A few days ago I went on a bike ride in New York City in one hour! It was a beautiful Saturday morning in New York City. As you probably already know, I try to live a healthy lifestyle! Each day I make sure to include some physical activity. On that day, I rode my bike around almost half of Manhattan and finished 10 miles (16 km) in just over one hour!
I loved riding bicycles since I was a young girl. My parents taught me how to ride a bicycle when I was a young girl. We went for rides together many times. These days, the bicycle has become my favorite way to get around NYC. I have the impression that NY is slowly becoming something of a cycling mecca. Every day, over 200,000 New Yorkers use the bicycle as their main means of transport to work. In my opinion, this is really great alternative to taxi and cuts down on the air pollution in the City. It’s great that so many people contribute to helping the environment and caring for our planet.
I also think that the bike is a great solution for tourists who want to see as much as possible and do not have much time to explore.
Today I will show you how to quickly visit 6 of the most popular places in New York within one hour! I will show you photos from my favorite cycling route, tell you what sights are worth visiting, where to stop for beautiful views and where is a good place to take break. Finally, I will also give some advise about the best places to rent a bike 🙂
ARE YOU GOING WITH ME?
I started my ride after visiting the IMG office on Park Avenue and 23nd Street and headed west past the iconic ’Flatiron’ building, which is shaped like an old fashioned “Iron” and was the first skyscraper in the world.
Standing in the same place – north of the ’Flatiron’ building, there is a great view of the “Empire State Building” – one of the most recognizable symbols not only of the city, but also of the whole country. Its name comes from the nickname of the state of New York, which is the Empire State.
Then, driving down “Broadway” at around 6pm I head west again and this is how I get to my favorite bike path. This path goes along the west side of Manhattan. This is a special scenic route designed for cyclists and runners. The Waterfront Greenway surrounds the entire island.
The view of the “One World Trade Center” while driving south is simply captivating. When I look at the tallest building in the United States, I always realize how small we are and how many people live here. New York is a city that is at the center of different nationalities, cultures and more. After all, all roads lead to New York :)!
My next stop is “Battery Park” with a beautiful view of the Statue of Liberty and New Jersey. This is the perfect time to relax, drink water and of course enjoy the beautiful views.
After leaving the park, one of my favorite views of One World Trade Center emerges.
Isn’t it gorgeous?
Then I follow the bike path that leads to the eastern part of Manhattan. This path runs along the “FDR Drive.” The east side of Manhattan also offers beautiful views. One of the main attractions is the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s one of the oldest suspension bridges in the world, which is 1,834 meters long. The bridge connects the borough of Brooklyn to Manhattan, which is separated from each other by the East River. I love this view. There are benches all along the location where I took the photo, so you can take a break to rest and admire the wonderful view.
On the North way there is a beautiful view of Brooklyn. It’s located between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. Its a must stop!
On the way back to my starting point, the view stretches across Manhattan. You can even see the Empire State Building!
This is my favorite bike route. It’s hard to believe that it only took me 1 hour and 10 minutes (with a break for a short rest and taking photos). I hope I inspired you to think about visiting New York by bike.
P.S. Be sure to let me know in the comments below how you liked my route and if you are interested in my next New York bike tour.
WHERE TO RENT A BIKE?
A few years ago, New York launched the Citi Bike city bike system. The program has been a great success. You can visit their website for full details but I will quickly summarize a few points that you want to pay attention to when renting a bike:
A one-day pass (24-hour access to CitiBike) costs $ 12.
A three-day pass (72-hour access to CitiBike) costs $ 24.
The first 30 minutes of each ride are free. The pass includes an unlimited number of half-hour journeys, but for each additional 15 minutes you will pay another $ 4. To avoid additional fees for using CitiBikes, limit journeys to 30 minutes.
A deposit of $ 100 is required from the card when renting a bike. Additional fares (described above) will be deducted from this amount. If your bike is lost or stolen, you will lose $ 1,200 on your card.
HOW TO BUY A TICKET
At the end of each bicycle parking there are vending machines that show you step by step how to buy a pass:
- Press the “rent a bike” button on the screen,
- Insert a credit or debit card,
- Choose how many bikes you want (max 4),
- Print the code that you can use to unlock the bike,
- Select a bike,
- Enter the code on the keypad located on the docking station by the bike,
- When the indicator light in the station turns green, unlock the bike by lifting it by the seat,
- After riding, put the bike in any empty station. Place your bike firmly in the dock and wait for the green light to make sure your bike is locked,
- To unlock the bike again, slide the same credit or debit card on the machine to receive a new unlock code for the next bike. You can ride as many times as you want while the pass is active.
On the citibike NYC website there is a short video showing how to unlock and lock your bike.
“The bike can be rented for free as soon as The New York Pass is purchased. Because normally it costs $ 40 per day. The rental company places a block on the card in the amount of $ 200, but if someone has a Mastercard, it has insurance on it. “
Have fun exploring!
Read also: Day in the Central Park.