The New York City Century Bike Tour is a ride to be proud of. You’ll be part of a select group of cyclists who are ready for the adventure of riding in New York City. Proceeds from the tour benefit the bicycling advocacy of Transportation Alternatives. By riding in the New York City Century Bike Tour you’re helping make the streets safer for cycling all year round.
During the first years of the tour New York had few greenways and bike lanes. Over the course of the last twenty years, the NYC greenway system has expanded, and each year the ride showcases this growing network, encouraging riders to use the NYC Century as a starting point for year-round cycling.
The first NYC Century attracted about 200 dedicated NYC cyclists, most of whom were daily bicycle commuters, fighting hard for better conditions for cycling in NYC. Today the ride draws over 5,000 cyclists a year. Of course most still come from NYC but many come from Texas, California, Maryland and as far away as Germany, the UK and Mexico. And many return year after year.
NYC Century Bike Tour is unlike other rides. The NYC Century works as a means to show riders how they can connect to different neighborhoods and boroughs of the city safely. To illustrate cyclists’ rights to the streets, there will be no street closings; cyclists ride with traffic along New York City Streets and must obey all traffic laws.
If any of you readers took part, let us know how it went down…