Bicycling and Greenways
With miles of greenways and bike lanes, as well as dedicated bike paths in parks, New York City is a cyclist’s dream. Learn more about some of our special bike programs, find bike maps, or see the sights along some of our favorite greenway routes.
Current bike maps and information on Citi Bike and safe biking can be found on the City Department of Transportation’s Bicyclists website.
Visit Biking Rules for tips on safe biking in NYC.
Mountain Bike Trails
Parks has mountain biking-specific trails in Highbridge Park in Manhattan, Wolfe’s Pond Park in Staten Island, and Cunningham Park in Queens. These trails provide thrills and enjoyment for mountain bikers of all skill levels while being respectful of the parks’ natural environment and other park users. The more difficult trails use natural obstacles like rocks and logs for additional challenge, and some trails include large and small jump lines and pump tracks for mountain bike and BMX dirt jumpers. Highbridge also offers a freeride trail, riddled with drops, berms, and steep lines that snakes down Fort George Hill’s 150 feet of vertical elevation.
Thousands of bikes are currently available for New Yorkers to rent at hundreds of stations through this program, which is expected to continue to expand its New York City locations.
Bike and Roll
Bike rentals in Central Park, Battery Park, Riverside Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Prospect Park, and East River Park. Offers a variety of conventional bikes, as well as kids bikes, tandem bikes, and child seats for those looking to make a group trip of it.
Rentals of bikes and kayaks are available at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens and Marine Park in Brooklyn.
Looking for some inspiration on where to pedal? Learn more about some of the greenways and protected bike routes that pass through parks.
A lengthy bike path connects the Bronx’s largest parks, stretching from Van Cortlandt Park, by Van Cortlandt Mansion, down along the Moshulu Parkway past the golf course, around the New York Botanical Garden, down the northwest side of Bronx Park to the Pelham Parkway, and then over to Pelham Bay Park. Cyclists who reach Pelham Bay Park can bike down City Island Road to Orchard Beach, or head northward and bike along the East Coast Greenway up to Westchester County.
Van Cortlandt Mansion
Van Cortlandt Park, Broadway at West 246th Street
The mansion was originally built in 1748 as a home for the Van Cortlandt family. Visitors can tour the mansion, which has been restored to 18th condition with period rooms, furniture, and art.
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx Park
This 250-acre botanical garden contains a breathtaking array of plant life as well as a waterfall, wetlands, and a cove of native New York trees that are more than 200 years old. The Gardens host changing exhibits and flower shows throughout the year, so there’s always something new to see. Bike riding is not permitted on the grounds of the garden, but the garden offers convenient bike racks and access to the grounds for riders.
895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park
This nineteenth century historic mansion is an excellent place to relax and stretch your legs. For a small fee you can tour the mansion itself, open Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, or explore the ornamental gardens for free any day of the week.
Pelham Bay Park
Bronx’s only public beach stretches for more than a mile in a crescent around Pelham Bay. After a long bike ride, it’s a great place to lie out or take a dip in the ocean.
Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway
Bike along the borough’s working waterfront, through the Brooklyn Navy Yard, under the Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Williamsburg bridges, and up to Bushwick. The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway passes through Van Voorhees Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Commodore Barry Park, and East River State Park. This greenway begins at the intersection of DeGraw Street and Van Brunt Street and ends at North 14th Street and Kent Avenue, just a few short blocks from Williamsburg’s McCarren Park.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Pop-Up Pool
Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Take a quick dip in this waterfront pool, complete with a manmade sandy beach, umbrellas, and picnic tables. This small pool gets filled up quickly, so swimmers are assigned to 45-minute long sessions, so be prepared to wait for your turn.
Dock Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park
This beautiful antique merry-go-round, originally built in the 1920s, was restored and donated to the city by a local artist named Jane Walentas. The carousel has been housed in a transparent acrylic box by the waterfront, allowing visitors to take rides no matter the weather. When you see the historic Tobacco Warehouse and Empire Stores buildings on your route, head to the waterfront to find the carousel.
Bushwick Inlet Park
Stop and take in the view of the Manhattan skyline from this 30-acre park surrounding Bushwick Inlet. A two-mile long esplanade gives pedestrians a view of the park and the waterfront from above.
