Bike New York

Kids learn to ride
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Newcomers and visitors to New York City are often surprised to learn that many native New Yorkers don’t know how to drive. What may be even more surprising is how many don’t know how to ride a bicycle.

Bike New York seeks to change that, with free Learn to Ride for Kids and Adults classes. These classes are for those who have never ridden a bicycle, or those who learned so long ago they have forgotten how.

With all the miles of protected bike lanes, the increased availability of bicycles through the CitiBike bike share program and the clement weather usually found in NYC in spring, (as I write this, it is 25 degrees in the 2nd week of spring, but a girl can hope) now is the time to hop on a two-wheeler and enjoy free family fun in the Big Apple.

Once you learn to bicycle, you can take advantage of other free activities around the city, like the free ferry to Governors Island, with its traffic-free bike lanes, and the annual Summer Streets in August, when Park Avenue shuts down to traffic and bicycles (and scooters, walkers and runners) take over the broad street, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Upper East Side.

Bike New York

The proper way to signal on a bike
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Bike New York co-produces the annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour, a 40-mile car-free bike ride through all five boroughs – already sold out this year. Plan ahead – it’s a great way to see different neighborhoods around the city.

The free courses offered by Bike New York include a special course on using a CitiBike and a more advanced class for adults and teens who have mastered the basics. Check out the wealth of free classes here.