How can you see New York City without having to walk until your feet fall off or sit for a whole day on a bus? Biking!
Twelve years ago if someone told me to do a bike tour of the City I would have laughed. Competing with taxis or mobs is a scary thought, I bet it would have been the death of me.
But, since then, NYC has done a lot of improvements in that aspect. There are gorgeous paved paths that take you through most of Manhattan’s landmarks and other boroughs. To say it simply, I was stoked to hop on a bike and go!
I looked at many different bike rental companies and after a while I decided to go with Bike and Roll. What sold me was that they have over eight locations spread around the city and you can do guided tours or just a day rental.
At first I wasn’t sure I if should take the guided tour. At the end I decided that it was best to go at my own pace, and we rented bikes.
Bike and Roll NYC – A Fun Way to See NYC
Confession time – This might sound weird, but I grew up in New York and never went over the Brooklyn Bridge. This historical monument is a bridge that you can walk across easily and has some of the best views of Manhattan. I think it was about time I checked it out.
Bike and Roll Downtown NYC Office – Their shop is easy to find, it is right next to the Staten Island Ferry. They have a very friendly and helpful staff, plus if you are not doing a tour, you get a map of the bike paths in the city. Their bikes are practically new and super light.
The Route – Since I wanted to go over the Brooklyn Bridge we also had to cross over most of Downtown. This ended up being the most fun part of the trip. During the cross over we passed Ground Zero where Twin Towers were – 9/11, and Wall Street and a few of the most historical buildings in downtown NYC.
Battery Park – While you pedal across the park you get great views of the Statue of Liberty, memorials of immigrants and war veterans.
Bike Paths – The bike path starts once you get out of Battery Park. It consists of roads separated from the cars or right on the streets with them (but they aren’t allowed to enter it). Just remember, drivers follow the rules by not going into the bike path, you should follow the rules and stay in it.
Battery Park City – This is a newer part of downtown. It is a beautiful residential area with parks, a marina and shops for you to check out.
Brooklyn Bridge – What a place! If you don’t know that the path is divided in to a walking and a biking section, you feel like you are about to get clobbered by the people walking. But don’t worry, everyone stays on their own paths.
Brooklyn Heights – This is one of the best neighborhoods of Brooklyn, right on the waterfront with adorable brownstones and manicured streets.
Lunch Break – I liked being able to stop whenever we wanted. This allowed us to take a break for lunch at a spot in Brooklyn Heights where we watched people go by.
Wall Street – I’m sure that by now you know about my addiction to traveling. But I have another passion. I really enjoy trading, it is my latest obsession. So I couldn’t resist checking out the financial center of the world. I saw Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and all the other imposing buildings. This is something that every person visiting NY and every New Yorker must do!
Historic New York – Did you know that New York City was the first capital in the US? However it was only for one year. After George Washington was elected as the first president of the US he started his term in here.
My Take On It
We decided to make this tour the perfect excuse for my husband and I to go for a date. We don’t get much time on our own and my parents were nearby, so why not? We took a few hours to ourselves.
I would have loved to have thirty hours more to bike, because it’s the best way to get up close to a many amazing attractions of New York.
Just because we went as a couple, it doesn’t mean that it’s not for kids. We actually saw a bunch of families on the paths. Plus, Bike and Roll also offers bikes of different sizes and equipment for kids.
How to Rent Bikes with Bike and Roll
I did reservations through their website, but you can also show up at one of their many offices around the city and rent.
On the other hand if you are going to do a tour organize it before hand. That way you know the time.