Tuesday, July 7, 2015

8th Annual Tour de Queens is the Ultimate New York City Staycation

1,200 Expected to Ride T.A.’s Most Family-Friendly Borough Tour on July 12th

The 8th Annual Tour de Queens offers New Yorkers the ultimate staycation in the city’s biggest borough. This year’s ride will start and finish in tree-lined Astoria Park. The tour will be approximately 20 miles, and will travel through several neighborhoods, including Long Island City, Sunnyside, Rego Park, Forest Hills and Corona. This year’s rest stop will be at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village, one of Queens’ most beautiful parks.

The Tour de Queens moves en masse, at the family-friendly pace of 10 mph, as a rolling parade escorted by the New York Police Department. While there are no actual street closures, the NYPD and Transportation Alternatives’ volunteer safety marshals will block traffic intersections long enough to allow the Tour to roll through. There will be occasional stops while police and marshals secure intersections and gather riders.

The Tour will pass the sites of two of the T.A. Queens Activist Committee’s safe streets campaigns: Queens Boulevard, where the NYC Department of Transportation will break ground on life-saving street improvements later this year, and 111th Street in Corona, where activists have partnered with local organizations and City Council members to eliminate dangerous conditions that limit local access to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The 8th Annual Tour de Queens is sponsored by Vaccaro & White, KIND Snacks, Green Mountain Energy, Purity Organic and Kiwi Energy.

WHAT: The 8th Annual Tour de Queens

WHEN: Sunday, July 12th, 2015. Rider check-in and registration open at 8 am, tour departs at 9:30.

WHERE: Starting location: Astoria Park in Astoria, Queens. The entrance to the check-in area will be at the intersection of Hoyt Avenue North and 19th Street.

WHO: Transportation Alternatives and 1,200 of New Yorkers

More information is available at tourdequeens.org

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