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NYC.gov Bike Map Archive

NYC.gov Bike Map Archive   Apr 15th, 2014

A collection of the Official NYC Bike Map PDFs dating from 1997. 2014 2014 NYC Cycling Map (PDF) 2014 Manhattan, North Brooklyn, South Bronx Cycling Map (PDF) 2014 Staten Island Cycling Map (PDF) 2014 Bridges Cycling Map (PDF) 2013 2013 NYC Cycling Map (PDF) 2013 Manhattan, North Brooklyn, South Bronx Cycling Map (PDF) 2013 Staten…Continue reading

NYC Century Bike Tour 2014: Sunday September 7th

NYC Century Bike Tour 2014:  Sunday September 7th   Apr 5th, 2014

The 2014 NYC Century Bike Tour will be on Sunday September 7th. Registration is not yet open Route Descriptions Our two start locations are conveniently located in New York’s two most famous parks. Start your NYC Century Bike Tour at one of these convenient locations: Central Park, Manhattan Prospect Park, Brooklyn There will be finish…Continue reading

Tour de Staten Island 2014 – Sunday April 13th

Tour de Staten Island 2014 – Sunday April 13th   Mar 31st, 2014

The Tour de Staten Island is a fun-filled ride through the neighborhoods of New York’s greenest borough. The tour offers two route lengths of 25 miles and 40 miles, both with an additional five mile route option in still-closed-to-the-public Freshkills Park!

New York Bicycle Racing

New York Bicycle Racing   Mar 23rd, 2014

New York City and the surrounding area hosts numerous bicycle races, including regular races in Central Park (vdieo below) and Prospect Park.   Over the coming weeks and months, both Central Park and Prospect Park will host numerous bike races this year.  More bike races will be held at the Kissena Velodrome, Floyd Bennett Field, Governor’s…Continue reading

Citi Bike 2013 Summary

Citi Bike 2013 Summary   Jan 7th, 2014

A round up of Citi Bike stats from 2013 6,122,207     Trips Taken 11,521,594     Miles Traveled $13,119,138 Sales of Memberships & Passes* *estimate and does not include taxes or overtime 28,084    Average Daily Trips 52,851    Average Daily Distance Traveled 1.9    Average Miles per Trip 1,020    Average Trips per Bicycle Annual Memberships, Daily & Weekly…Continue reading

Gran Fondo New York 2014 – Sunday May 18th

Gran Fondo New York 2014 – Sunday May 18th   Jan 1st, 2014

The Gran Fondo New York offers riders a challenging 100 mile route with 8,000 feet of climbing, including a climb up Bear Mountain. The ride is in the style of European cyclosportives, which is not a race, but includes a number of timed climbs and prizes for the fastest cyclists. The 2014 Gran Fondo New…Continue reading

Five Boro Bike Tour 2014 – Sunday May 4th

Five Boro Bike Tour 2014 – Sunday May 4th   Jan 1st, 2014

Mark your calendars: registration for the 37th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour opens at 12PM (noon) EST on January 14, 2014. Register at BikeNewYork.org The 2014 Five Boro Bike Tour Sunday, May 4th. New York’s Five Boro Bike Tour is the largest recreational cycling event in the United States. Every year on the first Sunday of May,…Continue reading

Survey: Best Places to Eat and Drink for Cyclists

Survey: Best Places to Eat and Drink for Cyclists   Oct 12th, 2013

NYC Bike Maps.com needs your suggestions for the best restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and bars in New York City for cyclists. Ideal spots should be near a bike route, have bike parking, cyclist friendly and have good food/drink. Few of my favorites: – Dinosaur BBQ – right off the Hudson River Greenway and has outdoor…Continue reading

Summer Streets 2013

Summer Streets 2013   Aug 2nd, 2013

On three consecutive Saturdays in the summer, nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets are opened up for everyone to play, run, walk and bike.  more info  Saturday August 3rd, 2013 Saturday August 10th, 2013 Saturday August 17th, 2013

