Bib Pickup

Registrants can now pick up their riders packet at any Bicycle Habitat Location! Can't pick it up in advance? Bibs will be available at the start on the morning of the tour - please arrive at least 30min before your scheduled start time.

Routes

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Choose your challenge:

15 miles*

The 15-mile route is new this year, and the focus is on “family-friendly.” Unlike the other routes, which begin at Central Park, the 15-mile route will start at Machate Circle, Prospect Park, cross into Manhattan via the Manhattan Bridge and travel up the east side of Manhattan into the NYC Century Festival at Central Park. The 15 mile route will run as a “rolling parade,”  with all participants starting together riding with NYPD escort.

35 miles

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Cue Sheet

This route takes takes you to Brooklyn’s crown jewel, Prospect Park, and is the only route that does the full loop through the park. From there you’ll travel through north Brooklyn and the beautiful neighborhoods of the Queens waterfront to Astoria Park, then traverse the Triborough Bridge to the Upper East Side of Manhattan enroute to the NYC Century Festival at Central Park.

55 miles

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The 55-mile route takes you to the iconic sights of the Brooklyn shore! You’ll ride through Prospect Park and then shoot south along the beautiful Shore Parkway to Brighton Beach and Coney Island. You’ll head to Marine Park, Brooklyn’s largest park, and then roll back north through central Brooklyn to join up with the 35-mile route through Queens waterfront and back to Central Park.

75 miles

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The 75-mile route hits all the classic spots found on the 55-mile route, then ventures out to the beautiful beaches of Jacob Riis Park and the Rockaways before rolling through the heart of Queens and beautiful Forest Park. You’ll ride on miles of beautiful parkway, and even get to do a lap at the Kissena Velodrome in Kissena Park!

100 miles

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The “Century”  is an incredible day on the bike!  You’ll ride the Brooklyn shoreline, the beaches and greenways of Queens, and venture out to the farthest reaches of that borough to Little Bay Park. The Century is also the only route that goes to the “Boogie Down” Bronx, where you’ll ride through the Bronx’s very own Little Italy neighborhood, by the Bronx Zoo and into Van Cortlandt Park before heading into northern Manhattan and the Harlem River Greenway on your way back to Central Park, where you’ll celebrate your momentous achievement at the NYC Century Festival.

Not sure which route you want to ride? Riders for 35-mile to 100-mile routes may change their route at any point without penalty. Just make sure you have the appropriate cue sheet and/or GPS file when you head out.

*This year's 15-mile route starts at Park Circle, Prospect Park, Brooklyn. It is the only closed-course route on the NYC Century and will feature a police escort -- but spots are limited!

Start Location

Start: Central Park / Prospect Park

TransAlt is happy to offer two NYC Century Bike Tour Start options again this year. Select the starting point that’s most convenient for you: Central Park or Prospect Park!

(*Note: There will only be one Finish Festival for the NYC Century, located in Central Park. For Prospect Park starters, you must pick up your complimentary t-shirt and water bottle at Central Park.  You can still continue with the route and complete your mileage after your pickup.)

How to get there: As your advocate for walking, cycling, and public transit in NYC, we encourage you to walk, bike, or take the subway to your starting point! Please make sure to check the MTA’s Weekender guide to plan your trip to the NYC Century start.

Manhattan Start in Central Park: 110th Street and Malcolm X Blvd.

Ride Start Times:

100 Miles: 6:00am
75 Miles: 6:30am
55 Miles: 7:00am
35 Miles: 7:30am

Closest Subway Stations:

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Bus Routes along 110th Street:

M2, M3, M4

Brooklyn Start in Prospect Park: Machate Circle, Prospect Park Southwest and Parkside Ave.

Ride Start Times:

100 Miles: 6:30am
75 Miles: 7:00am
55 Miles: 7:30am
35 Miles: 8:00am
15 Miles: 10:00am

Closest Subway Stations:

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Traveling from outside NYC?

Amtrak

Metro-North

Rest Stops

The NYC Century features fully-stocked rest stops at some of NYC’s most beautiful parks.

35 miles: Prospect Park, Astoria Park
55 miles: Prospect Park, Marine Park, Astoria Park
75 miles: Prospect Park, Marine Park, Forest Park, Astoria Park
100 miles: Prospect Park, Marine Park, Forest Park, Little Bay Park, Astoria Park, Van Cortlandt Park

The average distance between rest stops is 15 miles.

Finish Festival

NYC Century Festival

Join us in Central Park for the one and only NYC Century Festival! Celebrate, re-fuel, and relax after the ride with treats, giveaways, a variety of food options, and more. Invite your friends and family to Central Park for a fun outing with NYC’s most dedicated cyclists and street infrastructure advocates!

