Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Bike Riders Can’t Cheat Death

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Riding a bike in New York is dangerous, and riding with 3,000 people doesn’t make it any safer.

On Sunday (May 4), the 31st Annual Commerce Bank Five Boro Bike Tour will have 3,000 cyclists crossing 42 miles of New York, including five bridges and every borough to promote cycling in the Big Apple.

Although most of the streets will be closed down, participants shouldn’t feel safe from a taxicab crash.

Event spokesperson Hannah Borgeson says, “We’re riding close to cars through places where people usually can’t bike, like the BQE [Brooklyn Queens Expressway]. You’ll be with people during the ride, but you can’t can’t go crazy thinking nothing will happen to you.”

Bike-riding beginners won’t have to worry about falling behind, though it may take a while to cross the finish line.

Borgeson explains, “The ride is not particularly fast paced. People are going six miles per hour, so it can take you all day to finish.”

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