TD Five Boro Bike Tour – Transit Guide 2024

May 2, 2024

    Hi Mooviters, 

    The TD Five Boro Bike Tour is this Sunday, May 5th. The tour includes 40 miles of car-free streets in all five Boros. 

    We are here to answer your transit questions!

    Q – What is the best way to get to the starting line with a bike?

    A – There are numerous ways to get to the starting line:

    • 🚲 Bike – The Hudson Greenway and Broadway both lead directly to Bowling Green (the starting line).
    • 🚇 Subway – MTA Subway is our go-to favorite, please note that not all subway stations accommodate bikes.
      • MTA requests that participants not bring bikes on the L/M/G trains. 
      • Check this handy chart for which stations and lines are bike accessible:
    • 🚆 Train – You can take PATH, LIRR and MNR
      • PATH – Bikes are not permitted in the first car. Be prepared to carry your bike up the stairs to street level.
      • LIRR – On Tour day, off-peak fares apply and bike permit rules are suspended. Please space bikes evenly throughout the train.
      • MNR – Bikes are allowed on all trains on the Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven Lines and no restrictions on the number of bikes per train apply. 
    • ⛴ Ferry – Staten Island Ferry is the way to go, it is free and the ferry has no bike limit. Park on Staten Island and hop aboard. 

    Remember to use Moovit to plan your trip in advance. 

    Q – Will any bridges or tunnels be closed during the event?

    A – MTA has announced the following bridge and tunnel closures. All motorists should expect delays and plan for additional travel time. We suggest leaving the car at home and taking public transit this Sunday.

    • Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge (VNB)  – The Staten Island-bound lower level of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge will be closed from 2:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Due to the closure of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE)/Gowanus Expressway for this event, traffic will not be able to access the bridge via this approach from approximately 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  
    • Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (RFK)  – The Robert F. Kennedy Bridge’s exit ramp to the southbound FDR Drive will be closed from approximately 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All southbound traffic must exit the RFK via the 2nd Av-East 125th St ramp. 
    • Hugh L. Carey Tunnel (HLC)  – The approach from the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel to the westbound Gowanus/BQE will be closed from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Due to this off-property closure, all traffic exiting the HLC Tunnel in Brooklyn will be diverted to Hamilton Av during this time, and the Trinity Place exit in Manhattan will also be closed from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

    Q – Which MTA buses will be detoured?

    A – MTA buses throughout each Boro will be detoured during the event. For complete info on each detour check the service alerts in Moovit. Here are the detoured routes per Boro

    • Staten Island: S40, S44, S46, S48, S61, S62, S51, S52, S53, S74, S78, S76, S79-SBS
    • Manhattan: SIM1C, SIM3C, SIM4C, SIM33C
    • Queens: Q18, Q19, Q59,
    • Brooklyn: B24, B25, B32, B43, B57, B61, B62, B63, B69, B103, X27, X28

    You ride, we guide,

    The USA Moovit Team