Best Scenic Routes for Bike Riding NYC

The Big Apple is big on cycling. Cycling is one of the recommended ways to explore the beautiful city. There are Citi Bike depots all over the city which allow you to pick and drop off bikes at different spots. There are many scenic routes one can take when cycling. We picked out eight of the best scenic routes for bike riding in New York City.  

1. Ocean Parkway Bike Path

Top of the list is the Ocean Parkway Bike Path which starts at Prospect Park and ends at Coney Island. It spans a length of 4.8 miles and should take about thirty minutes of cycling time. It was the first bike path in America, constructed in 1894. The highlight of this path is the quiet scenery of Brooklyn and the beach. [Source: Trail link

2. Hudson River Greenway

This is an 11-mile bike route which features a scenic landscape over the Hudson River. The trail has a designated bike path which makes it a popular spot for beginner riders. Riverside Park, the highlight of this path, is one of the most noteworthy waterfront parks. [Source: Spinlister]

3. Governor’s Island

The island is a car-free place to go bike riding. It boasts a number of historic buildings and views of Lower Manhattan and the Lady of Liberty. It is a seven-mile loop of tree-lined paths around the island. The island is bike-friendly and has kiosks that allow you to rent a bike, even a quadricycle! [Source: NBC News]

4. Central Park

This route provides riders with three different paths of 1.7 miles, 5.2 miles and 6.1 miles. The route is car-free during the weekends. On the 6 mile path, you will pass by the Reservoir, Sheep’s Meadow where you can stop to enjoy the city’s landscape and the Great Lawn. You can book a bike tour through Central Park’s official site. [Source: Central Park]

5. Bronx River Pathway

This route spans a total of 9.6 miles. It begins at Oak Street, leads to a 3.6-mile ride through Bronxville and ends with a 5-mile ride from Hartsdale to the Kensico Dam. The Kensico Dam Plaza is a site of interest on this route including the Greenburgh Nature Center. [Source: Bronx River Alliance]

6. Prospect Park

The park has a 3.3-mile loop available for cyclists. It offers a relaxing and scenic ride for cyclists. It also hosts a series of cycling events throughout the year. Bike rentals can be found at the park. [Source: New York Cliches]

7. The Rockaway Beach Boardwalk

This particular route offers a full view of the spectacular Rockaway Beach. There are bike paths all the way out to the boardwalk which makes it easier for cyclists. This 5.5-mile path allows cyclists all year long except on Labor Day. [Source: Metro US]

8. Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway

This is an 18 mile landscaped route for cyclists along the Brooklyn Waterfront. The route includes part of the Brooklyn Bridge Park and Bay Ridge. It is currently under construction to be extended to a 26-mile route with more fun spots to be built. [Source: S7]