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Five Boro Bike Tour includes Gowanus Expressway, Verrazano Bridge

Bike tour to close roadways Sunday

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If you’ve ever said to yourself you could move faster on the Gowanus Expressway if you were riding a bike, here’s your chance to prove it.

The TD Five Boro Bike Tour comes to Brooklyn this Sunday, and with it the chance to bike the Gowanus.

Brooklyn drivers, be prepared. Cars won’t be able to drive south on the expressway Sunday until the 40-mile ride ends and the roads reopen around 2 pm, said Elizabeth Kiker, an event spokeswoman.

And it’s not a race — it’s a tour. That means riders of all ages will be heading on the highway at a leisurely pace. The tour has three staggered start times, the first at 7:45 am. The first riders will stream down the Gowanus Expressway about 9:30 am, said Kiker.

In the wake of the Boston Marathon attack, bicyclists — unlike last year — won’t be allowed to bring backpacks, panniers or hydration packs, according to the event’s website. If brought to the ride, these items will be confiscated and not returned. Small bags and water bottles, however, will be allowed.

The event is raising funds for Boston attack victims through the One Fund Boston. Riders will be encouraged to donate $5 toward this organization and given an “I Ride for Boston” sticker.

“We have been truly humbled by the outpouring of support and we are grateful to our brothers and sisters in New York who will Ride for Boston this weekend,” Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said in a statement. “As we continue to move forward from the tragic events at the Marathon, efforts like this are very moving and very much appreciated.”

The bike tour is held every year on the first Sunday in May. The route starts in lower Manhattan and heads up through Central Park. It enters the Bronx via the Madison Avenue Bridge, then quickly comes back to Manhattan for a trip down the FDR Drive. From midtown, the route goes over the Queensboro Bridge into Queens, to the TriBorough Bridge, then down the western shoreline of Queens and over the Pulaski Bridge into northern Brooklyn.

From Greenpoint, riders will make their way along the northern coast of Brooklyn to Brooklyn Bridge Park, then onto the Gowanus Expressway to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which riders will take for the final leg of the journey into Staten Island.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

o3 from bk says:
wanna guess what this thread is fossiled-into?

shorter: get off my lawn!
May 4, 2013, 11:37 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Will they have to pay the toll on the Tri-Boro (RFK) Bridge?

If not, why not?
May 4, 2013, 11:59 am
ty from pps says:
Same reason the runners in the NYC Marathon don't pay the toll for the Triboro Bridge. Don't be such a douchebag, Or.
May 4, 2013, 12:27 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Bikes are vehicles.

Feet are not.

Rules state charges for vehicles and axles.

Make them stop and pay.
May 4, 2013, 12:39 pm
ty from pps says:
Hey Or,
Guess what. The rules also state that both pedestrians and bicycles are banned from the Triboro Bridge roadway. And the Verrazano and the BQE and the FDR.
May 4, 2013, 1:40 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
So, when they use the roadway, they pay the toll.

Simple. Maybe too simple for you.

They can always walk them across the for free in the RFK bridge.
May 4, 2013, 2:16 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
TD Bank is paying all the tolls tomorrow. Every weekend between now and November will not be good times to drive around the City. Subways are 100% tomorrow so that is the way to go. The really good news? The F%$ing hipsters take it up the a$% on Memorial day weekend and the Northside festival when the blessed , beloved, magical, whimsical, L line gets shut the F&@k down for track work. Enjoy your Bike Shares on Memorial day weekend hipsters because your L line is SHUT DOWN!!!!
May 4, 2013, 4:31 pm
old time brookln from slope says:
td bank is Toronto dominion bank out of of Canada - hmm - why is foreign lefty money funding bike Nazis lmao - let the games begin - ty and or are obvious babe magnets lol
May 4, 2013, 5:45 pm
trans alt from my bike says:
Great, can't wait until the Gowanus is a bike path!!! It won't be long until the BQE looks like Octavia Blvd in SF!!!

