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!

Beginner

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.

Intermediate

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

Advanced

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

July 15, 2017

On the Waterfront - Presented by Manhattan Portage

We will meet in SoHo at the Manhattan Portage Token Store. After a quick tour of the store, we will pedal west until we hit the Hudson River Greenway, riding south around the tip of Manhattan and continuing up the East River Esplanade. Along the way we will feel the sea breeze coming off of New York Harbor, and take in the magnificent NYC skyline. All participants will receive a 15% off discount Manhattan Portage products! Don’t be left regretting that you “coulda been a contender” join us and BE a contender.

  • Where You Gotta Be: Manhattan Portage Token Store (258 Elizabeth Street)
  • When You Gotta Be There: We will meet at 11:00 AM. Expect to return around 2:00 PM.
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: 5-10 miles(round trip)
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride at a relaxed pace on mostly flat, low-traffic streets and bike paths, with a few stops along the way. Participants must have solid bike-handling skills, be able to ride in traffic, and be comfortable riding for several miles without stopping.
  • What You’re Gonna Get: A quick history of Manhattan Portage (and a 15% discount to ride participants). Experienced ride leaders, and—of course—great company and good times!
  • What you Gotta Give: $20 non-members; $5 members. Online registration only; closes noon on Friday, July 14th. Proceeds fund Bike New York’s free bike education programs.
  • What You Gotta Bring: Bike, helmet (no ifs, ands, or buts about it), water, weather-appropriate clothing, bike lights in case it gets dark, and a sense of adventure! (Other suggested items: bike lock, spare tube, snacks, and a bag to store all of the above.) Please be sure to bring money if you want to buy any of the sweet gear at Manhattan Portage before or after the ride!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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, 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 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. 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 at 12PM on the Friday before the ride.

 

Can I register at the event?

No. You must register online in advance of the ride.

 

I’m a Bike New York member! How do I receive my 75% discount?

That’s awesome! Members pay only $5 for local rides. Please e-mail membership@bike.nyc or call the Membership Department at 212-870-2072 for instructions on applying your member discount. Interested in becoming a member? Visit the Membership Page to find out more!

What if I have additional questions?

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

July 22, 2017

World’s Fair Bike Tour- July 22, 2017

Bike New York is excited to be partnering with Flushing Meadows Corona Park on a series of free, beginner-friendly bike tours of the World’s Fair historic sites, where the 1939/40 and 1964/65 World’s Fairs took place. Park docents will provide participants with a fascinating tour of a dozen iconic and surprising structures and monuments built for the Fairs – from the New York State Pavilion and the Unisphere, to the second oldest antiquity in New York City and the site of time capsules scheduled to be dug up in 5,000 years. Don’t have your own bike? No problem! Register in advance and indicate that you’d like to borrow a bike, and we’ll have one ready and waiting for you to ride. (Photo credit: NYC Parks)

  • Where You Gotta Be: The ride will meet behind the Flushing Meadows Aquatic Center on the North-East side of Flushing Meadows Park near the Mets-Willet point 7 train and LIRR stops.
  • When You Gotta Be There: We will meet at 11 AM for the ride. Anyone that is borrowing a bike should arrive at 10:30 AM. The ride will end around 1 PM
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: Around 5 miles
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride at a leisurely pace primarily on flat bike paths with frequent stops. This is an ideal ride for newer riders who have learned how to ride a bike and are looking for the next step.
  • What You’re Gonna Get: A fun and interesting ride led by experienced ride leaders from Bike New York and knowledgeable tour docents from Flushing Meadows Park.
  • What You Gotta Give: It’s FREE! All you have to do is pre-register online to reserve a spot. All participants who would like to borrow a bike for the event must register in advance and indicate that they’ll need a bike.
  • What You Gotta Bring: Bike, helmet (no ifs, ands, or buts about it), water, sunscreen, weather-appropriate clothing, cash for food and/or activities, and a sense of adventure! (Other suggested items: bike lock, spare tube, snacks, and a bag to store all of the above.)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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, 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 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. 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 at 12PM on the Friday before the ride.

 

Can I register at the event?

No. You must register online in advance of the ride.

 

I’m a Bike New York member! How do I receive my 75% discount?

