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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.

September 21, 2019

Artists Alliance Ride

Join Artists Alliance Inc., in collaboration with Bike New York and the Czech Centre New York, on a ride through Manhattan’s ecological landscape, designed and led by Prague-based artist Adam Vačkář.

“At one point, as much as 80% of New York’s garbage ended up out at sea; however, in what was surely its most enduring waste management initiative, New York City used some of its garbage (mostly ash, rubble, and other debris) to create artificial land, thereby increasing its own size.”

 

Through the first half of the 20th century, New York’s surrounding ocean served as the city’s primary site for waste disposal. Using the “original” shoreline of Lower Manhattan as a starting point, Prague-based artist Adam Vačkář will lead riders along the perimeter of 1600s New York before extending onto the artificial land of Manhattan’s current shore.

The group will travel between predetermined stopping points, providing occasion for collective reflection, conversation, and performance. At each stop, participants will be invited to inhabit a liminal space by donning garments made from recycled materials and reciting an algorithm-generated poem composed in real time in response to environmental threats. As part of this mobile performance, Vačkář will lead a discussion on the relationship between design, ecology, and recycling.

 

As with much of his practice, Vačkář’s ride intends to emphasize the urgency of environmental consciousness and the ways in which such an awareness can be achieved through something as simple as a bike ride.

Where You Gotta Be: The group will meet at the corner of Water and Fletcher Streets in Manhattan.

 

When You Gotta Be There: 5:00PM

 

How Far You’re Gonna Go: 8 miles

 

How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride at a relaxed pace on mostly flat, medium-trafficked streets and bike paths, with a few stops along the way. Participants must have solid bike-handling skills and be comfortable riding in traffic. Expect to ride for several miles with limited stopping.

What You’re Gonna Get: An interactive artistic experience, skilled ride leaders, and—of course—great company and good times! Participants are encouraged to ride mindfully, noting their thoughts, feelings, and ideas (or their lack thereof!) throughout the experience. Stopping at pre-determined locations, riders will discuss, inhabit, and react to their surroundings. Following the ride, the artist will produce a small edition of posters featuring the poems composed and recited by participants during the ride.

 

What you Gotta Give: $20 non-members; $5 members. Proceeds fund Bike New York’s free bike education programs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I register?

Register HERE

 

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 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?

Online 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.

 

Can I register at the event?

No. Advanced registration is required.

 

I’m a Bike New York member! How do I receive my 75% discount?

That’s awesome! Members pay only $5 for local rides. Please e-mail membership@bike.nycor call the Membership Department at 212-870-2072 for instructions on applying your member discount. Interested in becoming a member? Visit the Membership Page to find out more!

What if I have additional questions?

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

September 29, 2019

Cycle to Citi Field

Join us for Cycle to Citi Field, a guided ride designed to show New York cyclists the many new and existing bike lanes found around the home of the Mets. Citi Field is at the center of two areas chosen for bike network development: To the east of the stadium is the Queens Community District 7 bike network project in Flushing and Queensboro Hill; and to the west of the park is the Big Jump initiative, focusing on the communities of Corona, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst. Both projects are aimed at increasing safety, encouraging more people to bike, and improving connections within the neighborhoods.

 

The ride offers multiple start locations: Union Square in Manhattan, Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, and Alley Pond Park in Queens.

Where you gotta be:

Manhattan Location: Union Square
Queens Location: Alley Pond Park
Brooklyn Location: Grand Army Plaza

 

When you gotta be there: Please arrive by 1:00 PM for our pre-ride briefing. We’ll set out at 1:30 PM.

 

How Hard It’s Gonna be: We’ll ride at a relaxed pace on mostly flat, medium-trafficked streets and bike paths, with a few stops along the way. Participants must have solid bike-handling skills and be comfortable riding in traffic. Expect to ride for several miles with limited stopping.

 

What you’re gonna get: An on-the-ground look at one of New York’s most active, evolving stretches of bike infrastructure, all leading up to a stop at the pride of Flushing Meadows, Citi Field. At the end of teh ride, you’ll have the option to stick around and catch the Mets playing the Atlanta Braves. (Peanuts and Cracker Jacks optional.)

NEED A BIKE?

You don’t have to own a bike to join in on the fun! Click here to rent a bike from Unlimited Biking for this ride.

 

***UPDATED CITI FIELD bag policy***

Backpacks are no longer permitted at Citi Field. Other bags such as purses, diaper bags, tote bags, drawstring bags, and messenger bags are allowed into the ballpark. We ask all participants to kindly review the the ballpark prohibited items list before the ride.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I register?

Register HERE

 

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!

 

Can I participate even if I don’t have my own bike?

You bet! Our friends at Unlimited Biking have rental options available for riders of all ages and skill levels. Click here to book your perfect fit.

 

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, heat, 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?

Online 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.

 

Can I register at the event?

No. Advanced registration is required.

What if I have additional questions?

