There are lots of places to ride in our bicycle-friendly city, but the Manhattan waterfront provides views that are out of this world. There are several bike paths to take along the Hudson, along the west side of the island, or on the opposite side, along the East River.
The Hudson River Greenway is the longest, running along the west side from Dyckman Street all the way down to Battery Park in the south. The trail will take you through Hudson River Park and Riverside park. Be aware that riders have to use city streets in a tiny stretch in Harlem, but there are ample signs to point you in the right direction.
The East River Greenway runs on the opposite side of the island, from East Harlem down to the Battery. Again, there’s a gap of a few miles from 34th to 83rd streets in Midtown, but cyclists can use bike lanes in the street until they are able to get back on the trail.
One more route is the Harlem River Greenway, which, while short, is not interrupted. Ride northward from 155th Street at the north end of Central Harlem to Dyckman Street in Northern Manhattan. A bike lane in Dyckman Street connects across Inwood to Inwood Hill Park and the Hudson River Greenway.
If you can’t ride a bike, don’t be embarrassed! Head to Pier 54, by West 13th street, which is designated as a safe space for kids (and adults) to learn how to ride bikes. You can even take a class through Bike New York.