NYC Century Festival Location*

Central Park, 110th Street and Malcolm X Blvd.

*Note: There will only be one Finish Festival for the NYC Century, located in Central Park. For Prospect Park starters, you must pick up your complimentary t-shirt and water bottle at Central Park.

FAQ

Riders under 18 years of age are welcome to join and must be accompanied by a guardian. Helmets are mandatory for children 14 and under and strongly encouraged for riders of all ages. Children under 10 years old are encouraged to ride in a carrier or on a tandem bike with a parent. This year’s 15-mile route is especially kid-friendly, as it will be the only route fully closed to traffic and led by a police escort to ensure your safety. For all other routes, riders of all ages should be confident enough to ride alongside traffic.

All riders receive a confirmation email after they complete registration online. If you have not received one, please email events@transalt.org to confirm your participation.

Please email us at events@transalt.org to make edit the details of your registration. We will be happy to help you!

Yes, you do. All individuals on the course are required to register for the tour.

Please bring a photo ID or copy of your registration confirmation email to packet pick up.

Yes. If you decide you would like to ride a different route, YOU CAN! It is not necessary to inform us in advance of your desired change. Please check the "Routes" section of this page to determine the start time for your desired route.

You can pick up your jersey at the gift shop tent at the beginning or end of the ride.

No. Feel free to use backpacks, hydration packs, panniers, baskets, and any other bag you have at home!

The finish line closes at 6:00 pm. 35-milers should be able to finish the tour in time without worrying about speed. 55- and 75-milers should be riding at least 10 mph. 100-milers should be traveling at least 12 mph. Please note: The amount of time you spend at a rest area is important! Be sure to consult the rest area closing times on your cue sheet to make sure you can reach the next stop before it closes. The after party ends at 6pm at Central Park.

Each rest stop will have water, sports drink, snack bars, and fruit. We’ll have extra protein-packed treats for you select rest stops. Please pack a lunch or bring some cash if you think you'll require more food or have food allergies. Please note: We do not provide bottled water. You must bring your own water bottle.

The average distance between rest stops is 15 miles.

No. There is no SAG support for the NYC Century bike tour. Bike marshals will be on the ride to assist riders with minor repairs, but if a rider cannot complete the ride, they should locate the nearest subway station. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911.

Yes – they are identifiable by their orange TransAlt vests. They can assist you with minor bike issues or repairs. However, please be aware that ride marshals do not carry extra supplies, so make sure you bring extra tubes or any other supplies you think you may need.

Yes! The NYC Century is produced by and benefits Transportation Alternatives. We're working on making the streets of NYC safer and more fun for all New Yorkers by advocating for protected bike lanes, dynamic pedestrian plazas, and more.

We have historically had around 6,000 participants ride in the NYC Century each year. Maximum capacity for the tour is 7,000 riders.

For the first time this year, our 15-mile route will be closed to motor vehicles and led by a police escort. All other routes are open road. You should be prepared to ride confidently alongside traffic.

Glad you asked! We host bike rides throughout the year. Once you sign up for this ride you'll automatically receive alerts whenever registration launches for our other rides. Registration is open now for the Foodie Fondo. Our first ride of 2018 will be the Tour de Staten Island -- keep an eye out for more details on that soon!

All registration sales are final and non-transferable. In the unlikely case a tour is canceled, you may claim your registration fee as a tax-deductible donation to Transportation Alternatives, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All funds raised through TransAlt bike tours support our life-saving work for safe streets in New York City.

There is no rain date; we ride rain or shine! In case of inclement weather, Transportation Alternatives reserves the right to cancel/alter/modify the tour for safety concerns. If there is a dangerous weather situation imminent, registrants will be emailed using the email address provided at registration, regarding any changes to the event plan.

Transportation Alternatives is dedicated to reclaiming NYC streets from automobiles. We encourage participants to bike or use public transportation to our start sites. We do not provide a designated area for parking.

Sponsorship

Email matthew.cox@transalt.org for information on becoming a Sponsor or Festival Partner.

Media

Email press@transalt.org with your name, phone number, email address and the nature of your inquiry.

Volunteer

Read about volunteer opportunities, or email volunteer@transalt.org with your questions.

Other Questions for TransAlt?

Email us at events@transalt.org with your Century questions or to find out how you can help advocate for safer streets in New York City! Tell us what you’d like to change and we’ll tell you how to get started.

Are you going to Ride + Fundraise for Transportation Alternatives?


That's great! We really appreciate what you're doing to help make NYC streets safe for everyone.

