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No Backpacks, Bags Allowed at NYC Bike Tour

No Backpacks, Bags Allowed at NYC Bike Tour
Confiscated Items Will Not Be Returned

An annual bike tour across New York City's five boroughs that draws tens of thousands of riders is beefing up security after this month's Boston Marathon bombings.

TD Five Boro Bike Tour officials said Friday backpacks, saddlebags, panniers and hydration packs will not be permitted at this year's tour on May 5.

Organizers said checkpoints along the route will be set up to ensure compliance with the new rules. Confiscated items won't be returned.

Organizers say water bottles, fanny packs and small bike frame bags will be permitted.

About 32,000 riders participate in the annual bike tour across the city. A gathering on Staten Island at the end of the tour will only be open to registered riders.