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Ride Metro-North to Big Bike Events on May 4-5

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Participants in the Five Boro Bike Tour (Image via Bike New York)

 

Large numbers of cyclists will converge on New York City and Cold Spring this weekend. If you’re one of them, you can avoid traffic, parking and street closures by taking the train to the big events. 
 
To make it easier to ride the rails with your bike in hand, Metro-North Railroad is waiving the usual requirement to carry a bicycle permit to board one of our trains. We’re also suspending restrictions on the number of bicycles permitted on board trains. Here are details on all three events.
 
The TD Five Boro Bike Tour attracts 32,000 cyclists from around the region for a 40-mile course through all five boroughs of New York City. It starts in the morning of Sunday, May 5, in Lower Manhattan. To get there, ride Metro-North to Grand Central Terminal, where you can either catch the 4 Subway Line Icon or 6 Subway Line Icon subway lines to the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall subway station or cycle to the start of the tour. (The 5 subway will not be running.) The distance to the start is about 3.5 miles.
 
The Ridge Hill Putnam Cycling Classic also on Sunday, May 5, starts and ends just steps away from Metro-North’s Cold Spring Station on the Hudson Line. You can select from 37 and 79.6-miles courses and ride at your own pace. Save time and money when you purchase a combined discounted round-trip rail ticket with your event registration. The 7:44 a.m. departure from Grand Central Terminal will arrive at Cold Spring at 8:58 a.m., just in time for the start of the ride.
 
Bike Expo New York: The need to show conductors a bike permit is also suspended on Saturday, May 4, to help you get to Bike Expo New York, held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the East River’s Pier 36 in Lower Manhattan.