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TD Five Boro Bike Tour 2022: The annual event is back in force this Sunday

STATEN ISLAND, NY — After being forced to limit capacity at last year’s event, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, the nation’s largest charity bike ride, is making a comeback this year.

The annual bike tour was canceled in 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, before returning in limited capacity last year to allow for proper social distancing.

Now, with high vaccination rates and lower levels of virus spread, the popular event will run at full capacity again, with 32,000 cyclists from around the world expected to take part.

“We’re back and better than ever,” said Ken Podziba, CEO and President of Bike New York. “The ability to ride without a car through all five boroughs of the world’s most exciting and diverse city is why the TD Five Boro Bike Tour has become our country’s most popular bike ride.

The event will take place on Sunday, May 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The 40-mile tour spans the city’s five boroughs, starting in Lower Manhattan and heading north into the Bronx, before heading into Queens, Brooklyn and ultimately crossing the bridge Verrazzano-Narrows and terminating in St. George near the Staten Island Ferry.

Click here to see a map of the route.

Unlike last year, all cyclists must be fully vaccinated against coronavirus and will be required to show proof of vaccination if requested by event officials.

However, cyclists will not be required to wear a mask while participating in the event.

As is the case every year, all proceeds from the TD Five Boro Bike Tour go to Bike New York’s free bike education programs, which serve more than 25,000 adults and children each year.

“Bicycling is a great way to get around, stay healthy and take care of our environment, and I’m so excited that the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is back in full swing so that tens of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors can be part of this great event,” said Mayor Eric Adams.