Three Cyclists Injured in Upper East Side Crash During the Five Boro Bike Tour

Three cyclists were hurt in a crash on the UES during the Five Boro Bike Tour
Three cyclists were hurt in a crash on the UES during the Five Boro Bike Tour/Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – Three cyclists were were hurt Sunday morning in a crash on the Upper East Side during the annual Five Boro Bike Tour, according to event organizers. 

Just after 10:00 am, FDNY crews raced to the scene of the accident on the FDR drive— along a stretch of the highway in the East 70’s, where the southbound lanes were closed to car traffic.

Cyclists enjoy wide open lanes on the FDR Drive during the Five Boro Bike Tour/Upper East Site
Cyclists enjoy wide open lanes on the FDR Drive during the Five Boro Bike Tour/Upper East Site

It’s not clear how or where exactly on the FDR Drive the crash unfolded, as event organizer Bike NYC, the NYPD and FDNY have all noted different cross streets for the incident— East 79th Street, East 76th Street and East 71st street, respectively.

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Three patients were treated on the scene of the crash by paramedics, according to the FDNY, then taken to either Weill Cornell Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital.  

Cyclists enjoy wide open lanes on the FDR Drive during the Five Boro Bike Tour/Upper East Site
Cyclists enjoy wide open lanes on the FDR Drive during the Five Boro Bike Tour/Upper East Site

“Two have been released, and we don’t have details yet on the nature of the third cyclist’s injuries,” event organizers said in a statement to Upper East Site.

”We wish the rider a speedy recovery as the safety of our nearly 20,000 participants is always our top priority.” 

By 11:00 am, there was no sign of the accident, just a steady stream of cyclists enjoying the Sunday morning ride on the wide open lanes of the FDR Drive.

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Presented by non-profit bicycling advocacy group Bike NYC, the Five Boro Bike Tour returned this year after a pandemic-forced hiatus in 2020.

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The event, whose route features 40 car-free miles, typically draws 32,000 cyclists from around the world to the Big Apple— though this year registration was capped at 20,000, in light of ongoing Covid-19 concerns. 

Cyclist celebrates for cameras during the Five Borough Bike Tour/Upper East Site
Cyclist celebrates for cameras during the Five Borough Bike Tour/Upper East Site

The Bike Tour was also delayed by one week due to dangerous weather brought on by Tropical Storm Henri last Sunday.

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