Be a Part of It! 10 Things To Love about New York’s 5 Boro Bike Tour

Be a Part of It! 10 Things To Love about New York’s 5 Boro Bike TourOn the first Sunday in May, our NYC correspondent Gemma Gracewood went for a springtime bike ride through the city… with 32,000 other people. Here’s her report, with fantastic photos. New York, New York: a city of islands, bridges, tunnels and five boroughs. What’s not to bike? The motorways, of course. But actually, for 38 years in a row, Bike New York has been allowed to unleash thousands of cyclists on the city’s freeways during its annual tour of the city’s five boroughs – an event that raises funds for its bike education programmes. This year was my third in a row – I first covered the event for Metro with my brother, …
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If you can make it here… Videos from a New York cycle tour

Our Greg Wood went over to New York some months ago, to ride the 5 Boro’s Tour, and see what all the cycling excitement in New York is all about – new cycleways, new bike share system, new enthusiasm for BIKES. If you didn’t manage to come along to his presentation to CAA’s AGM some weeks ago, the videos from the tour are here. There are four videos: The 5 Boro’s Tour – A great amble through and around NYC, on this massive-sized ride (Greg loved it, despite the cold and the jet lag). The People – Meet the movers and shakers that turned NYC around for cycling. Paul Steely …
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New York City in Auckland

If Auckland is really 10 years behind NYC in terms of cycling… is that a hopeful, or a painful thought – seeing how much cycling is advancing in New York now? They are reaping the pay-off after many years of hard work of advocates and politicians and other people. We’d love for Auckland 2023 (or earlier, we’ll take earlier) to have such an appetite for cycling as NYC is currently experiencing. We are talking about this because we currently have the delight of hosting Paul Steely White from NYC’s Transportation Alternatives here in Auckland – organised by Cycle Action, sponsored by NZTA. We are making the most of his visit, …
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New York 5 Boros Tour – Video Teaser

The 5 Boros Tour is one of the largest NYC cycle events. Fun, big, funky, a race that isn’t a race. Here’s a little video of this year’s event. Come to our AGM on the 25th September to let Greg Wood tell you all about it, and about the booming New York City cycle culture!
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New York – If you can make it here…

Blog by Greg Wood New York was once called New Amsterdam – and given just how much bicycle infrastructure they’ve implemented recently, it might well be on its way to reclaiming that title. I went to New York in May this year to ride the 40-mile 5 Boro Tour as part of a fact-finding trip to see just how one of the world’s busiest cities has made such dramatic progress, and to explore the tourism potential of a large group ride here in Auckland. Because if they can make it there, surely we can make it happen here? We documented infrastructure, politics, funding and the big ride itself, and rode …
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Paul Steely White – New York coming our way!

We’re finalising our plans for a visit to Auckland next month by Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives (New York’s highly successful professional advocacy group for public transport, walking and cycling – listing 100,000 supporters, thousands of members and several dozen staff). Paul’s impressive international reputation reflects his success in helping transform New York for active and integrated transport. He  is on his way to Perth and Melbourne, where he will be keynote speaker at major transport conference events. Thanks to sponsorship by the NZTA and Cycle Action, he will be spending 3 days in Auckland en-route to the big country over the ditch. We’re grateful to Council’s ‘Auckland …
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Between cars and pedestrians, New York cyclists finding their space…

An interesting article here touching on some of the gains cycling is making in New York City. Their new bike share system had an average of 7 daily uses for each of their 6,000 bikes on its best day a week ago, and even hotels are getting into the business of providing hire bikes (something that reminded me of cycling in Berlin, where on one single 500m stretch of street, you had 5 (!) different public bike hire offers). At the same time, New York cyclists are struggling not only with cars – despite their much improved cycleways – but also with pedestrians in same cycleways. As cycle numbers rise …
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