Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Epic Ride

Become a BGI Member Today

Members are vital to BGI’s work, now and in the future. Your support makes our voice stronger when we speak to elected officials, city agencies and other decision makers. At every amount, your membership will make a difference! Your membership contribution is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. BGI is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Support Levels   

  • Supporter / $40
  • Friend / $50
  • Skater / $75
  • Family / $100
  • Jogger / $250
  • Blader / $500
  • Biker / $1000
  • Greenway Sustainer

    Monthly reoccurring donations starting from $5 a month

Members Receive

  • A copy of Building the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway:  The Implementation Plan for the Greenway, released in 2012;
  • Advance invitations to free public programs, including BGI’s annual spring 10-mile Future Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Bike Tour and quarterly art openings at Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Gallery;
  • Members discounts for tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, BGI’s annual summer 40-mile Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride, and more;
  • Priority project planning updates, so that you can get the latest information about Greenway segments in the pipeline as well as upcoming public planning workshops;
  • Information about a multitude of other BGI partner events throughout the year along Brooklyn’s waterfront, featuring existing and new open spaces – large and small – that the Greenway will connect; and,
  • Advance invitations and discounted tickets to BGI’s annual New Views gala, a benefit party which features waterfront locations that previously have been largely inaccessible to the public.

We Need You

BGI’s three co-founders started as volunteers over a decade ago. Today, hundreds of people annually donate their time towards completing the Greenway.

Even if you can’t commit to a specific timeframe now, please sign up as a potential volunteer and we will contact you as projects arise. Thanks!

Volunteers Help

  • Plant trees, shrubs and flowers along the greenway
  • Remove litter and weeds from the greenway
  • Marshal our Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride and Turnstile Tour’s Sustainability Bicycle Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Assist at major events by signing up new supporters

Benefits

  • Meet neighbors and fellow greenway supporters while enjoying fresh air and exercise
  • Access to unique Brooklyn waterfront locations
  • Know that you’re an integral part of making the greenway happen!

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Brooklyn Greenway Initiative's Coporate Volunteer Program

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) relies on volunteers to support its stewardship activities on the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. Volunteers from your company can work alongside BGI’s staff at various sites on the route and participate in:

Volunteer Activities

  • Planting shrubs and flowers
  • Providing tree pit maintenance
  • Removing weeds
  • Assisting at major public events

Volunteer opportunities are available for short or long term projects, for groups of all sizes, and can be tailored to meet the specific needs and interests of your company. They are designed to be team building activities that are fun, lively, and get your hands a little dirty.

Corporate Volunteer Benefits

  • Give back to the community
  • Work together as a team
  • Gain a sense of accomplishment
  • Enjoy a change of pace from their regular workday
  • Strengthen your corporate culture

“Target likes to give back to the community and seeing the positive response of people walking and riding along the Greenway and thanking us for our work was a real highlight.”

— Tony Roman, Target Group Vice President

More information and photos from Target’s corporate volunteer day.

Program Requirements

BGI requests a minimum of 10 volunteers and a donation from every corporation that participates in our Corporate Volunteer Program. Funds not only provide necessary supplies, materials and tools for each stewardship project, but also insure that the work we do can continue beyond each volunteer day. BGI is a 501c3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Download the BGI Corporate Volunteer ProposalTarget Volunteers mulching tree pits

Contact Information

Olivia Lynch
Program Manager
E: olynch@brooklyngreenway.org

Meet us on the Greenway!

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative hosts a variety of events, tours and programs throughout the year. You can see recurring events below. Be sure to check out our calendar for the latest happenings!

Ride the Greenway

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Epic RideBGI hosts a number of bike rides and tours along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway each year including The Epic Ride, a Spring BGI Members Bike Tour and Brooklyn Navy Yard Bike Tours. We are always looking for experienced ride marshals. Sign up on our volunteer page!

  • Spring: Members Only Future Brooklyn Waterfront Bike Tour, a 10-mile guided tour at a family-friendly pace. Free but must be a current BGI member.
  • July: The Epic Ride, a 40-mile ride along the Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront to Rockaway Beach. Registration opens May 1st.
  • April – October: Brooklyn Navy Yard Bike Tours, held in partnership with Turnstile Tours. Fee applies; or join the ride for free by being a volunteer ride marshal.

Run the Greenway

RunnersEach Fall, BGI hosts the Brooklyn Greenway Half, the only half marathon exclusively on the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. This run highlights BGI’s progress in achieving a fully completed greenway along the Brooklyn waterfront, as well as showcasing city and state parks.

Spruce up the Greenway

IMG_1500BGI works in partnership with non-profit community service providers, corporate volunteer programs, and neighborhood residents, all of whom want to help keep the greenway clean and maintained. Contact us to plan a day for your group!

  • Columbia Street Clean Ups: Check our events calendar or sign up to our volunteer database to hear about the latest clean up and planting events.
  • Van Brunt Street Clean Ups: Check our events calendar or sign up to our volunteer database to hear about the latest clean up and planting events.
  • Corporate volunteer days: BGI can arrange a volunteer day for any size group! Contact Olivia Lynch at olynch(at)brooklyngreenway.org
  • Red Hook Justice Center partnership: BGI works with RHJC’s alternative sentencing program for youth offenders to use sections of the greenway as community service sites.

Party For The Greenway

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Epic RideEach year, BGI holds two benefit events to raise funds to support the organization’s work. Contact Brian McCormick, Development Director, for sponsorship opportunities and additional information

  • June 25: New Views 2014 is BGI’s annual summer fundraiser held in June at a newly-opened or newly-accessible section of the waterfront. The 2014 benefit themed New Views: Surf+Turf+Earth will be held at the spectacular Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and will feature tastings from Brooklyn’s best restaurants and distilleries. Previous benefits have been held at the East River State Park, Erie Basin Park, One Brooklyn Bridge Park, Industry City, Liberty Warehouse and Northside Piers. Purchase tickets today.
  • Fall: Greenway+Industry is BGI’s annual Fall benefit. Details for our 2014 fall benefit are coming soon!

Make Art on the Greenway

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Gallery features artists who live or work along the greenway route. 30% of all sales proceeds are donated to support BGI’s work, and all purchasers also receive a one-year BGI membership.

Gallery hours

Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm or by appointment.