That’s awesome! Members pay only $5 for local rides. Please e-mail membership@bike.nyc or call the Membership Department at 212-870-2072 for instructions on applying your member discount. Interested in becoming a member? Visit the Membership Page to find out more!

 

What if I have additional questions?

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

 

July 30, 2017

The Carousels Family Fun Ride

Join our wonderful on-bike excursion linking rides on two iconic carousels: The Battery’s Sea Glass Carousel’s shimmering fantasy creatures, and Chelsea Pier’s Carousel of animals native to NY State Hudson River region. We start at The Battery. After our special access to Sea Glass Carousel, we bike as a group north along the Greenway to Chelsea Piers, where we also have special access to ride as a group. Then we’ll bike past two more iconic carousels (Bryant and Central Parks). After a rest stop at the Sailboat Pond Café in Central Park where you can acquire refreshments if desired, we loop back to our start via the East side Greenway path, ending in The Battery. SHORTER OPTION: For more “kid friendly”, end at Chelsea Piers, after the 2nd carousel ride.

  • Where You Gotta Be: The Battery, SeaGlass Carousel
  • When You Gotta Be There: 9:15 AM. Carousel rides and full cycling loop expect to finish at The Battery at 2:30 PM; just the 2 carousels end by 11:30 AM (leaving plenty of time to enjoy Chelsea Piers or other NYC fun).
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: Spins ‘round and ‘round on 2 carousels, plus 15 miles for full loop (or easy-peasy 3 miles between the 2 carousels).
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll bike at a relaxed pace northbound on the Greenway recreational path, plus spin around on each of two wonderful carousels. Participants must have sufficient bike-handling skills and be able to ride on mixed-use recreational paths and streets with some traffic.
  • What You’re Gonna Get: Rides on 2 iconic carousels, experienced ride leaders, and—of course—a fabulous fun time for the kid inside each of us, or with us!
  • What You Gotta Give: $20 non-members, $7 members, while space is available. Registration is only available online and closes at 12PM on Friday, July 28. Proceeds fund our free bike education programs. Kids under 42” need a non-riding adult standing with them and holding them on the carousel seats at all times. Admission to the carousels is included in registration.
  • What You Gotta Bring: Bike, helmet (no ifs, ands, or buts about it), water, sunscreen, weather-appropriate clothing, cash for food and/or any other activities, plus a sense of adventure! (Other suggested items: bike lock, spare tube, snacks, and a bag to transport these.) Both carousels are covered rides, so our activity won’t be damped or cancelled by other than truly inclement weather. Check the Bike New York weather hotline for updates: (212) 870-2080, EX #2

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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, 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 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. 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 at 12PM on the Friday before the ride.

 

Can I register at the event?

No. You must register online in advance of the ride.

 

What if I have additional questions?

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

 

 

August 13, 2017

Brownstone Brooklyn

Join Bike New York to check out the best of what Brooklyn has to offer—grand Brownstones, leafy streets, harbor views, and cute cafes. Beginning at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, this ride will explore some of the most idyllic neighborhoods in the city, including Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Carrol Gardens and Boerum Hill. Marvel at the New York Harbour from Red Hook’s piers, take a lap through Prospect Park, and gaze into the murky depths of the Gowanus Canal, everyone’s favorite Super-Fun(d) site!

  • When You Gotta Be There: 10:00 AM
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: Around 15 miles
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: Most of the riding will be on street, with a section in the park. We will utilize bike lanes and low traffic streets where possible, but there will be some busier streets. We’ll ride at a relaxed pace with stops along the way. Participants must have solid bike-handling skills, be able to ride in traffic, and be comfortable riding for a few miles without stopping.
  • What You’re Gonna Get: Experienced ride leaders, and—of course—great company and good times!
  • What You Gotta Give: $20 non-members; $5 members. Registration is only available online, and closes at 12PM on Friday, August 11th. Proceeds fund Bike New York’s free bike education programs.
  • What You Gotta Bring: Bike, helmet (no ifs, ands, or buts about it), water, sunscreen, weather-appropriate clothing, cash for food and/or activities, and a sense of adventure! (Other suggested items: bike lock, spare tube, snacks, and a bag to store all of the above.)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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, 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 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. 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 at 12PM on the Friday before the ride.

 

Can I register at the event?

No. You must register online in advance of the ride.

