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TD Five Boro Bike Tour registration starts Jan. 22…a “bucket list” ride!

We got this press release a few days ago…the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is one of several “bucket list” rides in my future — what a fantastic way to see New York City! We provide this announcement just about every year…hopefully it is of interest to our east coast readers and maybe, just maybe, I will make it to NYC one of these years to participate!


Contact: Anina Bose, Source Communications, 212.792.8494,

Brianna Barbieri, Source Communications, 516.426.7579,

Bike New York Announces Registration Details for 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour

Rush registration for America’s largest cycling event opens on January 22

(New York – Dec. 20, 2012 ) – Bike New York today announced dates and details for the 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour, held Sunday, May 5, 2013. The Tour will be returning to a “rush” first-come, first-serve registration system which will open on Tuesday, January 22 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

Held annually the first Sunday in May, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is America’s largest cycling event with a 40 mile, traffic-free ride through all five boroughs for 32,000 cyclists. The Tour is co-produced by Bike New York, the city’s premiere bicycling organization, and the New York City Department of Transportation, in association with multiple City of New York departments. Proceeds from the event fund Bike New York’s education program

“This annual springtime ritual –which keeps growing in popularity — is simply the most exciting way to experience the dynamic, diverse neighborhoods in all five boroughs of our great city,” said Ken Podziba, President and CEO of Bike New York. “Bicyclists wait all year to feel the thrill and freedom of riding 40 miles on car-free streets, highways and bridges as they only can in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour.”

2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour regular registration will be a “rush” registration system, similar to 2011 where the Tour’s first-come, first-serve registration system sold out in less than 24 hours. With the return to a rush system, Bike New York anticipates a similar sellout for the 2013 Tour.

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, will once again serve as title sponsor.

“TD Bank is proud to continue sponsoring the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, the marquee cycling event in New York,” said Chris Giamo, Regional President, TD Bank. “We feel it is important to invest in our communities, and the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is a fun, environmentally friendly way to see the City while experiencing the TD Bank brand.”

Those interested in participating in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour will have the opportunity to register starting on January 22 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Adults must register themselves individually. Youth registration will take place in conjunction with an individual adult registration. All youth registrations must maintain a one child to one adult ratio. Participants hoping to ride with friends and family will have the opportunity to link their registrations together after the event sells out.

Bike New York has also partnered with onPeak to provide more options for out-of-town visitors to find accommodations with competitive rates at convenient locations throughout the city. Details to convenient and affordable accommodations will be available during the registration process.

Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia New York City

Bike New York, in partnership with the Giro d’Italia, is adding a new way to ride the TD Five Boro Bike Tour. This new VIP registration option will give riders the chance to test their limits, with a timed climb up the Verrazano Bridge. In addition, all Giro riders receive an exclusive Italian-made Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia New York City jersey to wear during the event. Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia New York City registration opens on January 22 at 12:00 p.m. EST. It is only available for riders 18 years of age and older. “We’re excited to partner with the Giro d’Italia and bring two of the world’s largest cycling events together,” said Podziba. More details will be available in the following weeks.

“Ride for a Reason” Charity Program

Regular registration and the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia New York City are not the only ways to ride in the 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour. Prospective riders can also “Ride for a Reason” and champion one of Bike New York’s 43 charity partners.

“Last year’s ‘Ride for a Reason’ charity program was a great success, raising more than $1.1 million for our partner charities,” said Podziba. “Based on last year’s fundraising accomplishment, we’re excited to see this year’s results from our charity partners. Fundraising for a charity is a tremendous way to give back and support a meaningful cause while having the time of your life.”

Below is a full list of Bike New York’s charity partners:

· Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter

· American Liver Foundation


· Big Brothers Big Sisters

· Broadway Green Alliance

· BronxWorks

· Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

· CancerCare

· Community Access

· Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

· dance4life

· Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

· First Descents

· Gilda’s Club New York City

· Haiti Hydroelectric, Rotary Club Metro NYC

· Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation

· Hope for the Warriors

· Innocence Project


· Kids of Courage

· Korean American Community Foundation (KACF)

· LIVESTRONG Foundation

· Marty Lyons Foundation

· Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)

· Muscular Dystrophy Association

· National Stroke Association

· New York Cares

· OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services

· Only Make Believe

· Planned Parenthood of New York City

· Ronald McDonald House New York, Inc

· Sanctuary for Families

· Sephardic Bikur Holim

· Special Olympics New York

· Team Boomer – Fighting Cystic Fibrosis

· Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research

· Team Hole in the Wall

· The Blue Card

· The Life is Priceless Foundation

· The Nature Conservancy

· UJA-Federation of New York/Sports for Youth

· Water For People

· YAI Network

Volunteer Opportunities

Those who do not get into the 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour can guarantee an entry spot into the 2014 Tour by volunteering this year during Tour weekend or Bike Expo New York. Bike New York volunteer applications will be online in January.