Citi Bike: One Month In. A Review and Recap

Citi Bike:  One Month In.  A Review and Recap   Jun 28th, 2013

Citi Bike launched one month ago and the reactions have ranged from euphoric to hysteric. My personal experiences have been largely favorable and with one month of use I have some feedback to share. Obviously, I’m a fan of cycling and generally support anything that promotes and encourages cycling, so keep that in mind. The…Continue reading

Escape New York 2013 – Saturday, September 21

Escape New York 2013 – Saturday, September 21   Jun 12th, 2013

Escape the crowds and ride out of Manhattan across the George Washington Bridge and into West Hudson Highlands of Bergen, NJ and Rockland, NY with the NYCC’s Escape New York bicycle ride on September 25th. Choose one of four scenic, well marked routes – 25, 50, 65 or 100 miles – all beginning and ending…Continue reading

Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride 2013 – Saturday July 27th

Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride 2013 – Saturday July 27th   Jun 10th, 2013

40-mile bike ride from Williamsburg to Rockaway Beach, showcasing the potential of a fully completed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway combined with a completed Jamaica Bay Greenway. The Epic route will be marked, allowing riders to travel in a group that moves at their own pace. Rest stops with refreshments, restrooms and basic bike maintenance will be…Continue reading

NYC Century Bike Tour 2013 – Sunday September 8th

NYC Century Bike Tour 2013 – Sunday September 8th   May 31st, 2013

The 2013 NYC Century Bike Tour will be on Sunday September 8th. Registration will open on April 9th Route Descriptions Our two start locations are conveniently located in New York’s two most famous parks. Start your NYC Century Bike Tour at one of these convenient locations: Central Park, Manhattan Prospect Park, Brooklyn There will be…Continue reading

Tour de Queens 2013 – Sunday July 7th

Tour de Queens 2013 – Sunday July 7th   May 31st, 2013

The 6th Annual Tour de Queens is Sunday July 7th, 2013! Register for the 2013 Tour de Queens will open on Tuesday June 4th, 2013. This year, we will cap participation at 1,250 registrants. T.A. members will be offered advanced registration, so the best way to guarantee yourself a spot on the tour this year,…Continue reading

New Look for NYC Bike Maps

New Look for NYC Bike Maps   May 27th, 2013

The nycbikemaps.com website received the largest update in more than three years. The changes to the look and feel of the site should be obvious for frequent visitors and hopefully viewed as an improvement. Please consider sharing your feedback below Update details: Responsive Design: Site now optimized for tablets and mobile devices, as well as…Continue reading

Tour de Brooklyn 2013 – Sunday June 2nd

Tour de Brooklyn 2013 – Sunday June 2nd   May 25th, 2013

Registration for the 2013 Tour de Brooklyn will open to the general public on April 29th, 2013. T.A. members will be offered the chance to register early. If you’re not a member yet, join today! Your registration fee helps to cover the cost of this one-of-a-kind tour: $15 for Transportation Alternatives members $20 for non-members…Continue reading

Citi Bike: NYC Bike Share Finally Ready To Launch

Citi Bike:  NYC Bike Share Finally Ready To Launch   May 24th, 2013

NYC’s long anticipated bike share program, Citi Bike, is finally ready to launch. Over the past month, bike share stations have been popping up across the city and in recent days Citit Bike keys have been arriving in mailboxes on founding members and bikes have started appearing in the stations in advance of the May…Continue reading

Gran Fondo New York 2013

Gran Fondo New York 2013   May 10th, 2013

The Gran Fondo New York offers riders a challenging route with 100+ miles and 8,000 feet of climbing, including a climb up Bear Mountain. The ride is in the style of European cyclosportives, which is not a race, but includes a number of timed climbs and prizes for the fastest cyclists. More details at GranFondoNY.com.…Continue reading

Five Boro Bike Tour 2013

Five Boro Bike Tour 2013   May 3rd, 2013

The 2013 Five Boro Bike Tour is this Sunday, May 5th. New York’s Five Boro Bike Tour is the largest recreational cycling event in the United States. Every year on the first Sunday of May, over 30,000 riders participate in the 42 mile ride around New York City. The route, closed to automobile traffic, takes…Continue reading

