Biking in New York City

Tours, Routes, Maps, FREE Bicycles

Biking in New York City can be incredibly safe and fun, as long as you follow a few rules. If had to pick my FAVORITE way to explore NYC, it would be on bicycle! The skyline views and hidden nooks of NYC you can see along our greenways are second to none. Why not add a little activity to your sightseeing and grab a bike to explore our amazing city?

Take a NYC Biking Tour

If the thought of biking through NYC streets seems a bit daunting – totally understandable, the first day I had my bike, I walked it everywhere and never even got on it! – then you’ll want to check out a NYC Bike Tour.

Central Park Bike Tour

Cruise the spectacular views of the river and city skyline along the Hudson River Park Greenway before heading to the famous 843 acre Central Park. You will also visit famous sites such as Strawberry Fields International Peace Garden, Belvedere Castle, Shakespeare Garden.

NYC Insider Top Choices for Bike Tours:

  • New York Highlights Bike Tour (3 hrs) - good for all ages, offer bike trailers and baby seats, helmets, guides, from Harlem to the Brooklyn Bridge (9 miles).
  • Guided Bike Tour of Central Park - guided two-hour bike tour through our amazing 843 acres, seeing Strawberry Fields, Cherry Hill, Tavern on the Green, Bethesda Fountain, Onassis Reservoir, the Alice in Wonderland Statue, Cleopatra’s Needle and the Dakota
  • Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour (2 hrs) - cycle around Manhattan’s southern tip, climb uphill into the City Hall area, then up onto the Brooklyn Bridge, a steady climb of about 15 minutes.
  • New York Pass - includes choice of bike rentals and tours: Blazing Saddles, Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Bike Tours and Rentals, Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tours & Rentals and more!
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Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tour

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Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

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NYC Hotels with Free Bicycles

If had to pick my FAVORITE way to explore NYC, it would be on bicycle! Don't miss out on your choice of NYC hotels with free bicycles, allowing you to explore hidden nooks of NYC you can't see any other way. Some of our top value picks include:

NYC Hotels with Free Bicycles

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Biking in New York City – Insider Tips

  • Stick to official bike lanes only. Any rental shop will offer a printed bike map, with several bike lane categories: Fully protected (cars and bikes are completely separated), bike lane alongside traffic and temporary commuter bike lanes.
  • Most map programs and apps offer bike transport as a choice – so you would not look at walking or driving directions – but rather, biking directions, which will keep you in the safest bike lanes on every route.
  • When renting a bicycle, make sure the rental includes a lock, helmets and/or water bottle. Most bike tour options include these, but you’ll have to check with bike rental companies if exploring on your own. You may want to bring these things from home if they don’t.
  • If you choose a hotel with free bicycle option, confirm in advance the hotel will have a bicycle for you when you want to use it. Some are only offered during certain hours and some are first come, first served

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Using Citi Bike in New York City

If you actually want to explore NYC, then Citi Bike is probably not the way to go. Citi Bike is geared for daily commuters, as the rental fees only allow you 30 minutes at a time, which just is not enough to take advantage of biking Central Park or the West Side Highway, two of the best bike routes in Manhattan.

Citi Bike in New York City

Additionally, Citi Bike does not provide helmets or water. You won’t have to worry about a lock, since you just return the bike to a Citi Bike station. However, should you want to use the Citi Bike option for a quick ride, they have a great app that lets you see where bikes are available to take out and return.

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