With all its traffic and pedestrians it can be hard to believe that one of New York City resident's favorite modes of transportation is the bicycle! The city has many designated bicycle paths, bike lanes and greenways ...just click on this link to look at a map showing them in the five boroughs of New York City. I think you will be surprised!
New York’s "Five Boro Bike Tour," sponsored by Bike New York, 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.
Being a Brooklyn resident I am particularly fond of this video of a bicycle ride across the Brooklyn Bridge! If you have a chance to do it, a walk or bicycle ride across the bridge, is a memorable things to do when you visit NYC. There are many establishments that rent bicycles this link which states it is NYC's official bicycle rental company.
Another wonderful place for a tourist or visitor to Manhattan to rent and ride a bicycle is in Central Park.
This New Yorker was trusting enough to leave books in their bicycle basket.
This bicycle in Greenwich Village was decoratively adorned to advocate for an NYC based environmental group that encourages bicycling to help cut down on fossil fuel use for a more sustainable and less toxic city.
The latest annual estimate of the number of bicyclists in New York City by Transportation Alternatives, found roughly 236,000 New Yorkers riding each day in 2009, up 28 percent from 185,000 daily riders the year before.
I saw this pretty pink bicycle outside a store in the East Village recently. It reminds me of the bicycle I had as a child. I think I practically lived on my bicycle when I was young! I continued to ride up until my second child was born and I could no longer fit two children in bike seat, and then stopped. Hmmmm... I still have my bicycle in the garage and I should really stop procrastinating, dust it off and get back to riding it. Do you ride a bicycle for health, enjoyment or for environmental reasons?
A pink bicycle is perfect for Pink Saturday and today Beverly is celebrating a very special two year anniversary of Pink Saturday events on her blog How Sweet The Sound! Did you know that at some point in time over 700 different bloggers have participated in Pink Saturday? Pretty amazing!
Make sure to visit Beverly today and wish her a happy anniversary. She is also having a give away in honor of the event. You'll also find many links to other Pink Saturday participants on her blog today.
Happy Pink Saturday Anniversary, Beverly! It has been a fun event and you have certainly made me keep my eye open for the color pink in New York City!