Hurricane Sandy Update

Hurricane Sandy Update   Nov 1st, 2012

Please exercise caution when bicycling after Hurricane Sandy, as damage to the City’s bicycling infrastructure is still being assessed. The Coney Island and Rockaway Boardwalks were significantly damaged and will likely remain out of service for several months. I’ve also heard reports of significant damage to the Shore Parkway Bike Path near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.…Continue reading

Five Boro Bike Tour: Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Five Boro Bike Tour: Sunday, May 6th, 2012   May 6th, 2012

New York’s Five Boro Bike Tour is the largest recreational cycling event in the United States. Every year on the first Sunday of May, over 30,000 riders participate in the 40 mile ride around New York City. The route, closed to automobile traffic, takes riders through all five boroughs of New York City, across five major bridges, and finally across New York Harbor on the Staten Island Ferry.

2011 Five Boro Bike Tour Photos

2011 Five Boro Bike Tour Photos   May 1st, 2011

a few of the best pictures of today’s 5 Boro Bike Tour posted to flickr.

New Amsterdam Bicycle Show 2011

New Amsterdam Bicycle Show 2011   May 1st, 2011

The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show was held April 30th and featured a variety of New York bike shops and bike makers, amongst other loosely bike related vendors. New Amsterdam Bike Show (official site) About The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show The first bike show in New York City was in Brooklyn in 1897, and 114 years…Continue reading

Five Boro Bike Tour: Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Five Boro Bike Tour: Sunday, May 1st, 2011   Apr 25th, 2011

New York’s Five Boro Bike Tour is the largest recreational cycling event in the United States. Every year on the first Sunday of May, over 30,000 riders participate in the 42 mile ride around New York City. The route, closed to automobile traffic, takes riders through all five boroughs of New York City, across five major bridges, and finally across New York Harbor on the Staten Island Ferry.

NYC Century Bike Tour: September 12th 2010

NYC Century Bike Tour: September 12th 2010   Aug 30th, 2010

The NYC Century offers five route options (ranging from 15 to 100 miles) to provide all cyclists a great way to see New York City and explore some of the City’s best greenways and parks. This year the NYC Century Bike Tour will take place rain or shine on Sunday, September 12th, 2010 and for…Continue reading

Escape New York: Saturday, September 25th 2010

Escape New York: Saturday, September 25th 2010   Aug 5th, 2010

Escape the crowds and ride out of Manhattan across the George Washington Bridge and into West Hudson Highlands of Bergen, NJ and Rockland, NY with the NYCC’s Escape New York bicycle ride on September 25th. Routes: Three clearly marked Escape New York options: 1. 7:00 am: Century Challenge, 100 miles. A rolling full century through…Continue reading

2010 Summer Streets

2010 Summer Streets   Aug 4th, 2010

For the next three Saturdays in August, New York City will have a 6.9 mile car-free path leading from the Brooklyn Bridge in Lower Manhattan to the East 72nd Street entrance of Central Park.    The street closures will occur from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays in August, the 7th, 14th…Continue reading

Five Boro Bike Tour: Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Five Boro Bike Tour: Sunday, May 2nd, 2010   Apr 2nd, 2010

New York’s Five Boro Bike Tour is the largest recreational cycling event in the United States. Every year on the first Sunday of May, over 30,000 riders participate in the 42 mile ride around New York City. The route, closed to automobile traffic, takes riders through all five boroughs of New York City, across five major bridges, and finally across New York Harbor on the Staten Island Ferry.

Tour de Brooklyn: Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Tour de Brooklyn: Sunday, June 6th, 2010   Mar 6th, 2010

Mark your calendars the Tour de Brooklyn is happening June 6th, 2010. This year’s tour is very exciting 23-mile ride. The tour kicks off at 9am from Coney Island and rolls through Sunset Park for an exclusive bicycle tour through Green-wood Cemetery!

