Monday, November 9, 2015

Grab your bike and hit the streets for the best NYC tour.
(Design by Erik Mace
for World traveling club Travel)By Christine Amorose / C"est ChristineWhen it
comes to transportation in New York City, most people opt for the iconic
yellow cab or the affordable subway system.
But I"ve realized that biking is
one of the best ways to see the city: It can be a workout, but it can also be
such a great way to discover new places and really enjoy the journey
throughout the city.
I commute regularly on bike, often use CitiBike for
errands, and will take my two-wheeler on long rides on the weekends —
for both work and play.
It"s one of my favorite things to do in New York City,
and I wish more people experienced it, so here are a few of my favorite
routes, tips, and tricks.Favorite RoutesCentral Park Loop
(Photo: Christine
Amorose)
The 6.1-mile loop is a standard for city cyclists of all fitness
levels.
An oasis in the middle of bustling Manhattan, the Central Park loop is
a great way to cycle without worrying about taxi doors suddenly opening or
dealing with car traffic.
That said: There are lot of tourists in the southern
end of the park, and not all of them are aware of the cyclists hurtling toward
them.
Still one of my favorites for all of the beautiful places that you can
discover: there are so many ponds, lakes and intricate bridges that you won"t
spot on a picnic in Sheep Meadow.Prospect Park Loop
(Photo: Christine
Amorose)
It"s like Central Park…but without the tourists.
My boyfriend
and I regularly bike down to Prospect Park to do the loop, and it"s my
favorite way to relax after a stressful day.
Prospect Park was designed by the
same duo who did Central Park, so there are a lot of similarities —
gently rolling hills, plenty of shade, and scattered lakes and ponds.Related:
What Happens When Bikes Replace Cars in NYC
Hudson River Greenway
(Photo:
Christine Amorose)
One of the best ways to bike inside the city without
dealing with traffic or stoplights, the Hudson River Greenway basically
stretches along the entire western side of Manhattan.
To make a real day of
it, I love biking all the way up to the Little Red Lighthouse under the George
Washington Bridge and then on to Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters (a
castle-like outpost of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, dedicate solely to
medieval art).Governors Island
(Photo: Christine Amorose)
Governors Island
is one of the few spaces in the New York City area where there are basically
no cars! While the island is easy enough to walk around, it"s not that
big.
But it"s just big enough to make a few loops really enjoyable.
And the
views back to lower Manhattan are spectacular!Related: Behold Manhattanhenge:
New York City"s Most Awe-Inspiring Phenomenon
Manhattan Bridge
(Photo:
Christine Amorose)
The Brooklyn Bridge might be the famous one, but oh em gee
the crowds! And the Williamsburg Bridge is a necessity for commuters, but the
slope makes it quite a workout.
Manhattan Bridge isn"t much of a looker, but
it"s my favorite bridge to bike across: fairly easy incline, good views, and
it deposits you in the heart of Dumbo on one side (a great neighborhood to
ride in) and in Chinatown (insane to bike ride in) on the other.General
Tips
Where to Get a Bike(Photo: Christine Amorose)
Although I have my own
bike, I"ve been using CitiBike since it launched in summer 2013.
It"s a great
supplement to having my own bicycle (i.e.
I want to bike to work in the
morning, but I have an event after work that I"ll want to subway home after or
having a dinner date in another neighborhood after work).
It"s $9.95 a day or
$25 for seven days for unlimited 30-minute rides, and there are a ton of
locations in Manhattan (less so in Brooklyn right now, but the network is
expanding).
Keep in mind that because you have to dock the bike in one of the
locations every half hour, CitiBike is not a full-day rental option; it"s best
for short rides or commutes.
It can definitely get expensive if you go over
that 30 minutes (an extra $4–$12 every half hour!), but if not, it"s a
great way to pop between places.Related: Biking to Wine Tasting: Yelp Ranks
the Top Tours in the U.S.
There are other options for full-day
rentals:"Blazing Saddles rents bikes along the Hudson River and near Central
Park (and offers bike tours), and quite a few bike shops in Brooklyn offer
daily rentals."Wearing a Helmet
I know my mom is going to cringe reading
this, but I don"t always wear a helmet.
That said, I"ve seen plenty of
collisions and I definitely think that wearing a helmet is a good
idea.
CitiBike doesn"t offer helmet rentals, but bike shops and Blazing
Saddles will.Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Look, New York City has some
crazy drivers and some crazy people.
It pays to concentrate on what"s going on
around you when you"re on a bike.
Don"t wear headphones, pay attention to
traffic signals, watch for parked cars (with passengers who might be getting
out), and don"t be afraid to ring your bell or yell if you see a pedestrian in
your path.
I always think of my bike ride as a moving meditation simply
because I have to focus so clearly on what"s happening around me —
there isn"t any room in my mind for distraction!Don"t Be Afraid to
Stop
(Photo: Christine Amorose)
Compared to the subway or a taxi, one of the
greatest advantages to biking in the city is seeing the city — and
actually being able to stop and explore.
I"ve discovered new parks, quirky
museums, and beautiful doors while on two wheels, and I love going on rides
where the only aim is to find something new.Have you ever biked in New York
City? Do you have any favorite routes or tips?
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It's one of my favorite things to do in New York City, and I wish more
people experienced it, so here are a few of my favorite routes, tips, and
tricks.
Favorite Routes Central Park Loop (Photo: Christine Amorose) The
6.1-mile loop is a standard for city cyclists of all fitness levels.
An oasis
in the middle of bustling Manhattan, the Central Park loop is a great way to
cycle without worrying about taxi doors suddenly opening or dealing with car
traffic..Wearing a Helmet
I know my mom is going to cringe reading this, but
I don"t always wear a helmet.
That said, I"ve seen plenty of collisions and I
definitely think that wearing a helmet is a good idea.
CitiBike doesn"t offer
helmet rentals, but bike shops and Blazing Saddles will.Be Aware of Your
Surroundings
Look, New York City has some crazy drivers and some crazy
people.
It pays to concentrate on what"s going on around you when you"re on a
bike.
Don"t wear headphones, pay attention to traffic signals, watch for
parked cars (with passengers who might be getting out), and don"t be afraid to
ring your bell or yell if you see a pedestrian in your path.
I always think of
my bike ride as a moving meditation simply because I have to focus so clearly
on what"s happening around me — there isn"t any room in my mind for
distraction!Don"t Be Afraid to Stop
(Photo: Christine Amorose)
Compared to
the subway or a taxi, one of the greatest advantages to biking in the city is
seeing the city — and actually being able to stop and explore.
I"ve
discovered new parks, quirky museums, and beautiful doors while on two wheels,
and I love going on rides where the only aim is to find something new.Have you
ever biked in New York City? Do you have any favorite routes or tips?
WATCH:
That Time We Sat Next to Richard Branson on a PlaneLet World traveling club
Travel inspire you every day.
It's one of my favorite things to do in New York City, and I wish more
people experienced it, so here are a few of my favorite routes, tips, and
tricks.
Favorite Routes Central Park Loop (Photo: Christine Amorose) The
6.1-mile loop is a standard for city cyclists of all fitness levels.
An oasis
in the middle of bustling Manhattan, the Central Park loop is a great way to
cycle without worrying about taxi doors suddenly opening or dealing with car
traffic.

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