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2020 Greenway Ride

The Epic Comeback of the Greenway Ride. Ready to ride the entire 26-mile Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway?   
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The Greenway Ride is back, and you won’t want to miss this EPIC journey along Brooklyn’s waterfront from Greenpoint to Shirley Chisholm State Park!

Discover Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods like Wallabout, Red Hook, Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge.

Pedal through City, State, and National Parks including Brooklyn Bridge Park, Bush Terminal Piers Park, Erie Basin Park, Owl’s Head Park, Plumb Beach, and Shore Parkway.

Take in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, East River bridges, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and Jamaica Bay.

Following the ride will be a Finisher Festival at Shirley Chisholm State Park with music, refreshments, and fun activities for all.

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, MAY 31!

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The 2020 Greenway Ride will take participants on a full tour of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, helping build support and momentum for its completion by the end of 2021. Registration fees offset event costs by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 whose mission is to develop, establish, and steward the Greenway.

Greenway Ride Guide

2020 Greenway Ride Guide and Turnsheet will be sent to participants 2 weeks before the Ride. The Ride Guide includes details on start and finish locations and how to get there, what to bring, Finisher Festival details, course info, riding recommendations, and other useful tips.

We Ride Rain or Shine

The Greenway Ride will take place rain or shine on May 31, 2020. There is no rain date. In the event of cancellation due to severe weather, your registration fee is non-refundable and instead will be converted into a tax-deductible contribution to Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, establishment, and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.

Event Rules for Riders

  • Wear your helmet at all times when riding [required to participate in the Ride].
  • Don’t use your cell phone while riding.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Stop at all red lights and stop signs.
  • Ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Don’t ride on the sidewalk.

E-Bikes and Pedal-Assist

Any human-powered bicycle (recumbent, unicycle, tandem, tricycle, etc.) is permitted, as well any pedal-assist bicycle, defined in the Rules of the City of New York, Chapter 4, Title 34 as: a bicycle equipped with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than seven hundred fifty watts (one horsepower) whereby such electric motor engages only when the operator is pedaling and the rate of speed of the bicycle is less than 20 miles per hour, and disengages or ceases to function when (i) the Section 4-01 4 operator applies the brakes, (ii) the operator stops pedaling, or (iii) the bicycle achieves a speed of twenty miles per hour. No electric assisted bike outside of this definition will be allowed on the Ride.

Experience Level of Riders

This is an open course that includes both off-street and on-street segments of the planned Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. Riders participate at their own risk. Riders must be confident riding with traffic during on-street segments and able to maintain a pace of 10 mph.

Age Restrictions

Children under the age of 3 are not allowed on the Ride. Youths ages 3 to 9 must ride with an adult on a tandem bike, in a child’s seat, on a tag-along bike, or in a bike trailer. Youths ages 10 to 17 may ride their own bikes but must remain in close proximity to the adult with whom they were registered.

Participant Packets

Riders are not required to pick up a Participant Packet in advance of the Ride. Riders will check-in at the start location starting at 7:30 am the day of the Ride, May 31, 2020, and receive a 2020 Greenway Ride wrist band that is needed to access course services, rest stop services, and can be exchanged for the Greenway Ride t-shirt at the Finisher Festival. 

Ride Check-In and Start Location

The Greenway Ride will start in Greenpoint, Brooklyn near Greenpoint Playground. The start location is accessible via NYC Ferry at the India Street/Greenpoint Terminal of the East River Line, or via MTA Subway to the Greenpoint Avenue Station on the G Line. Check-in and wrist band distribution is only available at the start location in Greenpoint. 

Rest Stops and Bike Repair

Rest stops offering restrooms, water, light refreshments, and bike repair mechanics will be offered in 2 locations along the 26-mile route, in addition to at the Finisher Festival. Bike repair labor is generously donated by our partners but be sure to bring an extra tube in your tire size in case of a flat.

Course SAG (Support & Gear)

The Greenway Ride is supported by experienced Course Marshals at certain course turns and intersections, Ride Marshals who ride along with participants, as well as SAG vehicles on the course and “sweeping” the back of the pack. If you are running out of steam or fall too far behind, SAG will transport you and your bike to the Finish Festival. If you require SAG support during the Ride, a Ride Marshal will contact them on your behalf. Riders may leave the course at any time, however doing so opts the Rider out of services like Course Marshals, SAG, and rest area mechanics.

Medical Support

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and ambulances will be deployed along the route to attend to medical needs.

Bag Restrictions and Bag Check

There are no bag restrictions at the Greenway Ride. All personal items must remain with you on the Ride. There is no bag check available.

Finisher Festival

Park your bike at the complimentary Bike Valet and head out to Penn Pier to enjoy music, refreshments, games, and take in amazing views of Jamaica Bay! Bring cash for food trucks!

Getting Home – Public Transit

If you don’t want to ride home from the Finisher Festival, the nearest MTA Subway Stations are: Euclid Avenue [A, C], New Lots Avenue [2,3,4], and Canarsie [L]. Be sure to check the MTA website for weekend work or service changes. For people traveling home without a bike, there is also MTA Bus service from Shirley Chisholm State Park via the B13, B83, and Q8 Buses.

Registration Restrictions

Registration is non-refundable, non-deferrable and non-transferable. If you decide not to ride, your registration will be converted into a charitable contribution to Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, establishment, and stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.

Registration Questions

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email that you’re registered. This also adds you to the Greenway Ride email list to receive Ride updates, tips, and the 2020
Ride Guide. If you did not receive a confirmation email or have additional questions, email ride@brooklyngreenway.org. 

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, images, or to request a press pass to the event, please email ride@brooklyngreenway.org.