Fall is the perfect time for an afternoon bike ride, even if you don’t own one yourself. With Citi Bike already an entrenched New York City institution–and the cold weather moving in quickly–here are five rides that you can enjoy before the winter chill sets in.
Hudson River Greenway
This is the most heavily-used bike path in the entire country for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s practical. Just a short pedal from the luxury condominiums at the Printing House, start your ride in the West Village and head to the Hudson River where the bike path runs all the way from the George Washington Bridge, through Riverside and Hudson River Parks, down to Battery Park. Second, it’s extraordinarily safe for cyclists because it’s totally closed off from vehicular traffic. The Hudson River Greenway gives cyclists a little bit of everything—greenery, waterfront views and a little bit of industrial NYC. A great way to see the city from a whole new angle.
Central Park Loop
Central Park makes renting a bike easy and enjoying your time on it even easier, thanks to the six mile loop of winding paths, mellow hills and relaxing downward slopes here. If you do the full loop, you’ll see parts of the park you’ve never stumbled across before. Remember to avoid rush hour though—all those pesky cars can really spoil the fun.
Battery Park Promenade
This place is perfect for people who live or work in the financial district, and want to get some exercise in the sun without leaving their own neighborhood. With views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and New York Harbor, as well as the imposing monument that is Castle Clinton and the flower-filled AIDS memorial of the Hope Garden, there’s plenty to see on a two-wheeled trip around this 25 acre spot.
Williamsburg Bridge Bikeway
As we all know, sometimes the best way to appreciate Manhattan’s beauty and overwhelming skyline, is to cross the East River and take a look at it from Brooklyn. By far the most pleasant way to get there on bicycle is via the Williamsburg Bridge, thanks to the fact that this isn’t a major tourist attraction (like the Brooklyn Bridge) so it doesn’t get too crowded. An added bonus is the separation of vehicles from bike traffic—cyclists and pedestrians are above all that noise. The ride is easy and the views are great, no matter what time of year it is.
Image courtesy of: Danny Molyneux
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