Eyes on the Street: Five Borough Bike Tour

What a big weekend for public cycling events. This Sunday, more than 30,000 cyclists enjoyed perfect weather for the 30th anniversary of the Five Borough Bike Tour, a 42-mile traffic free ride through the city including a jaunt along the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn. It is the largest recreational cycling event in America.

Photo: diddlbiker/Flickr

  • my wife and I seriously considered heading up with the kids and a trailer and a trail-a-bike

    we did bike new york together before we were married

    but I went and raced my mountain bike in the mud instead

  • Michael

    Congratulations to you bikers. I am in the above photo. Me with my kids in the green Civic, smiling and waving while every other driver was getting all pissed off. Good for you all, it was your turn for the roads!

  • mork

    Cool photo. I wonder how many more people per hour the BQE can carry when it’s full of human-powered vehicles.

  • Sue

    I was irked that the survey was closed just one day after I received a link to it. I had plenty to say, which I did anyway to their general email address. Basically, I’m glad I did it this year but I had these issues –

    First, looks like they overbooked cyclists. Second, rest areas weren’t where they were supposed to be (Central Park). Third, we weren’t warned that a rest area would be closed around a certain time. Fourth, there were too many delays and walks (see my first comment). Also, some people rode on high standing thingys that moved when they pushed the handlebars back and forth. Those were annoying and dangerous! They took up too much room. Those should be banned!


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