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    • Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Epic Ride

    40 Miles | Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront | July 25, 2015


Explore the Brooklyn-Queens waterfronts on a 40-mile epic bike ride!

Starting in Greenpoint and finishing at Rockaway Beach, riders will experience the potential of a fully completed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway combined with a completed Jamaica Bay Greenway.

Following the ride, join the after-party at the beach with food and complimentary beer from the Rockaway food vendors and a swim in the ocean.

By participating in The Epic Ride, 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.

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BGI EPIC 15 map for websiteThe 40-mile ride begins at Newtown Barge Playground, Greenpoint and follows the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway through Williamsburg, past the Brooklyn Navy Yard, through Dumbo, Columbia Waterfront District, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, along the Shore Parkway under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, through Sheepshead Bay to Floyd Bennett Field. From there, cyclists travel along the Jamaica Bay Greenway to the finish festival at Beach 86st St, Rockaway Beach. Some of the route is on-street and there are no road closures, so participants must be confident riding with traffic.

Participants can make their own way back independently via the A train or by bicycle.


Rest Stops

Rest stops offering restrooms, water, light refreshments and simple bike mechanics will be offered at Owls Head Park, Bay Ridge and Ryan Visitor Center, Floyd Bennett Field.

Recycling & Composting

The Epic Ride has been certified sustainable by the Council for Responsible Sport. In keeping with our green goals, recycling and composting stations are located at the ride start, rest stops and the Finish Festival.

SAG (Support and Gear)

Two SAG vehicles will be out on the course and will trail 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, ask a ride marshal to contact them on your behalf.


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

Bike Repair

Bike repair will be provided at the start line, rest stops and the Finish Festival. Labor is free, but bring an extra tube with you in case of a flat.

Information Tents

Information tents located at each rest area and the Finish Festival are your go-to resources for all questions and concerns.

Finish Festival

By the time you arrive at the finish festival you would have ridden 40 miles across two boroughs!

Park your bike at the complimentary bike valet and head on up to the Beach 86st St boardwalk for live music, massage, a swim in the ocean and delicious food from Rippers. Bring cash so you can chow down.

Complimentary beer will be offered until supply runs out.

Official Epic Ride t-shirts will be available for purchase.

Start and Schedule

The Epic Ride begins in Greenpoint in staggered start waves with the fast group departing first, followed by the leisure group. Your start times will be included in the Ride Guide that will be emailed to you in July.

We ride rain or shine

The  Epic Ride will take place rain or shine on Saturday, July 25, 2015. 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.

Rules of the road

  • Wear your helmet.
  • 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—especially on downhills
  • 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

What to bring

  • Cash for  food and merchandise at the Finish Festival, etc
  • Photo identification
  • Cell phone
  • Water bottles (You can refill them at rest areas and water stations along the route.)
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (Be sure to check the forecast)
  • MetroCard – You may want to take the A train home from the beach
  • Turn sheet 
  • Swim suit and towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • An extra bike tube; make sure they’re the correct size with the correct valve
  • Patch kit in case of a flat

Corporate Teams

Workplace involvement in The Epic Ride is a unique way to support employees and make a contribution to a valuable cause!

Companies situated close to the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway will also benefit directly from its completion:

Your employees can use the greenway to commute to work;

  • Customers and clients can reach you by traveling along the route;
  • Your business becomes more accessible to people who work or play;
  • And a bonus: Getting fellow staff members involved promotes a healthy workforce!

The Epic Ride is all about teamwork – it’s a great opportunity for team building and a fun way to develop team spirit among colleagues.


  • What am I supporting by riding The Epic?

    By participating in The Epic Ride, 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.

  • Where does the money go?

    Your charitable donation covers the cost of amenities provided for the ride—everything from food to entertainment as well as behind-the-scenes expenses. We work hard to ensure that our price is a fraction of the charge of other major bike rides. Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is a 501c3 non-profit organization and any proceeds from The Epic Ride go to support our mission.

