New York City Transit is Ready to Get Riders to Sunday's TD Five-Boro Bike Tour
April 29th, 2014
New York City Transit is ready to get riders to Sunday's TD Five-Boro Bike Tour safely and on time. More than 30,000 cyclists are gearing from around the region and beyond for the May 4th event.
Cyclists are allowed to bring bicycles on the subway all 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.
New York City Subway
To take your bike onto the subway, swipe your MetroCard while the station agent watches, rotate the turnstile, and then enter through the station service gates once they are activated by the agent. For safety’s sake, please carry, do not roll, bikes down stairs.
At the start or finish of the tour, customers with bicycles who wish to use the subway should use the following subway stations: Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall , Bowling Green (Bowling Green Park entrance only), Chambers St , Chambers St , Chambers St , World Trade Center .
Riders are asked not use the following stations as they are not well-equipped to handle large volumes of bicycles: South Ferry , Rector St , Fulton St , Wall St , Park Place , Bowling Green (southbound), Wall St , and Fulton St .
Please be aware of the following subway service changes in the midtown and downtown area this weekend: trains terminate at Franklin Av in Brooklyn. trains are suspended. trains terminate at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr. trains are not running between Manhattan and Queens (Use trains for service between Manhattan and Queens. The 42 Street Shuttle operates overnight). trains are rerouted over the Manhattan Bridge. trains are suspended between Court St in Brooklyn and Whitehall St in Manhattan. No or trains in either direction at Jay Street-MetroTech, Court St, Whitehall St, Rector St, Cortlandt St and City Hall. Customers travelling from the southern parts of Brooklyn on and trains, are advised to transfer at Atlantic Av-Barclays Center to Manhattan-bound trains to continue their trip.
New York City Buses
Bus routes will operate with detours and diversion because of street closures. Please log on to www.mta.info and check the “Current Service Status” for updates. Bus service changes are also reflected in MTA Bus Time, the MTA’s real-time bus tracking service, at bustime.mta.info.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels
The Staten Island-bound lower level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be closed from 12:01 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, May 4. The upper level of the bridge will remain open in both directions throughout the event.
Motorists should expect delays and allow extra travel time. To hear information about all the Verrazano-Narrow Bridge bike tour closures, call 212-360-3000.
Other closings at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will include:
• Brooklyn-bound lower level of the bridge from 12:01 a.m. until 8 a.m. After 8 a.m. two of three lanes will be open.
• The Bay Street exit from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• BQE approach (I-278 West) to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• The 92nd Street entrance ramp to the westbound lower level of the bridge from approximately 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hugh L. Carey Tunnel (Formerly Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel)
In addition, traffic exiting the Hugh L. Carey (formerly Brooklyn-Battery) Tunnel in Brooklyn will be diverted to Hamilton Avenue between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Robert F. Kennedy Bridge
The ramp to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge from the FDR Drive will be closed between 8 a.m. and noon. All Manhattan-bound traffic must exit at 125th Street.
For more information, visit the MTA's event day service page.