enjoy a safe, exciting event this year.”
“Given the pivotal role that bikes have played in protecting the health, wellness, and safety of New Yorkers through the pandemic—especially for essential workers commuting to their jobs—it feels right that bikes will also play a part in powering New York City’s economic revitalization,” Podziba remarked. “The Tour has been a landmark event for NYC for decades, and it’s a true highlight for international tourism. We hope our ride will continue to support the city we call home as we all strive to come back strong from these hardships.”
“Now more than ever, New Yorkers need a safe and welcoming space to reconnect, to celebrate,” he added. “Bike New York is hard at work making the 2021 Tour into the joyful and safe day of community fun that cycling enthusiasts have treasured for nearly half a century.”
The TD Five Boro Bike Tour is a fundraising event for Bike New York, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to provide free bike education opportunities to New Yorkers. Proceeds from the ride fund public classes that reach over 25,000 children and adults each year, with special focus given to improving cycling access and resources to residents of neighborhoods historically overlooked in infrastructure improvements. In addition to free classes held at Community Bike Education Centers located in all five boroughs, Bike New York has introduced bike safety education programs into area middle schools, co-developed a job training and placement program for bike mechanics with Brooklyn’s One Community, and helped pilot a free bike rental system in Shirley Chisholm State Park.
Though the organization’s 2020 education and events calendar was suspended in response to the pandemic, Bike New York introduced virtual programming to inform new bike boom cyclists and keep seasoned members of the city’s cycling community engaged and connected. The 2021 TD Five Boro Bike Tour will support the return of Bike New York’s in-person classes while sustaining their online offerings, which reached more than 30,000 viewers worldwide in 2020.
Details about the August 22 event, including registration information, total number of participants, and changes to the event format, will be released in the coming weeks. “With the safety and well-being of participants being our highest priority, we will continue working with our government partners to monitor the changing Covid-19 climate and will adapt the Tour to satisfy all requirements that may be in place at any given time until ride day,” Podziba confirmed.
Riders are advised to subscribe to Bike New York’s newsletter and social media for the latest updates about the 2021 TD Five Boro Bike Tour.
New York, NY — Bike New York has announced the launch of Spoketober, a virtual event to be held from October 1–31. Cyclists from all over the world will be invited to participate by simply riding everyday. Participants will have the opportunity to compete for prizes and earn exclusive cycling apparel by fundraising in support of the nonprofit’s mission. Proceeds from this virtual event will support Bike New York’s bicycle education programs, including their roster of online classes offered in response to the pandemic.
“Having the skills and confidence to ride a bike is more important than ever as Covid-19 continues to impact our daily lives. This virtual event is a huge step forward for Bike New York as we explore new ways to connect our supporters, students, and other cyclists around the world through the joy, freedom, and power of taking that ride,” said Ken Podziba, President and CEO of Bike New York. “Biking is an excellent form of socially distant transportation and exercise with unparalleled mental health and environmental benefits. Even in these challenging times, we are continuing to bring people together through cycling with innovative events and programs that empower bicycling all over the world. When the road gets rough, we ride on together!”
Spoketober participants will monitor their progress and keep track of their month-long challenge through Kitler Rewards, an interactive leaderboard app that syncs with a variety of popular fitness tracking apps including Strava, Fitbit, Garmin Connect, Apple Health, and Google Fit. Challengers will earn 100 points for each day in October that they take a ride of five miles or more, which will count toward a variety of Spoketober-exclusive rewards and prizes throughout the month. Flash challenges will arise throughout the month, giving participants an opportunity to earn additional points while mixing up the routine of their daily rides.
Riders are encouraged to turn their Spoketober Challenge into fundraisers to benefit Bike New York’s free education programs. Fundraisers who reach $150 and $300 benchmarks will automatically earn Primal Wear gear. Bike New York will provide tools and resources to help fundraisers spread the word about their Spoketober rides and reach their goals.