  • Can children ride the Epic?

    Children can join The Epic at the Floyd Bennett Field start and enjoy a 14-mile ride to Rockaway Beach. Children who will operate their own bicycle must be at least 10 years of age and be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 3-9 years must ride on a tandem bike, tagalong bike, or a bike trailer.

  • Can I ride in a team?

    Yes, teams with a minimum of four riders can ride together. This is a great team building opportunity for colleagues, students, friends and family.

  • Are there bag restrictions?
  • There are no bag restrictions at The Epic Ride.
  • Is there coat check?
  • No, there is no coat check available.
  • How experienced do I need to be at riding?

    Riders must be confident riding with traffic on the roads and able to maintain a pace of 10 mph.

  • Are there different speed groups for the ride?

    Yes, we will stagger the start with a fast group (15+ mph) and a leisure group (10-15 mph).

  • Are there different starts?

    Yes, alternate starts are available at Owls Head Park (26-mile ride) and Floyd Bennett Field (14-mile ride).

  • What is the route for The Epic?

    The Epic travels along portions of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway and the Jamaica Bay Greenway, which are situated along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts. Some of the route is on-street, so participants must be confident riding with traffic. We are currently finalizing the route and will post the 2015 route map on the website once it has been confirmed. Stay tuned for updates!

  • How do I get back at the end of The Epic Ride?

    Return trip can be made via the A train, by ferry, or by bicycle along Flatbush Avenue.

  • Is lunch provided for riders at the finish line at Rockaway Beach?

    No, but riders can purchase food from the Rockaway food vendors and complimentary beer will be offered. Snacks and water will be provided at the start and rest areas along the route.

  • Will there be an after party?

    An after party will be held at the finish line at Rockaway Beach. There will be live music, complimentary beer and food available for purchase and you can have a swim in the ocean!

  • What happens if I start the ride, but cannot finish it due to unforeseen circumstances?

    You can leave the ride at any time. However, once you leave the route you will no longer have access to services including rest areas and bike marshal support.

  • Is bike repair offered along the route?

    Rest areas will have a bicycle mechanic station for minor repairs. Ride marshals should be able to offer some assistance for minor repairs while on the route.  We strongly recommend bringing an extra bike tube on the route, pumping up your tires the day before and getting your bike tuned up ahead of time.

  • Will there be food and refreshments along the Tour route?

    Yes, the start and each rest stop will have all sorts of nutritious snacks and goodies to keep you going until the end!

  • Can I sell or give my ticket away?

    No. Registration is non-refundable, non-deferrable and non-transferable. If you decide not to ride, we can convert your registration into a charitable contribution. Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Please email epicride@brooklyngreenway.org if you want to explore this option.

  • How can I find out where rest stops, water stations and bike maintenance hubs are along the route?

    This information will be available on the 2015 route map, which will be posted on this website and emailed to all registrants as part of their registration pack. Registration packs will be emailed by July 15, 2015. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Do I need a helmet for the ride?

    Yes, helmets are required for The Epic Ride.

  • What if the weather is bad?

    The Epic Ride will take place rain or shine. 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. If it’s going to be a sunny day, don’t forget your sunscreen!

  • HOW DO I VERIFY THAT I AM REGISTERED FOR THE TOUR?If you received a confirmation email, you are registered. If you did not receive a confirmation email, email epicride@brooklyngreenway.org
    Do I have to pick up a packet ahead of the ride?

    No, you will receive all information via email ahead of the ride and will receive your wristband to participate at the start line.

  • What else should I bring on the ride?
  • Helmet
  • Water bottles filled with water
  • Appropriate clothing: be prepared for rain and/or intense sun
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Extra tire tube (check for the size on your tire)
  • Money: although we provide snacks and water, you may want to buy a full lunch from the Rockaway Beach food vendors
  • Bring a camera and fully-charged cell phone so you can Tweet, Facebook and Instagram along the way.
  • Treat your bike to a full tune up before the ride.



