Cycling and Biking in New York City

New York City is a great place to take a relaxing ride on a hot summer day or an invigorating ride on a cool autumn evening.

Central Park

Spring to fall, morning to evening, packs of health-conscious New Yorkers dress in athletic apparel and navigate the wide road called Park Drive, which is the 6.0-mile circular road that runs around Central Park. The Drive is completely closed to cars Monday to Thursday from 10am-3pm, and 7pm-10pm, and from Friday at 7pm to Monday at 6am. more...

Riverside Park

On the West side, along the Hudson River, Riverside Park offers a narrow, but extremely long promenade on which you can ride your bicycle for hours and hours. Particularly good because of the newly-paved Boat Basin area is the stretch between 72nd Street and 110th Street. You are less likely to get a flat tire if you ride along this stretch!

Battery Park Area

Wall Street offers a plethora of small, winding streets that are home to exotic and historical landmarks dating back to early Manhattan. Although these bumpy streets are best left to the more experienced rider, nothing says that you can't check out the Battery Park promenade no matter how skilled a rider you are. This long stretch of newly-paved road looks out onto the Hudson River and New Jersey. Artists, dancers, and performers also provide plenty of things to look at and explore. On July 4th, this is the perfect place to catch the West-side fireworks show, and your bicycle is the best way to get there!

Hudson River Park

First completed segment of this brand new park is from Charles St. to Perry St. in Greenwich Village. Construction continues and the park will eventually reach from Battery Park City to 59th Street. more...

Prospect Park, Brooklyn

This is a gorgeous ride which can be as hard or easy as you want depending on how many times you go around the loop. The park drive is closed to cars year round from Friday at 7 pm to Monday at 6 am, and daily from 9am to 5pm until November 5, 2000. After that, the drives are open to cars Monday - Friday but still car-free on the weekends. more...

Forest Park, Queens

Forest Park Drive is car-free from Woodhaven to Metropolitan Avenue, including Memorial Drive. Note: Forest Park closes at 10 pm.

Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn:

Bikes allowed 5am-10am daily.

Rockaway Beach, Long Island:

Bikes allowed 5am-10am daily.

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