Bedazzle your bike, put on your craziest outfit, blast some party tunes and be ready for sensory overload at the Brooklyn Bike Rave, a glowtastic night ride along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.
On Saturday, August 27, hundreds of cyclists will ride en masse along 7 miles of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. Starting in Greenpoint, the group will ride through Williamsburg, travel inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, through DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park and loop back to finish under the iconic Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO.
Brooklyn Bike Rave is New York’s first ever event of its kind and allows you, the participant, to become an integrated part of the event by bringing your creativity while experiencing the energy of nocturnal Brooklyn at its best.
The Bike Rave is a cultural phenomenon that is spreading around the world, altering how people think about the cities in which they live and we invite you to join us for the city’s first!
By participating in The Brooklyn Bike Rave, you are supporting Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, the non-profit organization committed to the establishment, development and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. When complete, this 14-mile landscaped route for pedestrians and cyclists will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.
Start And Schedule
Gates open at 6:30pm on Saturday, August 27.
Ride will depart at 7:30pm sharp.
It is the collective light and creativity of the thousands of participants that brings this event to life! Look the part!
Use LED lights, El wire, glow sticks, and anything flashing or glow in the dark to decorate your bike and yourself with.
Need some inspiration? CLICK HERE
A curated radio show by Newtown Radio will be streamed with a click of a button and played on portable speakers that you bring (no headphones allowed).
A link will be sent to all registrants before the event.
Need bike speakers? CLICK HERE
What to Bring
Smart phone with Newtown Radio link saved to stream the Brooklyn Bike Rave Show
Portable speakers for your bike to play a synchronized playlist
A well lit up bike
Cash for food and drinks along the ride
Weather-appropriate clothing (Be sure to check the forecast)
MetroCard – You may want to take the train home
Patch kit in case of a flat
Leave No Trace
We do not offer refunds. If you are unable to make the event, you can transfer your ticket to someone else by logging into your Eventbrite account or otherwise your registration fee will be considered a charitable contribution to Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.
We Ride Rain Or Shine
The Brooklyn Bike Rave will take place rain or shine on Saturday, August 27. There is no rain date. In the event of cancellation due to severe weather, your registration fee is non-refundable and instead will be considered a charitable contribution to Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.
*Route subject to change
There are no road closures, participants ride on open roads and greenways. All of the route is street lit.
The group rides en masse and ride marshals will set a family-friendly pace (in other words, slow). This is not a race.
SAG (Support And Gear)
There is no SAG vehicle for the tour. If you have serious mechanical troubles cannot complete the ride for any reason, marshals will help you reach the nearest subway station
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) on bicycles, paramedics, and ambulances will be deployed along the route to attend to medical needs.
- Wear your helmet
- No alcohol beverages are to be consumed while riding/no open containers
- Leave no Trace – dispose of your trash responsibly
- No headphones – music must be played on portable speakers only
- Do not pass the lead marshals of the ride
- Respect other cyclists
- Human-powered bikes only
- Use hand signals to indicate that you are slowing down, stopping, turning, or changing lanes
- Keep to the right; pass left. (Call out “On your left” when passing a cyclist)
- Move completely off the road if stopping for any reason
- Do not ride against the flow of cyclists
- Do not use your cell phone while riding
- Maintain adequate distance between yourself and other cyclists
- Control your speed and be prepared to slow down for congestion or road hazards
- Keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times
Volunteering at The Brooklyn Bike Rave is a great experience, with camaraderie, goodwill and loads of fun! Volunteers and bike marshals play an integral role in creating an unforgettable experience for our participants.
Ride Marshals are crucial to keeping the ride running smoothly and safely. They are experienced cyclists who provide assistance along the route. Strong people skills, flat repair skills, and basic bike repair knowledge are a must. Bonus points if you have a bike trailer or cargo bike to help carry portable sound systems in to ensure the music is heard throughout the group.
We are looking for the following Ride Marshals:
Ride leaders to ride in the front and set the pace/lead the route
Support riders who will ride in the middle with the group
Sweeps to ride at the back of the group and offer any bike maintenance that may be required.
Responsibilities include helping riders with flat and bike repair, responding to road emergencies, providing information to participants, and encouraging slow riders, At the end of the ride, Ride Marshals join us at the finish line for the after party.
Course Marshals assist with safety, communication and directions on the course. Though riding is not required for the Course Marshal position, basic cycling knowledge is helpful and strong people skills are a must. On event day, Course Marshals meet at the start line and will be driven to their location on the course by an event courier. Responsibilities may include alerting participants to specific road conditions, assisting with crowd control and road emergencies, encouraging slow riders, and providing information to participants, spectators, and nearby residents.
Event Day Volunteers
Event Day Volunteers are an integral part of the event. They serve many functions, which may include setting up, checking in riders, providing information to spectators and community members and assisting at the rest stops or finish party. No riding or bike skills are required, and volunteer groups are welcome.
Volunteer Training: All volunteers are required to attend a mandatory briefing session prior to the event. Details to follow.
Do you have questions that weren’t answered here? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!