Volunteering at The Epic Ride 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 participants of The Epic Ride.

Volunteer Registration will open May 1, 2015.

Volunteer Roles

Ride Marshals

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.

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, encouraging slow riders, and assisting riders boarding SAG (support and gear) vehicles. At the end of the ride, Ride Marshals join us at the finish line for the after party.

Course Marshals

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, serving snacks and beverages at rest stops, providing information to spectators and community members, managing the bike valet, and assisting at the after party at Rockaway Beach. No riding or bike skills are required, and volunteer groups are welcome.

Event Day Volunteers can select from the following roles:

Start line: Set up equipment and supplies, merchandise tent, check in participants, provide information, direct and assist riders, clean up and breakdown.

Rest Stops at Owls Head Park, Bay Ridge and Floyd Bennett Field: Volunteers set up the area, greet and assist cyclists, check in participants who are starting from those locations, distribute snacks and water, direct traffic flow, and pack down.

Finish Festival at Rockaway Beach: Roles include set up, cheering participants on at the finish line, managing the bike valet, merchandise tent, and pack down.

Volunteer Benefits

In appreciation for their hard work, all volunteers are guaranteed the opportunity to pre-register for The Epic Ride 2016 and receive discounted registration for one of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s sporting events.

Volunteer T-Shirt: Every volunteer receives an official Epic Ride t-shirt. Please pick your t-shirt size when registering as a volunteer.

Volunteer Training: All volunteers are required to attend a mandatory briefing session prior to the event. Details to follow. Volunteers will also receive a volunteer handbook via email that will provide all details pertaining to volunteering at event.

Do you have questions that weren’t answered here? Send us an email at epicride@brooklyngreenway.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

Become a sponsor

The Epic presents a remarkable platform for sponsors to target the New York metropolitan area. 1000 cyclists and thousands of spectators gather for the unique opportunity to ride 40 miles along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront.

As a sponsor of The Epic Ride, you will have the opportunity to increase your brand visibility and recognition.

Key benefits to your business:

  • Direct exposure to 1000+ participants and thousands of spectators.
  • Direct exposure to BGI and our partner organizations’ databases via mailings, e-newsletters, website and promotional materials.
  • Wide exposure to 1.5 million New York residents through BGI’s media partnerships with Blankslate.
  • Involvement with a progressive event that demonstrates community-driven change and is a key element of NYC’s sustainability agenda.
  • We will work with you to tailor a partnership to meet your specific business needs.

Your sponsorship will support the planning and implementation of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a 14-mile long recreation and transportation facility that will connect four regional parks and numerous new waterfront open spaces.

For more information, download The Epic Ride Sponsorship Proposal.

Thank you to our sponsors

Thank you to our partners

The Epic Ride is supported by partners including  Regional Plan Association, National Park Service, DOT, and the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. Special thanks to the NYC Department of Parks & RecreationTransportation Alternatives Brooklyn Volunteer Committee, and The Ryan Center at Floyd Bennett Field.

Additional support is provided by: the NYS Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program under Title 11 of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, sponsored by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; Altman Foundation; Booth Ferris Foundation; The Charles Engelhard Foundation; Lily Auchincloss Foundation; The New York Community Trust; NYC Council Members Brad Lander; Steve Levin; and Carlos Menchaca.






Media inquiries

For media inquiries, images, or to request a press pass to the event, please email Olivia Lynch.


In the Media

TIME OUT, “Critic’s Pick”, 2014

BROOKLYN NEWS 12,  “Epic Bike Ride Supports Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Development”, 2014

BROWNSTONER, “Brooklyn Epic Ride Coming Soon“, 2013

THE BROOKLYN PAPER, “Ride from Greenpoint to Rockaway Beach promotes bike path ambition“, 2013

BROOKLYN BASED, “A Bike Ride of Epic Proportions“, 2013