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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.

October 20, 2018

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

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.