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New York City was bike city on Sunday

5 Boro Bike Tour flooded Queens by way of the Queensboro Bridge

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:43 am, Thu May 16, 2013.

About 32,000 bicyclists from around the United States jumped on their bikes and took to the New York City streets on Sunday as part of the 40-mile 5 Boro Bike Tour. Bikers started in Manhattan and ended on Staten Island.

There were some alterations to the race in the face of the Boston bombings. Large backpacks and hydration packs were prohibited, while fanny packs and waterbottles were allowed. No incidents occurred.

For those who forgot a cardinal rule of the city — never drive on 5 Boro bike day — they were stuck in considerable gridlock because of rolling street closures. They probably won’t forget again.

There was one casualty, police confirmed. Michael Boren, 51, of Michigan, went into cardiac arrest a little before 11 a.m while crossing the Queensboro Bridge. He was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

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