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


July 1, 2008: The Montauk Century 2008 Volunteers Party. Photo by Joe Candelaria.

Welcome to the website of New York's Five Borough Bicycle Club. We invite you to explore these pages, then get on your bike and explore the city and countryside with us.

We offer day rides every weekend and many holidays. We also offer multi-day weekend trips, monthly meetings, and classes on bike repair. And, each May, the 5BBC hosts New York's bicycling event of the year, the Montauk Century.

Your membership keeps our day rides free. If you are a 5BBC member, thank you! If you are not a 5BBC member and enjoy our day rides, please give us your support. For only $20 per year, enjoy the benefits of membership in New York's friendliest bike club.

This week at the 5BBC

June 21, 2008: Sheepish grins. Leadership Training Weekend. Photo by John Chiarella.

June 28, 2008: Waterfall at the Brooklyn Bridge. The New York City Waterfalls.
by Sean Ainechi.

    Ride locations - where do we meet?
    Subway service advisories - can I get there?
    Bulletin board - is my ride cancelled?
    Weather - from the National Weather Service

    Thursday, July 10, 2008


    6:30 to 8:30 PM, Hostelling International, 891 Amsterdam Avenue (at 103rd Street), Manhattan, in the back yard.

    Saturday, July 12, 2008


    7:45 AM, Pier 11, 23 miles

    We’re getting to Sandy Hook on the 8:15AM ferry to do some cycling, then to North Beach for usual summer activities. Bring $53 fare, sunglasses, sunscreen, two water bottles, swim gear, $ for lunch and lock to secure bike. Come early to buy tickets. We’ll have a choice taking the 3:45PM, 5:45PM or 7:30PM (via Highlands) back to Manhattan. Mostly flat, some busy & hilly roads. Co-listed with the NYCC. Leaders: Alfredo Garcia and Phil Goldberg

    [Happy-face ride] BRING THE KIDS ROUND 1

    9:00 AM, Columbus Circle, 5-10 miles

    Here’s the first of two Children friendly rides! Parent(s) or Guardians must accompany each child, and all participants must wear appropriate helmets. We will enjoy traffic free roadways and the Central Park Merry-go-round. There will be other joys to behold you may be sure. Leaders: Jesse Brown and Andrea Casertano

    Sunday, July 13, 2008


    8:00 AM, City Hall, 50 miles

    From Coney Island to Jamaica Bay, this ride is every bit “Brooklyn” as we can make it. Relatively flat terrain at a “B” pace. Lunch on the water. Remember to pack water, sun screen and a camera. Leaders: Danny Lieberman and Fred Dieckamp.


    9:00 AM, White Plains Rd. and Pelham Pkwy (Pelham Pkwy. station on the #2 subway), 40-50 miles

    We'll be headed to specially secured areas seldom seen by or visited by the general public (beautiful, quiet and very "Presidential"). Lower Westchester County as you may have never seen it before on a journey of joyousness. 15 mph pace. Leaders: Rodney D. Millard and Jesse Brown

    [Happy-face ride] BICYCLE BEACH BUMS #2

    10:00 AM, Prospect Park (Grand Army Plaza), 30 miles

    More beach! See July 6 for details. Leaders: Jim Zisfein and Marina Bekkerman


    9:30AM, GWB Bus Station, Distance 50 miles, Moderately Hilly, 15mph average speed on flat terrain.

    We're off to Monsey via the scenic parts of North NJ, where we'll have some nice descents and moderately steep climbs along quiet suburban streets and country roads as we pass through suburban Bergen County to Rockland County. Lunch at a bike-friendly Kosher pizzeria offering regular as well as whole wheat slices. Afterwards, we'll ride more downhills on scenic country roads and then a long straight haul down the middle of Bergen County. Let's stop for a quick look at Van Saun Park and its Zoo before another climb back to the bridge. Optional side trip at the end for ice cream in Manhattan. Bring a lock and $$ for lunch. Triples are recommended unless you've got strong legs. Leaders: Dana Hudes and Manny Sanudo

Cycling Risk Assessment Study

  • The NYCC is conducting a survey to gather bicycling accident information from a diverse population of cyclists. Anyone may submit one or more bicycling accident survey responses. Click here for more details and to submit a survey response.

