New York City Guide
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Bike riding in New York City draws many to the streets en masse for its efficiency, excercise and excitement. This section equips the cyclist with all he or she needs to master the New York City streets on a bike. Look for the rules of the road, bike riding safety tips for New York City riding, cycling maps of the five boroughs and more.
- If you're taking your bike through the subway, you'll need to be sure that the station you plan to exit has a service/emergency door to get your bike through (if it's light enough, you could haul it over a turnstile but that's a last resort). Don't be alarmed if opening the door triggers an alarm; you won't be penalized.
For maps of bike routes ...
has loads of maps covering the city and routes beyond, including links to the New York City Department of City Planning maps, Brooklyn and Manhattan waterfront greenway maps, suburban New York City cycling maps and more.
NYC Bike Maps
has a map plotting New York City bike lanes. Although it isn't as extensive as the Department of City Planning maps, it's easier to use, being a Google Map instead of a PDF. Along the right side of the page are links to other sites with useful resources for the New York cycling community (just be mindful of the sponsored Google links).
For laws, rules and safety tips ...
The MTA New York City Transit
Web site has a piece on bicycle safety for beneath the roads, not on them. If you need to take your bike on the subway, use these tips and guidelines to make it as painless as possible.
The New York Times
article, "Cars and Bikes Can Mix, When the Rules of the Road Are Clear," offers advice for both motorists and cyclists on how to ride in harmony. Tips include riding five feet away from parked cars to avoid being "doored," and making yourself visible to drivers.
For your legal rights as a cyclist ...
has legal advice for anyone riding in the city. Look for advice on what to do if you get doored, how to avoid light and bell tickets, and much more.
The New York Bike Messenger Association
has a "Know Your Rights Manual" that offers tips on how to handle accidents, what the laws are, how to handle injuries and messengers' rights as employees.
For events ...
is the online home of Critical Mass, the leaderless, route-less group bike ride that was founded in San Francisco in 1992, and has since spread to cities around the country. Held on the last Friday of every month, this reclamation of the streets is part celebration, and part assertion of cyclists' right to the road. Find information on the what, when and where of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Critical Mass events.
The Kissena Cycling Club
operates the Kissena Velodrome, a track racing facility located in Queens, near the Main Street stop on the 7 Train. The track hosts a regular race series in the summer, and has free riding for those who want to get a feel for the track. Visit the site for mor information.
lead singer of the Talking Heads, has been riding his bike in New York City for more than 30 years. As part of the 2007 New Yorker Festival, he hosted an event called "How New Yorkers Ride Bikes," which celebrated this practice. Check out this narrated video
of one of his rides through Times Square.
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