Biking in NYC This Summer

Bike lane

In case you missed it, the annual Five Boro Bike Tour took place this past Sunday, May 6. The bike tour, which has taken place every year since 1977, welcomes 32,000 cyclists from every state in the nation and more than 60 countries around the world. While there’s always next year to sign up and register, you can still enjoy biking at any time around The Octagon. Check out some of the best places to bike near Roosevelt Island below.

Hudson River Greenway – To explore the Hudson River Greenway by bike, you’ll have to head over to the West Side, but don’t let that keep you from checking out this 11-mile bike route! This long strip of smooth, paved path is a favorite among city cyclists, with a fully-protected route that guides riders from Battery Park all the way up to the George Washington Bridge. Frequent visitors to the path recommend getting an early start to avoid the heavy foot traffic that tends to occur midday around the Midtown stretch.


Rockaways Ride – To enjoy views of the beach and the water, take a ride down to Rockaway Beach at Jacob Riis State Park. It’s a bit of a far ride to get directly to the park, but you can take the B/Q line to Sheepshead Bay. From there, it’s a 7-mile bike ride to the State Park. While you’re in the neighborhood, feel free to explore the  Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.


Randall’s Island Park – Although it’s mainly known for it’s recreational sports fields and concert series, Randall’s Island is home to over eight miles of bicycle and pedestrian pathways. Take in the sights of the Manhattan skyline and the East River waterfront as you loop around the island’s paths. The pathways, which are free from cars, trucks, and buses, make for an easy, enjoyable ride.


Hudson River Greenway

Battery Park

New York, NY 10004


Jacob Riis Park

Rockaway Beach Beach

Rockaway Park, NY 11694

(718) 318-4310


Randall’s Island Park

20 Randalls Island Park, New York, NY 10035

(212) 830-7722



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