Five Boro Bike Tour Brings Fun and Street Closures to City

By Paul Lomax and Tom Liddy  on May 6, 2012 9:47am  | Updated on May 6, 2012 2:39pm

Riders from the Five Boro Bike Tour pass the World Trade Center on May 6, 2012.
Riders from the Five Boro Bike Tour pass the World Trade Center on May 6, 2012.
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NEW YORK — The Big Apple was on a roll Sunday as throngs of New Yorkers took to the streets for the annual Five Boro Bike Tour.

The 40-mile trek kicked off in Lower Manhattan, plotting a course through all five boroughs, including a ferry ride back to Manhattan from Staten Island.

Several streets were expected to be closed for hours as the cyclists made their way around the city, including:

*Sixth Avenue between Franklin and West 59th Streets

*The 59th Street Bridge

*The Third Avenue Bridge

*The lower level of the Verrazano Bridge

*Bay Street between New York Avenue and Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island

The ride brought out spectators along the route.

"This is my first day in New York City and I woke up to a bike race," said Anil Kapel, 40, of Stockholm. "It's great, I love America."

Mike Bean, 38, who lives in the neighborhood, was enjoying the nice weather.

"Hey, it's a fun thing," he said. "The weather is good and everyone is enjoying themselves."

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