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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.

SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2021 - SOLD OUT

Women Who Built New York

Join us for a fascinating guided tour of NYC’s architectural history as we explore iconic sites designed, engineered, and built by women. The ride is open to all women/femme cyclists and friends, partners, and allies of all genders.

Please note:  This ride is full, and registration has closed. Please join us on another ride soon!

Join us for a fascinating guided tour of NYC’s architectural history as we explore iconic sites designed, engineered, and built by women. Beginning with a ride over the stately Brooklyn Bridge and ending at Swing Low, the Harriet Tubman memorial by artist Alison Saar, we’ll explore how our urban landscape has been shaped by female-powered ingenuity from the city’s early history to the present day.

The ride is open to all women/femme cyclists and friends, partners, and allies of all genders.

  • Where You Gotta Be: Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn
  • When You Gotta Be There: 10:00AM, Saturday, April 17, 2021
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: 12 miles (finishing at Swing Low, Harriet Tubman Memorial, West 122nd Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard)
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride together at a moderate pace on local streets and bike lanes. Participants must have solid bike-handling skills, be able to ride in traffic, and be comfortable riding for several miles without stopping. We don’t recommend this event for younger children, unless they have very strong bike-handling skills.
  • What You Gotta Know:  We ride rain or shine. In case of severe weather, we will notify registered participants the Friday before the ride.
  • What You Gotta Do:  Add info@bike.nyc to your safe senders list; we use email to communicate with registrants. For the safety and well-being of our community, we ask that you please stay home if you’re feeling under the weather on the day of the ride.
  • What You’re Gonna Get:  A guided ride from downtown Brooklyn to Harlem. Digital cue sheet and map route will be provided to registered participants.
  • What You Gotta Give:  $25. Registration is only available online.
  • What You Gotta Bring:  Face mask, bike, helmet (no ifs, ands, or buts about it), water, weather-appropriate clothing, cash for food and/or activities, and a sense of adventure! (Other suggested items:  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 light rain, hot, and chilly weather. Please dress accordingly. In the event that heavy rain or other serious weather conditions are forecasted, the ride will be postponed or cancelled. In the event of a cancellation, you will be notified by email 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 registration close?

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.

 

What if I have additional questions?

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

SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2021

FOODIE FONDO: Asian American Greatness

Saddle up with Foodie Fondo and celebrate NYC’s finest Asian American culinary achievements while raising awareness (and funds!) for StopAAPIHate with Foodie Fondo. NYC’s Asian American restaurateurs and chefs are some of the most dynamic foodies in the world, and you will savor all that palate-pleasing genius on this tour de taste.

 

BNY’s Favorite

Foodie Fondo® is a series of live events by and for NYC’s cycling and food communities, produced by Henry Rinehart Media in partnership with Bike New York’s Local Rides series. We are excited to announce 2021’s first Fondo, a May Day Ride celebrating NYC’s brilliant Asian-American culinary visionaries.  #FoodieFondo #bikenewyork

 

Stop AAPI Hate

In response to the alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center in March 2020.

  • The Center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
  • Our approach recognizes that in order to effectively address anti-Asian racism we must work to end all forms of structural racism leveled at Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.
  • You can report an incident of AAPI hate here, and donate to Stop AAPI Hate here.
  • Where You Gotta Be:  Nom Wah Tea Parlor, 13 Doyers Street (between Pell and the Bowery)
  • When You Gotta Be There:   11:00AM, Saturday, May 1, 2021
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go:  20 miles
  • Where You’re Gonna Finish:   Double Chicken Please, 115 Allen Street (between Delancey and Rivington) – You’ll want to stay for dinner, so please make a reservation!
  • What You’re Gonna Get:  A mouthwatering benefit ride celebrating Asian American food culture in NYC supporting #StopAAPIHate and Bike New York
  • What You Gotta Give: $125. Please pre-register online to join us
  • What You Gotta Bring: Bike, helmet (no ifs, ands, or buts about it), water, weather-appropriate clothing, a mask, and your appetite!
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be:  We’ll ride together at a moderate pace on local streets and bike lanes. Participants must have solid bike-handling skills, be able to ride in traffic, and be comfortable riding for several miles without stopping. We don’t recommend this event for younger children, unless they have very strong bike-handling skills

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.

 

Weather cancellation policy

Our local rides take place as planned in most weather conditions, including light rain or snow, or hot or moderately cold weather. In the event that heavy rain and/or other severe weather conditions are forecast, the ride will be postponed or cancelled.

If you are unable to make the postponement date, we invite you to join us on another local ride within a year of the original ride date.

If a local ride is cancelled due to weather, you will be notified by email the day before the ride; you may join us on another local ride or have your registration fee 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 or when the ride is sold out.

 

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.