As you are getting ready to ride, check out the options you have for your Bike MS challenge.
Changes to the 50 & 100 Mile Routes
IMPORTANT: As of October 4, 2017 please note important changes to the
50 and 100-mile Route due to scheduled construction of the George Washington
Bridge South Pedestrian Walk. Click
here for more details.
The South Pedestrian
Walk of the George Washington Bridge has historically been an integral part for
Bike MS NYC 50 and 100-mile cyclist’s triumphant re-entry to Manhattan.
As of September 25,
2017, the South Pedestrian Walk is closed to both cyclists and pedestrians
traffic due to scheduled construction. All pedestrians and cyclists must use
the North Pedestrian Walk.
As of October 4,
2017, the Bike MS NYC 50 and 100-mile route has been updated to re-enter
Manhattan via the George Washington Bridge North Pedestrian Walk.
Accessing the GWB
North Pedestrian Walk requires cyclists and pedestrians to ascend/descend two
flights to stairs, approximately 48 total stairs, on both the NJ and NYC side
of the bridge. Each staircase has a wheeling ramp to
help cyclists walk their bikes up and down as needed.
To help accommodate
this route change, participants registered for the 50 and 100-mile route may
choose from one of the following options:
- Keep current route choice and ride over the
bridge utilizing the GWB North Pedestrian Walk. Note: transporting bikes up/down the stairs
are cyclists' responsibility. Bike MS NYC staff and volunteers are not able to
lift, carry or move your bike on the staircases. Complimentary Bike MS GWB
Shuttle will be available should you change your mind at the ride. Please see
- Keep current route choice and utilize the complimentary Bike MS shuttle
to cross the bridge, resuming the ride on bicycle in NYC. Please see
- Switch current route option, and instead
ride the 30-mile route, which does not include the George Washington
Bridge. Click here for
the route map, and if you would like to switch to the 30-mile option, you can do
so by attending a Packet
Bike MS GWB Bridge Shuttle Details
Accessible shuttles will run throughout the day to transport 50 and
100- mile route cyclists (and their bikes) across the George Washington Bridge.
Bike MS Staff and volunteers will be located at both the NJ and NYC staircase
to assist anyone utilizing the shuttle service. Note shuttles will run as frequently
as they are filled. Estimated wait time will be contingent on GWB traffic.
Water and light snacks will be provided on the shuttles. Should you need
further assistance on October 22, utilize the phone number located on the
wristband included in your rider packet.
Bike MS communities
Please be respectful of the communities that support and welcome Bike MS! Their hospitality makes this event possible. Every effort is made to keep you safe. Where possible, local law enforcement agencies have been recruited to help you travel through intersections and on shared roadways. Be courteous, as they help you travel safely through their communities.
Personal SAG vehicles prohibited
Personal SAG vehicles are not permitted on the route. Please understand our need to cut down on vehicular traffic for your safety. We provide SAG vehicles and full route support, which you can read about Route Support.
Route Details | Important Reminders | Start Information | Finish Line Details
- Start/finish location: Pier 92/94
711 West 54th Street and the West Side Highway, Manhattan
New York, NY10019
- Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/RyumuMowhnE2
- Start time: Site opens at 6 a.m.; Ride starts at 7 a.m.
- Route options: 30, 50 or 100 miles
Use Strava to follow the official Bike MS NYC route, track your ride
along the way, share your favorite photos and connect with other riders. You
can even download the route to your Garmin or smartphone*.
*Want to store the route on your
phone? Here’s how:
- Download “Strava Running and Cycling GPS” from
your phone’s app store
- Find the Bike MS: New York City profile on your
Strava app by tapping “More” and “Find Friends.” Search for “Bike MS: New York
City” in the Search bar.
- Tap on the Bike MS: New York City profile and
scroll down to “Routes.”
- Tap on the “star” for the route that corresponds
with your ride distance.
- Return to your Strava profile and tap on Routes
at the bottom of the screen. You should see the route that corresponds to your
- When you are ready to ride, open the app, return
to your Profile, and select “Use Route” to start your ride.
- Weather: We ride rain or
shine. Please be prepared for rain, cold weather or very sunny conditions. The
temperature may change throughout the day. Check the weather before leaving and
dress accordingly. If it rains in the
days leading up to the Ride, it could create additional debris on the shoulder
of the route - we encourage you to be extra cautious when riding.
- Route Closing: 5:30 p.m. We will make every effort to work with you to complete the ride
- 30 Mile Route: all cyclists must maintain a
minimal speed of 10mph. Cyclists who not will be asked by NYP to get in a SAG
to the finish line.
- 50 & 100 Mile Route: all cyclists must maintain a minimal speed of 12mph. Cyclists who do not
will be moved forward to the next rest stop on a SAG.
- News and updates: Check your
inbox regularly and visit the website.
- Get connected share why you
ride: Share your pictures and ride experience on social media. Use hashtags
#BikeMS and #DontJustRide to join in on the conversation.
- Have fun! How many
other times a year can you say you joined together with over 4,000 participants
to create a world free of MS? Plus, you'll have a great time and make lasting
You might also want to bring:
- Refillable water bottle
- Pump, tire levers,
patch kit and extra tire tube
- Photo ID – to make
sure we know who you are (and to prove you’re 21+ so you can get into the Beer
- Cell phone – keep
on you in case of emergency (and maybe snap a sweet snapchat or Instagram pic
at the start line)
- Additional snacks,
sunscreen and necessary medication
if you want to buy anything at the Finish Line Festival. Cash is suggested to
purchase beer garden tickets
Pier 92/94: 711
West 54th Street and the West Side Highway, Manhattan, New York, NY 10019
Click here for directions and plan ahead.
parking is not available and nearby streets will be closed for the ride. Taking public transportation is
Metro North and LIRR have waived the bike permit requirement for
October 22 and are relaxing their restrictions on the number of bikes per car. Tips/reminders:
- An elastic cord to secure your bike on the train is still
- Riders with
bicycles should board trains inbound to NYC at the rear of the train and follow
the train crew’s instructions.
trains at Grand Central Terminal should be boarded at the front of the train.