2010 New York Bike Racing

2010 New York Bike Racing   Mar 1st, 2010

The 2010 New York City bicycle racing season starts this weekend in Central Park.   Over the coming weeks and months, both Central Park and Prospect Park will host numerous bike races this year.  More bike races will be held at the Kissena Velodrome, Floyd Bennett Field, Governor’s Island, Grant’s Tomb, Bear Mountain State Park and…Continue reading

2009 David Walker Memorial Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic Photos

2009 David Walker Memorial Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic Photos   Feb 22nd, 2010

Created as a Father’s Day event in 1973 by David A. Walker, the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic is the oldest continually held bike race in New York. The three-quarter-mile circuit around Marcus Garvey Park hosts the nation’s fastest criterium specialists for a 55-lap spin. A variety of children and amateur bicycle races were held before…Continue reading

Walkway Over the Hudson

Walkway Over the Hudson   Oct 5th, 2009

75 miles North of NYC (as the bike rides), cyclists and pedestrians now have their own Hudson River crossing. The Walkway Over the Hudson is a 24 foot wide, 1.2 mile long bridge that connects the city of Poughkeepsie with the Town of Lloyd. The Walkway Over the Hudson is less than a mile from…Continue reading

Video: Kissena Velodrome Bike Ride

Video: Kissena Velodrome Bike Ride   Sep 12th, 2009

Had the opportunity to ride a few laps at the Kissena Velodrome in Queens. Video shows five laps around the track at 4 times the normal speed. Video was shot on a weekday when there were no races or events scheduled (Track schedule) Kissena Velodrom website view more videos from NYC Bike Maps View Kissena…Continue reading

NYC Century Bike Tour: September 13th 2009

NYC Century Bike Tour:  September 13th 2009   Sep 8th, 2009

The NYC Century offers five route options (ranging from 15 to 100 miles) to provide all cyclists a great way to see New York City and explore some of the City’s best greenways and parks. This year the NYC Century Bike Tour will take place rain or shine on Sunday, September 13th, 2009. For more…Continue reading

Video: Bike Ride Across The Queensboro Bridge

Video:  Bike Ride Across The Queensboro Bridge   Sep 7th, 2009

Bike ride across the Queensboro Bridge (59th Street) from Manhattan into Queens. Video is played back at 2x the normal speed. view more videos from NYC Bike Maps View Queensboro Bridge on NYC Bike Map view video at YouTube Filmed with a GoPro Helmet Hero Wide 5 MP Digital Camera

Video: Bike Ride Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Video: Bike Ride Across the Brooklyn Bridge   Sep 3rd, 2009

Bicycle ride across the Brooklyn Bridge going from Brooklyn to Manhattan on Friday August 21st. The ride starts at the entrance to the Brooklyn side of the bridge’s path at Adams Street and ends near City Hall at the end of the bridge’s bike path. Play back at 2x the normal speed view more videos…Continue reading

Video: Bike Ride Across The Manhattan Bridge

Video:  Bike Ride Across The Manhattan Bridge   Aug 29th, 2009

A bike ride across the Manhattan Bridge from Manhattan into Brooklyn. The eight minute trip is played back at double speed in this four minute video.

Book: “Bicycle: The History” By David V. Herlihy

Book:  “Bicycle: The History” By David V. Herlihy   Aug 28th, 2009

Google Books has a sizable portion of David V. Herlihy’s book “Bicycle: The History”. A very interesting read for anyone interested in history and bicycles.