P.S. Only self absorbed polluting a-holes pay tolls.
May 4, 2013, 9:11 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
self absorbed polluting a-holes pay tolls - and proud of paying my share but I do get tax benefits for parking. I keep my car during winter in a metro north parking lot which was free until a few years ago so now I get pretax credits instead - mazel tov
May 5, 2013, 7:38 am
ty from pps says:
So, old time, it sounds like you are committing tax fraud... hmmm? Using tax credits intended for commuting expenses to pay to store your personal car. Awesome. You should be proud -- tell me again, how is tax fraud "paying your fair share"?
May 5, 2013, 9:43 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I agree with Or on saying that cyclists should be paying tolls if they are using the crossings that have them. Why should they have to ride for free when all other motorists have to pay? If they are to be treated like vehicles, then they should pay the same way as all other vehicles. Of course those over on fanatical websites such as Streetsblog will all go into victim mode on that. Even though bicycles are banned now from using the actual roadway on a normal basis now, I know that the bike zealots will fight so that they can use them if they had their way. On a side note, I do get a say on the highways that ty mentioned, because they happen to be either state or federally funded in which my taxes are involved, and I don't have to repeat myself on anything the MTA controls since I have already stated that no that long ago.
May 5, 2013, 3:37 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Relax Tal, the cyclists have now reaped the whirlwind . They have pushed the cycle culture just hard enough to set off "bike-share". Now they be lumped in with any old ass-hat that thinks he can ride a bike. The old, the fat, the tourist, the kids and the stupid. The new breed will make their contribution to the bad cyclists behavior. Enough people will get killed or hurt so their will be a real law enforcement crack down on bad cycling behavior. Within the next year or so the common running of red lights but all cyclists will not longer be tolerated. The spandex crowd will finaly be brought to heel.
May 5, 2013, 5:08 pm
ty from pps says:
Swampy --
I actually support enforcement of bad bicycle behavior... but...

"Enough people will get killed or hurt so their will be a real law enforcement crack down on bad cycling behavior."

When will there be enough people killed or hurt so their [sic] will be a real law enforcement crack down on bad DRIVER behavior??!?

Again, not excusing bad behavior of any type, but if there is a "crackdown" it will be a political stunt and won't have anything to do with safety. If safety was a real issue, well....
May 5, 2013, 7:15 pm
ty from pps says:
"No criminality suspected..."

66 fatal crashes so far this year, THREE drivers charged. The rest probably didn't even get a citation.
May 5, 2013, 7:22 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
cyclists are drivers. Most cyclists run red lights routinely, most car drivers do not. This is true. You know that this is true. When this behavior changes cyclists may be treated like adults instead of petulant children. We both know this will not happen.
May 5, 2013, 8:18 pm
ty from pps says:
When will there be enough people killed or hurt so their [sic] will be a real law enforcement crack down on bad MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER behavior??!?
May 5, 2013, 8:59 pm
ty from pps says:
"No criminality suspected..." 66 fatal crashes so far this year, THREE drivers charged. The rest probably didn't even get a citation. When will that change?
May 5, 2013, 9 pm
ty from pps says:
Swampy -- I know you think bicycles are the end of civilization as we know it.... because I guess bicycles cause you great pain? But ignoring the lack of enforcement of 2-ton chunks of steel and glass is just plain stupid.

Was is a lack of enforcement of cyclists that killed the people in the 66 fatal crashes so far this year?
May 5, 2013, 9:04 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
So, old time, it sounds like you are committing tax fraud... hmmm? Using tax credits intended for commuting expenses to pay to store your personal car. Awesome. You should be proud -- tell me again, how is tax fraud "paying your fair share"?

well I pay when I go over a bridge - the rest Is gravy like the rent stableized apt my daughter will take over as her name goes on the lease the day she is 18 (a cousin got a 50k payoff to leave his )and the family home in Flatbush oops (ditmas park ) the is mucho worth:) -or kiss my Irish as
s lol
May 5, 2013, 10:05 pm
ty from pps says:
Yeah, old time, you're just a model citizen.
May 6, 2013, 8:29 am
Man with an education from Downtown says:
If you idiots could read you would see the story says the ride goes over the toll-free Queensboro Bridge. Once in Queens they ride TO the Triboro Bridge, not over it. Not mentioned is the riders stop for treats and a break in the park under the TriBoro. But anyone with half a brain would realize that if the bikers ride down the western shoreline of Queens to the Pulaski Bridge, then they did not ride over the TriBoro into Manhattan.
May 6, 2013, 11:54 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
As usual, the bike zealots bring up cars to dodge the issue when it happens to be about bicycles.
May 6, 2013, 2:37 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
ty from pps says:

Yeah, old time, you're just a model citizen.

just doing my yob :)
May 7, 2013, 9:56 pm

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