On Sunday, July 27, hundreds of Greenway supporters took part in the The Epic Ride. The 6th annual 40-mile bike ride from Greenpoint to Rockaway Beach along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront showcased the potential of a fully completed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway combined with a completed Jamaica Bay Greenway.
Riders traveled along new Greenway segments, including the Naval Cemetery Landscape at the Brooklyn Navy Yard; the first phase of the Columbia Waterfront Park; and new plantings and Greenway infrastructure along Van Brunt Street in Red Hook.
The Epic Ride took green to the next level by seeking certification with the Council of Responsible Sport, which has certified the TD 5Boro Bike Tour, the Chicago Marathon and other major events for reducing their environmental impact. Once certified, The Epic Ride will be the first sustainable Brooklyn-based sporting event. This meant some noticeable changes including composting which was given to local farms, a commitment to waste reduction, and locally sourced merchandise and refreshments.
Upon completing the ride, participants enjoyed an after party at Rippers at Rockaway Beach with live music from New York City Brass Band, delicious food, massage, and a swim in the sea.
By participating in The Epic Ride, riders supported Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, the non profit organization committed to the establishment, development and long term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.
View photos of The Epic Ride here.