One of New York City’s most famous tourist attractions is also a cycler’s paradise: Central Park. With a six-mile loop that can be started from any point on the path, Central Park is the perfect place for amateur cyclists. While the path is relatively flat, there are a few hills- be sure to check out the view from the Great Lawn. As an added bonus, the park is completely closed to cars on all weekends and holidays.
Want to head to the coast? Then look no further than the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk in Queens. You’ll be treated to endless ocean views and glimpses of the only surfing beach in NYC. The nearly five-mile path is open to cyclists year-round, with the exception of restrictions from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Due to the high number of beachgoers in the summer months, cyclists are only permitted to ride before 10 am or after 6 pm.
Cycling Brooklynites rejoice- Prospect Park is another great choice to get a ride in. At 3.3 miles, the loop here is about half the distance of that in Central Park, but it’s the perfect place to get some lap repetitions in. Bike rentals are available at Lakeside. Like Central Park, Prospect Park is also off-limits to cars on all weekends, holidays, and during certain weekday hours. If you’re coming from Manhattan, the park can be accessed by either the 2,3,4 or 5 subway lines via Flatbush Avenue.
For those looking to escape city life and venture into suburbia, head to the Bronx River Parkway, Westchester’s oldest park. Closed to cars year-round and filled with picturesque ponds and wooden footbridges, this park is the ultimate spot to feel some much-needed tranquility. The bike path isn’t continuous and instead runs in three distinct paved segments. The first is a one-mile loop around New Oak Street in Mount Vernon. There is also a 4.6-mile segment from Bronxville to Scarsdale, and a five-mile section from Green Acres in Hartsdale to Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.
No matter which cycling route you choose, you’re guaranteed to enjoy it!