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!


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.

December 14, 2019

Holiday Lights & Sights: Manhattan [NEW DATE!]


NEW DATE: Come along for the ride on 12/14!


Bedeck yourselves and/or your bike with XMAS lights or other holiday bling on our tour of NYC’s most iconic 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 through 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!
  • What You Gotta Give: $20 for standard registration and $5 for Bike New York members.  All riders must register online by Thursday, December 12 at 1PM. Proceeds fund our free bike education programs.
  • What You Gotta Bring: A tuned bike with fully-pumped tires, 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 recommended: A camera, bike lock, spare tube, snacks/bevs since this will be a lengthy ride, city map, and Metrocard if you wish to make your way home a little easier)  And again, we will be riding at night, so be sure to bring lights (preferably holiday themed)!


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.


What happens in the event of inclement weather?

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?

Registration for this ride closes on Thursday, December 12 at 1PM.


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.