Photo: Daniel Latorre under a Creative Commons license.
In a grand finale to National Bike Month, 2,500 bikers will take on an 18 mile, family-friendly course through the heart of the NYC borough. Starting and ending in Williamsburg, the tour will pass through Greenpoint, Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, and Cobble Hill, with a mid-way stop in Red Hook. Using the theme "Creek-to-Canal," the course passes between two of Brooklyn's more infamous waterways, the recently declared superfund hazardous waste site Gowanus Canal and America's most polluted waterway, the Newtown Creek.
Check out the video of last year's event. Couresty of Streetfilms
Despite the sultry state of the canal and creek, the tour is born of optimism. The borough is going green, and nowhere is that more clear than in the realm of bicycles. In the last decade, the number of cyclists using Brooklyn's East River bridges has gone up 600%, and as New York City gets ever more bike friendly, there's no sign of it slowing down.
The event is hosted by Transportation Alternatives, a New York based group that advocates for non-automobile transportation, based on an inspired green transportation hierarchy:
Image courtesy of Transportation Alternatives
Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, which is hosting the tour, is especially enthused:
We're thrilled to bring the Tour de Brooklyn back to the famous
'Brooklyn Bike-Belt' between Greenpoint and Redhook. This year's ride features a mix of hard-won bike paths like Kent Avenue, and some of the wide corridors that we hope to make safe for cycling in the years to come-namely McGuiness Boulevard and Fourth Avenue.
Today's event will be followed in the next few months by the Tour de Queens and the Tour de Bronx. That's not to mention next week's bike tour of NYC street art- all part of the great movement towards greener, sustainable transportation that's taking the world by storm.
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