TRAFFIC ALERT: NYC Five Boro Bike Tour Begins At 8:00AM Sunday

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Sunday’s TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour, which organizers expect to draw 32,000 cyclists, may cause significant delays for motorists in the city.

The 42-mile tour, now in its 33rd year, starts and ends in lower Manhattan, with cyclists crossing five major bridges.

Police advised drivers to avoid the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which will be partially closed Sunday until 6 p.m. After that, travel on the bridge will be fully restored.

Motorists also should avoid the RFK Bridge from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., police said.

The Queensboro and Pulaski Bridges will be closed to motor vehicles from about 9 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m., potentially snarling traffic at the Queens-Midtown Tunnel as drivers are diverted there.

Cyclists will start the tour at Battery Park at 8 a.m. and head north on Church Street and the Avenue of the Americas into Central Park. Continuing through Harlem, riders cross into the Bronx before turning south and riding along the FDR Drive.

After crossing into Queens, the tour heads south through Brooklyn and across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island. The tour ends after a ferry ride back to lower Manhattan.

THE FOLLOWING IS FROM THE NYC DOT:

On Sunday, May 2, the following bridges and highways will be closed to motorists during the times noted:

Manhattan to Bronx

Madison Avenue Bridge (Bronx bound): 7:30 am – 12:15 pm
3rd Avenue Bridge (Manhattan bound): 7:30 am – 12:15 pm

Manhattan

FDR Drive Southbound (3rd Avenue Bridge to 63rd Street): 7:30 am – 1 pm
Queensboro Bridge (Manhattan-bound – upper-level): 9 am – 1:15 pm

Queens to Brooklyn

Pulaski Bridge (Southbound to Brooklyn): 9:15 am – 1:30 pm

Brooklyn

Belt Parkway Southbound is considered part of the Shore Expressway: 10:15 am – 3:30 pm
BQE Southbound (Furman Street to Gowanus Expressway): 10:15 am – 3:30 pm
Gowanus Expressway Southbound (BQE to Shore Expressway) 10:15 am – 3:30 pm
Shore Expressway Southbound (Gowanus Split to 4th Avenue): 10:15 am – 3:30 pm

Brooklyn to Staten Island

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (Westbound lower level to Staten Island): 11:11 am – 4:20 pm
Street Closures

Manhattan Street Closures

On Sunday, May 2, the following streets in Manhattan will be closed intermittently to motorists from 6:30 am to 1 pm for the annual Five Boro Bike Tour:

Greenwich Street from Battery Park to Trinity Place
Trinity Place from Greenwich to Fulton Streets (Trinity Place turns into Church Street)
Church Street from Trinity Place to Franklin Street (Slight left onto 6th Avenue at Franklin Street)
6th Avenue from Franklin to 59th Streets (Central Park)
7th Avenue (Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard) from 110th (Central Park) to 135th streets
135th Street from 7th Avenue (Adam. Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard) to the Madison Avenue Bridge
116th Street from FDR Drive (Southbound) to Pleasant Avenue
Pleasant Avenue from 116th to 114th streets
York Avenue at 63rd Street (entrance ramp to the Queensboro Bridge)
63rd Street from FDR to 2nd Avenue (Riders enter the on-ramp of the Queensboro Bridge located between 1st and 2nd avenues

Bronx Street Closures

On Sunday, May 2, the following street in the Bronx will be closed to motorists from 7:30 am to 12:15 pm for the annual Five Boro Bike Tour:

138th Street between the Madison Avenue Bridge and the Third Avenue Bridge

Queens Street Closures

On Sunday, May 2, the following streets in Queens will be closed intermittently to motorists from 8 am to 1:30 pm for the annual Five Boro Bike Tour:

21st Street from Queens Plaza North to Hoyt Avenue
Hoyt Avenue from 21st to 19th streets (Astoria Park)
Shore Boulevard from Astoria Park South to Ditmars Boulevard
14th Street from Astoria Park South to 31st Avenue
31st Avenue from 14th Street to Vernon Boulevard
Queens Plaza South from 34th Street to Vernon Boulevard
Vernon Boulevard from 31st Avenue to 44th Drive
44th Drive from Vernon Boulevard to 11th Street
11th Street from 44th Drive to the Pulaski Bridge

Brooklyn Street Closures

On Sunday, May 2, the following streets in Brooklyn will be closed intermittently to motorists from 9:15 am to 3:30 pm for the annual Five Boro Bike Tour:

McGuinness Boulevard from Pulaski Bridge to Greenpoint Avenue
Java Street from Greenpoint to Franklin Street
Greenpoint Avenue from McGuinness to Franklin Street
Franklin Street from Greenpoint Avenue to Kent Avenue
Kent Avenue from Franklin Street to Williamsburg Street
Williamsburg Street from Kent Avenue to Flushing Avenue
Flushing Avenue from Williamsburg Street to North Elliot Street
North Elliot Street from Flushing Avenue to Navy Street
Navy Street from North Elliot Street to York Street
York Street from Navy Street to Gold Street
Gold Street from York Street to Front Street
Front Street from Gold Street to Old Fulton Street (Cadman Plaza)
Old Fulton Street (Cadman Plaza) from Front Street to Furman Street
Furman Street from Old Fulton Street to Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic Avenue from Furman Street to Columbia Street
Columbia Street from Atlantic Avenue to the BQE Entrance Ramp
4th Avenue from Shore Parkway (Belt Pkwy) exit ramp to 101st Street (John Paul Jones Park)
101st Street from 4th Avenue to Fort Hamilton Parkway
Fort Hamilton Parkway from 101st Street to 92nd Street
92nd Street from Fort Hamilton Parkway to Gatling Place, enter Verrazano Bridge

Staten Island Street Closures

On Sunday, May 2, the following streets in Staten Island will be closed intermittently to motorists from 11 am to 6 pm for the annual Five Boro Bike Tour:

Bay Street from Fort Wadsworth to Hylan Boulevard
Hylan Boulevard from Bay Street to Edgewater Street
Edgewater Street from Bay Street to Front Street
Front Street from Bay Street to Murray Hulbert Avenue
Murray Hulbert Avenue from Front Street to Hannah Street
Hannah Street from Murray Hulbert Avenue to Bay Street
Bay Street from Hannah Street to St. George/Staten Island Ferry Terminal

City Parks

On Sunday, May 2, the following parks will be impacted by the annual Five Boro Bike Tour. Some roadways and paths will be closed during the times noted:

Battery Park, Manhattan: 5:30 am – 10 am
Central Park, East Park Drive from 59th Street to 110th Street, Manhattan: 7 am – 11:40 am
Astoria Park, Queens: 8 am – 2:30 pm
Commodore J. Barry Park, Brooklyn: 10:30 am – 1:50 pm
John Paul Jones Park (Cannonball Park), Brooklyn: 11 am – 4:30 pm

(YWN Desk – NYC)




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