Spoketober participants will also have the opportunity to compete for a host of prizes including two top-of-the-line performance road bikes courtesy of Trek, two custom limited edition New Belgium fat tire cruisers, and evaluations at NYU Langone Health’s Sports Performance Center, with additional rider rewards provided by Primal Wear, Clif Bar, and Nuun. Full prize details can be viewed here. All participants will have access to a number of perks from event sponsors, including a 10% discount on an evaluation at NYU Langone Health’s Sports Performance Center, 20% off Primal Wear’s online store, US participants will receive a 15% discount on an online order at Clif Bar, and 25% off Nuun’s online store.
General participant registration costs $15, while Bike New York Members and Volunteers can register for $10. Entry fees will be waived for 2020 TD Five Boro Bike Tour registrants. Proceeds from the virtual event will support Bike New York’s completely free, year-round curriculum of classes which reach more than 33,000 children and adults of all ages and abilities each year. In response to Covid-19, Bike New York has pivoted many of these programs online, and launched a brand new virtual bike resource hub to ensure optimal accessibility to bike learning tools.
World Bicycle Day takes on new meaning this year as people across the globe look to bicycling as a socially distant transportation and recreation option.
Bike New York is joining with organizations and individuals around the world June 3 in celebration of World Bicycle Day by announcing the official launch of an online resource made to help cyclists of all ages and skill levels empower themselves to ride at home.
The new Virtual Bike Education Resource Hub is a comprehensive database of free- and low-cost materials designed for parents and educators to inform and inspire kids through the power of bicycles; for adult cyclists, Bike New York has initiated a series of easy-to-follow how-to videos, virtual classes, and riding tips adapted from their popular in-person class curriculum. Bike New York encourages their fellow New Yorkers and cyclists everywhere to use the Resource Hub to promote safe, informed, and socially distant rides to work (for essential workers), to the corner bodega, down the block, or just for fun around the nearest park or trail.
Established as a global annual event in 2018, this year’s World Bicycle Day comes during the COVID-19 pandemic and an unprecedented surge in bicycling. “Today, we celebrate biking–an activity that has provided a sustainable means of affordable transportation, recreation, and commerce for two centuries; now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, biking is still the most effective and affordable means of travel to, from, and through our communities,” said Ken Podziba, President and CEO of Bike New York. “The bicycle is a simple, equitable, reliable, clean, wellness-focused, and environmentally responsible means of transportation that facilitates ready access to work, education, healthcare, and recreation activities. As we look beyond this pandemic, it is clear that the bicycle is an integral part of the recovery process from COVID-19’s global economic impact, especially for our most vulnerable communities.”
For Bike New York, the emerging role of bicycles as a critical component of the infrastructure of recovery means getting as many people as possible comfortable and confident riding–starting with our littlest cyclists. Bike New York’s new online resource hub is specifically curated for to provide parents and educators with a suite of digital bike learning resources–including reading lists, videos, movies, documentaries, activities, and curricula–to keep students from pre-K through high school engaged with the history, community, fitness, and fun of cycling. As a virtual companion to Bike New York’s in-person education programming throughout the five boroughs, the organization is continuing to build a digital curriculum of instructional videos and informative online materials for adults and children, aiming for this resource hub to promote easy online learning year-round. “Our goal with this bike education resource hub is to support your ride on World Bicycle Day and beyond,” said Podziba, who also serves as the chairman of the League of American Bicyclists. “We encourage cyclists of all ages to ride safely and remember that they’re riding in tandem with thousands of others around the world. We’re riding for a movement, so that World Bicycle Day will be celebrated in the next century!”
VOICES FROM THE GLOBAL CYCLING COMMUNITY
World Bicycle Day was established in 2018 by the United Nations General Assembly in recognition of the bicycle’s longevity and its status as one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transportation. The resolution encourages member states, civic organizations, and the private sector to improve road safety with the development of active transportation infrastructure, policy, and design with a focus on broader public health outcomes. In addition, the resolution notes the bicycle’s role as a means to foster sustainable development and strengthen education.
