About the Ride
The 2013 Tour de Brooklyn Presented by Lucarelli & Castaldi will once again start and finish in downtown Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park. The tour will be approximately 20 miles, and will visit the neighborhoods of Ft. Greene, DUMBO, Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Crown Heights, Stuyvestant Heights, Bushwick, Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Our rest stop will bring you to one of Brooklyn's best kept secrets, Lincoln Terrace Park.
Riders of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate!
How the Tour Works
8 am: Rider check-in opens
9:30 am: Check-in closes
10 am: Tour de Brooklyn departs!
The Tour is due back around 1:30 pm.
- We ride rain or shine.
- The tour is 21.5 miles of Brooklyn's finest biking.
- The tour will have an NYPD police escort and safety cell.
- The ride will have a family-friendly pace (in other words, slow). This is not a race.
- The NYPD escorts the ride as a rolling parade and there will be occasional stops while the police and marshals secure intersections and gather riders.
- The tour will be will be supported by safety marshals.
- Light snacks and water will be available the rest stop, located approximately half-way through the tour. Please bring your own water bottle.
- There is no SAG vehicle for the tour. If you have serious mechanical troubles or become exhausted on the tour, marshals will help you reach the nearest subway station or direct you to a bike shop.
- We will be riding down two way streets. Please stay on your side of the road while riding in the Tour.
- Registration is required.
- In accordance with New York State law, helmets are required for riders under age 14.
Please enjoy this video of the 2009 Tour de Brooklyn courtesy of Streetfilms.org:
How to Get There
Public Transportation: F train to York Street
We encourage you to ride your bike or take public transportation to the tour. If you must drive, be aware that there is limited street parking in the area.
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The Tour de Brooklyn Presented by Lucarelli & Castaldi is a leisurely paced, 21.5-mile bike tour along a relatively flat route. If you haven't ridden in a while you may wish to get out and try a few laps around Prospect or Central Park to prepare, but this is a great ride for beginners and every day bicyclists.
Whether or not you have been riding lately, everyone can use a refresher of Biking Rules.
Your Bike / ABC Quick Check
Treat your bike to a full tune-up before the tour. Nothing is worse than discovering something wrong with your bike after you start the ride. Visit one of the many NYC-area bike shops that support T.A. advocacy. If you join T.A. when you register for the tour, your membership card will get you a discount at any shop on our list! A bike shop can also help you make sure that your bike fits -- small adjustments from seats to brakes can do wonders for your riding style.
While you're at the shop, make sure that your tires are fully inflated. For long distance rides, it's important to not go by "feel." Get a gauge and check the tire for the recommended PSI.
Refer to these ABC's to ensure your bike is ready to ride:
What to Bring
- Helmet (required by NY State law for children under 14, recommended for all others -- make sure it fits snugly)
- Water bottle filled with water
- MetroCard (there is no SAG vehicle, marshals will assist you to the subway if you are unable to complete the ride)
- Patch kit, pump and tire levers
- Bike lock
- NYC Bike Map
- Money for a sweet Tour de Brooklyn T-shirt
- If you have food allergies or a specific diet, we suggest you bring your own snack.