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

October 13, 2019

Flora & Fauna Ride

Once a dumping ground for industrial waste, Newtown Creek and its surrounding shorelines have seen a resurgence in ecological activity over the past 15 years, with a wide variety of native marine, bird, and plant life reclaiming shallows waters and overgrown areas. During the bike ride, we will visit a number of key areas along Newtown Creek where local ecology has been slowly reestablishing its balance, including a variety of small-scale restoration projects built by community groups and city agencies. Participants will learn about several of the surveys that the Newtown Creek Alliance has overseen in recent years, including studies in plant species identification, monitoring population changes in mussel, oyster, and shorebird populations, and water quality.

Where You Gotta Be: Recycle-A-Bicycle LIC Bike Shop, 46-01 5th Street, LIC, NY 11101

 

When You Gotta Be There: 10:00 AM

 

How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride at a relaxed pace on mostly flat, low-traffic streets and bike paths, with a few stops along the way. Participants must have solid bike-handling skills, be able to ride in traffic, and be comfortable riding for several miles without stopping.

What You’re Gonna Get: Experienced ride leaders, and—of course—great company and good times!

 

What You Gotta Bring: Bike, helmet (no ifs, ands, or buts about it), water, sunscreen, 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

How do I register?

Register HERE

 

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 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?

Online 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.

 

Can I register at the event?

No. Advanced registration is required.

What if I have additional questions?

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

October 20, 2019

World’s Fair Bike Tour

Bike New York is excited to be partnering with Flushing Meadows Corona Park on a series of free, beginner-friendly bike tours of the World’s Fair historic sites, where the 1939/40 and 1964/65 World’s Fairs took place. Park docents will provide participants with a fascinating tour of a dozen iconic and surprising structures and monuments built for the Fairs – from the New York State Pavilion and the Unisphere, to the second oldest antiquity in New York City and the site of time capsules scheduled to be dug up in 5,000 years. Photo credit: NYC Parks

  • Where You Gotta Be: The ride will meet at the Green Tent next to the Unisphere on the North side of Flushing Meadows Park near the Mets-Willet point 7 train and LIRR stops.
  • When You Gotta Be There: We will meet at 10:30 AM for the ride. The ride will end around 12:30 PM. This event does not offer bicycles on site. You MUST supply your own.
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: Around 5 miles
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride at a leisurely pace primarily on flat bike paths with frequent stops. This is an ideal ride for newer riders who have learned how to ride a bike and are looking for the next step.
  • What You’re Gonna Get: A fun and interesting ride led by experienced ride leaders from Bike New York and knowledgeable tour docents from Flushing Meadows Park.
  • What You Gotta Give: It’s FREE! All you have to do is pre-register online to reserve a spot.
  • What You Gotta Bring: Bike, helmet (no ifs, ands, or buts about it), water, sunscreen, 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

How do I register?

Register HERE.

 

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.

 

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 e-mail 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. 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.

 

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.

 

November 10, 2019

World’s Fair Bike Tour

Bike New York is excited to be partnering with Flushing Meadows Corona Park on a series of free, beginner-friendly bike tours of the World’s Fair historic sites, where the 1939/40 and 1964/65 World’s Fairs took place. Park docents will provide participants with a fascinating tour of a dozen iconic and surprising structures and monuments built for the Fairs – from the New York State Pavilion and the Unisphere, to the second oldest antiquity in New York City and the site of time capsules scheduled to be dug up in 5,000 years. Photo credit: NYC Parks

  • Where You Gotta Be: The ride will meet at the Green Tent next to the Unisphere on the North side of Flushing Meadows Park near the Mets-Willet point 7 train and LIRR stops.
  • When You Gotta Be There: We will meet at 10:30 AM for the ride. The ride will end around 12:30 PM. This event does not offer bicycles on site. You MUST supply your own.
  • How Far You’re Gonna Go: Around 5 miles
  • How Hard It’s Gonna Be: We’ll ride at a leisurely pace primarily on flat bike paths with frequent stops. This is an ideal ride for newer riders who have learned how to ride a bike and are looking for the next step.
  • What You’re Gonna Get: A fun and interesting ride led by experienced ride leaders from Bike New York and knowledgeable tour docents from Flushing Meadows Park.
  • What You Gotta Give: It’s FREE! All you have to do is pre-register online to reserve a spot.
  • What You Gotta Bring: Bike, helmet (no ifs, ands, or buts about it), water, sunscreen, 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

 

How do I register?

Register HERE.

 

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.

 

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 e-mail 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. 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.

 

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.

 

December 7, 2019

Holiday Lights & Sights

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 Friday, November 30 at 1PM. Proceeds fund our free bike education programs.
  • What You Gotta Bring: Bike, 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:  bike lock, spare tube, any snacks/bevs since this will be a lengthy ride.)  And again, we will be riding at night, so be sure to bring lights (preferably holiday themed)!

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 Friday, November 30th 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.