Raise a minimum of $250 through our online fundraising platform, and earn great rewards while helping to make NYC streets safer!

Register to fundraise Visit your fundraising page

Fundraising Benefits

Raise $​250 and receive a one year membership to TransAlt. See transalt.org/goodies for a full list of membership benefits, including a pair of TransAlt signature socks plus the above benefits.

Raise $500 and walk or ride away with a TransAlt branded riding cap, plus all of the above benefits.

Raise $1,000 to get breakfast and lunch at the NYC Century, a NYC Century water bottle and t-shirt, a TransAlt jersey, priority check-in and special invite to a pre-ride reception -- plus all of the above benefits.

The individual fundraiser with the most dollars raised will receive two tickets to Transportation Alternatives Annual Benefit next June (a $2,000 value).

*All gifts fulfilled ​​on, or after, Thursday, September 7th.​

Get Ready to Ride

First time riding a bike tour? Let the TransAlt community help you prepare! Visit one of the many New York City-area bike shops that support TransAlt advocacy for advice on bike fit, bike maintenance, and riding safely as part of NYC traffic. Join TransAlt when you register for the tour and your membership card will get you a discount at any shop on our list!

Bike Fit: Did you know that proper bike fit helps you avoid issues like chronic knee or back pain, and will also ensure that you feel more comfortable on the bike? A proper bike fit can also help you pedal more efficiently.  Read more here about bike fit, and consider getting a professional bike fit from one of our member bike shops.

Bike Maintenance - the ABCs: The day before the ride, be sure to perform an ABC check on your bicycle: Air, Brakes, Cranks, Cogs and Chains. Make sure all these components are working properly before ride day. For long distance rides, it is especially important not to go by "feel” on tire air pressure. Get a tire gauge and check your tires for the recommended PSI (pounds per square inch). See this video for a review of proper bike maintenance.

What to bring

Your bike!

Sunscreen

Patch kit

Camera

Identification Card

Helmet

Sunglasses

Tire pump

Bike Lock

Snacks

If you have food allergies or a specific diet, we suggest you bring your own snacks.

Two water bottles filled with water

MetroCard

If you cannot complete the ride, you may be asked to walk to a nearby train station

Tire levers

NYC Bike Map

TransAlt Gift Shop

Every item in TransAlt's Gift Shop is high-quality and reasonably priced, so you know you're cruising in style while exercising your innermost safe streets advocate. All proceeds support Transportation Alternatives' work to reclaim city streets for pedestrians and cyclists just like you. Born in NYC and repping the concrete jungle with pride! For all our gear, check out our full Gift Shop here.

About the Ride

The NYC Century Bike Tour is your ride -- it's as challenging or leisurely as you choose to make it, but always fun and rewarding. All routes have been carefully designed with your enjoyment and safety in mind. Experienced course marshals and bike mechanics support riders on all routes, with plentiful food available at each of our scenic rest stops.  

TransAlt started the NYC Century Bike Tour in 1990 as a spirited act of activism, staking the cyclist’s claim on NYC Streets. At that time, New York City had few greenways and even fewer bike lanes on its 6,000+ miles of streets.

The NYC Century is unlike any other bike tour you'll find. For starters, it's the nation's only all-urban 100-mile bike tour option. Each route has been designed to show riders the diversity of New York's neighborhoods and how to navigate them safely. To illustrate bicyclists' rights to the streets, there are no street closures for the NYC Century Ride aside from the 15-mile option.  

Since the inaugural NYC Century Bike Tour in 1990 the city's greenway system has expanded more than tenfold. This year's Century Ride will showcase a carefully curated section of NYC's now-1,000+ miles of bike lane networks and greenways.

The first NYC Century Bike Tour attracted 200 dedicated New York City bicyclists, many of whom were daily bicycle commuters already fighting hard for better bicycling conditions in the city. Today, the ride draws more than 6,000 people. Today's riders include New Yorkers, as well as folks coming from across the country and around the world. Many return year after year, because they know the NYC Century Bike Tour is the best way to experience the diversity and breadth of New York City.   

Bike Rental

Don't have a bike? Worried that the one you have is not up to snuff? Unlimited Biking has you covered with their Century-ready Cannondale bicycles. You'll be tackling the hills, twists, and turns of the NYC Century like a pro.

Rent a bike

Volunteer

Whether you want to ride, set up, help out at a local park or guide bicyclists through tricky intersections, we have a way for you to be part of this better-than-ever pedal through New York City's iconic boroughs. Transportation Alternatives staff and the 7,000 riders on Bike the NYC Century are grateful for your energy and your time.

