Tight security for Five Boro Bike Tour

April 26, 2013 6:34:21 PM PDT
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, tight restrictions in place for next weekend's Five Boro Bike Tour.

Riders will not be permitted to bring backpacks, saddlebags/panniers (front and rear) and hydration packs.

However, water bottles, fanny packs, (waist packs) and small bike frame bags (under seat and handlebar bags) are permitted.

There will be checkpoints along the route to ensure compliance with these new regulations; confiscated items will not be returned.

This year's Finish Festival at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island will be strictly limited to registered Tour riders and will not be open to family and friends of participants or the general public.

"The safety and security of our 32,000 riders has always been our number one priority," said Ken Podziba, President & CEO of Bike New York.

For more information about the security measures in place for the 36th annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour on May 5, please visit www.bikenewyork.org/security.