Bike Expo New York

All 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour participants will pick up their rider packet and Tour vest at Bike Expo New York (BE NY). Located at Basketball City on Pier 36 (along South St. at Montgomery St., Manhattan, NYC), BE NY will take place the two days before the Tour, Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. Free and open to the public, the BE NY provides a perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to celebrate all things bicycling against the backdrop of New York. Garnering more than 43,000 attendees, BE NY 2012 was the most attended inaugural consumer bike expo in the country.

Companies interested in exhibiting at BE NY can email

For more details about the 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour and Bike Expo New York, visit

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About Bike New York:

Bike New York is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes and encourages bicycling through education, public events, and collaboration with community and government partnerships. To learn more, visit or follow Bike New York on Facebook ( or Twitter (

About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®:

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing nearly 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. To learn more, visit Find TD Bank on Facebook at and on Twitter at

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank is one of the few banks in the world rated Aaa by Moody’s and trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD.” To learn more, visit

Have any of our readers participated in the Five Boro Bike Tour in years past? We’d love to hear about your experiences. Also, what other big rides would you nominate for a “bucket list”?

Bike Expo New York to put NYC on the Cycling Map

We got a press release a few days ago concerning Bike New York’s efforts to “establish NY as a cycling city” by putting on the Inaugural Bike Expo New York:

Contact: Kanessa Tixe, 347-223-3464,

Bike New York Announces Largest Bike Expo in the Nation, Taking Place May 3-5, 2012 Presented by Eastern Mountain Sports

Expo will be free and open to the public

(New York – Nov. 9, 2011) –Bike New York will bring the nation’s largest bike expo to New York City May 3, 4, and 5 at the inaugural Bike Expo New York (BE NY) presented by Eastern Mountain Sports ( The expo will provide a perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to take an unprecedented look at urban cycling against the backdrop of New York, meeting the demand from both retailers and consumers for a major bike expo on the east coast. This event is free, open to the public, and will take place on the days leading up to the 2012 TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour.

Located at the new Basketball City on Pier 36, the expo will host rider packet pick-up for the 32,000 bicyclists participating in Bike New York’s annual TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour (, making it the most attended bike expo in the United States. All booth sales and additional profits from the expo will help fund Bike New York’s continuing bicycle education and safety classes.

“2012 will be a big year for biking in New York City and we want an event to match,” says Ken Podziba, president and CEO of Bike New York. “With more people biking, the increasing expansion of bike lanes, and bike share around the corner, Bike Expo New York will be the perfect platform to showcase what a bike friendly city New York has become. We look forward to working with the NYC bicycling community to provide an opportunity for people of all ages and bicycle levels to celebrate biking and the biking lifestyle in the city.”

The expo will feature more than 130 vendors, live-performances, hands-on programming, giveaways, and of course, free bicycle classes for both youth and adults! The NYC Department of Transportation, co-producer of the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour, will be supporting the expo and will be on hand promoting bicycle projects and initiatives. As presenting sponsor, Eastern Mountain Sports is excited to partner with Bike New York to promote the sport, business, and lifestyle of bicycling.

“Cycling is part of our DNA,” said Ted Manning, Executive Vise President of Merchandising and Marketing at Eastern Mountain Sports. “This Expo is an important step forward for the cycling community, and we are proud to be the presenting sponsor, working in partnership with Bike New York. It continues our commitment to the cycling community. Our SoHo and new Upper West Side locations have passionate bike techs that provide best-in-class customer service. With urban commuting on the rise, we are a great resource for New York’s cycling community and invite all to experience our service first hand.”

More details about the expo will be announced in the beginning of 2012. Organizations interested in purchasing exhibit space at the expo can email

About Bike New York:
Bike New York is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes and encourages bicycling through education, public events, and collaboration with community and government partnerships. For more information, visit

About Eastern Mountain Sports:
Founded in 1967 by two New England rock climbers and based in Peterborough, N.H., Eastern Mountain Sports is one of the nation’s leading outfitters of outdoor gear, clothing, footwear and accessories with 67 retail stores in 12 states. Eastern Mountain Sports designs and sells products for outdoor adventurers who participate in a variety of sports, such as mountaineering, backpacking, camping, hiking, adventure racing, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and snow sports. Eastern Mountain Sports product and technology is tested by its product development and quality assurance teams in conjunction with the Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing, Kayaking and SkiSchools. More information is available at

Is anyone out there planning on going to the Expo? The Five Boro Bike Tour has long been on my radar as far as cycling events I’d love to attend…who knows, I may try to work in a vacation over that way in May!