When you were a kid, you most likely would have spent quite a bit of time riding around on your bike. You didn't have to wait for a ride to a friend's house, your parents had to fight to get you inside and you got a ton of exercise without even knowing it. Plus there were those awesome bike tassels and spoke lights and beads.
Photo copyright to Debarshi Ray
In a city filled with cars and public transportation, you can once again feel like you did as a kid riding your bike.
May is Bike Month NYC, which means it's a great opportunity to get more involved in bike riding. There are a multitude of benefits – saving money on public transportation, not having to wait around for a bus, train or cab, participating in creating cleaner air in the city and getting outdoors for exercise instead of being cooped up indoors. It's time to get outside - grab a bike and get ready to celebrate bike month in NYC.
One of the first things to do before hitting the streets is to learn the bike rules that help bike riders stay safe and able to interact well with pedestrians and drivers. Some to keep in mind are to ride with the flow of traffic and ride in the street and not on the sidewalk.
Get a Bike
If you need a new bike, either to buy or rent, there are several high quality places across the city where you can find just what you need. NYC has some really small apartments – typically not ideal for a large bike. Bfold offers a folding bike so it can fit right into your apartment without taking up too much space. Master Bike Shop offers the ability to buy or rent bikes – you can also get repairs, clothing and accessories all in one place.
Donate Your Old Bike
If you have a bike or bike parts you no longer want, donate it to Recycle-A-Bicycle. It will be a tax deductible donation if accepted.
Find a Bike Route
There are bike riders all over the city, but if you're looking for a specific type of route or want to know the safest way to get there, check out NYC Bike Maps. There's a variety of bike routes to try as well as up-to-date information on bike tours and events happening around the city.
Participate in "National Bike to Work Day"
Friday, May 20, 2011 is National Bike to Work Day, so if you haven't yet ridden your bike to work and want to give it a try, it's the perfect opportunity.