Largest Bike Tour in North America Held

May 6, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
The kick-off of the 2012 TD 5 Boro Bike Tour in New York City, the largest bike tour of North America. (Source Communications)
The kick-off of the 2012 TD 5 Boro Bike Tour in New York City, the largest bike tour in North America. (Source Communications)

NEW YORK—The TD Five Boro Bike Tour attracted more than 30,000 cyclists on Sunday to ride through New York City on car-free lanes.

The annual event is considered the largest cycling event in North America. Starting in lower Manhattan, the route hit all five boroughs, crossed five major bridges, and ended on Staten Island.

The co-organizer Bike New York, a cycling lobby group, said it hopes the event will encourage cycling as the “most eco-friendly form of recreation and transportation day in and day out,” according to its website.

Drew Berman, who participated in the tour, said he hopes events like this will bring more awareness for cycling in the city. “Just in the last couple of years [the city] … made a lot of biker friendly roads and the fact that this event is … car free is amazing,” he said.

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