The Five Boro Bike Tour, which takes participants all around New York City, is taking extra precautions in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Event coordinators sent an email informing riders of a new security plan put in place after consulting with City, State and Federal agencies.
As part of this plan for the May 5 event, cyclists will not be permitted to bring backpacks, saddlebags/panniers (front and rear) or hydration packs
Additionally, the message said there will be checkpoints along the route to ensure compliance with these new regulations and confiscated items will not be returned.
The finish area will be strictly limited to registered riders.