Five Boro Bike Tour postponed as Tropical Storm Henri inches closer

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NEW YORK — The Five Boro Bike Tour, an event that was anticipated to draw more than 30,000 cyclists, has been postponed, officials said Friday.

The mayor had warned earlier Friday on his WNYC radio appearance that the event was in danger of being called off due to Tropical Storm Henri.

Later Friday night, the event was officially postponed.

“Safety is our first priority,” said CEO Ken Podziba, before the decision to postpone the event had been made.

Depending on the track of the storm, it could drop enough rain to create local road flooding.

Up to 32,000 cyclists were set to enjoy 40 miles of the city’s typically busiest roadways on Sunday for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour. The event, which was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was rescheduled for Aug. 29, according to MTA officials.

Weather models gave varying rainfall predictions for New York City. Henri could bring anywhere from 1 to 6 inches to parts of the city.

Several other major events were slated for this weekend, including the Central Park Homecoming Concert and the “Never Forget” concert at Jones Beach. For updates on those events and others, see our weekend guide here, updated throughout the weekend to show what’s been canceled and what’s still on.

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