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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Montefiore President Steven Safyer, MD Announce 15th Annual Tour de Bronx

Tour de Bronx is Largest Free Cycling Event in New York State

Left to right: Montefiore Bike to Work Club Members: 1. Paul Cummings, (Montefiore Associate), 2. Cheryl Hurst, (LCSW, Senior Social Worker, Montefiore School Health Program), 3. Paul Meissner (Montefiore, Director of Research & Program Development); Jane Bedell, M.D., MPH, Assistant Commissioner; Bronx District Public Health Office, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; Montefiore Medical Center President & CEO Dr. Steven M. Safyer; Lynette Alvarado, Project Manager, St. Barnabas Hospital.

Today, at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Montefiore Medical Center President and CEO Steven M. Safyer, MD announced the 15th Annual Tour de Bronx. The Tour de Bronx is New York State’s largest free bicycling event and will take place this year on Sunday October 24th. This special event attracts over 6,000 avid cyclists from throughout the tri-state area and beyond. The event features a 25-mile ride, which is great for all ages and skill levels, and a 40-mile ride, which has a much faster pace and covers a greater distance in the same amount of time.

“Cultural riches, historic sites, beautiful parks and significant revitalization at virtually every turn are all on display at one of our borough’s most popular annual events, the ‘Tour de Bronx,’” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “Whether you’re a borough native or just visiting the Bronx, I invite you to join me on this great ride and be a witness to our continuing revival. I guarantee you that after experiencing the splendor of The Bronx you will keep coming back for more. See you all here!”

“The Tour de Bronx is the perfect way to promote health and wellness across the borough while discovering all that the Bronx has to offer,” said Steven M. Safyer, MD, president and CEO, Montefiore.  “This annual event truly showcases Montefiore’s mission to advance the health and well-being of our community and I am looking forward to enjoying a beautiful day of biking across our borough.”

“It’s not every day you get to take your bike for a ride on a car-free Sheridan Expressway, or honor a community activist as extraordinary as Megan Charlop,” said Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, a sponsor of the event. “The Tour de Bronx is New York City’s oldest organized borough bike ride for a reason; it’s the most epic way to spend an autumn Sunday in New York.”  

This year’s ride is dedicated to the memory of Megan Charlop, a former Montefiore employee who dedicated her life to improving the wellness of the people of the Bronx. For 26 years, Charlop worked for Montefiore Medical Center where she was instrumental in creating a Safe House for Lead Poisoning Prevention and for seven years as director of the Division of Community Health at Montefiore’s School Health Program, which has medical clinics in 16 Bronx schools. In 1999, Charlop was one of 10 to receive the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health and Leadership Program award for her lead poisoning prevention work at Montefiore. She helped found the south Bronx environmental group Greening for Breathing with the award money.

The 15th Annual Tour de Bronx will take place Sunday, October 24 at the Bronx County Building at Grand Concourse and 161st Street. You can register today at www.tourdebronx.org.

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