Everything you need to know to bike New York

Cycling around New York? Grab your wheels and explore NYC's bike shops, nature trails and cycling events.

Biking in NYC
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Since taking the subway and a taxi is pretty much a no-go right now, New Yorkers are reconnecting with their first set of wheels—the bicycle.

It's no coincidence that there's an actual bike shortage in the U.S. 

The New York Times says that, according to market research company N.P.D. Group, "in March, nationwide sales of bicycles, equipment and repair services nearly doubled compared with the same period last year." In the same time span, "sales of commuter and fitness bikes [...] increased 66 percent, leisure bikes jumped 121 percent, children's bikes went up 59 percent and electric bikes rose 85 percent." 

So whether you own a bike or will be renting one from Citi Bike this summer, chances are you'll be cycling around more than usual. Therefore, we declare summer 2020: The Summer of Cycling.

Since New York City has a growing number of bike lanes (including temporary ones opening during the shutdown), great bicycle shops and perfect parks for taking a ride through, it's one of the best things to do outside in NYC, and if you want to venture away from Gotham and plan a getaway, we’ll tell you where to go so you can cycle to your heart's content.

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Bike New York guide

The best bike trails for families in NYC
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The best bike trails for families in NYC

Our curated list points you to places like the semi-secret bike paths.

Best bike routes in NYC
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Best bike routes in NYC

It's hard to know what paths and routes are worth dodging traffic for.

Check out a map of all the Citi Bike stations in NYC
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Check out a map of all the Citi Bike stations in NYC

Use this handy map to find the most convenient locations to pick up and drop off a Citi Bike.

The best cycling day trips from NYC
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The best cycling day trips from NYC

Get out of town on two wheels with these fun and beautiful destinations you can reach by bike from New York.

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Find a great bike shop in NYC
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Find a great bike shop in NYC

From high-end racers to cruisers, we’ve ranked the top bike shops in NYC that offer the best set of wheels for your buck.

NYC has opened 23 more miles of streets to pedestrians
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NYC has opened 23 more miles of streets to pedestrians

New York City has opened a total of 67 miles we can run, bike and play on. 

Bike New York routes

Bike routes in NYC: The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway
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Bike routes in NYC: The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway

Streetsblog editor-in-chief Ben Fried suggests a (relatively) traffic-free ride along the bike lanes by the East River

Bike routes in NYC: The Queens cemetery belt
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Bike routes in NYC: The Queens cemetery belt

Bike NYC photographer Ed Glazar suggests a shutterbug’s tour of three Queens graveyards

Bike NYC: Find four fantastic Citi Bike routes
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Bike NYC: Find four fantastic Citi Bike routes

We’ve mapped out rides—packed with awesome activities—that will each take you 30 minutes or less

Bike New York with these great outer-borough routes
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Bike New York with these great outer-borough routes

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

Archive bike New York content

Bike NYC: Time Out’s Citi Bike–for-dummies guide
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Bike NYC: Time Out’s Citi Bike–for-dummies guide

What happens if I get a flat? Or my ride gets stolen?

Bike paths and bike lanes for traffic-free cycle rides in New York
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Bike paths and bike lanes for traffic-free cycle rides in New York

Bike paths and bike lanes has made the city a much safer and more pleasant place to ride.