One of the many things we love about NYC is the fact that you can bike almost anywhere. For some, biking in NYC may seem a bit scary with the crazy traffic but there are actually a lot of areas where you can bike in your own bike lane or dedicated path. Whether you bike to work, the grocery store, or escape to a park for mountain biking- NYC has it all.
We found a great NYC biking planner and had to share it with our Manhattan Portage fans, so check it out here: Ride The City This site uses the official NYC DOT bike map to plan the safest bike routes.
Fun Fact: New York developed the country’s first bike path in 1894!
Join us in celebrating Bike Month at the ING Direct Cafe this Saturday, May 22 from 1-3 pm! Enjoy an afternoon of delicious coffee and treats while you learn to make bike repairs and play games to win Manhattan Portage bags (among other things!).Â If you’re not the competitive type, don’t worry. All attendees will receive a whistle/lanyard (perfect for combating taxis on your morning ride) and a flier worth 10% off any purchase made at the Manhattan Portage/Token Store May 22-23.
Whether you want to start biking or have been riding for years, the NYC Department of Transportation’s 2010 map is an essential resource for the numerous bike paths this city has to offer. Download the map here, or use their site to plan a bike-safe route.
Named the 8th friendliest bike city by Bicycling Magazine, New York continues to earn the recognition it deserves for the efforts of its pedaling population. Criteria included “smart, savvy bike shops” and a “vibrant and diverse bike culture,”Â all elements New Yorkers have been enjoying for years. With the support of transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and the ever-growing biking community, we wouldn’t be surprised if New York jumps even closer to the #1 spot on the next list.
The city has installed nine new bike racks designed by David Byrne. Each has an evocative name. Top row, left to right: MoMA, Olde Times Square and Villager. Middle row, left to right: Coffee Cup, Wall Street and Ladiesâ€™ Mile. Bottom row, left to right: Hipster, Chelsea and Jersey. (Photos: New York City Department of Transportation)