Bike Week NYC 2003: May 1-11 

Cyclist Out-Commutes Straphanger and Taxi Rider in Monday AM Race

Sarah Oakes won the Bike Week NYC 2003 Commuter Race by making it from Junior’s Restaurant on Flatbush & DeKalb in Brooklyn to Columbus Circle in 29 minutes—on a bicycle. Oakes beat the straphanger, Nathan Ellingson, by five minutes.  And, though she was able to hail a yellow cab without trouble in Brooklyn, taxi rider Tracy Pesin came in last place at 39 minutes.

Oakes, a regular bike commuter, reported that she was happy that her "victory proves to would-be bike commuters how fast and easy it is to get to work on bike."  She encouraged others to "take advantage of the good summer weather and give bike commuting a spin."

View our commuter race press release and photos.

Did you know? 

  • According to 2000 Census figures, New Yorkers have the longest average commute in the country, about 45 minutes. 

  • The average bicycle commute in New York City takes only 30 minutes. 

  • Commuting via car costs $6,000 to $12,000 per year; via public transportation about $1,000; by bike only $300.

  • 105,000 New Yorkers ride bikes to commute or run errands every day; that's up from 75,000 daily riders just ten years ago.

Rain Postpones Brooklyn Borough President Breakfast 

Due to the promise of rain, the Brooklyn Borough President ride and breakfast originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 6th has been tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday, May 14th. Check for updated information about all events as the forecast continues to fluctuate.

NYC Bike to Work Day!

Join over 100,000 New Yorkers on Friday, May 9th by biking to work. Bronx Borough President, Adolfo Carrion, will kick off the day by leading a ride from Kingsbridge Road and the Grand Concourse at 7 am to a free power breakfast at the Bronx County Courthouse. See for tips on how to get started. If you're already a bike commuter, encourage your friends and co-workers to join you. Spread the word by downloading a flier and posting it at work or home.

Brooklyn Food, Fun and Advocacy!

Meet members of Transportation Alternatives' Brooklyn Committee and share your ideas about bicycle advocacy in the biking-est borough. The Committee will be hosting a potluck picnic in the BBQ area of Prospect Park from 12-3 pm on Saturday, May 10th. Check for updated information.

Ride a bike--it's fun, practical and healthy.

Go for a ride in your borough!
Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

Meet the Borough Presidents plus refuel on free snacks and ride safer with free safety lights and bells!

Staten Island Borough President Breakfast -
Courtesy of Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro. Enjoy free energizing snacks, free safety lights and bells: 7:40 ferry to Manhattan. Wed May 7
[more Staten Island events]

Queens Borough President Breakfast - Meet Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and enjoy free energizing snacks, free safety lights and bells: 7:30 am ride beginning at Northern Blvd & Broadway or 7:30-9:30 at the Queens side of the Queensboro Bridge. Thu May 8 [more Queens events]
Bronx Borough President Ride and Breakfast - Meet Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión and enjoy free energizing snacks, free safety lights and bells: 7 am ride beginning at Kingsbridge Road & Grand Concourse or 7:30-9:30 at the Bronx County Courthouse, 161st & Grand Concourse. Fri May 9 [more Bronx events]

Brooklyn Borough President Breakfast - Meet Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and enjoy free energizing snacks, free safety lights and bells: 7:30 am ride beginning at Grand Army Plaza or 7:30-9:30 am on the Brooklyn Bridge. Wed May 14 [more Brooklyn events]

Full Listing of All Events (64 events)

NYC Bicycle

(3 events)
Bicycle Film

(18 events)
(25 events)

(3 events)
Boro Prez

(5 events)

(12 events)

Listings by Borough: Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

Request a copy of the Bike Week NYC Calendar

For the full listing of events, see, fill out a request form or check your local bike shop.

See you at Bike Week NYC!

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