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.

Local Ride Picnic in the Park
June 3, 2018

Picnic in the Park

We’ll meet in Central Park, then head over to the 79th Street Greenmarket—where we’ll get to speak with a local farmer and shop for picnic provisions—and then ride up  through Riverside Park to enjoy a picnic at the Little Red Lighthouse, the last extant lighthouse in Manhattan. After that, we’ll turn around and head back to the start!

  • Where You Gotta Be
  • When You Gotta Be There
    • 10AM
  • What You Gotta Give
    • $20 non-members; $5 members. Registration is only available online, and closes at 12PM on Friday, June 1. Proceeds fund Bike New York’s free bike education programs.
  • What You Gotta Bring
    • Bike, helmet (no ifs, ands, or buts about it), bike lock (and key!), water, snacks, sunscreen, spare tube, weather-appropriate clothing, money for food and/or activities, a bag to store all of the above, and your awesome self.
  • What You’re Gonna Get
    • Experienced ride leaders, great company and good times!

  • How Far You’re Gonna Go
    • About 18 miles, roundtrip
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be
    • We’ll ride at a relaxed pace on mostly flat terrain on 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.

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 18, 2018

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, August 17. 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?

No. Advanced registration is required.

 

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 25, 2018

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 24th

    . 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?

No. Advance registration is required.

 

What if I have additional questions?

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