Phooey on overpriced bicycling trips!

  • We've put together a series of enjoyable and affordable weekend vacations exclusively for 5BBC members. We're going to Montréal, Cape Cod, Cape May, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Maryland's Eastern Shore, Coastal Long Island and Connecticut, the Berkshires, the Taconics, the Hudson Valley, and the Delaware Water Gap. Join your 5BBC friends for a weekend (or two weekends, or three) of bicycling bliss.
  • Early-bird discounts apply, and if you find a weekend trip you like, you can register right now. Even if you're not ready to sign up, you can click here; there's no charge for looking. See you on a 5BBC weekend trip!

We Have Pictures!

  • Picture yourself on a 5BBC ride. Better yet, go on a 5BBC ride, and take a picture! These photographs are from recent rides and events. To add your own, email your photo to webmaster@5bbc.org.

5BBC sues the NYPD to keep group bicycling legal

Regional Roundup


  • No one ever sees a cyclist before a crash.
  • Half of the 110,000 cyclists in New York City have experienced accidents with cars. It seems that cyclists have almost become invisible to drivers.
  • This is a serious problem. However, the solution is not complicated. It's simple.
  • In order to stop the accidents, drivers need to see cyclists and cyclists must see drivers, before it's too late. Preventing accidents boils down to one simple action.
  • Look.
  • The NYC Bicycle Safety Coalition, in collaboration with the NYC Department of Transportation and other city agencies, has launched a public awareness campaign to remind all New Yorkers to take this one simple action.
  • You will see ads on buses, bus shelters, taxi tops, and phone kiosks. Drivers of motor vehicles will see these ads too.
  • 5BBC is proud to be a member of the NYC Bicycle Safety Coalition and a co-sponsor of this campaign.

Have a safe ride

  • New York City has announced a plan of citywide bicycle safety improvements that will make your ride safer in the years to come. These include road improvements based on a 10-year study of NYC bicyclist fatalities and serious injuries, 200 miles of new bike paths and lanes, an advertising campaign to increase motorist and cyclist awareness of each other and make clear a cyclist's right to the road, increased enforcement of laws against motorists who endanger cyclists, and support for state legislation to require better visibility on large vehicles and increased fines for parking in bicycle lanes.
  • This action by the city was no accident. Your bicycle club, along with Transportation Alternatives and other bicycling and advocacy groups, developed the Bicycle Safety Action Plan and has been working for the past year to get the city to recognize that cyclist deaths and serious injuries are preventable. We're glad the city now agrees.
  • In the meantime, remember that safe bicycle riding begins with YOU. Here are some of our favorite tips for a safe ride.
  • Of course, accidents will happen, and it's best to be prepared for them. Here are 5BBC ride leader Susan Rodetis's suggestions for some things you should carry with you when riding.

5BBC members stay informed

  • Bicycletter, our bimonthly newsletter, keeps us informed with feature articles, details of all club rides, and much, much more. Read your online copy.
  • 5BBC Weekly Update, our email newsletter, lists upcoming rides and other bicycling events. If you are a 5BBC member and would like to subscribe, drop a note to communications@5bbc.org.
  • Is my ride cancelled? For late-breaking news, including weather-related cancellations, visit our bulletin board. Want messages to reach you on the road? Click here to enter your cell phone email address, and here to start bulletin board email delivery.
  • Can't get to a computer? Information on 5BBC activities, including upcoming day rides, is as close as your phone. Call 212-932-2300 ext 115, or point your mobile phone browser to 5bbc.org/mobile.sht.

Who needs a folding bike?

  • Arrive at your destination with your full-size bike and start pedaling. Borrow our bike case for free. It's another reason to be a 5BBC member!

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