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Biking in Manhattan and New York City

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Several companies offer bicycle rentals in New York City (NYC) and there are a number of guided bicycle tours for riders of all levels. For instance, you can catch a bike tour of Central Park, lasting two hours, which covers all the famous attractions of the park. The Five Borough Bicycle Club also offers free day rides all over the city all the time and the NYC Department of City Planning/Bicycle Development Network provides a downloadable cycling map displaying all bicycle paths, greenways, and bicycle-friendly streets. It also clearly marks directions from place to place both quickly and safely. The NYC Department of Transportation also provides reference materials including cycling maps, rules and regulations governing safety requirements, rules of the road, routes, etc.

While bicycling through New York City (NYC), you can whiz past pedestrians on specially-marked paths and trails without worrying about having to dodge cars. Many bridges feature bike paths, too. There are also terrific bike paths in Central Park. Be aware that it is forbidden to stray from any of the park paths, and offenders may have their bikes confiscated by the park police.

New York City Bike Paths

Here are some other longer New York City bike paths:
  • Riverside Park in Uptown Manhattan claims the West Side Promenade, which has an impressive panoramic view of the Hudson River. Riding around at either sunrise or sunset will grant you breathtaking vistas of the area.
  • The East River Bikeway runs south from 14th Street to Wall Street. The path follows the East River Park and then continues until the Financial District.
  • In Downtown Manhattan, you can ride on the Hudson River Bike Path leading to the Hudson River Park Promenade. Then, head across the Brooklyn Bridge for the magnificent skyline view and continue on to the peaceful greenery of Prospect Park.
  • The Shore Parkway bike path in Queens, near John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport, offers a splendid view of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.
  • Biking through the more wooded, eastern side of the Bronx, you'll pass through Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, and Kingsbridge. Owing to the hilly nature of the area and the narrow and winding roads, the path is difficult in places, but well worth it, as it also overlooks the Hudson River.

Biking Routes in Manhattan and New York City

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