Fall 2003, p.26

NYC Century Bike Tour: Let There be Bikes!

The 14th Annual NYC Century Bike Tour Attracts 4,500 Riders

The 14th Annual NYC Century Bike Tour Attracts 4,500 Riders

T.A.'s 14th annual NYC Century Bike Tour brought together 4,500 riders from New York City and far beyond for a beautiful, fun day of exploring Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx from the best vantage point-their bicycles. This was T.A.'s largest and most successful NYC Century Bike Tour yet, attracting a record number of riders and new members. We were particularly excited to offer a new 15-mile route through Manhattan and Queens for families and new riders.

Many kids participated in their first bike tour.

Many kids participated in their first bike tour.

T.A. stages the NYC Century Bike Tour to raise money to support our advocacy work to promote bicycling, walking and sensible transportation, encourage daily cycling in New York City and attract new members. And it works. We raise one fourth of our yearly budget and bring in a flood of new members while having the pleasure of sharing our vision of a truly bicycle-friendly city.

The tour is also a great vehicle for furthering our advocacy goals of improving the bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure. We work with the Parks Department, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Sanitation, the Triboro Bridge Authority, the Police Department and other city agencies to fix street, greenway and bridge path hazards.

We want to extend a special thank you to the thousands of riders who filled out our post-ride survey, giving us feedback on how we can make the ride even better. We have listened carefully and are now already in the process of making improvements to all of the routes for next year to feature new parts of the burgeoning bike system.
See you next year at the NYC Century Bike Tour 2004!


Thank You Volunteers!
Thank You NYC!

Early morning assistance: David Woloch, Deputy Commissioner for External Affairs/
Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Transportation; Deputy Inspector Cassidy from the NYPD Traffic Control Division.

Route assistance: the City of New York Parks Department, NYC Department of Transportation, New York Police Department, Triboro Bridge Authority, the NYC Department of Sanitation and Evan Korn.

Rest stop hosts: the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Gateway National Recreation Area, Central Park Conservancy, Prospect Park Alliance and Friends of Van Cortlandt Park.

Sponsors: Robert Fader, Esq.; Bicycle Habitat and Adam White, Esq.
Food donors: Accelerade, Naked Juice, Clif Bar, Kontos, Tom Cat Bakery, Nutella, Terra Chips, Chiquita Banana, Tribe of Two Sheiks Hummus/Rite Foods and Smuckers.
Supply and service donors: Martin Grillo and Emergency Medical Rescue of NYC, Bayside VAC, Glendale VAC, Park Slope VAC, Queens Village VAC, Throgs Neck VAC, Sherwin-Williams/Krylon, Seth Asher Massage, Recycle-A-Bicycle, Hotel Edison and the Ameritania.


NYC Century Bike Tour 2003 Fun Facts


NYC Century Bike Tour 2003 Fun Facts

307,330 Number of miles bicycled by participants
13 Number of greenways on route
10 Number of on street bike lanes on route
9 Number of bridges on route
19 Number of parks on route
6,480-7,296 Number of calories burned riding the 100-mile route
5,184-5,837 Number of calories burned riding the 75-mile route
2,673-3,010 Number of calories burned riding the 55-mile route
972-1,094 Number of calories burned riding the 35-mile route
816-953 Number of calories burned riding the 15-mile route
194 Number of calories of peanut butter consumed per rider
40,000 Number of ounces of Naked Juice
200 Number of pounds of hummus
45,000 Number of orange slices
John and Michael Most popular first name
Canada, Colombia, Germany Foreign countries represented
Seemingly infinite Number of bees "volunteering" at the rest stops

Visit the NYC Century Bike Tour Web site.