The 2016 5-Island Bike Tour: An Urban Adventure on the Greenways

– By Scott Baker, ECGA member and ride leader

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This year’s 5-Island Bike Tour in May was our most popular New York Metro area ride ever with over 80 participants!

The high turnout may have been due to the addition of three new territories to explore. These included the High Bridge spanning Manhattan from 170th Street to the South Bronx. The route through the South Bronx, which is mostly on bike lanes, is probably one of New York’s best-kept secrets. We also rode the new at-grade Randall’s Island Connector, which replaces the maddening switchbacks up the R.F.K. Bridge from the Bronx to Randall’s Island.

We encountered a bit of a post-lunch squall on the western half of Randall’s Island, but the wind and rain were gone by the time we reached the eastern half.  We all warmed up with the challenging climb up the R.F.K. Bridge on its way to Queens.

After dashing in and out of some pocket parks in Queens, we arrived at Roosevelt Island, our 5th and last island on the tour. We posed for a group shot before ending up at Four Freedoms Park at the southern end. Several of us took the pleasant ride back to Manhattan aboard the Roosevelt Island Tram.riders

We only got some sun but we certainly had lots of fun!

Want to see more? Check out this video by Gotham Bicycle Tours of the ride.

The NY ECG committee leads a series of rides each year. Read more here about their upcoming rides and join us if you can!

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