Start/Finish Sites

Prospect Park

  • 4am – 9am: Set up the site, including loading/unloading. Help set up tables and tents. Sign in and register riders before they depart for the tour.

Rest Stops

Help us do EVERYTHING! From hanging signs to making peanut butter sandwiches, rest area volunteers are the glue that makes our rest areas so great. At rest areas you will help prep and serve food and drinks to our riders --- and cheer them on of course! Groups are invited to sign up for one or more shifts.

Prospect Park (Brooklyn)

  • 4:30am – 10:00am: Set up tables, tents, snacks, and signs. Pass out snacks and drinks, cheer on riders, help with traffic flow, and more.

Marine Park (Brooklyn)

  • 5:30am – 10:30am: Set up tables, tents, snacks, and signs. Cheer on early riders as they arrive at the rest stop. Pass out food and water.
  • 10am – 2pm: Help with rest stop operations (cheering on riders, snacks, traffic flow, etc.) and help break down and load out at the end of the shift.

Astoria Park (Queens)

  • 7:30am – 12:30pm: Set up tables, tents, snacks, and signs. Cheer on early riders as they arrive at the rest stop. Pass out food and water.
  • 12pm – 5pm: Help with rest stop operations (cheering on riders, snacks, traffic flow, etc.) and help break down and load out at the end of the shift.

Forest Park (Queens)

  • 7:30am – 12:30pm: Set up tables, tents, snacks, and signs. Cheer on early riders as they arrive at the rest stop. Pass out food and water.
  • 12pm – 4:30pm: Help with rest stop operations (cheering on riders, snacks, traffic flow, etc.) and help break down and load out at the end of the shift.

Van Cortlandt Park (The Bronx)

  • 10:30am – 2:30pm: Set up tables, tents, snacks, and signs. Cheer on early riders as they arrive at the rest stop. Pass out food and water.
  • 2pm – 6pm: Help with rest stop operations (cheering on riders, snacks, traffic flow, etc.) and help break down and load out at the end of the shift.

Ride Marshals

You are an experienced cyclist with the ability to fix flats and handle other minor mechanical breakdowns. Please bring your bike and be ready to ride the entire course. Help riders navigate the route, negotiate tricky intersections, fix flats and find their way to rest areas and bike repair stations.

Please specify a preferred route length, 35, 55, 75, or 100 miles. And, we’ll ask you to be flexible. We may ask you to change your route assignment depending on the final needs of the tour.

Please note: If this is your first time marshaling a TransAlt bike tour, you will be required to attend a bike marshal training session at the TransAlt offices. We will announce training session dates as we get closer to the tour, they will take place on a weekday evening, last about one hour and will be accompanied by free pizza and refreshments!

Central Park

Early Morning Advanced Ride, 100 mile: 4:00am
100 Mile Marshal: 5:30am
75 Mile Marshal: 6:00am
55 Mile Marshal: 6:30am
35 Mile Marshal: 7:00am

Prospect Park

100 Mile Marshal: 6:00am
75 Mile Marshal: 6:30am
55 Mile Marshal: 7:00am
35 Mile Marshal: 7:30am
15 Mile Marshal: 9:30am**

**Please note that the 15 route will be closed-course and police-escorted. 15 miles marshals will be required to attend a special marshal training session at the Transportation Alternatives office.** 

Sweep Marshals

Sweep Marshals agree to ride at the end of their assigned route, behind the last riders. The main job of a sweep marshal is to keep track of the final riders and make sure that these riders do not fall behind them, as any riders who are behind the sweep marshals are considered off the ride.

Central Park

100 Mile Sweep Marshal: 8:00am
55 Mile Sweep Marshal: 9:30am

Prospect Park

100 Mile Sweep Marshal: 8:30am
55 Mile Sweep Marshal: 10:00am

Stationary Marshals

Guide riders through potentially tricky areas of the route. Stationary marshals do not need any prior experience marshalling but should have access to a bike and be willing to ride it to your marshalling station, which may be a substantial distance from public transit.

Brooklyn Bridge (does not require a bike): 5:30am – 10:00am
                                                                       9:30am – 2:00pm
                                                                       1:30pm – 5:45pm

Saturday, September 9th (day before ride)

Loading

9am – 2pm: We need strong volunteers to help load our trucks and vans with supplies at our storage facility. Our Storage Facility is located at 3602 Northern Blvd. in Long Island City. Accessible from the M, R trains at 36th St.

Phone Banking

9am-2pm: We have a LOT of event day volunteers! Join us at the TransAlt office in the Financial District to help give these volunteers a friendly reminder.

Sponsors

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