Cycling, New York City
After my recent encounter with virtually city-wide bike rentals, I was quite pleased to learn today that the Big Apple is about to follow suit.
More than 200 cities around the world have bike-share programs. New York City is certainly not the first, but theirs will be one of the largest systems. The program will start with 420 stations spread through the lower half of Manhattan, Long Island City, and much of western Brooklyn; eventually more than 10,000 bikes will be available. It will cost just under $10 for a day's rental. I did not see the official opening date but I understand that it is to be this summer.
Since there is a fair distance between points in Manhattan for that island, at least, biking is one of the better methods to get around. Maybe not so good for grocery shopping, but I have seen a lot of bikes carry groceries, and many other items to load down the bike. Security to keep the bike safe with a lock is advised, but there does not seem to be a problem.
So I park my motorhome at Staten Island Ferry Terminal and this burley guy behind me turns out to be a NYFD guy commuting to work. He looked like a football player and was. It turns out we had a few athelete/friends in common.
One thing about NYers. If they like you, you will never have a better friend nor will you get better info. In the short time it took to take the ferry to Manhatten I was given a crash(bad word LOL) course on biking in Manhattan, what bike paths to use and how to get on/off the ferry with a bike(not as easy as you think). He was late to the firehouse so sped off and I tailed him long enough to see the west side bikeway and the World Trade Center crater before he drifted off in the horizon. Gotta love those NY/Irish/bigger than life guys!(I just described myself BTW LOL)
By days end I had cycled 32 miles and seen Chinatown, the WTC, Wall Street, Battery Park and Midtown....while biking accross the Brooklyn Bridge 2x on a 90 degree day!. The ONLY way to see NYC is by bike!
We were in Time Square when we saw this thing go by. The first time, I didn't have any film and there were 8 people peddling this sucker...lol
Then later, we saw this man moving along Time Square, just peddling away by himself.
Looks weird but would be fun to ride.
Not sure what it is called.
Renting a bicycle is a wonderful way to see Central Park. There are at least two places where you can rent a bike. The website of one is shown below. We rented from a fellow who is setup right beside The Boathouse. The cost was only $9 for the first hour and $5 for each hour after that.
An absolutely splendid way to enjoy the afternoon!
You should have no problems getting here! It is a hub for all forms of travel. Three area airports, lots of highways, amtrak trains deliver right to midtown and even by sea. If your driving you can check maps.com for specific details.
A great way to see the city is by bicycle. you can cover a great amount of ground and you do not have to spend it enclosed in a subway car or bus. Not for the light of heart though; traffic can be daunting! There are many bike shops through out the city that rent bikes. Usually you will need some form of identification (drivers license/passport) and a credit card. Metro Bikes has several shops in Manhattan and one in Queens as well. They rent bikes for about 7$ an hour. 35$ for a full day. I think they rent helmets as well. Call this store on 96 Street and they can direct you to the nearest store: 212.663.7531. Plan on getting there early on the weekends! Last time I rented there they were darn busy!
Also....Most Public transportation in the city is extensive and relatively easy to navigate. Subways pour through Manhattan and can take you to Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn. Buses do the same. There are taxis everywhere as well. You can pick up subway maps for free at any token booth in the subway entrance. Buses often carry maps on board as well.
On a Bike!
There are a number of great bike paths in NYC - my favorite is over the Brooklyn Bridge, through the streets of Brooklyn, along the Belt Parkway to Coney Island. Here is the NYC skyline in the distance from the start of the Belt Parkway bike path.
A three wheeler and the Running Dad; another good idea how to stay sane in the insane trafic of New York...
this little guy accepted a bicycle fairy lure and is exploring New York how New York should be explored...