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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!

Speaker: [0:02] Good morning. Welcome to Tour-de-Brooklyn. Have a safe ride. [music continues]
Speaker: [0:09] Say hello to all my residents, please. Just tell them I send my best.
Speaker: [0:15] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn. It's a beautiful day here in DUMBO.
Speaker: [0:16] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn.
Speaker: [0:18] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn.
Group: [0:20] We pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn.
Speaker: [0:22] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn.
Speaker: [0:25] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn.
Speaker: [0:27] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn.
Speaker: [0:29] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn.
Speaker: [0:31] I pledge allegiance to the Tour-de-Brooklyn, from which it stands.
Speaker: [laughs] What do you know, what do you know? [laughs] [0:37]
Speaker: [0:40] I wish to say happy birthday to the Brooklyn Bridge. I love this city.
Speaker: [0:43] We are ready to ride. The Tour-de-Brooklyn is underway. [music continues]
Speaker: [1:00] One of the best rides of the year. [music continues]
Speaker: [1:05] Happy birthday, Brooklyn Bridge.
Speaker: [1:07] Feliz cumpleanos.
Speaker: [1:09] Happy birthday, Brooklyn Bridge. [music continues]
Speaker: [1:12] Happy birthday, Brooklyn Bridge, love ya. [music continues]
Speaker: [1:21] I've never seen it, something so beautiful as this lovely, lovely borough of Brooklyn. [music continues]
Speaker: [1:29] This is my fourth annual Tour-de-Brooklyn, and there have been only four Tour-de-Brooklyns. So I tied the record.
Speaker: [1:35] So, what made you decide to run this?
Speaker: [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.
Speaker: [1:43] Good ride on the Tour-de-Brooklyn.
Speaker: [1:45] It's the bike ride.
Speaker: [1:47] Bikes rule. Now, me and cars, we wait. We wait every day. This day is for us.
Group: [cheers] [1:52] [music continues]

[whistles] [1:55]

[music continues] [2:12]

Speaker: [2:17] I love how the crowd's cheering us on.
Crowd: [cheers] [2:19] [music continues]
Speaker: [2:34] The Navy Yard welcomes you.
Crowd: [cheers] [2:39] [music continues]
Speaker: [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.
Speaker: [2:52] Congratulations.
Group: [2:54] Thank you, thank you.
Speaker: [2:55] That was fantastic time, Brooklyn bike touring, New York City. [music continues]
Speaker: [3:20] From me to you, from Brooklyn, love ya.
Speaker: [3:23] Hope to see you guys next year. Today was a splendid tour. Peace out.
Speaker: [3:27] I'm the only Jet fan in New York City.
Speaker: [3:29] He's the only Jet fan left.
Speaker: [3:30] Number one Jet fan, remember that.
Speaker: [3:31] OK, you see? Mark Ashtano back there. We broke Mark Ashtano out, didn't we?
Speaker: [3:34] Oh, wait a minute. There you go.
Crowd: [cheers and laughs] [3:36]

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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  • 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.