The Five Boro Bike Tour takes over New York City. That’s why more than 32,000 cyclists from around the world rode the 40 miles.

New York — New York City Five-boro bike tour It is the largest charity bike ride in the United States. The trip begins in Manhattan, then covers 40 miles through the five boroughs to end in Staten Island.

Route map for the Five Boro Bike Tour

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The first wave of cyclists started at 7:30 a.m. from the intersection of Franklin Street and Church Street in Tribeca. The last wave left at 10:25 AM

The route then heads to the Bronx, then to Queens, then down to Brooklyn and ends at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, where passengers can then board a ferry back to Manhattan.

“It’s 40 miles and I’m enjoying every minute of it,” said Anthony Maynard, of Columbia, South Carolina.

“It was a great destination and it was a tour, not a race, so we thought it would be a first for us,” said Nicole Mueller, from Texas. “We’re not cyclists, so we trained some.” Starting line.

Many riders arrived Saturday to pick up their bibs and attend the annual blessing of the bikes.

“One of the reasons people come here, certainly not the only reason, but one of the reasons is because people realize how dangerous it is to ride a bike in New York, and they come to pray for their safety and ask us to protect them.” “Pray with them for their safety,” said Patrick Malloy, dean of St. Catherine the Divine Cathedral.

There is no official finish time for the race, but most riders should finish by the evening.

“We ride a tandem bike together, so it will be interesting to take it to another level. We trained yesterday in Central Park, we’re good in New York, we’re good,” added Meredith Metsifer of Arizona. “This is going to be amazing. I can’t wait to see New York in a completely different way.”

Cycling for a reason

The Five Boro Bike Tour caters to all ages and abilities.

“It’s like a microcosm of the world,” said Ken Podziba, president and CEO of Bike New York.

More than 32,000 cyclists participate in the charity ride, which raises money for Bike New York’s free bike education programs. The nonprofit teaches children and adults how to ride a bike, as well as bike safety.

“I’m riding on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,” said Steve Schiffman, whose wife has cystic fibrosis.

“We wanted to spread awareness of ovarian cancer,” said Nicole Mueller, of the National Ovarian Cancer Alliance in Dallas, Texas.

Participants from around the world say the event represents a rare opportunity to explore the city in this way.

“I think a lot of people who maybe aren’t familiar with the city, they think New York is just Manhattan, but there’s so much more to New York, and I think doing it on a bike is probably the most unique way you can do it,” said Will Stafford, of Virginia. do it”.

Five Boro Bike Tour route closed

Naturally, the bike tour also meant closing streets, bridges and tunnels for drivers throughout the city.

The Staten Island-bound lower level of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge was closed from 2 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the upper level remained open in both directions.

The Robert F. Kennedy Bridge exit ramp to southbound FDR will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The approach to the Hue El Tunnel has been closed. Cary to the westbound Gowanus/Brooklyn Queens Expressway from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m

See the full list of road closures here.

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