Go Back  Bike Forums > Community Connections > Regional Discussions > Northeast
Reload this Page >

Five Boro Bike Tour 2020

Notices
Northeast Connecticut | Maine | Massachusetts | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New York |Rhode Island | Vermont |

Five Boro Bike Tour 2020

Old 03-09-20, 03:24 PM
  #26  
Rage
Space Ghost
 
Rage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: NYC
Posts: 1,692

Bikes: Bridgestone, Fuji, Iro, Jamis, Gary Fisher, GT, Scott, Specialized and more

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 267 Post(s)
Liked 364 Times in 290 Posts
Hi streetstomper, you may be right. I haven’t been paying that much attention lately. But I am pretty sure they were still selling out of tickets as recently as three or four years ago. That was the last time I actually had a conversation about it with the tour organizers.
Just assumed sales were still healthy as I have not heard anything contrary.
This may also be attributable to the fact that I think it rained two or three times out of the last five years. I think, anyway. Rained last year, then 2017 and 2015?
Or it could be the pricing. As much as I love the 5boro and BikeNY, I actually personally think they are charging way too much. I thought sixty five bucks was about right. Maybe even a tad over. And they’ve gone way above that.
Maybe the reason the tour hasn’t sold out yet is six of one or a half a dozen of the other?
I don’t know. But if this drop in interest is due to price fatigue, hopefully the tour organizers respond appropriately.

Then again, it may be fears about/over the Coronavirus. The media is in overdrive reporting on its spread and repercussions.
I hope things will be okay enough that we can ride on tour day. But I don’t know for certain that will be the case.
Rage is offline  
Old 03-09-20, 04:02 PM
  #27  
Riveting
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
Posts: 1,221

Bikes: '13 Diamondback Hybrid Commuter, '17 Spec Roubaix Di2, '17 Spec Camber 29'er, '19 CDale Topstone Gravel

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 588 Post(s)
Liked 443 Times in 260 Posts
Don't worry, the Coronavirus may make this 5 Boro 2020 thread a moot point, which'll mean that's $440 bucks I won't get back.
Riveting is offline  
Old 03-11-20, 08:07 AM
  #28  
streetstomper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
streetstomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: The Open Road
Posts: 279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 11 Posts
Cancellation of the ride is looking more likely. The NYC Half Marathon this weekend has been cancelled. As the Bard wrote, "Discretion is the better part of valor. Caution is preferable to rash bravery." If a large event like the half marathon or 5BBT is held and a sudden surge of infections in participants results, it would be not only a massive legal liability, it would be a PR nightmare.

And as of now, it's officially a pandemic.

Last edited by streetstomper; 03-11-20 at 10:59 AM.
streetstomper is offline  
Old 03-11-20, 05:02 PM
  #29  
streetstomper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
streetstomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: The Open Road
Posts: 279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 11 Posts
More bad omens. The city's St. Patrick's Day Parade has reportedly been cancelled by the organizers. With other communities banning assemblies larger than a thousand or even hundreds of people, it may be just a matter of time before the city or state do the same. If the 5BBT is cancelled, it will be only the second time in its history. The first was the year original sponsor Citibank pulled out and there wasn't enough time to find a replacement sponsor.
streetstomper is offline  
Old 03-12-20, 01:11 PM
  #30  
streetstomper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
streetstomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: The Open Road
Posts: 279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 11 Posts
This might be the end for this year's ride. The state has just banned gatherings larger than 500 people for at least the next month. If that restriction continues past that, it would certainly apply to the tour in seven weeks.
streetstomper is offline  
Old 03-15-20, 02:56 AM
  #31  
ChiroVette
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 256
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Given how things are escalating with this pandemic, I seriously doubt they will even have the 5 Borough Bike Tour this year. Aside from everything else, people are paranoid and avoiding big crowds. Even if they do actually host the ride, I suspect that very few people are going to show up for it.
ChiroVette is offline  
Old 03-17-20, 02:27 PM
  #32  
streetstomper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
streetstomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: The Open Road
Posts: 279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 11 Posts
If anybody has registered for this tour, just forget about it now. The state has prohibited gatherings of more than 50 people, never mind 32,000. Medical experts are projecting that the virus will peak in 45 days, almost exactly when the tour was supposed to be held. The mayor says a shelter-in-place order is a strong possibility within days. The odds that the city will be willing to allow tens of thousands of riders to enter the city, risk infection and take the virus home are absolutely zero. And without the city's permission and cooperation in closing down the streets, there's no way this is going to happen. The city economy is hemorrhaging money worse than after 9/11 or the 2008 recession. Projections are as many as 500,000 jobs may be lost in the hospitality and service industries. They have better things to worry about than some bike ride. The NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL are willing to shut down for the safety of the public, but apparently not Bike New York.

