BROOKLYN — Trick out your bike with lights and colors, don a colorful costume and you'll be ready for the borough's first Bike Rave, a nighttime waterfront cycle from Greenpoint to Red Hook.
Registration is now open for the May 14, 7.5 mile party on wheels, hosted by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.
"We thought this would be a unique way to experience the Greenway at nighttime," said Olivia Lynch, an organizer at Brooklyn Greenway Initiative who said she was inspired by bike raves in other countries like Canada and New Zealand.
Bikers are encouraged to bring speakers to play music from a custom playlist en masse.
And in DUMBO, the central part of the ride, there'll be food, water and music and riders will compete for prizes for best decorated bicycles.
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, a non-profit that helps raise funds, maintain and promote the Greenway, first pitched the idea of a contiguous waterfront cycling and pedestrian route in Brooklyn more than a decade ago, according to Lynch.
The Department of Transportation has finished six miles of it so far. The route will be 14 miles from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge once it's completed, said Lynch.
For May's Bike Rave, a fundraiser for the organization, Lynch expects between 500 and 1,000 participants, she said
Registration opened this week. Early bird tickets cost $35 and are on sale until April 5.