Not so long ago, only people with strong suicidal urges rode a bike in NYC. But in recent years, the city became more bike-friendly and now there are many car-free bike lanes and a biking sharing system, CitiBike.
If you’re intimidated by riding a bike in NYC or if you want to meet other cyclists, you can join a guided bike tour such as Bike The Big Apple, which rides through the less busy neighborhoods in NYC five boroughs. If you prefer to ride independently, check out some of our favorite bike lanes:
Central Park Bike Ride
One of the best ways to explore the hidden gems of the Central Park is on a bicycle. There are several short and long distance lanes for riders in all levels. Start around Columbus Square and ride along to the Reservoir, and then ride back through the east side until the Central Park Zoo. It is a beautiful three-hour ride with lots of places to stop for a picnic.
image: Paul VanDerWerf
NYC bridges are a popular choice for the casual bike riders. They all offer special bike lanes as well as beautiful scenery. Crossing the iconic Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn (or the other way around) is a great experience especially during the weekends, when the food fair Smorgasburg takes place and allows you grab an energy boost on the way.
Hudson River Greenway
Ride all along the flat, riverside bike lane from Battery City Park to the Little Red Lighthouse at the George Washington Bridge. During the summer, you can stop for a refreshing free kayaking break organized by the Downtown Boathouse.
Also known as the “bicycle island”, the small island located about half mile north of Manhattan is NYC cyclists’ heaven. Closed for cars, the green, loopy bike lane offers a quiet and breezy getaway during the summer as well as many art and music events and an organic farmer’s market.
If you want to take your bike for a ride outside the city, contact us for information on our car rental rates.