- LIRR Montauk
Branch: due to track work, consider departing from Babylon Station or a
Ronkonkoma Branch Station to avoid having to take a substitute bus – bikes are
NOT allowed onboard the buses.
you’re going to drive, click here
to view parking areas near Pier 94.
& Where to Go:
Please arrive by 6:00 a.m.
- Bike MS NYC Site & Bike Rental Opens at 6 a.m.
- Opening Ceremony will begin at 6:50 a.m.
- Ride Kicks Off at 7 a.m.
rented a bike, Bike Rent NYC’s tent will be positioned right outside of Pier 94.
This will be where you pick up and drop of your bike rental.
Only Elite 200 Club and Elite Team members are permitted in Pier 94 ride morning
starting at 5:30 am.
other participants should head directly to the southbound lane of the West Side
Highway. Be alert and
listen to police when crossing over the highway. Breakfast trucks will be positioned
along the West Side Highway with water, Clif bars and bananas.
It is very
important that you line up in the correct start chute. Cyclists
will split off during the release. Signage and volunteers will help guide you
to where you need to be.
miles: line up on the West Side Highway between W. 46th St. and W. 48th
miles: line up on the West Side Highway between W. 48th St. and W. 52nd
Team Meeting Area will be located on the
West Side Highway between W. 54th-50th Streets.
Alphabetical signs (i.e. “A-C”, “D-F”, etc.) will be placed on the street. Meet
team members under the sign the corresponds to your team name.
Finish Line Details
Pier 92/94: 711 West 54th
Street and the West Side Highway, Manhattan, New York, NY 10019
9 a.m to 5:30 p.m
Click here for a map.
Bike Parking: All cyclists must park
their bike in the secure bike parking area before heading into, and enjoying, the
Finish Line Festival fun. Rider bib will be needed for access to bike parking. Ensure your bike tag
is securely fastened to your bike.
NEW THIS YEAR! There are two bike parking areas.
- General bike parking is located
toward the end of the Pier. Follow signs and directions to this area.
- VIP parking is located directly inside the pier doors for Top
Fundraisers (blue wristband), Elite Teams (yellow wristband), Super Teams
(orange wristband) and Elite 200 Club members (name on bib). All other riders
will be directed to our additional parking section.
Food & Festivities
Up Your Bike MS NYC Swag: All participants
receive a finisher medal crossing the finish line and an official Bike MS NYC
T-shirt next to the food area. Top Fundraisers can grab their specialty shirt
in the Top Fundraiser Lounge. Additional
Bike MS gear including water bottles, sweatshirts, tote bags will be available
for purchase at the Merchandise tent.
- Lunch is provided by Bareburger and free to
all participants. Meal
tickets will be available on site for purchase for friends, family and
spectators (Adults $12, Children 11 and under $10).
> Elite Teams (yellow wristbands) and Super Teams (orange
wristbands) take advantage of the special VIP line for faster service.
> Top Fundraisers (blue wristbands) and Elite 200 Club Members (name
on bib) can skip the line altogether and get their Bareburger lunch inside the
Top Fundraiser Lounge.
- The Beer Garden will open at 10 a.m.
> You must be 21+ to enter. ID is required.
> Beer tickets are $8 each. Bring cash to help avoid wait times.
Some VIP participants will have beer coupons on their rider bib.
> No beer is permitted outside the beer garden. Grab lunch first and
bring it in with you.
connected with all things MS at the Information booth
> Connect with our Bike MS NYC Champions, who are living with MS, and are
the reason we ride. Check
out the schedule of where our Champions will be during the ride
and stop by to say hi!
- Share why you’re riding and get inspired by others at the END MS FOREVER
- Explore our Symptoms Museum to learn more about MS and how some of
the symptoms affect everyday life for people living with the disease.
Your extraordinary Bike MS experience includes fantastic support. While you ride, you should only be concerned about two things: riding safely and having fun! We take care of all the rest.
Here are just a few of the volunteer groups you can count on during event weekend:
Emergency & Assistance:
- If you have any issues while on the route, call the Assistance
phone number on your white wristband (973-440-8680).
- In the event of a serious emergency, call 911.
Support and gear (SAG) vehicle, Volunteer Marshals and Bike
Mechanics will be available
to provide assistance along the route. NO personal support vehicles are permitted on the route. Please remember to be patient as we
work to accommodate all participants in need of assistance.
- 30-mile cyclists: all cyclists on a
SAG vehicle will be taken to the finish line.
Rest Stops will be
fully stocked with water and snacks. The
30-mile route has one rest stop at mile 19 in Inwood Hill Park. The 50 and
100-mile route has multiple rest stops every 8-12. Cyclists riding the 100 mile
route will also receive lunch provided by Bareburger at the Garnerville Rest
- 30 Mile Route: follow the NYPD and the crowd as you ride a
complete circle around Manhattan traffic free.
- 50 or 100 Mile Route: download our route map through Strava, get
turn-by-turn directions (cue sheets) and follow the orange circular MS arrows.
Reminder: Due to construction on
the George Washington Bridge, the South Pedestrian Walk is closed to
cyclists and pedestrians. Bike MS: NYC riders must use the North Pedestrian
Walk which includes ascending and descending two flights of stairs
(approximately 48 total stairs) on both the NJ and NYC sides of the bridge. Visit
the Maps tab for details.