The Tour de Queens is a fun-filled, family-friendly 19 mile bike tour, held every year on the first Sunday after the Fourth of July. The route changes every year in an effort to highlight different neighborhoods of Queens.
The 5th annual Tour de Queens will begin, as always, in Flushing Meadow Corona Park, in the plaza between the Queens Museum of Art and the Unisphere. This year’s route will make its way through the neighborhoods of Flushing, East Flushing, Murray Hill, Auburndale, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechurst and Whitestone There will be a rest stop at the halfway point in Little Bay Park.
Riders of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate, but the tour is designed with less experienced cyclists in mind. The Tour de Queens moves en masse as a rolling parade escorted by the New York City Police Department. While there are no actual street closures, the NYPD and Transportation Alternatives’ volunteer safety marshals will block or “cork” traffic intersections to allow the Tour to roll through. There will be occasional stops on the tour while the NYPD and marshals secure intersections and gather riders. This wave moves at a family-friendly pace of about 10 mph. Registration is limited to 2,000 participants.
For younger bicyclists who aren’t ready for a 20 mile bike ride, we will host Bike New York’s Bike Bonanza at Flushing Meadow Corona Park after the tour has departed.