A BIKE PATH FOR EVERY BOROUGH
There’s no better way to explore the vast city of New York than through one of its many bike paths that wind and weave through every borough. Whether you’re a beginner, an Olympian, or just a casual joyrider, there’s a bike path out there that’s perfect for you. We put together a list of our favorite bike paths in each borough that suit all levels of biking expertise and cover all the best views of the city and its tucked-away nature oases.
In Staten Island, check out the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and bring the whole family for some fresh Atlantic Ocean air. This easy 2.7-mile beachy boardwalk path is a great option for a quick morning ride with a beautiful skyline view. Don’t miss the photo opportunities around South Beach or the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. This path is shared with pedestrians, dog walkers, and joggers but is separate from cars and traffic making it a safe and comfortable option for a casual bike or scooter ride.
Head across the bay to Brooklyn to experience the Ocean Parkway. You can choose to bike the whole length of this segmented path 13.7 miles from Coney Island to Prospect Park or take your time exploring one small stretch at a time. Bikes and Scooters have plenty of room on their own tree-lined path separate from both cars and pedestrian traffic.
If the city’s got you feeling cooped-up and you need a little dose of nature, try out the Cross Island Parkway in Queens. This quick and easy 3-mile path winds along Little Bay Park and Throgs Neck Bridge. Separate from the streets and less crowded than other paths, the Cross Island Parkway is a great option for families with kids.
Looking for something a bit more challenging? The Bronx River Greenway might be the right path for you. This 24.8-mile path takes you through Soundview Park, past the Bronx Zoo and around the New York Botanical Gardens. Cyclists should note that the trail is under development and there are several gaps between its completed sections that take you through city streets, so it’s important to be comfortable sharing the road with cars for some portions of the ride and carrying a trail map with you is recommended, but it’s worth it for the winding river views.
Another great option for bikers that are comfortable in busier areas is the Hudson River Greenway in Manhattan. This 12.9-mile river-side path boasts some of the most famous landmark views in the city, including the George Washington Bridge, the Intrepid Museum, and The Battery Park where you can snap some photos of Lady Liberty herself. Since this path is shared by bikes, scooters, joggers, and pedestrians and is one of the most popular and busiest bike paths in the country, cyclists should be well-versed in rules of road and biking etiquette and be prepared for a lively, high-energy environment.
Whatever your experience-level or interests, New York City has something for everyone. Let us know which bike path is your favorite!