When exploring NYC, it’s easy to spend a ton of time indoors—wandering museums, shopping, seeing shows. If you’re looking to get a bit of fresh air and exercise, we’d suggest renting a Citi Bike, and checking out some of the city’s most bike-friendly corridors. It’s the perfect way to celebrate National Bike Month, and see the city from a unique perspective.
The full Central Park loop is 6.1 miles of iconic scenery, statues, buildings and gardens. Pull over for a visit to the Central Park Zoo, grab a bite to eat at Tavern on the Green, or take a ride on the Carousel.
One of the most popular bike paths in the city, the Hudson Greenway trails the Hudson River, offering clear waterfront views, and a safe distance from the hustle of NYC streets.
East River Greenway
With excellent views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, the East River Greenway allows bikers to concentrate on iconic NYC scenery, rather than on dodging cars and pedestrians. We recommend joining the path on East 23rd Street and heading South to avoid the crowds that often congest the path near the United Nations.
If you’re looking for a ride that’s a little off beat, consider taking the ferry to Governor’s Island, then renting a bike from a kiosk. Rumor has it the island is one of the best, car-free places to bike in the city, and there are free, one-hour rentals on holiday Mondays.
This Rockaways ride is for the most adventurous among us. Take your bike on the B/Q Subway line towards Sheepshead Bay / East 16 Street station. From there, you can bike 7 miles through quiet residential streets, a designated bike path, and, finally, over the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge to Jacob Riis Park for a picnic.