Bike New York is turning out to be a joke of a an organization. No communication from them other than that they're still considering their best course of action. They're completely destroying any credibility they had by dragging their feet.
streetstomper is offline  
Old 03-19-20, 06:07 PM
  #33  
csport
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: /dev/null
Posts: 488

Bikes: Soma Double Cross Disc (2018)

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 151 Post(s)
Liked 54 Times in 37 Posts
It may still be held at a later day: https://www.bike.nyc/blog/news/bike-...irus-covid-19/
Originally Posted by bike new york
It is our hope that we will be able to announce a postponement of the 43rd Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour, originally scheduled for May 3, 2020, in the coming weeks. We will continue to work with our government partners on the future of the event, and we’ll notify you of any updates as soon as we are able.
csport is offline  
Old 03-20-20, 09:03 PM
  #34  
streetstomper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
streetstomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: The Open Road
Posts: 279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 11 Posts
Originally Posted by csport View Post
It may still be held at a later day: https://www.bike.nyc/blog/news/bike-...irus-covid-19/
Not gonna happen. Cuomo says to prepare for a 9-month outbreak. It will be next year at the earliest before the state allows such a large event to be held. Even if they could reschedule for October, a great many people will not show up in the city that's now considered the epicenter of the US outbreak. The smart money says that the Fourth of July fireworks display and the Thanksgiving Day Parade will be cancelled this year, and maybe even the ball drop on New Year's Eve.
streetstomper is offline  
Old 03-21-20, 09:08 AM
  #35  
ChiroVette
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 256
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Originally Posted by streetstomper View Post
and maybe even the ball drop on New Year's Eve.
Especially the ball drop. Even if science, medicine, and government are successful in dealing with this virus, say in 9 months, I don't think there is a way in hell NY City will allow their normal Times Square New Years Eve party, particularly so soon. Not to mention, how many people would actually show up if they did?

I'm trying to imagine scenes like this, even a month or two post-Covid-19:



ChiroVette is offline  
Old 04-10-20, 12:29 PM
  #36  
streetstomper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
streetstomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: The Open Road
Posts: 279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 11 Posts
Closing in on 100,000 cases in NYC alone, and Bike New York's response? We're still considering our options. Fools and idiots. Do they really think many people will want to show up in the autumn and ride through droplets from the heavy-breathing riders in front of them?
streetstomper is offline  
Old 05-03-20, 04:02 PM
  #37  
john tanglewood
Porn Star
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Stamford CT
Posts: 3

Bikes: Bianchi Oltre Carbon XR3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by streetstomper View Post
Closing in on 100,000 cases in NYC alone, and Bike New York's response? We're still considering our options. Fools and idiots. Do they really think many people will want to show up in the autumn and ride through droplets from the heavy-breathing riders in front of them?
So true. Shame, but true!
john tanglewood is offline  
Old 05-04-20, 01:03 PM
  #38  
HeyItsSara
Meet me at spin class!!!!
 
HeyItsSara's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2020
Location: NY
Posts: 221

Bikes: Precor recumbant indoor bike, Stages bike at Equinox gym

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 71 Post(s)
Liked 40 Times in 27 Posts
such a shame. I've see it a few years and it looks like ppl were having fun.
HeyItsSara is offline  
Old 05-04-20, 06:45 PM
  #39  
zacster
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Brooklyn NY
Posts: 7,363

Bikes: Kuota Kredo/Chorus, Trek 7000 commuter, Trek 8000 MTB and a few others

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Liked 310 Times in 244 Posts
It can be fun. It is certainly a lot of bikes.
zacster is offline  
Old 05-20-20, 07:36 PM
  #40  
streetstomper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
streetstomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: The Open Road
Posts: 279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 11 Posts
They finally announced that the event has been cancelled for 2020. You have the option to donate your registration, defer it to any of the next three years or request a 50% refund. Deferral or refund isn't automatic and you must request either by June 1.

https://www.bike.nyc/blog/news/an-im...o-ken-podziba/

Of course, being the uncaring or incompetent organization that they are, they never bothered to send out an email to registrants notifying them of the options or the deadline. You basically had to find out yourself by visiting their blog or their Facebook page. I think there are going to be a lot of angry folks who didn't hear about these options and will miss the deadline and lose their entire registration fee.
streetstomper is offline  
Old 05-21-20, 05:25 PM
  #41  
arbee
Senior Member
 
arbee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: New York City
Posts: 133
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
Liked 19 Times in 13 Posts
Originally Posted by streetstomper View Post
You have the option to donate your registration, defer it to any of the next three years or request a 50% refund.
From Bike New York's 2018 (the most recent year I could find) Form 990 filing:

Page 7

Part VII Compensation of Officers, Directors ....

-----------------name and title--------- compensation

KENNETH J PODZIBA PRESIDENT/CEO...268,062
ANDREW S GOULD COO.......................213,671

I don't begrudge these folks their no-doubt well-earned compensation. Perhaps they've taken a (socially distanced) haircut for 2020. And perhaps others interpret how this appears differently. Still....
arbee is offline  
Old 05-22-20, 09:20 AM
  #42  
zacster
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Brooklyn NY
Posts: 7,363

Bikes: Kuota Kredo/Chorus, Trek 7000 commuter, Trek 8000 MTB and a few others

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Liked 310 Times in 244 Posts
That’s a lot for what the org is.
zacster is offline  
Old 12-30-20, 01:50 PM
  #43  
streetstomper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
streetstomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: The Open Road
Posts: 279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 11 Posts
Bike New York has announced that the 5BBT won't be held in May 2021, either. There's an outside chance it will be run in the fall, but definitely not in the spring. I'm betting on 2022. Fall 2021 will probably still a little too "hot" in terms of the virus.
streetstomper is offline  
Old 08-02-21, 11:07 AM
  #44  
DynoD500_SR20-d
I ride to clear my mind
 
DynoD500_SR20-d's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Brooklyn NYC
Posts: 188

Bikes: Dyno D500-Ribble Endurance AL (2019) Tigara

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 43 Post(s)
Liked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Bike New York TD Bank 5 Boro Bike Tour 2021

I really want to join in this year but at $112.00 I can see why it is not sold out yet. That's ridiculous. I much rather do Twin Lights or Tour De Staten Island. I even heard they are not giving out medals at the end. Naww...I'm good
DynoD500_SR20-d is offline  
Old 08-29-21, 08:28 AM
  #45  
streetstomper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
streetstomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: The Open Road
Posts: 279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 11 Posts
Looks like it was probably nice this year. They held this August tour – unique for this event – after being delayed another week because of Henri. Temperature looks pleasant at 75 or so, with lots of cloud cover so riders shouldn't bake. A lower than normal limit of 20,000 riders this time may have meant fewer bottlenecks and stops. If anybody rode it, give us a ride report.
streetstomper is offline  
Old 10-04-21, 10:00 AM
  #46  
streetstomper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
streetstomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: The Open Road
Posts: 279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 11 Posts
Hmm. Nobody from the forum rode this year? I did notice a couple of things about it, like an altered route. It went up Central Park West instead of going through the park this year, which makes sense as anyone can ride through the park normally, but you can't ride down the middle of CPW. They also moved the finish festival from Fort Wadsworth to near the ferry terminal, which makes sense so people can enjoy the festival as long as they need to until space opens up on the ferry. I wonder if they'll be keeping these changes for future tours. Hope so.
streetstomper is offline  
Old 10-06-21, 06:49 AM
  #47  
Thunderlips 
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: NY
Posts: 29

Bikes: Trek 660, Shogun 800, Panasonic Sport Deluxe

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16 Post(s)
Liked 23 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by streetstomper View Post
Hmm. Nobody from the forum rode this year? I did notice a couple of things about it, like an altered route. It went up Central Park West instead of going through the park this year, which makes sense as anyone can ride through the park normally, but you can't ride down the middle of CPW. They also moved the finish festival from Fort Wadsworth to near the ferry terminal, which makes sense so people can enjoy the festival as long as they need to until space opens up on the ferry. I wonder if they'll be keeping these changes for future tours. Hope so.
I rode it for the first time this year. Perfect weather (overcast/cool). Seemed like a lower turnout, probably due to the hurricane delay. No bottlenecks or stops except for a forced stop/rest area around the mid-point in Queens. I started in the third wave and finished in a little over 2hrs. I've heard the ferry line was bad in past years, but I got on right away (with bike) and it was only about a third full when it left.
__________________
Thunderlips is offline  
Old 10-30-21, 02:58 PM
  #48  
streetstomper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
streetstomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: The Open Road
Posts: 279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 11 Posts
Originally Posted by Thunderlips View Post
Seemed like a lower turnout, probably due to the hurricane delay. No bottlenecks or stops except for a forced stop/rest area around the mid-point in Queens. I started in the third wave and finished in a little over 2hrs. I've heard the ferry line was bad in past years, but I got on right away (with bike) and it was only about a third full when it left.
The turnout was lower at least in part because they capped registration this year at 20,000 rather than 32,000 as in previous years.
streetstomper is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.