Greenpoint Gazette

Epic Ride 2015 to Launch in Greenpoint; Mark Stormwater Infrastructure Improvements

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For the second year running, the 40-mile long Brooklyn-based bike ride, the Epic Ride will kick off from Newtown Barge Playground on July 25.

Now in its seventh year, the event takes cyclists along the Brooklyn waterfront, and other parts of the borough, culminating at Rockaway Beach.

The event is organized by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, which has been working for the past decade to develop the Brooklyn waterfront. It is now in the midst of constructing a 14-mile route that will connect the waterfront from Greenpoint all the way to Bay Ridge.

Five miles of the Greenway have already been completed and the other four segments of the project are currently under construction.

A large part of developing the waterfront is about increasing green spaces, particularly important in a city that is constantly running a shortage, and for improving stormwater infrastructure, an issue that moved to the forefront in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Some of the landscaping already developed by BGI includes work at the Naval Cemetery, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Williamsburg Bridge Park, and the Columbia Waterfront District.

The goal of the stormwater project is to prevent the release of raw sewage into the East River and the New York Harbor after the city is hit by storms.

The start of this year’s event also marks the completion of stormwater infrastructure along West Street that was made possible through a Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) grant. The new infrastructure, including the installation of 54 bioswales on ten streets that slope towards the East River between Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street, will help capture and treat 6 million gallons of stormwater annually, and reduce sewer overflows by 35 percent in the area.

New to the Epic Ride this year are bike rentals available for pickup at the starting point and return at the finish line.

“We weren’t able to use the boardwalk at the Rockaways since Sandy, but we are really happy to have our original location back,” said Olivia Lynch, a spokesperson for BGI. “We are really excited to share the new developments along the Greenway, especially the developments in Greenpoint.”

The event has already doubled its registration from last year meaning over a 1,000 people will make the Epic Ride come July 25. The event will conclude with an after party on the boardwalk featuring food and complimentary beer.

To register and learn more about the event visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-epic-ride-registration-16579106554.

 

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