Biking in NYC

Whether you’re here for the weekend or you’re a native New Yorker, the list of things to do and see in this bustling city is never-ending. From a walk on the High Line in Chelsea to touring the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side – the hard part is not finding something to do, but figuring out the best way to get there.

We at Citi Bike of course think that biking is the best way to see NYC! It's a quick and affordable way to get all around the city, and it even allows you to sightsee along the way. Citi Bike is a great option for most people – we'll explain how bike sharing works below, and also share a few options for traditional bike rental, in case that works better for your needs.

Why use Citi Bike?


Bike share is similar to bike rental, but with a few distinct advantages. It consists of a fleet of specially designed, sturdy and durable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations throughout the city. The bikes can be unlocked from one station and returned to any other station in the system, making bike share ideal for one-way rides and getting from Point A to Point B.

How it Works

Take Your First Ride

A Single Ride is just $3.50 and includes the first 30 minutes of one ride on a Classic Citi Bike.

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Get a Day Pass

Pick up a Day Pass or 3-Day Pass through the Citi Bike mobile app and be on a bike within minutes.

Buy a Pass

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Citi Bike is NYC’s official bike share program, designed to give residents and visitors a fun, affordable and convenient alternative to walking, taxis, buses and subways. There are over 1,500 Citi Bike stations and 23,500 bikes across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Jersey City, and Hoboken making Citi Bike the most accessible way to get around and explore NYC.

When you join as an Annual Member through the website or buy a Day Pass through the mobile app or a station kiosk, you can take as many rides as you want on our Classic bikes while your membership or pass is active.

The first 45 minutes of each ride on a classic bike is included for Annual Members, and the first 30 minutes of each ride on a Classic bike included for Day Pass users. If you want to keep a bike out for longer, it’s an extra $4 for each additional 15 minutes. So to keep a bike out for an extra hour longer than your first free 30 minutes is only $16, which is competitive with traditional bike rental. Or avoid extra time fees by docking your bike every 30 minutes. As long as you keep each ride on a classic bike to a maximum of 30 minutes, you’ll only pay the base price of the pass.

Bike Rentals

If you plan to ride with children under 16 years old, are looking for a specific type of bicycle, or are interested in a guided tour, traditional bike rental would be your best bet. You will typically need to decide in advance how long you want to keep the bike out, and when you’re finished, you will usually be required to return the bike to its original location.

There are a lot of bike rental places in NYC, but only a couple that we’d recommend since others may not be licensed or may have questionable operations. Here are the options:


1. Blazing Saddles

This is another trusted bike rental company with two locations in Manhattan, offering specialty bikes and guided tours.

Prices: Starting at $15 for one hour
Options: Bikes for men, women and children; comfort, hybrid and tandem bikes; baby seats, baby trailers and tagalong attachments available
Rental Length: Rent for 1 hour or all day
Hours: Daily 9 AM to 7 PM
Includes: Helmet, lock, map, rear storage rack, and bungee cord
Pickup & Drop-off Locations: Pier 17 South Street Seaport; Pier 84 Hudson River Park
http://www.blazingsaddles.com/new-york


2. Unlimited Biking

Unlimited Biking has five locations in NYC and you can pick up and drop off at any one of their store locations with their hourly and day pass rentals. Partnered with Cannondale, they offer a range of adults and kids bikes and also offer guided bike tours. Hourly rentals start at $15, day passes start at $40, and they offer “bike sharing” for long-term memberships.

Prices: Starting at $15 for one hour
Options: Bikes for men, women, and children; tandems, baby seats, baby trailers and tagalong attachments available
Rental Length: Hourly, daily, monthly or annually
Hours: April 1-Oct. 31: 8AM to 7PM | Nov.1-March 31: 9AM-5PM
Includes: Helmet, lock, map and basket
Pickup & Drop-off Locations: 56 W 56 Street; 346 W 57th Street; 38 Park Row; 455 12th Ave - Pier 78; 111 W 110th St
https://www.unlimitedbiking.com


3. Other Options

There are other companies in the NYC area that advertise bike rental, but many are not licensed and may have questionable business practices. If you do decide to consider one of these other options, you should vet them on your own before giving them your credit card info.

Popular Bike Rides in NYC

Whether you decide to use bike share or bike rental for your trip to New York City, there are some great rides around Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Jersey City that you can try. Here are a few of our favorite routes – they’re great for tourists or locals alike, and many are even car-free!

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Central Park Southern Loop

The Southern Loop of Central Park is one of the most popular bike rides in NYC. It’s a scenic, easy ride – and car-free on weekends and select times on weekdays.
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Central Park Full Loop

The Central Park Full Loop is the quintessential NYC bike ride, running along the 6.1-mile interior perimeter of the park.
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Central Park Lower Loop

Riding the Lower Loop of Central Park is a great way to see many of the park’s most popular attractions, while avoiding the big hill at the northernmost end of the park.
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Hudson River Greenway

The greenway along the Hudson River is one of the most popular places to ride. It offers beautiful water views and a dedicated bike path that is closed to car traffic.
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East River Greenway

Along the East Side of Manhattan is another nice bikeway that runs parallel to the East River, boasting great views of the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park

The waterfront along DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights has been revitalized into a park with a bike path offering breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline.
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Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway

Six miles of the greenway along the Brooklyn waterfront are already complete, making it a great place to bike. By the time it’s done, it will be a 14-mile-long landscaped route.
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Jersey City Waterfront

Enjoy stunning views of Manhattan and Ellis Island as you traverse Jersey City and Liberty State Park.
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Local NYC Attractions

If you plan to sightsee throughout the day – traveling from one attraction to the next – bike share is your best bet to allow you to take short but frequent rides, with the convenience of hundreds of pickup and drop-off locations throughout the city.

As opposed to traditional bike rental, a Citi Bike Day Pass will give you 24-hour access to use a bike whenever you need one, wherever you need to go, without the worry of having to lock up a bike on the city streets.

With Citi Bike, NYC becomes a navigable and fun place to explore. Check out some our favorite attractions, along with the the Citi Bike stations nearby.