Bronx, New York – On Sunday, October 22, 2023, Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson, in partnership with The Bronx Tourism Council; Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New York, Inc.; Montefiore Einstein; J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; The Bronx Community Foundation; Transportation Alternatives; and other event sponsors, greeted over 4,000 cyclists participating in this year’s 29th Annual Tour de Bronx.
Recognized each year as the largest free cycling event in New York State, a total of three routes were featured to accommodate both new and experienced cyclists. Those on the 40-mile route who departed at 11:00 a.m. enjoyed a special tribute to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop with a stop at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. Those that registered for the 25-mile route left at 11:15 a.m. and riders on the new family-friendly 10-mile route that was added this year left at 11:30 a.m. All three routes ended at the New York Botanical Garden located at 2900 Southern Boulevard for a festival and concert that featured multi-platinum music producer Antwan “Amadeus” Thompson, and acclaimed radio personality, DJ Spynfo, owner of Sankofa Haus in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.
Established in 1994, Tour de Bronx not only showcases Bronx neighborhoods, scenic waterfronts, and greenways but also promotes healthy lifestyles, and alternative modes of transportation, as well as advocacy for continued investment in our borough`s biking infrastructure.
“What better way to experience the richness in culture, diversity, and heritage found in our neighborhoods, historic districts, and iconic corridors than through cycling across our beloved borough,” 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, waterfronts, and everything else that makes our borough a great place to live, work, and visit. I want to thank the Bronx Tourism Council; Montefiore Medical Center; Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New York, Inc.; Transportation Alternatives; and all our other sponsors for their support in making Tour de Bronx 2023 a success.”
“This year’s Tour de Bronx had over 4,000 registered riders which proved once more how our community appreciates taking in the beauty of the Bronx, while making health a fun priority,” said Sulma Arzu-Brown, Executive Director of the Bronx Tourism Council. “We incorporated city parks and our very own Roberto Clemente State Park that contributes to the greenery of our borough. This year, we had the privilege of including 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, the birthplace of hip-hop to continue our celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop! Tour de Bronx proves that the Bronx is truly is a global destination. We are full of gratitude for the Bronx Community, our volunteers, Marshals, sponsors, partner organizations and all the staff that helped make Tour de Bronx a grand success.”
“Pepsi Bottling Company of New York is a proud sponsor of Tour De Bronx 2023′” said Anil Thomas, Bronx Area Sales Manager for the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New York, Inc. “Pepsi NY has been a long standing supporter of NYC. We are rooted in the Bronx and are committed to establishing a culture of health and wellness for our employees, families, and surrounding communities. This is our first time sponsoring Tour de Bronx and we look forward to many more years of supporting this event.”
“For close to two decades, we have proudly been the main sponsor of the annual Tour de Bronx,” said Marcos Crespo, SVP, Community Affairs. As an institution committed to health and wellness beyond the walls of 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.”
Also sponsors of Tour de Bronx 2023 are JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Bronx Community Foundation; New York Botanical Garden; Liberty Coca-Cola; Ponce Bank; BronxCare; Metroplus Health; Jacobi Medical Center; The Bronx Terminal Market; Verizon; Tronex Healthcare and ZenWTR. Special thanks as well to Bronx Community College; College of Mt. Saint Vincent; Mercy University; Lehman College; Hostos Community College and our media sponsors, PIX 11, Bronxnet Television; Schneps Media and News 12 The Bronx.
For more information on Tour de Bronx 2023 or places to visit while in the borough, please go to ilovethebronx.com.