Hudson River Greenway
Manhattan’s most popular greenway stretches along the Hudson River from the tip of Battery Park up to Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan. Along the way this bike ride travels along almost all of Manhattan’s eastern side, passing through Battery Park, Riverside Park, Hudson River Park, and Fort Washington Park. Cyclists looking for diversions along the route will pass near Grant’s Tomb and the historic Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge, as well as the Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park.
East Coast Memorial
Battery Park is home to twenty different monuments, the most grand of which might be the East Coast Memorial. Four 19 foot tall granite pylons, which surround a statue of an eagle, list the names of American servicemen who lost their lives in the western Atlantic Ocean during War World II.
Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
This waterfront museum centers around the Intrepid, a preserved aircraft carrier that saw service in World War II and the Vietnam War, provided recovery assistance for NASA, and was used to spot submarines during the Cold War. Other museum features include a submarine and two reconnaissance planes, as well as plenty of educational exhibits.
Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument
West 89th Street and Riverside Drive, Riverside Park
This imposing monument, rising 96 feet into the air, was built to commemorate the tens of thousands of soldiers from New York State who died during the Civil War. Look for the plinths on the southern stairs, which list the state’s volunteer regiments. Stop in this serene and restful place on your way along the Hudson.
Little Red Lighthouse
Fort Washington Park
Take a break to see Manhattan’s last remaining lighthouse. The Little Red Lighthouse was made famous in a 1942 children’s book by Hildegarde H. Swift, titled The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, about the lighthouse’s abiding friendship with its neighbor, the George Washington Bridge. For those who want to take a look inside, weekend tours of the lighthouse are sometimes offered by our Urban Park Rangers. Call ahead or visit the Fort Washington Park page for more.
Fort Tryon Park
This serene and romantic plot is the largest public garden in New York City. Open and blooming year-round, the Heather Garden contains more than 200 varieties of perennials and shrubs.
Eastern Queens Greenway
This route takes riders from the center of Kissena Park, past its picturesque lake and golf course, through Cunningham Park, along the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, and along the southern base of Alley Pond Park. Intrepid cyclists can ride in the bike lanes on the streets along the western edge of Alley Pond Park and up north along Little Neck Bay to Fort Totten Park.
New York City’s only public velodrome is an oasis for cyclists, a 400 meter track reserved for those on fixed-speed racing bikes.
Mountain Bike Trailhead in Cunningham Park
210th St and 67th Ave
These trails in the North Woods section of Cunningham Park were built specifically for mountain bikers. One trail, running along the east side of the trailhead, is designed for beginners, families, and experienced bikers looking for a warm up. A more challenging trail winds along the west side of the trailhead.
Alley Pond Environmental Center
228-06 Northern Boulevard, Alley Pond Park
The environmental center is an excellent place to begin exploring Alley Pond Park. Hiking trails near the center run through ponds, salt marshes, forests, and meadows, and the center’s staff can provide tips and information on the park’s wildlife and sights.
Jamaica Bay Greenway
The Jamaica Bay Greenway is an enormous loop through the parts of Brooklyn and Queens that encircle Jamaica Bay. The greenway begins at the entrance to Marine Park at Hendrickson Place and Flatbush Avenue, passes Four Sparrow Marsh, runs along the Shore Parkway through Canarsie Park, Fresh Creek Park, Spring Creek Park, and down over the Addabbo Bridge, past the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, and down to the Rockaways boardwalk. Peddling west along the boardwalk, you’ll pass by the Gateway National Recreation Area.
Salt Marsh Nature Center
The Salt Marsh Nature Center offers information about local wildlife, self-guided walking tours of the area, and educational programming.
Fresh Creek Nature Preserve
The bike trail carries riders to the southern edge of the 42-acre preserve, which is a home to hundreds of species of birds, fish, and butterflies. Sections of the preserve are closed to the public.
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Make sure to stop and scan the area for birds on this leg of the trip – more than 330 different species of birds have been spotted at this bird sanctuary, one of the most important such sanctuaries in the northeastern United States.
Take a break by the beach and cool down with a quick dip in the ocean, or just soak up the sand, sun, and water on one of Queens’ most popular seaside attractions.
Floyd Bennett Field
This national park is built on the grounds of a former city airport, and cyclists and pedestrians can wander along the disused runway, see vintage planes, birdwatch, or hike or take kayaking or canoeing trips.