As curious people, we’re always looking to explore the city around us. One of the best ways to see what the ever-changing Big Apple has to offer is by hopping on a bicycle. With the mileage of bike lanes doubled since 2006, pedaling the city is now more popular than ever. Biking in New York can be a fun, economical (and cardiovascular!) experience. Here’s what I’ve learned as a bicycling scout about how you can make the most of your two wheels, even if they're this small.
The Best Routes
Crosstown — 9th and 10th Streets
Uptown/downtown — East side: 1st and 2nd Ave. / West side: 8th and 9th
To Coney Island — Ocean Parkway
To the Rockaways — Bedford Ave. > Emmons Ave. > Shore Parkway >
Flatbush Ave. > Marine Parkway Bridge
For a Sunday afternoon — the Hudson River Greenway
For a sunny weekday morning — the Prospect Park loop
For a great view of the skyline — the Pulaski Bridge between Brooklyn
and Queens, Kent Ave. in Brooklyn, the loop at Governor’s Island, Brooklyn
New York Know-How
Lights and sounds — In New York City you’re required to have reflectors,
lights and a bell on your bike. Check here for a great guide to biking the city.
Free DOT swag — The city gives away free helmets to protect that
precious noggin of yours. Check the Department of Transportation’s
event calendar for info. on where and when the next free
helmet fitting will be held.
Recycle-a-Bicycle — This NYC non-profit works to salvage old bicycles
and sells them for affordable prices in the Lower East Side and DUMBO. If
you’re in the market for a new ride, stop by and check out their selection.
Care-free and car-free — Central Park and Prospect Park are both
closed to cars on weekends year-round, and Governor’s Island is car-
free every day of the week. Hop on a free ferry with your bike, or rent one
on the island, to check out the great views until September 30th.