“Biking was always going to be a big part of New York City’s future, and that is more true than ever during and after this pandemic,” said New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “We are experiencing a bike boom, and those of us in government are working to provide the safe and open streets children deserve to learn how to bike safely. I just bought a bike myself and I hope to see more and more New Yorkers out there on two wheels with me in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. I thank Bike New York for their advocacy and all the work they do to help people bike safely.”
“Creating a culture of safe biking in New York City is a critical way we can improve access to affordable mobility and zero emissions mobility,” said Mark Chambers, Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.“Bike New York’s effort today helps expand biking across the five boroughs and in turn, helps our city do the hard work of crafting a shared and just future for our residents and our planet.”
“Manhattan joins Bike New York in celebrating World Bicycle Day and the launch of their online resource hub, an important resource at a time when more and more New Yorkers, including myself, are using cycling as a form of transportation and recreation,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “This online resource hub will serve the next generation of the bicycle community as we prepare to safely re-open our borough and our city for work and play.”
“One small bright spot during this enormously difficult time for our city has been the increasing number of people turning to biking as a commuting option. As a cyclist myself, this trend must continue after the COVID-19 pandemic passes. I have been proud to support safe biking infrastructure throughout the borough, and Bike New York has been an indispensable partner in the efforts to make our streets more bike-friendly. I wish a happy World Bicycle Day to all Brooklynites and New Yorkers who get around on two wheels!” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
“As an avid bike rider and proponent of events such as the Tour de Bronx– the largest free cycling event in the country–I applaud the launch of Bike New York’s new online resource hub that will educate students and their parents about this great mode of transportation for Bronx residents,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “Alternative transportation has been an essential focus during my tenure, and bicycling is emerging as a great way to get around the city, as we rethink how we do things and adjust to our new realities.”
“My bet for the future is on the bicycle and an ever-increasing global cycling literacy. Take a ride with me (us) and celebrate World Bicycle Day not only on June 3, but every day thereafter,” said Leszek Sibilski, founder, World Bicycle Day.
“The bicycle is the best vehicle ever invented,” said Bill Nesper, Executive Director of the League of the American Bicyclists. “The bicycle remains a symbol of freedom, transforms lives and communities, and is a solution to personal and environmental health. We celebrate World Bicycling Day today by calling on decision makers everywhere to make biking safe, comfortable, and accessible to all.”
“As the world resets into a ‘new now’ post COVID-19, we at the Cape Town Cycle Tour believe that the bicycle offers the world a sustainable, healthy, and naturally socially distant transport solution,” said David Bellairs, Event Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. “We applaud Bike New York’s new online resource hub and join with them as we seek ways to promote bicycling as a global platform for change and mobility. Let us change the world for the better one pedal stroke at a time!”
“The bicycle will become more and more important for our future, after this difficult period, both for urban mobility and for fun,” says Matteo Gerevini, General Manager of Formula Bici, the Association that brings together the most important amateur cycling events in Italy. “The bicycle is the future for all the big cities in the world and also an important tool for the promotion of regional tourism–as evidenced by all the events affiliated to Formula Bici, which are organized in various locations, from large cities to high mountains, from sea to small villages, and the best possible way to visit them is by bicycle!”
“Bicycles have been an incredible lifeline in cities all over the world throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the incredible potential of bikes as a resiliency tool for transportation, empowerment and active recreation,” said Dan Suraci, Principal of Urban Cycling Solutions. “We have an opportunity to crystalize these results and catalyze higher public health, economic and environmental outcomes by encouraging more people-centric transportation infrastructure such as open streets and a more robust network of protected bike lanes.”
Bike New York is also collecting stories, poetry, photography, and art submissions for a new editorial series celebrating the role of bicycling in city life and illustrating the myriad ways that bikes may have intersected or shaped people’s experiences of New York City. Original works may be submitted via this link: