What Happens When Bikes Replace Cars in NYC
(Courtesy: Bike New York)
There’s a special chaos at the start line of the annual Five Boro Bike Tour in New York City. Bright and early Sunday morning, more than 32,000 cyclists converged on Lower Manhattan to jostle one another before taking off on the 40 mile-long ride through blessedly traffic-free streets.
It’s hard to say what makes the Five Boro Bike Ride such a delight. Traversing five bridges and so much road can be exhausting, for sure. After completing the ride only hours prior to writing this, I can attest that I can hardly sit as I type these words. And yet the ride is a pretty special thing. If you missed it this go-round here are 11 reasons you should definitely do it next year.
1. New York City looks pretty amazing when the streets are closed down, almost like it does in post-apocalyptic disaster movies. For one day only, the roads are yours, the bridges are yours, and you can’t help but wonder, why do we have cars at all?
(Photo: Jo Piazza)
Fun Fact: If the same number of cars drove 40 miles, they would burn more than 60,000 gallons of gas and emit more than a million pounds of carbon dioxide.
2. Celebrities do it, too! This year New York City’s beloved news anchor, NY1’s Pat Kiernan, got in on the race.