No trip to New York City would be complete without taking time out to visit Central Park. Located right in the heart of Manhattan, the park welcomes over 40 million visitors every year, many of which enjoy bike riding in Central Park.
Seeing Central Park is a fun and healthy way to spend some quality time, the main bike route in Central Park is six miles and for most people the complete circuit can be done in about 30 minutes. Central Park has something for every bike rider; scenic views abound in this 3.5 square mile park which is actually larger than Vatican City. The terrain includes undulating hills that offer riders a challenging workout if they are so inclined or a relaxing ride for those that are more interested in taking time out in this great city.
Although cyclists are not allowed to ride on paths designated as pedestrian only, cycle paths are shared with everyone including walkers, runners, skaters, horse drawn carriages and more so keep an eye open for others enjoying the park their way.
It’s best to book in advance:
Bike riding in Central Park is extremely popular; as such it is always best to book your bike in advance. If you are so inclined you can enjoy a guided tour of the park, either with a group or privately. You don’t have to worry about bringing anything but yourself, when you pick up your bike you will also be given a helmet and a map and your bike will have basket and a lock.
There is so much to see when you are on a bike in Central Park. At the North end of the park is the area known as the North Woods, as you head South paralleling Central Park West you will reach Summit Rock and a little bit later the area made famous by the Beatles; Strawberry Fields.
Just remember to study your map and decide where you want to go and what you want to see, obey all the traffic laws and keep your speed down to 20 MPH and enjoy your day. For more information visit Central Park Sightseeing.