New York is a huge city full of wonders, and it’s basically impossible to see its most interesting parts on foot, especially if your stay is not that long. Public transport and taxis are respectively unreliable and expensive. Luckily, you’re left with bikes—one of the most practical transportation means in New York. The city has many trails you can conquer at your own pace, so don’t worry about pressure and start pedaling today!
Hudson River Greenway
Probably the best way to ride your bike in the city without having to deal with horrible traffic and stop signs is to take the Hudson River Greenway. This trail stretches along the entire west side of Manhattan, so you can easily make a day out of it. For instance, you can bike all the way up to the Little Red Lighthouse (under the George Washington Bridge) and continue to Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters. Make a stop there to explore the castle of the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to medieval artifacts.
If you’re insecure about your riding skills, don’t worry. Visit Governors Island, a rare area in New York where there are almost no cars. The island is small and easy to explore on foot, but it’s better to have a bike on your side so you can make a few enjoyable loops. And get ready for some of the most spectacular Manhattan views, so pack a camera!
Central Park Loop
This loop is a must for all cyclists no matter the fitness level (it’s 6.1 miles long, so suitable for all). Central Park Look will take you through Central Park away from the hassle and bustle of the city and provide you with a nice and relaxing ride. Finding an affordable bike rental in New York near Central Park is also a breeze, and you can even choose from regular bikes to electric bikes, kids bikes, trailers for kids and even tandem bikes. Rent your ride at Columbus Circle and get ready to see the entire Central Park—there are so many ponds, lakes and bridges that can be spotted along the trail.
Prospect Park Loop
Central Park is a must-see destination, but if you want to avoid the tourists wandering on your path, hit Prospect Park. Designed by the same people who did Central Park, Prospect Park will provide you with gentle hills, a lot of trees and scattered ponds and lakes. It’s relaxing, peaceful and perfect for couple’s rides.
You might want to cross the Brooklyn Bridge, but don’t do it on a bike, because the crowds are very annoying. Instead, opt for the Manhattan Bridge ride! This bridge might not look as spectacular, but it’s perfect for cycling: it has an easy incline, great views and it will drop you straight into the heart of Dumbo or Chinatown—two neighborhoods you must explore on your New York visit.
Sure, you can’t leave New York without seeing Brooklyn. Luckily, this area has one of the newest paths in the city, so you will enjoy your ride immensely. Brooklyn Greenway starts in Atlantic Avenue and takes you through one of the most iconic green oasis’ in the City: Brooklyn Bridge Park. After you bike past the Bridge, you’ll have to navigate some residential streets to get to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. From there, take a bike lane to the Williamsburg Bridge and rest at the new Domino Park. Later, continue on Kent Avenue to East River State Park and enjoy the best views of Manhattan. Finish your route in Transmitter Park and take a deserved picnic.
Biking in New York will allow you to explore the city at your own pace, make as many stops and breaks as you like and see all the nooks and crannies of the major tourist attractions.