Bike NYC: Find four fantastic Citi Bike routes

You still haven’t given the NYC bike-share program a go? We’ve mapped out rides—packed with awesome activities—that will each take you 30 minutes or less.



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So you’re a Citi Bike newbie, huh? Don’t worry. We’ve concocted a quartet of easy, scenic bike paths—complete with New York attractions  and spots to check out—that are perfect for first-timers.

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Gramercy–Flatiron to Upper East Side

Start station: Broadway at 24th St

End station: Central Park South at Sixth Ave

Don’t waste an hour queuing up at Madison Square Park’s Shake Shack when, in the same amount of time, you can book it from there to Central Park and have a nice picnic. How, you ask? Stock your bike-friendly bag with gourmet goods at Mario Batali’s Eataly (200 Fifth Ave at 23rd St; 212-229-2560,, such as Agricole Del Sole bruschette ($2.20), a jar of Roi basil pesto ($8.80) and Geraci green olives in brine ($8.80). After nabbing your ride, breeze up Sixth Avenue and mutter awww while passing the beautiful tourist traps you take for granted (Bryant Park, the Empire State Building et al.). Once docked, scope out a grassy area near The Pond (Central Park, east side between 59th and 63rd Sts; and toast to your pastoral lunch, the summer season and not having to wait the length of a movie for a burger.

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The success of the program depends on how well the bikes are maintained, especially after the first Winter. I'm a satisfied annual member except when the green light is not activated when i redock the bike.

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