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 events geared toward bringing cyclists of all skill levels together to 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.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Black History Month Manhattan Heritage Ride

Join us on a 15-mile journey through the heart of Manhattan, starting in Wall Street and ending in Harlem.

Along the way, we’ll trace the development of New York City and pay homage to the rich cultural heritage of Black history from pre-colonial times to the present.

  • Where You Gotta Be: Wall Street – exact address TBD
  • When You Gotta Be There: 11:30AM
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: 15 miles
  • What You Gotta Give:  Nothing – this ride is free!
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride at a relaxed pace on local streets and bike lanes, with several 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.
  • How about the weather: In case of severe weather, the rain date for this ride is Sunday, February 25.
  • What You Gotta Do:  Add info@bike.nyc to your safe senders list, as we use email to communicate with registrants. For the safety and wellbeing 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 tour of historical sites, cycling alongside experienced ride leaders and volunteers. Digital cue sheet and map route will be provided to registered participants.
  • What You Gotta Bring:  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:  bike lock, spare tube, snacks, and a bag to store all of the above.)


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.


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 email the day before the ride.


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.