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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.

NEW DATE: March 6, 2021

Black History Month Brooklyn Heritage Ride

Come along for a 15-mile discovery ride that will take you from Juneteenth Grove in Cadman Plaza to Prospect Park. Along the way, we’ll make stops at historical sites that illuminate Brooklyn’s Black History.

Come along for a 15-mile discovery ride that will take you from Juneteenth Grove in Cadman Plaza to Prospect Park. Along the way, we’ll make stops at historical sites that illuminate Brooklyn’s Black History.

 

Proceeds from these Heritage Rides will be split between Good Co. Bike Club and Ride to DC, two local organizations dedicated to building supportive communities centering cyclists of color, raising awareness of existing inequalities within the cycling community, and leading powerful actions for social justice.

 

Photo courtesy of the Weeksville Heritage Center.

  • Where You Gotta Be: Northeast corner of Cadman Plaza West and Tillary Street (at Juneteenth Grove)
  • When You Gotta Be There: 11:00AM
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: 15 miles (finishing at Prospect Park, corner of Ocean and Parkside Avenues)
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride at a relaxed pace on mostly flat 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.
  • What You Gotta Know: This is the raindate for the ride (previously scheduled for February 27).
  • 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. Cue sheet and map route will be provided to registered participants.
  • What You Gotta Give: $20. Proceeds from this ride will be split between Good Co. Bike Club and Ride to DC. Registration is only available online and closes at 12PM on Friday, March 5.
  • 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: 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 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.

NEW DATE: March 7, 2021

Black History Month Manhattan Heritage Ride

Join us on a 15-mile journey spanning the isle of Manhattan, from Wall Street to Washington Heights. Starting downtown in the heart of the Financial District, we’ll work our way uptown, tracing New York City’s development through the years and honoring the pivotal role its Black citizens have played in shaping Manhattan’s story.

Join us on a 15-mile journey spanning the isle of Manhattan, from Wall Street to Washington Heights. Starting downtown in the heart of the Financial District, we’ll work our way uptown, tracing New York City’s development through the years and honoring the pivotal role its Black citizens have played in shaping Manhattan’s story.

 

Proceeds from these Heritage Rides will be split between Good Co. Bike Club and Ride to DC, two local organizations dedicated to building supportive communities centering cyclists of color, raising awareness of existing inequalities within the cycling community, and leading powerful actions for social justice.

  • Where You Gotta Be: 99 Wall Street (at the corner of Water Street)
  • When You Gotta Be There: 11:00AM
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: 15 miles (finishing at West 164th and Broadway)
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride at a relaxed pace on bike paths and mostly flat local streets, 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.
  • What You Gotta Know: We ride rain, snow, or shine! In case of severe weather, the rain date for this ride will be posted on this page.
  • What You Gotta Do: Add info@bike.nyc to your safe senders list; we use email to communicate with registrants. And if you’re feeling under the weather on the day of the ride, we ask that you please stay home for the safety of everyone.
  • What You’re Gonna Get:  A guided tour of historical sites, cycling alongside experienced ride leaders and volunteers. Cue sheet and map route will be provided to registered participants.
  • What You Gotta Give: $20. Proceeds from this ride will be split between Good Co. Bike Club and Ride to DC. Registration is only available online and closes at 12PM on Friday, March 5.
  • 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: bike lock, spare tube, snacks, and a bag to store all of the above.)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 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 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.

 

What if I have additional questions?

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