Metro-North Can Get You to the TD Five-Boro Bike Tour Safely and On Time
April 29th, 2014
Metro-North has a reliable way to get bicyclists to Sunday's TD Five-Boro Bike Tour. The event attracts more than 30,000 cyclists from around the region and beyond. The MTA is the best way to get to the ride safely and on time.
Metro-North Railroad and New York City Subway allow bicycles year-round. But special accommodations are made for this tour once a year. Street closures will mean some changes for buses and motorists. Tips and details are below.
Metro-North will offer plenty of service to get you to the start of the tour in time, and many stations offer free and unrestricted parking on Sundays.
Both railroads will allow bicyclists to board trains without a bicycle permit on Sunday, May 4, or on Saturday, May 3, the day of the Bike Expo New York at Pier 36 in Lower Manhattan, and the usual restriction on the number of bicycles permitted on a train will be suspended. Both railroads recommend that cyclists use a bungee cord to secure their bike while riding on the train.
To find free and unrestricted parking at your station of origin, make sure to read signs carefully at the station.
Tour participants should plan to arrive in time to ride or take the subway to Battery Park for the start of the tour. The distance from Grand Central to Battery Park is 3 to 3.5 miles.
Traveling from Grand Central to Tour Start
By bike: To reach the start of the tour, cyclists should ride south on Park Avenue to 17th Street where Park Avenue South merges with Broadway, then follow Broadway south to Battery Park.
By subway: Cyclists should catch the southbound or to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.
For more information, visit the MTA's event day service page.