Traffic apocalypse warning: The Five Boro Bike Tour is this Sunday, May 4

If you have somewhere to be on Sunday, you’d better leave on Saturday

Photograph: Bike New York

Bicycles! We like them. They’re good for you. They’re good for the environment. They’re good for going quite fast in very narrow spaces between slow-moving traffic where there might be vulnerable pedestrians. But you know what we don’t like? Citywide gridlock that lasts for an entire day. Surprise! That’s what’s happening on Sunday.
That’s right, the Five Boro Bike Tour is back, and it’s going to see over 30,000 cyclists tackle the 42-mile route that—as you could guess from the name—snakes through all five boroughs. Riders start in Battery Park, then travel up past Central Park, through Harlem to the Bronx, then on into Astoria Park in Queens for a brief rest. Then it’s over the Pulaski Bridge to Brooklyn, all the way down to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, on to the Fort Wadsworth Festival in Staten Island, then at last to the final stop at St. George. In short, it’s a pretty epic ride (that you probably wouldn’t want to tackle on a Citi Bike) and due to all the streets that will be closed off, it’s going to cause some pretty epic travel disruptions.
We’re not really knocking the Bike Tour—it’s been running since 1977, and as such, is an established and well-loved part of New York culture—but we do want to warn you that if you’re planning on driving anywhere in the city this weekend, you should probably rethink. May we suggest cycling? It’s pretty popular, apparently. 

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