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PRESS RELEASE – New York’s Five Boro Bike Tour set for May 1

CATCH THE SPIRIT WITH THE FIVE BORO BIKE TOURLARGEST BIKE TOUR IN THE UNITED STATES RETURNS TO NYC ON MAY 1ST30,000 CYCLISTS GEAR UP FOR THE TOUR'S 28TH YEARBike New York, in association with the City of New York and the NewYork City Department of Transportation announced today that the Five BoroBike Tour will return to the city streets on Sunday, May 1, 2005.The Five Boro Bike Tour-presented by Con Edison-will be commemorating its28th year.The largest recreational cycling event in the United States, the FiveBoro Bike Tour began twenty-eight years ago with just 250 participantsand has now

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CATCH THE SPIRIT WITH THE FIVE BORO BIKE TOURLARGEST BIKE TOUR IN THE UNITED STATES RETURNS TO NYC ON MAY 1ST30,000 CYCLISTS GEAR UP FOR THE TOUR’S 28TH YEARBike New York, in association with the City of New York and the NewYork City Department of Transportation announced today that the Five BoroBike Tour will return to the city streets on Sunday, May 1, 2005.The Five Boro Bike Tour-presented by Con Edison-will be commemorating its28th year.The largest recreational cycling event in the United States, the FiveBoro Bike Tour began twenty-eight years ago with just 250 participantsand has now become one of the nation’s highly-anticipated springtime traditions.This year tens of thousands of cyclists, including fitness enthusiasts,families and friends from around the globe will join together in lowerManhattan to kick off their 42-mile Tour through New York’s five boroughs.”The FIVE BORO BIKE TOUR provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for participantsto see all of what New York has to offer. What better way is thereto see the sights and sounds all five New York City boroughs, while contributingto a healthy lifestyle and enjoying a day with friends and family?” statedPam Tice, Executive Director of Bike New York.Taking advantage of traffic-free roads, cyclists head north throughManhattan’s skyscraper canyons, through historic Central Park and intosoulful Harlem. Crossing over the 145th Street Bridge, cyclists cruisethrough the Bronx and proceed down the FDR Drive and over the QueensboroughBridge into the ethnic enclaves of Queens and on to Brooklyn’s scenic waterfront.The Tour ends with a spectacular stretch over the longest suspension bridgein the United States-the Verrazano-Narrows-as riders head toward Ft. Wadsworthat Gateway National Recreation Area on Staten Island. There, theTour-ending festival will commence with live entertainment, exhibits, and foodconcessions. A ride on the Staten Island Ferry will return participantsto Manhattan-free of charge.In 2005, Bike New York will also produces the second annual Harlem ValleyRail Ride in Dutchess County, New York on July 31st and the fourth annualTwin Lights Ride in Monmouth County, New Jersey, on September 25th.The FIVE BORO BIKE TOUR receives valuable support from its partnershipswith sponsors. Kicking off The Five Boro Bike Tour will be the legendaryBruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow of WCBS-FM. “Cousin Brucie” is the official”spokes-person” over the airwaves and at the Tour start. The PresentingSponsor of the Five Boro Bike Tour sets the pace with an environmentallyfriendly alternative energy vehicle from the Con Edison fleet. ConEdison also provides space at the Con Edison Learning Center in Queensfor a rest area. Medical Technicians and Paramedics from theJamaica Hospital Medical Center Bike Unit are on the Tour route and providethe Tour with a medical command center. Official suppliers BonitaBananas and Snap2o water make sure that rest areas are stocked with bananas- the natural energy food – and bottled pure spring water. SupportingSponsor, Balance Bar is at selected rest areas to give riders energy bars.The Marriott Financial Center offers special rates to Tour participants,and Media Partner, Time Warner Cable, airs :30 video spots for the Tour.This year the Five Boro Bike Tour welcomes two new supporting sponsors- American Honda Motor Company and the New York Sports Club – toits family of sponsors. The Huntington Learning Center is also asupporting sponsor.Registration for the FIVE BORO BIKE TOUR is now open. The entryfee is $36 per person for early registration by April 6th. Advancedregistration is $42 by April 18th. VIP Registration, which must be received by April 11, includes a start area pass, a light breakfast, and lunch at the Festival for $150. Young people age 17 and under can ride for $20, and must be registered with an adult. For a registration brochure and further information please call the FIVE BORO BIKE TOUR LINE at 212-932-BIKE. You can also reach the FIVE BORO BIKE TOUR by email: info@bikenewyork.org orthrough the web site at www.bikenewyork.org.This year, utilizing proceeds from all of its rides, Bike New York launchesa new Bicycle Education program. Working with such groups as Boys& Girls Clubs and PAL, Bike New York is offering programs to teachbicycling and safety skills. Bike New York is offering to train youth leadersso that many more bicycle programs can be in place for young people inNew York City. While the focus is on youth, Bike New York will also offerskills and safety training to adults also, through clubs and other organizations.This spring, Bike New York is working with Achilles Club to offer tandemtraining to volunteers who wish to ride with visually impaired riders.Bike New York will continue its support of Recycle-A-Bicycle’s workwith young people to teach bicycle safety and repair as well as DOT’s TrafficSafety for New York programs that teach students and adults traffic safetyin learning centers and schools throughout the city.