One of the MUST HAVE on your to do list when visiting New York is riding a bike in Central Park. I did it several times, and it was amazing.
Here is some advice if you do it for the first time:
🚴🏻♀️RENTING A BIKE. There are several bike rentals on the streets near Central Park and also one at the entrance from Columbus Circle. I do not recommend taking citibike if you have a pass for 1 day or more, because you’ll have only 30 mins within your pass and you’ll not be able to ride even a half of the Central Park bike path. If you take a bike rental at the entrance, you can take one hour and be able to ride 1 full circle with short stops for pictures. You can also check out Groupon, sometimes there are good deals for bike rentals.
🚴🏻♀️YOU WON’T BE ABLE to see all the beauty of Central Park while riding a bike, most of cool stuff will be out of your sight, i.e. if you want to see the Jacqueline Kennedy Reservoir, you can do that from few spots intercepting the bike path, however it is not allowed to take a bike to the nearest point of the Reservoir (some runners can yell at you ;))
🚴🏻♀️PREPARE to die on the steep sections of the bike path. There’s nearly an equal amount of uphill and downhill sections on the bike lane, so half of the time you’ll be happy and another half you’ll probably regret you got there.
🚴🏻♀️BE CAREFUL. People walking in Central Park do not care if you ride on your max speed and there’s a green light for you. They don’t even look around.
I hope these will help, have a great Monday!
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