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Tour de Brooklyn 2008

Always a diverse funfest of people, the 4th Annual Tour de Brooklyn from Transportation Alternatives was no different this year with over 2,000 joining the cycling fun. This year's event was moved a week early to coincide with the anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge's 125th birthday and launched from DUMBO. Among the highlights of the jaunt was a ride thru the Evergreen Cemetery and a very rare visit behind the gates of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

If you haven't seen, we also have the 2006 & 2007 TdBk campaigns up on the site as well as monster coverage of many Bike Month events here and here. Happy Riding!

<blockquote class="_text"> [music] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_1_text"> <cite class="speaker_1" >Speaker:</cite> [0:02] Good morning. Welcome to Tour-de-Brooklyn. Have a safe ride. [music continues] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_2_text"> <cite class="speaker_2" > Speaker:</cite> [0:09] Say hello to all my residents, please. Just tell them I send my best. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_3_text"> <cite class="speaker_3" >Speaker:</cite> [0:15] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn. It's a beautiful day here in DUMBO. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_4_text"> <cite class="speaker_4" >Speaker:</cite> [0:16] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_5_text"> <cite class="speaker_5" >Speaker:</cite> [0:18] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_6_text"> <cite class="speaker_6" >Group:</cite> [0:20] We pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_7_text"> <cite class="speaker_7" >Speaker:</cite> [0:22] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_8_text"> <cite class="speaker_8" >Speaker:</cite> [0:25] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_9_text"> <cite class="speaker_9" >Speaker:</cite> [0:27] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_10_text"> <cite class="speaker_10" >Speaker:</cite> [0:29] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_11_text"> <cite class="speaker_11" >Speaker:</cite> [0:31] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn, from which it stands. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_1_text"> <cite class="speaker_1" >Speaker:</cite> [laughs] What do you know, what do you know? [laughs] [0:37] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_12_text"> <cite class="speaker_12" >Speaker:</cite> [0:40] I wish to say happy birthday to the Brooklyn Bridge. I love this city. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_1_text"> <cite class="speaker_1" >Speaker:</cite> [0:43] We are ready to ride. The Tour-de-Brooklyn is underway. [music continues] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_13_text"> <cite class="speaker_13" >Speaker:</cite> [1:00] One of the best rides of the year. [music continues] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_14_text"> <cite class="speaker_14" >Speaker:</cite> [1:05] Happy birthday, Brooklyn Bridge. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_15_text"> <cite class="speaker_15" >Speaker:</cite> [1:07] Feliz cumpleanos. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_16_text"> <cite class="speaker_16" >Speaker:</cite> [1:09] Happy birthday, Brooklyn Bridge. [music continues] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_17_text"> <cite class="speaker_17" >Speaker:</cite> [1:12] Happy birthday, Brooklyn Bridge, love ya. [music continues] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_18_text"> <cite class="speaker_18" >Speaker:</cite> [1:21] I've never seen it, something so beautiful as this lovely, lovely borough of Brooklyn. [music continues] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_19_text"> <cite class="speaker_19" >Speaker:</cite> [1:29] This is my fourth annual Tour-de-Brooklyn, and there have been only four Tour-de-Brooklyns. So I tied the record. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_20_text"> <cite class="speaker_20" >Speaker:</cite> [1:35] So, what made you decide to run this? </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_1_text"> <cite class="speaker_1" >Speaker:</cite> [1:37] Just to see if I can do it. You know to get me started with running the marathons, this is the day to do it. More running in Brooklyn is good. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_19_text"> <cite class="speaker_19" >Speaker:</cite> [1:43] Good ride on the Tour-de-Brooklyn. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_21_text"> <cite class="speaker_21" >Speaker:</cite> [1:45] It's the bike ride. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_22_text"> <cite class="speaker_22" >Speaker:</cite> [1:47] Bikes rule. Now, me and cars, we wait. We wait every day. This day is for us. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_6_text"> <cite class="speaker_6" >Group:</cite> [cheers] [1:52] [music continues] </p><p>[whistles] [1:55] </p><p>[music continues] [2:12] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_23_text"> <cite class="speaker_23" >Speaker:</cite> [2:17] I love how the crowd's cheering us on. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_24_text"> <cite class="speaker_24" >Crowd:</cite> [cheers] [2:19] [music continues] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_1_text"> <cite class="speaker_1" >Speaker:</cite> [2:34] The Navy Yard welcomes you. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_24_text"> <cite class="speaker_24" >Crowd:</cite> [cheers] [2:39] [music continues] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_25_text"> <cite class="speaker_25" >Speaker:</cite> [2:46] After I started doing the Tour-de-Brooklyn, I rode my bike to work, to school every day. I started finding places where they have the bike parking. It's definitely changed my life. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_3_text"> <cite class="speaker_3" >Speaker:</cite> [2:52] Congratulations. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_6_text"> <cite class="speaker_6" >Group:</cite> [2:54] Thank you, thank you. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_26_text"> <cite class="speaker_26" >Speaker:</cite> [2:55] That was fantastic time, Brooklyn bike touring, New York City. [music continues] </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_27_text"> <cite class="speaker_27" >Speaker:</cite> [3:20] From me to you, from Brooklyn, love ya. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_28_text"> <cite class="speaker_28" >Speaker:</cite> [3:23] Hope to see you guys next year. Today was a splendid tour. Peace out. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_29_text"> <cite class="speaker_29" >Speaker:</cite> [3:27] I'm the only Jet fan in New York City. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_30_text"> <cite class="speaker_30" >Speaker:</cite> [3:29] He's the only Jet fan left. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_29_text"> <cite class="speaker_29" >Speaker:</cite> [3:30] Number one Jet fan, remember that. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_30_text"> <cite class="speaker_30" >Speaker:</cite> [3:31] OK, you see? Mark Ashtano back there. We broke Mark Ashtano out, didn't we? </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_29_text"> <cite class="speaker_29" >Speaker:</cite> [3:34] Oh, wait a minute. There you go. </blockquote> <blockquote class="speaker_24_text"> <cite class="speaker_24" >Crowd:</cite> [cheers and laughs] [3:36] </blockquote> <br/><br/>
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  • ry

    that came out good!

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  • MBK

    Fabulous! I loved the music.

  • Ed Pino

    Great film great ride
    thanks to all TA and Clarence.

  • James the Biking Philosopher

    Bravo to Clarence for a video as moving as the Tour de Brooklyn itself. All of the pledges of allegiance happy birthday wishes to the Brooklyn Bridge in its 125th year were truly inspirational. Here's hoping that the Tours de Queens and Bronx and the TA Century are just as powerful as this one was!

  • Danae

    I had a great time riding through some places in Brooklyn that were completely unfamiliar to me - the inside of the Navy Yard, the cemetery - and especially Bushwick, which had some great streets of houses with people sitting on stoops, some lively street life around the park, but also a depressing number of blocks where no trees grow.

    Streetsblog, it would be great to hear more about this. How many of PlaNYC's million trees are being planted in Bushwick? It looks like a neighborhood the city has forgotten.

  • Jesse

    What is the name of that song?? Who sings it???

    Love it.

  • Jesse

    Got it.