Yesterday I rode in the 25 mile ride of the 17th Annual Tour de Bronx. And what splendid adventure it was (there was also a 40 mile route). Transportation Alternatives along with the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr. and three local hospitals hosted the tour through an ever changing landscape . We began near Yankee Stadium, and rode through commercial as well as residential areas, some hilly streets (Astor Place), scenic parks, along beautiful waterways, on the Sheridan Expressway and even through St. Raymond’s Cemetery.
I believe about 6,000 people registered for the ride, but with on site registration the morning of the tour, the number certainly may have increased.
I was fortunate to have my own personal bike valet meet me in the Bronx, and drop my bike and myself off at the start, then drop my car off at the New York Botanical Garden, the end point of the ride. My valet, aka my son, attends Fordham University, right in the heart of the Bronx.
Participants were given cue sheets when we checked in. Also, the streets were marked with a TdB arrow, pointing out where to turn. The NYPD as well as the auxiliary police were terrific about blocking off some of the intersections, as the cyclists rode through.
This event was a wonderful way to see the beauty of the Bronx, up close! I’m somewhat familiar with the area, but I very much enjoyed places I’ve never traveled through before.
A nice recap can be found here: http://bronxink.org/2011/10/24/18567-tour-de-bronx-2011-2/
I was happy to meet up with Kristina at the first rest stop http://cruiserdolly.blogspot.com/ but sorry I missed meeting up with some of the 40 mile cyclists, like Mandi ,http://www.thebikewriter.com/ and Sheryl http://www.sherylyvette.com/