BIG APPLE ROLL 2018
New York City
August 2nd - 5th
|F A Q ' s
How good do you have to be for the various
All of our skates will take place in the streets, parks and paths of New York City. You MUST feel comfortable skating with a large group in traffic during the day and night, be able to stop and turn on all terrain, including hills when necessary, avoid street obstacles, and follow all traffic laws. All group skates will be for intermediate to advanced skaters. Unless otherwise stated, we will go at a moderate pace for distances of 12 to 20 miles on average per skate. However, we will make stops to drink water, rest and regroup. All of our skates will have a leader on the front and a sweep on the back, making sure that nobody is left behind. In addition, one of the advantages of skating in NYC is the easy access to public transportation. You can always bail-out and hop on a subway or hail a cab to meet us at the final destination.
Bikers are welcomed as long as they keep in mind that skaters kick-out. Therefore, bikers must give skaters adequate space at all times, ride in the back, in front of skaters, or to the side.
Is there anybody available to help me evaluate my skating capabilities
for the skates?
We do have certified instructors that you can arrange, or prearrange,
Should I bring night lights for skating? Blinking lights, Flashing
wheels, Fluro vest, sequined jumpsuit, etc.
The easier it is for you to be seen at night, the better. Blinkies
are required for the night skates. Light color/reflective clothing
is advised. Night skates are not the time to try out your new black
spandex skinsuit! You don't need a head light, but some people like
them. As always, Helmets and wrist guards are required. The sequined
jumpsuit is not required, but may be a fun outfit to wear as you glide
through Times Square.
What else should I bring?
Please see the "Skating Trip Check List", which is a list of the items you should consider bringing to make your Big Apple Roll weekend perfect.
Do I need insurance for skating?
Skating has its risks and all participants will have to sign a waiver
aknowledging that we all skate at our own risk. You may want to check
with your own health insurance provider to see if you are covered
for accidents outside your area. If you are coming from outside the
US, you should check that your medical insurance covers you while
on foreign travel.
Are we going to have late check out time at the hotel Sunday?
We've gotten the check out time pushed back
to 1pm on Sunday. We may have one or two rooms for late showers after the skate, but
we can't guarantee that until the weekend.
Should I become an Empire Skate Club Member? How do I do this?
You do not need to be a member to participate in the BAR skate.
Skaters from all over the nation and world are encouraged to come
have skating fun with us in the greatest skating venue in the world,
the Skate Friendly World Skating Capital, New York City.
If you want to support the Empire Skate Club and take advantage of
all of its programs, you can find more information at
We have Empiristas living from throughout the USA, Europe, Asia, and
South America who evidently believe their membership in Empire is
well worth it.
More questions? Please contact us at
we will be happy to assist you.
The Empire Skate Club, and the Central Park Skate Patrol strongly recommends that all participants in the Big Apple Roll should carry medical and liability insurance, and must wear helmets and wristguards, and strongly recommends wearing all other protective gear (including but not limited to knee pads, elbow pads, and, at night, reflective clothing and blinking lights which are required by NY State law). Please also be advised that there are particular inherent risks of injury involved in city inline skating, including, but not limited to: cars, bicycles, other skaters, pedestrians, potholes, manhole covers, chains, train and trolley tracks, cobblestones, bad pavement, water, oil, debris, gravel, curbs, stairs, hills and inclines. This list of possible risks is not comprehensive, because conditions on the street, including the weather, are constantly changing. The Empire Skate Club, Central Park Skate Patrol, sponsors, organizers, volunteers, cannot accept any liability for the existence of any such risks. Ultimately, each skater is responsible for staying alert to potential risks and obeying all traffic regulations. Skaters are skating at their own risk and are responsible for their actions. Finally, Empire and the Patrol strongly requires that all participants in the Big Apple Roll possess and master a set of minimum skate skills before participating in its events: the ability to skate in control, with groups, at night, especially on hills; to stop in traffic; to maneuver curbs; and to avoid obstacles. A signed waiver/release will be required of all skaters at registrations and group-ups in order to participate.