Bike New York with these great outer-borough routes

Take to the streets on two wheels with these beginner-friendly cycling itineraries

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Hop on your cruiser or souped-up road bike, it's time to hit the road and take in the sights! Summer is the perfect season to enjoy some sweeping views of the outer boroughs. Visit the Rockaways, Socrates Sculpture Park and more, and be sure to stop at our recommendations for delicious eats along the way. Get ready to explore and bike New York with these fantastic itineraries.

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Destination: Fort Tilden

Fierce waves and an unofficial clothing-optional policy made Fort Tilden hugely popular among New Yorkers without Hamptons homes, until the National Park Service closed it after Hurricane Sandy. Great news: The beach has finally reopened.

  1. 13.4 miles, 1.5hrs

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Destination: Crotona Park

If you’ve exhausted the obvious uptown destinations­­—the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden; both are accessible by bike—check out Crotona Park. The green space boasts an Olympic-size pool—the Bronx’s largest—a 3.3-acre lake and 28 species of trees (the shade will come in handy).

  1. 5.5 miles, 30mins

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Destination: Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park was a derelict waterfront dumping ground until 1986, when a coalition of artists and community leaders, led by sculptor Mark di Suvero, enlisted local youths to transform it into an outdoor exhibition space and public park.

  1. 8 miles, 45mins

Photograph: National Park Service

Destination: Fort Wadsworth

The ground on which Staten Island’s Fort Wadsworth now stands was originally fortified by the British in the middle of the Revolutionary War, and continued to operate as the oldest active military installation in the United States until 1994.

  1. 5 miles, 26mins

Photograph: Lars Klove/New York City Bicycle Share

Destination: Thrift-store heaven

The massive Salvation Army warehouse is a little-known gem for thrift-shoppers seeking designer clothing, musical instruments, kitchen appliances­—even furniture.

  1. 3 miles, 30mins


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