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.

October 28, 2017

World’s Fair Bike Tour

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 (Loaner bikes are available for ages 10 and up). 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! 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 (Loaner bikes are available for ages 10 and up).

 

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.

 

December 10, 2017

Holiday Lights & Sights

Bedeck yourselves and/or your bike with XMAS lights or other holiday bling on our tour of ten iconic NYC XMAS trees. Meet fellow adventurers and members over hot chocolate (on us), then “follow your leaders” as we Ooh! and Ahh! at wonderful holiday trees and sights along the route. We’ll finish at the South Street Seaport, where you can choose to join for a bite and bev (on you) at a fun and casual spot nearby. Only pre-registered riders. Spots are limited, so hop to it and join in!

  • Where You Gotta Be: In front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 5th Ave and East 82nd Street.
  • When You Gotta Be There: 3:30 PM (ETA finish 7 PM)
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: Approximately 10 urban miles
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride at a relaxed pace on bike paths and streets with mixed traffic (with photo ops along the way). Participants must have solid bike-handling skills, be able to ride in traffic, and be comfy riding several miles without stopping.  We recommend non-cleat shoes as we’ll walk thru some plazas and inside a pub at the end.
  • What You’re Gonna Get: Hot chocolate at the start, a fabulous evening of iconic NYC holiday lights and trees, experienced ride leaders, and—of course—great company & good times! STRAVA route will be emailed to registered riders, and cue sheets provided at the start.
  • What You Gotta Give: $20 for standard registration and $5 for Bike New York members.  All riders must register online by Friday, December 8 at 1PM. Proceeds fund our free bike education programs.
  • What You Gotta Bring: Bike, helmet (no ifs, ands, or buts!), bike lights (required by NYC for night riding), weather-appropriate clothing, walkable bike shoes, cash for food/drink stop at end, and a sense of adventure! (Also:  bike lock, spare tube, any snacks/bevs since this will be a lengthy ride.)  And again, we will be riding at night, so be sure to bring lights (preferably holiday themed)!

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. 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.