If you want to work off some of that great New York food, get on a two-wheeler and take a bicycle tour of the big town. You don't have to be an athlete, just comfortable riding a bike. If you're concerned about pedaling around the Big Apple, take solace in the fact that New York has been named one of the best cities in America to ride a bike.
The springtime Five Boro Bike Tour takes bikers forty-two miles through all five boroughs. It has been an annual staple for more than thirty years and attracts more than 30,000 riders each year. Traffic is rerouted for this event, the largest biking event in the country.
Bike Central Park
Bike Central Park offers three ways to see Central Park on wheels. You can rent a bike and cruise on your own, join or form a group and have a guide take you around, or (and this is most cool) relax in the padded seat of a pedicab while the tour guide tells you the story of Central Park and the sights as they pass by. Bike rentals run from $10 for an hour to $35 all day (10
The guided tours leave at 10
New York's streets are always clogged with vehicular traffic, but the city has a large population of ardent bikers. Occasionally hordes of bikers take to the streets to celebrate cycling and advocate for environmentally friendly transportation.
Bike the Big Apple
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At last count, this company offered five interesting tours of New York. A seven-hour (rest stops included) old country tour covers Manhattan, Roosevelt Island, Queens, and Brooklyn for $75. Bike and Bite Brooklyn takes you to neighborhoods most tourists never see and lets you experience Brooklyn cuisine. This six-hour tour costs $65. The Park and Soul tour covers Central Park and Harlem, Secret Streets covers southern Manhattan, and a twilight tour takes riders to the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset.
All tour prices include the bike, helmet, reflective vest, front and back bike lights, and a guide. It isn't for younger kids, and no infant bike seats are available. Tours leave from two different midtown locations convenient to hotels. Call or log on to reserve and get locations.
Central Park Bicycle Tours
A bike tour is a marvelous way to see a great park and get exercise at the same time. Two-hour tours are $40 for adults and $20 for children fifteen or younger, and prices include bike rental. Tours leave seven days a week at 10