Five borough bike tour lottery ticketing

Bike NYC announces a new change in it’s tickets to the largest group ride in America, a lottery system.

Here is a New York Times article explaining how the TD five borough bike tour has changed its policy partly due to the popularity increase of cycling in NYC.

Bike Tour’s Popularity Leads to Changes
By: Christine Haughney
Published: January 10th, 2012

20120111-131706.jpg(photo caption: Five Boro Bike Tour participants waiting for the Staten Island Ferry in 2003. Photo by: Mary DiBaise Blaich for the New York Times)

Given the Bloomberg administration’s continued push to have the city become more hospitable to bicyclists, it should come as little surprise that the TD Five Boro Bike Tour has grown in popularity — almost to its own detriment.

Last year, the registration period lasted all of 24 hours, freezing out many who had wanted to participate. And once the event began, about 3,000 riders were stranded for hours in a major bicyclist bottleneck on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Read the article here.

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