Local Rides

Small-scale community rides in and around NYC showcasing some of our favorite routes and destinations.

Our Local Rides are casual, small-scale, community-oriented affairs geared toward bringing cyclists of all skill levels together to meet new people and discover NYC. Sign up by yourself or with some friends—either way, you’ll have a blast!


Leisurely pace, flat terrain, relatively short, on protected bike paths, regular stops. Must have basic bike handling skills.

Advanced Beginner

Relaxed pace, 5-15 miles, possibility of small hills, on low-traffic streets and bike paths, regular stops.


Moderate pace, on roads with traffic, up to 10-25 miles, some stops.


Moderate to fast pace, possibility of substantial hills, on roads with traffic, 20+ miles.

February 19th, 2017

Valentine Sweets & Sweethearts Ride

Meet your fellow adventurers over a cup of hot chocolate (included with registration) at the Boathouse Café Express in Central Park. From there we’ll head to Central Park’s most romantic spot, Bethesda Fountain and the Bow Bridge, before heading out to tour an international cornucopia of NYC’s oldest, best-known, and wackiest candy emporiums. BYO sweetheart, or enjoy the sweets and treats with your new crew, and feel free to sweeten things up even further by decorating yourself and bike with Valentine-like garb. The ride will end around 5PM in Chinatown, where you can opt in for a family style repast (not included in registration price) of soup dumplings and Chinese fare in a yummy and reasonably priced restaurant.

  • Where You Gotta Be: Boathouse Café Express, East Drive of Central Park, 75th Street equivalent (restrooms there, too)
  • When You Gotta Be There: 1:00PM for hot cocoa
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: 11 miles
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: Relaxed pace on flat streets and bike lanes, with multiple stops. Participants must have strong bike-handling skills, able to ride in traffic, and be comfortable riding for several miles without stopping. We’ll be getting on/off bikes for sweets and walking bikes at some points.
  • What You’re Gonna Get: A group ride with experienced ride leaders and great volunteers! Cue sheet and map route provided in advance to registered participants. Oh, and there’ll be plenty of opportunities to indulge your sweet tooth (including complimentary hot chocolate at the start).
  • What You Gotta Give: $20 non-members; $5 members. Online registration only; closes noon on Friday, February 17th. Rider slots limited to 40.
  • What You Gotta Bring: Most bikes OK; we suggest a casual city-type bike (not your fanciest/best). Helmet (no ifs, ands, or buts about it) and front/rear lights are mandatory. Bring spare tube, a bag to transport goodies acquired along the way, and CASH for extra purchases and any dinner. Wear comfy shoes. Be sure to bring a good lock . Dress in weather-appropriate clothing (layers, wetness/cold protection, etc.). Leave behind earbuds/headsets.


What kind of bike should I bring?

You do not need to have a fancy road bike to participate in our rides. What’s most important is that you have a bike that is comfortable for you, has enough gears for the ride, and is in good working order. Make sure to do an ABC Quick Check in advance of the ride, and if your bike needs work bring it to a local bike shop for a tune-up or, even better, take one of our Bike Maintenance 101 classes!


How do I get to the starting point?

Bike New York does not provide transportation to or from the meeting location. Participants can arrive by bike, public transit, or car. If taking public transit, check the MTA website for updates as train schedules may vary on weekends and due to construction. If driving in, be aware that parking in NYC can be difficult. Make sure to allow time and be prepared to use a paid garage if necessary.


What is your refund policy?

With the exception of rides that are canceled there is a strict no refund policy.


Rain cancellation policy

The ride will go on as planned in most weather conditions, including moderate rain, hot, and cold weather. Please dress accordingly. In the event that heavy rain or other serious weather conditions are forecasted, the ride will be canceled. In the event of a cancellation, you will be notified by e-mail the day before the ride and the registration fee will be refunded.


Are children allowed on rides?

This varies based on the level of the ride. Please check the gear level and follow accordingly. Rides rated 4 gears are restricted to adults ages 18 and up. Rides rated 3 gears are restricted to adults and teenagers ages 14 and up (riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). 1-2 gear rides are open to participants age 3 and up with the following restrictions. Youths age 3 to 9 must ride with an adult on a tandem bike, in a child’s seat, on a tag-along bike, or in a bike trailer. Youths ages 10-17 may ride their own bikes, but must remain in close proximity to the adult with whom they were registered.


When does online registration close?

Online registration for weekend rides closes the Friday before the ride at noon. For weekday rides, registration will close at noon the day of the ride.


Can I register at the event?

No. Only online registration is available for this event.


What if I have additional questions?

Contact info@bike.nyc and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.