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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Photograph: Virginia Rollison


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. It’s a long ride, but it’s mostly flat. Let the Atlantic wash away the sweat of a solid trek, and make headway on that paperback you’ve been toting around.

Refuel: Cruise over to Rockaway Taco (95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd at Beach 96th St, the Rockaways, Queens; 347-213-7466, rockawaytaco.com) for an antojito taco ($3.50), along with a refreshing cucumber, mango and jicama salad ($4).

Route: From the Williamsburg Bridge, take Wythe Avenue south and continue along Franklin Avenue, passing doughnut shop Dough. Turn left at Nostrand Avenue, and take an immediate right onto Bedford Avenue. Take Bedford Avenue south—past Brooklyn College and the Sears, Roebuck Building—until it ends at the waterfront. Turn left onto Emmons Avenue, then continue for a half mile and merge onto the Belt Parkway Greenway for two miles. Merge onto Flatbush Avenue, pass Floyd Bennett Field and cross the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. Turn right on Rockaway Point Boulevard, and the Fort Tilden beach entrance is on your left. From the beach, head east along the Jacob Riis Park promenade and take Rockaway Beach Boulevard for 2.5 miles to Rockaway Taco.


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