About the Ride
The Tour de Queens is a fun-filled, family-friendly 20 mile bike tour, held every year in early July. The route changes every year in an effort to highlight different neighborhoods of Queens.
How the Tour de Queens Works
8 am: Rider check-in and registration opens
9 am: Check-in and registration closes
9:30 am: Tour departs
12:30 pm: The Tour returns to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, in the same location as the start.
Check-in/start time is subject to change.
- We ride rain or shine.
- The tour is 20 miles of Queens's finest biking.
- The Tour de Queens will have an NYPD police escort and safety cell.
- The ride will have a family-friendly pace (in other words, slow). This is not a race.
- The NYPD escorts the ride as a rolling parade and there will be occasional stops while the police and marshals secure intersections and gather riders.
- The Tour will be supported by volunteer safety marshals. They are there to assist riders in need and to help safely move the tour through intersections.
- Light snacks and water will be available the rest stop, located approximately half-way through the tour. Please bring your own water bottle. If you have any peanut allergies or will want a more substantive lunch, we recommend you bring your own food.
- There is no SAG vehicle for the tour. If you have serious mechanical troubles or become exhausted on the tour, marshals will help you reach the nearest subway station or direct you to a bike shop.
- We will be riding down two way streets. Please stay on your side of the road while riding in the Tour.
- Registration is required.
- In accordance with New York State law, helmets are required for riders age 13 and under.
Please enjoy this film of the 2011 Tour de Queens courtesy of streetfilms.org:
How to Get There
The 2014 Tour de Queens begins and ends at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park in eastern Queens. The check-in area will be at the plaza between the Queens Museum of Art and the Unisphere. The Address for the Queens Museum of Art is: New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368.
Public Transportation: 7 train to 111th St. or Mets-Willets Point. We encourage you to ride your bike or take public transportation to the tour. If you must drive, be aware that there is limited street parking in the area. Transportation Alternatives does not coordinate parking.
The Tour de Queens is a leisurely paced, 19-mile bike tour along a relatively flat route. If you haven't ridden in a while you may wish to get out and try a few laps around Flushing Meadow Corona Park (or your local park), but this is a great ride for beginners and every day bicyclists.
Whether or not you have been riding lately, everyone can use a refresher of Biking Rules.
Your Bike / ABC Quick Check
Treat your bike to a full tune-up before the Tour de Queens. Nothing is worse than discovering something wrong with your bike after you start the ride. Visit one of the many NYC-area bike shops that support T.A. advocacy. If you join T.A. when you register for the Tour de Queens, your membership card will get you a discount at any shop on our list! A bike shop can also help you make sure that your bike fits -- small adjustments from seats to brakes can do wonders for your riding style.
While you're at the shop, make sure that your tires are fully inflated. For long distance rides, it's important to not go by "feel." Get a gauge and check the tire for the recommended PSI.
Refer to these ABC's to ensure your bike is ready to ride:
What to Bring
- Helmet (required by NY State law for children under 14, recommended for all others -- make sure it fits snugly)
- Water bottle filled with water
- MetroCard (there is no SAG vehicle, marshals will assist you to the subway if you are unable to complete the ride)
- Patch kit, pump and tire levers
- Bike lock
- NYC Bike Map
- Money for a sweet Tour de Queens T-shirt
- If you have food allergies or a specific diet, we suggest you bring your own snack.
All pictures courtesy of Randy Smith
Can't see the slideshow?
Visit the Tour de Queens 2012 photo gallery.