Best parks for biking

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  • Photographs: Noah Fecks

Photographs: Noah Fecks

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Pelham Bay Park
At 2,766 acres, Pelham Bay Park is New York City's largest green space—and it also happens to be best seen on wheels. Pelham Bay offers the most scenic cycling for bike fiends in the five boroughs: One minute you're coasting through a thick forest and spotting a graceful deer, the next minute you might be inhaling fumes from the Bruckner Expressway. More than five miles of quiet, woodsy trails take you past stables, through the marshland of Goose Creek, and out to picturesque Orchard Beach, Robert Moses's "Riviera of New York" that faces Long Island Sound. From there you can jaunt across a bridge to City Island; it feels like you've somehow pedaled to Maine. Bruckner Blvd at Westchester Ave, Bronx (718-430-1890, nycgovparks.org/parks/pelhambaypark)

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Cunningham Park
Mountain bikers of all levels can appreciate the untamed wilderness and the 6.5 miles of relatively flat trails in this Queens tract. Bike paths range from wide and gentle to twisting and rocky, and road bikers will find placid routes within the park, as well as the connecting Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, a historic auto-racing track that is now car-free and delightfully shady. Union Tpke between Francis Lewis Blvd and 193rd St, Fresh Meadows, Queens (nycgovparks.org)

Wolfe's Pond Park
While Wolfe's Pond is known for its oceanfront wilderness—ponds, streams and lush forest—it also includes four miles of varied mountain biking terrain. On the beach side of Hylan Boulevard, try the steep climbs on the narrow single-track, or cross the street for easier byways, plus a dirt jump park for BMXers. Hylan Blvd at Cornelia Ave, Staten Island (nycgovparks.org)

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