The 3 Best Bike Ride Options In New York City
With the new Citibike program making bikes available to pretty much everyone, the city is about to get a whole lot more bike-friendly. As bikers start exploring the city in new ways, here are some suggestions on how to do it:
The Ocean Parkway bike path (Courtesy of Seth Holladay’s flickr)
Ocean Parkway is home to the United States’ first bike path, which started back in 1894. In the 70’s, some of the Parkway was removed to build the Prospect Expressway, but much of the tree-lined bike path remains, separated from the pedestrian walkway, all the way from Prospect Park to Coney Island. Start in Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens, then take Ocean Parkway until you hit the Boardwalk. watch out for pedestrians while riding through Midwood and Borough Park, most pay no attention to the bike lane designation.
The Hudson River Greenway near Chelsea Piers. (Also courtesy of Seth Holladay’s flickr)
This paved bike path along the Hudson River is popular among the city’s bikers, with a designated path all the way up the west side of Manhattan, from Battery Park City up until the George Washington Bridge. The path offers 11 miles of amazing views and a number of interesting stops along the way. Don’t forget to stop at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on 125th Street, one of our “Best BBQ Restaurants In The City”.
Pulaski to Williamsburg Bridge (Courtesy of Gothamist’s Christopher Robbins)
This ride will take you from Long Island City in Queens to North Brooklyn to the Lower East Side in Manhattan. Start down Manhattan Ave in Queens until you hit Noble Street. From there, ride to Lorimer and pass by the hipsters in Williamsburg’s McCarren Park. Then take Driggs Ave down to the Williamsburg Bridge at South 5th Street. Cross the bridge over to the Lower East Side and you’re done! Don’t forget to read our article about the Lower East Side!