 

What if I have additional questions?

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

 

 

Local Ride Bike to the Beach
August 19, 2017

Bike to the Beach

The only thing better than a summer ride with friends is one with a dip in the ocean at the end. We’ll meet in the morning in Park Slope, Brooklyn. After a short jaunt through beautiful Prospect Park, we will travel for several miles on the Ocean Parkway Bike path, the oldest in America. We will spend a couple of hours at Coney Island, where participants are free to relax at the beach, swim in the ocean, ride the historic Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster, or grab a hot dog at Nathan’s, a true NYC institution. Be sure to bring money for lunch and activities. Participants are free to join us for the ride back to Park Slope, or part ways and spend more time at Coney Island.

Where You Gotta Be: The West Drive entrance to Prospect Park across from Bartel-Pritchard Square at the intersection of Prospect Park West and Prospect Park South-West.

 

When You Gotta Be There: 10:00AM (returning by 3:00PM)

 

How Far You’re Gonna Go: 16 miles (round trip).

 

How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride at a relaxed pace on mostly flat, low-traffic streets and bike paths, with a few stops along the way. Participants must have solid bike-handling skills, be able to ride in traffic, and be comfortable riding for several miles without stopping.

What You’re Gonna Get: Experienced ride leaders, and—of course—great company and good times!

 

What you Gotta Give: $20 non-members; $5 members. Registration is only available online, and closes at 12PM on Friday, June 2. Proceeds fund Bike New York’s free bike education programs.

 

What You Gotta Bring: Bike, helmet (no ifs, ands, or buts about it), water, sunscreen, weather-appropriate clothing, cash for food and/or activities, and a sense of adventure! (Other suggested items: bike lock, spare tube, snacks, and a bag to store all of the above.)

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

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?

Yes! Ride registration is available day of. CASH ONLY!

 

I’m a Bike New York member! How do I receive my 75% discount?

That’s awesome! Members pay only $5 for local rides. Please e-mail membership@bike.nyc or call the Membership Department at 212-870-2072 for instructions on applying your member discount. Interested in becoming a member? Visit the Membership Page to find out more!

What if I have additional questions?

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

 

August 26, 2017

Pedaling Through the Past II: Forts, Ferries & Fotos

Join Bike New York on a voyage to Staten Island! We’ll enjoy inspiring Harbor views, beaches, sea breezes, and stop at two historical sites. First up: Fort Wadsworth, a former military fort with gorgeous views of the Verrazano bridge. Next, we’ll travel to the Alice Austen House Museum for a catered picnic and private tour. Alice Austen (1866 – 1952) was one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers and an early advocate for and photographer of women bicyclists. The tour will discuss Alice’s life and work and late-19th century cycling/ Among the highlights of the house: two period rooms and her original darkroom. Shuttgerbugs, it doesn’t get any better than this! (Photo credit: E.A. Austen, (Alice and Bicycle), 1897, Collection of Alice Austen House.)

  • Where You Gotta Be: The ride will begin at 10 AM at the steps of Staten Island Borough Hall. 10 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island NY. If coming from Manhattan by ferry, look for us on the lower level of the 9:30 AM ferry to St George.
  • When You Gotta Be There: Before 9:30 AM if meeting in Manhattan, 10:00 AM if meeting on Staten Island
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: 12 miles (round trip). Track and share your ride with Strava.
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride at a relaxed pace on local streets and bike paths, with a few stops along the way. Participants must have solid bike-handling skills, be able to ride in traffic, and be comfortable riding for several miles without stopping.
  • What You’re Gonna Get: A delicious catered picnic, a guided Tour of Alice Austen House, snacks, experienced ride leaders, and—of course—great company and good times!
  • What You Gotta Give: $35 non-members; $20 members; Registration is only available online and closes at 12PM on Friday, August 25th. Price includes catered lunch and a guided tour of the Alice Austen House. Proceeds fund our free bike education programs.
  • What You Gotta Bring: Bike, helmet (no ifs, ands, or buts about it), water, sunscreen, weather-appropriate clothing, cash for food and/or activities, and a sense of adventure! (Other suggested items: bike lock, spare tube, snacks, and a bag to store all of the above.)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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?

Yes! Ride registration is available day of. CASH ONLY!

 

What if I have additional questions?

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