Explore New York City

How to Bike Around NYC

A look at the best routes for biking excursions around the city.

Is there a better way to discover all that the Big Apple is—and burn some calories at the same time—than a self-guided bike tour around the city’s most scenic spots?

With 10,000 bikes at 600 docking stations, Citi Bike offers endless opportunities to check out the popular Central Park Southern Loop and Lower Loop; the 11-mile-long Hudson River Greenway—stop by the High Line—and the East River Greenway, which boasts views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.

Two men riding bikes in nyc
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On the Brooklyn side of the East River, cycle through Brooklyn Bridge Park, featuring vistas of the Manhattan skyline, discover the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, taking in the Industry City food and retail hub. For more adventure, power your way around the Prospect Park bike loop. 

Other biking options include Bike the Big Apple, a tour group that offers themed tours of Harlem, the Bronx, Chinatown and ethnic enclaves in Queens and Brooklyn—often paired with “Bike and Bite” food recommendations.

Bike and Roll is a family-oriented bicycle touring group that gives guided tours for the whole family providing free helmets making exploring Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge and other spots informative, safe and fun—tours include water and a snack.

Blazing Saddles offers both self-guided and guided tours and has a large fleet of bikes for everyone from the experienced racer to the first-time child. Guided tours here include Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge.