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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.

December 13, 2020

Holiday Lights & Sights: Manhattan

Consider yourself on the Nice list:  Imbued with the holiday season and all the joy and hope it brings, we have crafted our rides anew! Wearing our masks and staying socially distant, we’re celebrating the season with a Holiday Lights & Sights ride in Manhattan! Bedeck yourself and your bike with XMAS lights or other holiday bling on our tour of NYC’s most iconic XMAS trees.  “Follow your leaders” as we marvel at wonderful holiday trees and sights along the route. We’ll finish at the South Street Seaport; depending on crowds, some holiday sights will be “bike-bys” only. Only pre-registered riders. Spots are limited, so hop to it and join in!

  • Where You Gotta Be:  Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (110th Street – enter from Fifth or Lenox Avenue)
  • When You Gotta Be There:  3:00PM (ETA finish 7:00PM)
  • What You Gotta Do:  Respect social distancing guidelines with other participants at all times. Wear your face mask at all times. Use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go:  Approximately 10 urban miles – we finish up at South Street Seaport.
  • 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 comfortable riding several miles without stopping. We recommend non-cleat shoes since we’ll walk through some plazas.
  • What You’re Gonna Get: A fabulous evening of iconic NYC holiday lights and trees, experienced ride leaders, and, of course, great company and good times!
  • What You Gotta Give: $5 for standard registration. free for Bike New York members.  All riders must register online by Friday, December 11 at 1:00PM. Proceeds fund our free bike education programs.
  • What You Gotta Know:  Bike New York will be compliant with all city, state, and federal guidelines during Holiday Lights Rides, and our safety plan may evolve to maximize safety for all.
  • What You Gotta Bring: A face mask! 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, and a sense of adventure! We also recommend: A camera, bike lock, spare tube, snacks/bevs since this will be a lengthy ride, and Metrocard if you wish to make your way home a little easier.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

December 12, 2020

Holiday Lights & Sights: Brooklyn

With the joy and hope of the holiday season in our hearts, we are crafting our rides anew! Wearing our masks and staying socially distant, we’re taking our holly jolly lights tour to the borough of Brooklyn! Bedeck yourself and your bike with holiday accoutrement and join us for a  tour of Brooklyn’s most iconic festive decor – including the borough’s largest XMAS tree and the site that holds the record for the most consecutive years displaying a tree. We’re mostly riding by these sites on a guided ride packed with gorgeous holiday views. Spots are limited and pre-registration is required, so sign up now!

  • Where You Gotta Be: Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, near the firehouse ice cream shop at 1 Water Street.
  • When You Gotta Be There:  3:00PM (ETA finish 7:00PM)
  • What You Gotta Do:  Respect social distancing guidelines with other participants and wear your face mask at all times. Use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: Approximately 10 urban miles– we finish back at Pier 1.
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride at a relaxed pace on bike paths and streets in mixed traffic (with photo ops along the way). Participants must have solid bike-handling skills, be able to ride in traffic, and be comfortable riding several miles without stopping.  We recommend non-cleat shoes as we’ll do some walking.
  • What You’re Gonna Get: Hot chocolate at the start, a fabulous evening of iconic holiday lights and trees, experienced ride leaders, and—of course—great company & good times!
  • What You Gotta Give: $5 for standard registration, free for Bike New York members.  All riders must register online by Friday, December 11, at 1PM. Proceeds fund our free bike education programs.
  • What You Gotta Know:  Bike New York will be compliant with all city, state, and federal guidelines during Holiday Lights Rides, and our safety plan may evolve to maximize safety for all.
  • What You Gotta Bring: A face mask! Also, 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, and a sense of adventure! We also recommend: 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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

December 18, 2020

Holiday Lights & Sights: Bronx

Consider yourself on the Nice list: We’re bringing back the Holiday Lights & Sights ride in the Bronx! Bedeck yourself and your bike with XMAS lights and other holiday bling on our tour of the Bronx’s’s most iconic XMAS decorations. “Follow the leader” as we Ooh! and Ahh! at the gorgeous holiday trees and sights along our route. Depending on crowds, some holiday sights will be “bike-bys” only. Spots are limited and pre-registration is required, so hop to it and join in!

 

  • Where You Gotta Be: Just north of 242nd Sstreet and Broadway (by Van Cortlandt Park)
  • When You Gotta Be There: 3:00PM (ETA finish 7:00PM)
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: Approximately 10 miles (we’ll finish up back at 242nd Street)
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride at a relaxed pace on bike paths and streets in mixed traffic (with photo ops along the way). Participants must have solid bike-handling skills, be able to ride in traffic, and be comfortable riding several miles without stopping. We recommend non-cleat shoes as we’ll do some walking.
  • What You’re Gonna Get: A fabulous evening of iconic NYC holiday lights and trees, experienced ride leaders, and—of course—great company and good times!
  • What You Gotta Give: $5 for standard registration, free for Bike New York members.  All riders must register online by Wednesday, December 17, at 1:00PM. Proceeds fund our free bike education programs.
  • What You Gotta Bring: A face mask! 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, and a sense of adventure! (Also recommended: A camera, bike lock, spare tube, snacks/bevs, and a Metrocard if you wish to make your way home a little easier.)

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.

 

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 5 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.