While urban cycling may seem a new, trendy mode of transportation for New Yorkers sick of yellow cab traffic and stifling subways, biking has been an integral part of the city’s fabric since the turn of the century. The first bike path in America opened in Brooklyn in 1894; today over 200,000 New Yorkers bike the streets every day. Visitors, too, can benefit from two-wheeled city transit: as a more economical, healthful, and hands-on way to experience all that the city has to offer. And with miles of street side bike lanes, cycling-exclusive bike paths, and rental programs like the one offered by Bike and Roll, it’s never been easier.
Established in 2001, Bike and Roll offers a host of great guided tours (from cruising over the Brooklyn Bridge to pedaling through Central Park) from 11 locations across the city. But if you know your way around (or are handy with a map—which they happily provide) and feel comfortable on two wheels, why not rent a bike and discover the city on your own? With the company’s My Way Pass, you can pick up a bike at any one of these city-wide stations: Central Park at Columbus Circle: 59th St. and Central Park West; Central Park at Tavern on the Green: Central Park at W. 67th St; Riverside Park: W. 69th St. on the Hudson River Greenway; West Harlem Piers Park: W. 135th St. on the Hudson River Greenway; East River Park: East River Park between Houston and E. 6th St.; Brooklyn Bridge Park: Pier 1 at Fulton Ferry Landing; Pier 84 at Hudson River Park: on the Hudson at the end of W. 43rd St.; and Battery Park at Pier A: at southern end of West St., and drop it off at any other.
With such great starting points, there is so very much to see. Circle Manhattan on the Greenway Path and stop for pictures of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and South Street Seaport. Ride through Central Park, Riverside Park and Times Square, and stop off to visit the Intrepid Museum. When you’ve had enough of the saddle, hop on New York Water Taxi for a guided tour of the skyline from the water and a breath of fresh air.
Bike and Roll NYC Full Day Rentals are available until November 24, 2013. Rentals will resume on March 1, 2014.
Did you know?
Bike and Roll offers multiple Trek bike choices, from a comfortable cruiser to a full-on racing bike—they even have those funny-looking elliptical ones.
In New York, there is a current total of 400 miles of bicycle lanes. Expansion averages 20 to 30 miles per year.
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