Bronx, NY – On Tuesday, October 17th, 2023, at Lou Gehrig Plaza located on 161st Street between Walton Avenue and the Grand Concourse, Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson, in partnership1 with The Bronx Tourism Council; Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of New York, Inc.; Montefiore Medical Center; J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; The Bronx Community Foundation; Transportation Alternatives; and other event sponsors, announced the kick-off of the 29th Annual Tour de Bronx that will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2023, outside Bronx Borough Hall at 851 Grand Concourse off 161st Street at 11:00 a.m. with on-site check-in beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Along with the announcement of the Tour de Bronx 40-mile and 25-mile routes, the Borough President also announced a new family-friendly 10-mile route and a tribute this year to the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop with the route including 1520 Sedgwick Avenue (the birthplace of Hip Hip).
“From the Concourse to Castle Hill, the Bronx River, and beyond, cyclists will get an opportunity to safely explore our greenways and everything that makes our borough beautiful,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson. “With an emphasis on encouraging alternative modes of transportation and fitness, Tour de Bronx has each year been successful in attracting both new and skilled cyclists to explore our parks, cultural institutions, greenways, and everything else that makes our borough a beautiful place to live, work, and visit. I want to thank the Bronx Tourism Council and all of our sponsors for their support of this year`s Tour de Bronx and we look forward to seeing everyone on October 22nd.”
“For close to two decades, we have proudly been the main sponsor of the annual Tour de Bronx,” said Marcos Crespo, SVP, Community Affairs at Montefiore Medical Center. “As an institution committed to health and wellness beyond the walls of our hospitals and healthcare facilities, we are grateful for the opportunity to promote this annual event and engage in riding our bikes throughout the 61 neighborhoods that make up this beautiful borough. We offer our gratitude to Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson for putting on this wonderful event and look forward to celebrating with all participants at the end of the ride at the New York Botanical Garden.”
“We’re glad to partner with Borough President Gibson on this year’s Tour de Bronx and celebrate cycling in the borough,” said Shawn Garcia, Senior Organizer for Equity & Partnerships at Transportation Alternatives. “The Tour de Bronx is more than a celebration — it’s a call to action to build protected bike lanes and streets that keep people safe as they get around the Bronx and beyond.”
“Pepsi Bottling Company of New York is a proud sponsor of the Tour De Bronx 2023,” said Anil Thomas, Area Sales Manager in the Bronx for Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New York. “Pepsi NY has been a long-standing supporter of NYC and rooted in the Bronx. We are committed to establishing a culture of health and wellness for our employees, families, and surrounding communities.”
Tour de Bronx has been a signature event for the borough for over 20 years, attracting both avid and novice riders to participate, and is regarded as the largest free cycling event in the State of New York. Last year, over 1,000 riders participated and this year it is anticipated to be even bigger with over 3,000 cyclists registered.
Registration opened in September and will close on Saturday, October 21, 2023, before 11:00 p.m. For more information, or to register, go to ilovethebronx.com.