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: Malcolm Pickey NYC Parks

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 (1700 Crotona Ave at Claremont Pkwy, Bronx). 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).

Refuel: Since 2008, Mexicocina (503 Jackson Ave at 147th St, Bronx; 347-498-1055, owner and chef Antonio Vilchis has served classic dishes from his home state of Puebla with a few original twists (e.g., bacon in the cheesy meat-fest alambres).

Route: From Manhattan, bike across the Willis Avenue Bridge and take Willis Avenue north. Continue onto Third Avenue, and then turn left onto East 150th Street. Take an immediate right onto Melrose Avenue and continue onto Park Avenue. At Claremont Parkway, turn right and enter Crotona Park. Then ride south on Prospect Avenue and take a slight right onto Southern Boulevard. Turn right onto East 147th Street and continue for four blocks to Mexicocina.

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