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Tour de Bronx 2008

An extremely frosty morning couldn't keep over 4,000 riders from taking in the Bronx alfresco in the 14th Annual version of the original classic.  Despite being under the weather I was able to file a short report. As usual, it is one of the best things to look forward to yearly in NYC, especially the ride on the Sheridan Expressway. Thanks to Wiilliamson for the use of the dreamy music.

<p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[intro music]</font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Aldolfo Carrion:</i>  [00:06] Good morning everybody, welcome to the Bronx.  I think you should know that 75% of the riders today are from outside the Bronx, coming to visit the Bronx community, so I want to welcome you all and thank you for coming to the Bronx.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>All:</i>  [00:33] Tour de Bronx.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Clarence Eckerson Jr.:</i>  [00:47] Here we are, live on the Tour de Bronx.  This is the 14<sup>th</sup> annual Tour de Bronx, always one of the funnest, most exciting events in the city to do.  It’s free.  Don’t miss it.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [00:58] The BX is in the house.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Clarence Eckerson Jr.:</i>  [01:12] I’m told over 4000 people on this ride.  We’re going to talk to people and see what they love about the Tour de Bronx.</font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [01:18] The scenery.  A lot of good scenery.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [01:20] The people.  The people, definitely.  You know, riding with other cyclists, you don’t get that opportunity often, so it’s nice to be able to do it every once in a while.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [01:28] Scenery.  Other people, and a little bit of the challenge with the hills.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [01:33] Everything is great.  I came from Connecticut to do it.</font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:35] Well, riding with my friends.  That’s the best part.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [01:41] It’s very awesome.  You’re going to have a great time here in New York City, and the Bronx too.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [02:02] We need to take it completely out of there.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Clarence Eckerson Jr.:</i>  [02:38] Time to play the game, Stand on a Swing State.  You’ve got to Swing State.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [02:42] I’m standing on the Buckeye State, the Swing State of Ohio, right below me, right there.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [02:48] Mile High City, 52 80 baby.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i>  [02:54] Texas next time Jack.  Texas, don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.  Texas, Dallas, Swing State.  </font></p> Transcription Sponsored by: <a href="http://transcriptdivas.ca/">Transcript Divas Transcription Services </a>

Clarence Eckerson Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • Vicki Campolong

    I have been riding a bike for a little over a month when my sister - in - law asked if I wanted to try the 25 mile Tour de Bronx. Our hats go off to the organizers and many volunteers required to stage this very successful biking excursion. We had a fantastic time talking and riding with so many different people. The scenery was beautiful and the weather could not have been any better. Loved the entire experience and would definitely do it again next year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrcrassic Carlos N.

    Excellent video! Thanks for putting me in there!

    It was an awesome ride :) Makes me wish I brought my SLR with me.

  • Andrea T

    Both the weather and the people on the ride were great. However, the ride could have been better organized. Mandatory rest breaks should not exist. While the ride is fun and not a race, faster riders should not be forced to break. Additionally, the route was not well marked and therefore, hard to follow. More signage on the streets would have made things easier.

  • http://www.livablestreets.com/people/npGREENWAY Scott for npGREENWAY

    I can honestly say this is the first time in my life I have ever wanted to go for a bike ride in The Bronx! Looks like you all had a great time!

  • http://www.bceq.org ***mricle***

    If you've enjoyed experienceing what The Bronx has to offer, please consider helping BCEQ in its efforts to protect our borough's ecological treasures. http://www.bceq.org

  • Harris

    As usual, it was a great time, and I want to thank the organizers, volunteers, and sponsers. Nice video also

    Over the last couple of years, it seems that the police escorts and traffic control has been cut down. This year it was hard for the riders to know if an intersection was going to be shut down. This created a few dangerous situations as riders did not always know if they had the right of way or not.

  • Kerry

    I had a great time. I am originally from the Bronx. Left it 18 years ago. GOt to see parts of the Bronx I didn't know existed. Loved the scenery and the people. Can't wait until next year!!