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Bike Riding in NYC

8/23/2013 - By Marea Edynak

Did you know that New York City has more than 700 miles of bike lanes? That includes all 5 boroughs, parks and greenways.

 

With the introduction of hundreds of CitiBike docking stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, bike riding is now more popular than ever.

 

 Caution! Be aware that CitiBikes are rented in 1/2 hour segments (45 minute segments with a yearly pass). If you return the bike after 30 minutes you will be charged overtime and it really adds up fast.

 

So if you buy a 24-hour pass for $9.95 plus tax that doesn’t mean that you can ride the bike as long as you want that day. You get 30 from the time that you unlock the bike from the bike station. Then you have to take it back to the same station or any one of the other stations and dock it with the ½ hour. You can then take another bike for another 30 minutes.

 

Overtime is $4 for 30 to 60 minutes. It goes up to $13 for the next 60 to 90 minutes. After that add $12 for every additional 30 minutes. Don’t forget to add in the tax.

 

If you are thinking about a leisurely several  hour ride around Central Park’s 47 miles of bike paths, you would save money by renting from one of the many bike rental companies around the City.

 

Bike New York City www.bikenewyorkcity.com rentals start at $14 an hour and go up to $53 for a full day.

 

Brooklyn Bridger Bike rental www.BrooklynBridgeBikerental.com start a $7 for 1 hour. A 9AM to 7 PM rentals $29.99 and a weekly rental is $175. They also offer a free helmet, lock and basket.

 

www.bikerentalcentralpark.com offers 200 bikes at discounted prices if you reserve on line. Rentals start at $14 for 2 hours, $18 for 3 hours, $23 for 4 hours and $32 for all day. Rentals include helmets, locks, baskets and maps.

 

If you want a short trip or several short ones, check out www.citibikenyc.com for hundreds of locations.

 

The photo was taken at the CitiBike docking station at Park Avenue and East 30th Street 



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