Video: Ride on the Grand Street Bike Lane

Video:  Ride on the Grand Street Bike Lane   Aug 26th, 2009

Video of a bike ride along the Grand Street bike lane from Thompson St to Chrystie St on my way to the Manhattan Bridge. This bike lane has been rather controversial

Video: Bike Ride Down Broadway

Video: Bike Ride Down Broadway   Aug 23rd, 2009

Bicycle ride down Broadway in New York City from Columbus Circle at 59th Street to Herald Square at 33rd Street. Video playback is twice the normal speed, so it will seem much faster than normal. view more videos from NYC Bike Maps View Broadway on NYC Bike Map StreetsBlog: Car-Free Space Is an Instant Hit…Continue reading

Escape New York: Saturday, September 26, 2009

Escape New York:  Saturday, September 26, 2009   Aug 22nd, 2009

The New York Cycle Club’s annual Escape New York bike ride will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2009 . Routes: Choose from three clearly marked Escape New York options: 7:00 am: Century Challenge, 100 miles. A rolling full century through beautiful Bergen and Rockland counties. 8:00 am: Rockland Roll, 65 miles. Ramble on lightly…Continue reading

2009 Car-Free Summer Streets

2009 Car-Free Summer Streets   Aug 22nd, 2009

Summer Streets are coming back in August… For three Saturdays in August, New York City will have a 6.9 mile car-free path leading from the Brooklyn Bridge in Lower Manhattan to the East 72nd Street entrance of Central Park.    The street closures will occur from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays…Continue reading

Video: Ride on the Prince Street Bike Lane

Video:  Ride on the Prince Street Bike Lane   Aug 15th, 2009

Here is a video from a recent bicycle ride on the Prince Street bike lane in Manhattan, which was one of the first painted bike lanes in NYC. view more videos from NYC Bike Maps View Prince Street on Bike Map Prince Street Bike Lane Ride Video on YouTube Filmed with a GoPro Helmet Hero…Continue reading

Bicycle Access Bill and Office Buildings

Bicycle Access Bill and Office Buildings   Jul 29th, 2009

The New York City Council passed the Bicycle Access Bill* providing a framework for negotiating bicycle access and storage in office building.   The bill, while far from guaranteeing access, should improve the current process and give more bike commuters the option of storing the bike in their office, as opposed to out on the…Continue reading

Queens Around the World Bike Map

Queens Around the World Bike Map   Jul 15th, 2009

The NYC Department of City Planning’s newest bike map provides a meandering bike route through eighteen miles of Queens streets and greenways. Queens is the most ethnically diverse county and this bike route highlights the diverse communities and historic districts that make the borough unique. More info on the The Queens Around the World bicycle…Continue reading

2009 Tour de Bronx: Sunday October 18

2009 Tour de Bronx: Sunday October 18   Jul 15th, 2009

The Tour de Bronx is the largest free cycling event in the country and gives riders the choice between a 25 mile and 40 mile route (and the choice of several starting locations and options to extend the ride). Since the Tour de Bronx offers cyclists of all skill levels a great ride it is…Continue reading

2009 Tour de Queens: July 12th 2009

2009 Tour de Queens:  July 12th 2009   Jul 14th, 2009

Mark your calendars the Tour de Queens is happening July 12th 2009. Registration opens May 26, 2009 The Tour de Queens is a leisurely paced 20-mile ride open to riders of all ages and skill levels. The course is mostly flat, and will go along waterfronts, greenways, through parks and industrial and historic neighborhoods. Please…Continue reading

2009 Tour de Brooklyn: Sunday June 7

2009 Tour de Brooklyn:  Sunday June 7   May 25th, 2009

Mark your calendars the Tour de Brooklyn is happening June 7th, 2009. Registration is open now The Tour de Brooklyn is a leisurely paced, 18-mile bike tour along a relatively flat route that starts June 7, 2009 at 9:00am.   Registration is free and required. [there's a 2,000 person limit on the ride] Day-of Event Registration will…Continue reading

Bike Month in New York City – May 2009

Bike Month in New York City – May 2009   May 1st, 2009

May is Bike Month in NYC and there are plenty of bicycling events going on in and around New York City. BikeMonthNYC.org has the most comprehensive coverage, including an Event Calendar.

2009 Five Boro Bike Tour: Sunday May 3rd

2009 Five Boro Bike Tour: Sunday May 3rd   Apr 28th, 2009

The Five Boro Bike Tour, the largest recreational cycling event in the United States, is scheduled for Sunday, May 3rd 2009. Every year on the first Sunday of May, over 30,000 riders participate in the 42 mile ride around New York City.