Five Boro Bike Tour hits Brooklyn

Cyclists take to the BQE for borough-spanning ride

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STRETCH LEGS-STRONG: Cyclists stop for a break during the Five Boro Bike Tour.
LAID BACK: A recumbent tandem bicycle was among the wild rides on display.
RIDE ON: A bike-rider takes to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway with the help of TD Bank and the New York Police Department.
PEACE AND GLOVE: The 40-mile-bike loop created a different type of vibrations from the freeway’s usual.
RAMPING UP: The ride was a highway to heaven for area bike lovers.

They were without a car in the world.

Cyclists rode atop normally auto-only thoroughfares such the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as part of the Five Boro Bike Tour on Sunday.

More than 30,000 bike-riders traversed all or part of the 40-mile loop, which began in Manhattan and, after excursions into the Bronx and Queens, traveled the length of Brooklyn, from the Pulaski Bridge in Greenpoint to the iconic span connecting Bay Ridge to Staten Island.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Or from Yellow Hook says:
Why were they not charged a toll on the V-N Bridge?
May 5, 2014, 5:29 pm
ty from pps says:
Or -- Seriously? I know you're trying to be cute, but couldn't you try a less dumb comment for comedic effect?

Did the NYC Marathon runners pay a toll? Or do you think there might be another mechanism for compensating the MTA, etc.? Hmmm?
May 5, 2014, 5:47 pm
The Chooch from The carbon-free Choochathon says:
Ya why should they pay a toll. The bikers are actually contributing something to the future of the City. The mooks with their car culture are dragging the city down. No bike should have to pay a toll on any city highway. Only cars should pay, because cars have an orders-of-magnitude greater impact on the city that is shouldered by the taxpayer.
May 5, 2014, 6:07 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Marathon runners cross from Staten Island to Brooklyn, the 'free' direction.

Either you are a vehicle or you aren't.

Bikers! All the benefits and NONE of the responsibilities!
May 6, 2014, 9:22 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
The Five Boro Bike Tour is a great ride through the city, but it would be even better if it took a longer leg through the Bronx. Right now it's perfunctory, about 5 blocks. Crossing at the 208th Street bridge in Inwood and across to Fordham, the Botanic Gardens & Bronx Zoo, and then down to the Triboro would be a better taste of that boro's more vibrant neighborhoods.
May 6, 2014, 9:59 am
ty from pps says:
Rufus, are you trying to out-dumb Or? I think you may have succeeded.
May 6, 2014, 11:17 am
ty from pps says:
Scott -- I suppose the length of the ride is a bit of a restriction. The Brooklyn and Manhattan segments are as short as they can be (basically), but they include a "loop" in Queens. Perhaps they could alternate year-by-year... Queens Loop (short distance in the Bronx) vs. Bronx Loop (direct onto Queensboro bridge).
May 6, 2014, 11:27 am
pk says:
Why do they take the QBB? Why not take the triboro instead?
May 6, 2014, 10:13 pm
ty from pps says:
PK -- I think it's to keep the highway open north of the Brooklyn Bridge. It keeps from LGA and the LIE flowing. The way it is routed, only the BQE south of the Bklyn Bridge and the Verrazano (plus the approach from the Belt Pkwy) is closed for a few hours. No additional highways (or segments of highways) have to be closed when they close the Queensboro Bridge.
May 7, 2014, 10:37 am
kevin from downtown says:
You know, it cost a lot more than the price of the toll to participate, so who's to say the toll wasn't paid?
May 7, 2014, 7:04 pm

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