Street Skills Ride

Bike Path Cruise Ride


Bike Path Cruise Rides are a partnership between Bike New York and Five Boro Bicycle Club (5BBC) to give novice adult cyclists more opportunities to sharpen their skills. Join experienced 5BBC ride leaders for short, easy, mostly flat group rides. You can bring your own bike, or borrow one of Bike New York’s. Meet other novice cyclists, explore new scenic areas of New York City. All rides start and finish at one of Bike New York’s Community Education Centers. This is a required class in our Earn A Bike program.


Class duration: 2-3 hours

Class location: Start and finish at one of our Community Bike Education Centers, ride on protected bike paths and greenways. Minimal street riding.

Class size: Up to 25 adults and mature teens

Instructors: 5BBC-trained ride leaders

Equipment: Bicycles and helmets provided to those who register online for the class*.

Registration policy: Advance registration is preferred; walk-up students must bring their own bike and helmet.


*Anyone who chooses to bring their own bicycle must ensure that the bicycle fits and is in good working order (i.e. wheels spin freely, brakes function).

Upcoming Classes

There are no Bike Path Cruise Ride sessions available at this time. Check our other available classes by clicking the link below.

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This is a ride, not a class. Before taking part in a Bike Path Cruise Ride, we suggest that participants practice all the techniques we teach in Bicycling Basics: starting, stopping, scanning, signaling, turning, changing gears, riding in a straight line, etc. 5BBC ride leaders will offer some instruction on communicating and riding together as a group before departing. Rides take place mostly on protected bike paths and greenways. There may be some on-street riding. The pace is relatively casual (10 mph or slower) and the rides are relatively short (less than 10 miles).

Is This the Right Class for You?

Practice makes perfect! If you’ve completed a Bicycling Basics class but aren’t quite ready to tackle riding in traffic in one of our Street Skills Rides, then this is the ride for you.

Cancellation and Rain Policy

Upon registration, students will be required to enter a credit card number. If a student registers and attends a class, or cancels more than one week in advance of their class, their credit card will NOT be charged. However, any of the following will result in a $50 fee:

If a student cancels her registration during the business week (Monday through Friday) immediately leading up to her class date.

If a student switches class dates or times during the business week immediately leading up to her class date.

If a student does not show up to her class.

Bike Path Cruise Rides will be canceled in the event of rain; please check our weather hotline (212 870 2080 ext. 2) if in doubt. Students registered for a ride that is canceled because of rain will be invited to register for a later ride date within the established season schedule.

Next Step: street skills class

Once you’re comfortable riding on bike paths and greenways, sign up for a Street Skills Class to get prepped for riding on city streets.

NEXT STEP: Buying a bike

Thinking of buying a bike of your own, but don’t know where to start? Check out our How to Buy a Bicycle class.