BY JAMES FARRELL
Queens residents took a 20-mile bicycle ride around northeast Queens on July 22, kicking off the first-ever “Tour de Flushing”—a visit to some of Queens’ most historic spots. The event’s organizers said they hope that it will become a yearly tradition.
The tour route began at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and then snaked east through Fresh Meadows, running alongside the park, Kissena Park and Cunningham Park. It turned north, beginning at Alley Pond Park before going along Joe Michaels Mile to Fort Totten. After cutting southwest across Whitestone, the tour finally finished in downtown Flushing in front of the historic Flushing Quaker Meeting House.
Approximately 150 people joined the tour, according to a press release from the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce—which, along with the Eastern Queens Greenway and the Transportation Alternatives Eastern Queens Committee, organized the event.
“The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is excited to launch the inaugural Tour de Flushing to highlight the beautiful parks and provide a unique opportunity for New Yorkers to enjoy all the food, culture and recreation our community has to offer,” said John Choe, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, after the event. “The chamber is promoting the Tour de Flushing as part of our new district-marketing campaign, which is designed to boost the local economy by attracting more visitors and supporting local business owners.”
Meanwhile, the other two organizations said they hoped that the event could support their respective goals. The Eastern Queens Greenway intends to create a family-safe route from Flushing Meadows Corona Park to Alley Pond Park and the Joe Michaels Mile, a project that the group calls “the Kissena
Way.” And Transportation Alternatives is a group that promotes biking, public transit and walking as an alternative to driving.
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