Five Boro Bike Tour 2013

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The 2013 Five Boro Bike Tour is this Sunday, May 5th.

New York’s Five Boro Bike Tour is the largest recreational cycling event in the United States. Every year on the first Sunday of May, over 30,000 riders participate in the 42 mile ride around New York City. The route, closed to automobile traffic, takes riders through all five boroughs of New York City, across five major bridges, and finally across New York Harbor on the Staten Island Ferry. It is a lot of fun for cyclists of all skill sets and highly recommended.

  • official Bike New York 5 Boro Bike Tour site
  • 5 Boro Bike Tour Map
  • PACKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. All participants must pick up their packet and vest at Bike Expo New York on May 3 and 4 (the days preceding the tour). You must show valid photo identification (see valid photo identification) and your registration e-mail to receive your tour packet. Alternatively, you can send a member of your group to the Expo with the proxy packet pickup form, available by emailing a request to The Expo will take place at Basketball City on Pier 36 located along South St. at Montgomery St., Manhattan, NYC. Click here to view a map of the intersection of South St. & Montgomery St. Visitors are encouraged to bike, walk or take public transportation. It sits directly next to the East Side Greenway (at Montgomery Street) making it perfectly accessible via bicycle. Bike valet parking will be available. Click HERE for more information on the Bike Expo.
  • Important Updates on Security: Backpacks, Hydration Packs and Panniers/Saddlebags NOT permitted. Small bike bags, fanny packs and water bottles are allowed. more info
  • FAQs from Bike New York
  • Street Closures: How to avoid the 5 Boro Bike Tour

Schedule Details Staggered Starts

In order to minimize congestion at the start, rest areas and the finish festival, there will be three different start times. This will reduce waiting times at the start and provide a better overall experience for Tour participants.


In Central Park there will be three full lanes of the East Drive available to riders.
Due to construction changes, the Tour will continue to along the BQE and Gowanus Parkway this year to the Verrazano Bridge bypassing Shore Parkway.
Start Times and Schedule

Start times are organized according to your rider number and color. Please see below for a detailed list of the start times and corresponding rider numbers and colors. You should have received an e-mail containing your rider number in early April.

Start one – 7:45am (Blue Start)
Recommended arrival time: 6:00 am -7:30 am
Enter at Park Place
Get Local Directions

Note that the bike route will begin to close to vehicular traffic at 7:30am, be sure to take this into account when planning your arrival. It is not recommended to drive to the start area for Starts 2 or 3.

Start two – 8:30 am (Red Start)
Recommended arrival time: 7:30 am- 8:15 am
Enter at Rector Street
Get Local Directions

Start three – 9:15 am (Silver Start)
Recommended arrival time: 8:15am – 9:00am
Enter at Battery Place and Greenwich Street
Prior to 8:15am, Start 3 riders wait at Battery Park
Get Local Directions

Tour Marshals will be on site to direct riders to appropriate entry streets.
In the event that members of a group are assigned different start times, please leave together in Start 3.

Once the ride starts, the front of the Tour travels at 18 mph and the tail at 6 mph. Cyclists who fall behind are given the option of either boarding SAG vehicles traveling at the tail of the Tour or leaving the Tour as the route permits.

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Finish Line and Festival at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island

Interesting Google search data shows more interest in this 5 Boro Bike Tour than other held recently. There is also a ton of interest in Citibike (more on that soon).