[5BBC - New York's Five Borough Bicycle Club]


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Day trips are free rides in and around New York City. Rides are open to responsible cyclists, both 5BBC members and non-members. No advance sign-up is required. Rides are led by trained, experienced 5BBC leaders. Unless noted, the Point-Drop-Sweep system is used, in which leaders ride at the front and rear of the group, keeping cyclists together. This system accommodates a wide range of paces within one ride. Riders generally receive a map or cue sheet of the route. Rest and lunch stops are planned. Unless otherwise stated, day trips return to the starting point at the end of the ride.

Riders are required to wear a helmet approved by either CPSC or Snell, and are required to have a legally equipped bicycle, including working brakes, a bell or horn, and front and rear lights for night rides. Bicycle gear should include at least one water bottle, a pump, spare tube or patch kit, basic tools, and a lock. Dress for the season, including temperature variations of 15-20 degrees in either direction from the temperature at the starting time. Bring lunch or money for it, plus money for admission fees and railroad tickets as needed; an area map is also suggested. Motorized vehicles and headphones are not permitted.

At the discretion of the leaders, rides may be cancelled due to bad weather.

Participants under Age 18

Most leaders welcome responsible cyclists of all ages to join our rides, but we need to know that they understand the risks involved and are assuming responsibility for their own safety. The law of this country limits the ability of those under 18 to take responsibility for themselves. We therefore REQUIRE that the parent or guardian of a minor joining a 5BBC ride come with them to the start of the ride. Only if the parent or guardian signs a special waiver for minors and either rides with the minor or arranges for another adult to accompany the minor during the ride may the minor join the ride.

EXCEPTION: If the parent or guardian of a minor wishes the minor to ride with 5BBC, but cannot appear at the start of each ride, please contact the Club to arrange to sign a waiver of liability that we can keep on file. Minors with waivers on file must also have an adult agree to accompany them on each ride.

The participation of a minor in a 5BBC event must always be cleared with the leader of that event.

[Smiley] Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Looking to get into or return to cycling? It's not too late. The Five Borough Bicycle Club offers a variety of rides led by trained 5BBC leaders. We're eager to share the joys of cycling with newcomers, returnees as well as active trippers. How about you?

Some of our rides are suited for beginners. See the Day Trips listings with a happy face symbol. Rides range from 20 to 30 miles, go at a leisurely pace and attract cyclists like you. Make sure your bike is in good working order, has adequate tire pressure and brakes that work well. Carry at least one spare tube, tire irons, a pump, a patch kit and a lock. Most important: wear a helmet approved by either ANSI or SNELL. Ride smart, and have an adventurous spirit.

Bike Access on Trains

Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Railroad (LIRR) Bike Permits
There is one permit for both, available at either Grand Central Terminal, Metro-North window #27 (or call 212-532-4900), and Penn Station LIRR information booth (or call 718-558-8228). There is a $5 fee. Specific restrictions apply. Note: old LIRR and Metro-North permits are still valid for their respective lines.

New Jersey Transit (NJT)
Bicycle permits are no longer needed. Specific restrictions apply when you take your bicycle on New Jersey Transit. For more information, please call 973-762-5100, or visit the website.

Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH)
A permit is no longer required, but there are restrictions. 5BBC trips that use PATH usually ride on weekends and holidays. For more information, please call 800-234-PATH or visit the website.