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Why You Need to Bike Across the Williamsburg Bridge

 

By: Nick Shannon

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New York City is an amazing place to bike. Not only is it thrilling, but it gets you outside to enjoy the great views, parks, water, and array of recreational opportunities available (especially during the summer!). If you are biking in the city, you will want to go across its bridges to soak in as much of the culture of the outer boroughs as possible. Here are 6 reasons why you should add the Williamsburg Bridge to your next biking adventure.

6. Bike the bridge for a workout, or just enjoy a leisurely ride with a great view

It will only take you around 15 minutes, depending on your ability. Get in your workout and don’t let the incline stop you – you and your legs will thank you later! The gradual slope will give you cardio, build muscles, and increase your endurance all in one activity. You will also be flowing above the cars and past any traffic. Biking is the perfect way to avoid road congestion and unnecessary delays.

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5. Explore Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn for the day on a bike loop

It is the perfect bridge to bike as part of a loop. If you pick up a rental bike at Bike and Roll’s Battery Park location, you can go straight over the Brooklyn Bridge, explore Brooklyn Heights, then make your way north up the Kent Ave Greenway to Williamsburg. Enjoy an afternoon of delicious food and quirky shops, then cross the Williamsburg Bridge back to Manhattan to see more of the Lower East Side. The Williamsburg Bridge offers a utilitarian ride that is quick and enjoyable – something that New York commuters definitely appreciate. Pedestrians have a separate walk on the south side of the bridge and the path for bikes is on the north side

Link to map: https://goo.gl/maps/St5hQ791NAw

 

4. SMORGASBURG – the Brooklyn Flea Food Market

One of the coolest food events in the city on a Saturday is Smorgasburg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Over 100 local vendors sell their creative concoctions in what becomes a local food paradise. Try something you never thought you would, such as a ramen burger, truffle fries, a hibiscus doughnut, or mango on a stick with chili powder. You could go every weekend and still find something new.

TIMES: Every Saturdays from 11 am – 6 pm
East River State Park: 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7th)

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3. ARTISTS AND FLEAS – Artist, Designer and Vintage Market

Just a block away from Smorgasburg, you will find the Artists and Fleas market where local artisans and designers sell their products. You will find one-of-a kind trinkets, jewelry, crafts, fashion and vintage- the perfect opportunity to get a gift for that special someone and it may be hard to not pick up something for yourself. You will feel good about supporting small business and makers, which is a great way to engage with the community. Enjoy just browsing the crafts, and get some time in with the dogs out front.

TIMES: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 7 pm
70 North 7th Brooklyn
Williamsburg, NY

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2. YOGA ON THE FARM – evening yoga at North Brooklyn Farms

If you end up keeping a bike overnight and find yourself in Williamsburg in the evening, the perfect way to end your ride is with Yoga on the Farm. Stretch the muscles you just workout out on the bike and enjoy a little meditative practice to calm your mind in this big, bustling city. The view of the sun setting against the Manhattan skyline is the perfect excuse to stop and just breathe.

TIMES: Tuesdays from 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
North Brooklyn Farms
320 Kent Avenue (@ S. 4th Street)
Brooklyn, NY

1. New York City is a great place to explore by bike. It is a great way to visit a lot of places, but still have the on-the-ground experience you miss from being in a car or on a train. There are so many bike lanes to take advantage of to get you from point A to B, or just to explore the boroughs. If you are just visiting, or don’t own a bike and want a weekend adventure, a bike rental is the perfect thing for you.

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The Williamsburg Bridge may just be the one thing that will spark your next NYC adventure. It is the perfect excuse to explore Brooklyn and lower Manhattan on your next day off. Its location and character make it an enjoyable place to bike, so go out there and start exploring!

 

 

 

 

 

22nd Annual New York City Century Bike Tour – September 18, 2011


The nation’s only all-urban 100-mile bike tour. Be a part of it!

There are three great reasons to ride the NYC Century Bike Tour:

With five different routes, there’s a ride for everyone!

Choose between 15-, 35-, 55-, 75- and 100-mile route options, with fully stocked rest stops and safety marshals throughout the course. Convenient starting locations in Manhattan’s Central Park and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park make it easier to finish.

See New York City like you’ve never seen it before!

Every route on the NYC Century tours amazing views of all the sights. See the world’s greatest city from the world’s greatest vantage point, your bike saddle.

The tour links NYC’s historic bridges and rollicking parks to its unique neighborhoods and idyllic waterfronts.

Bike for Better Biking!

When you ride the NYC Century, you’re supporting Transportation Alternatives’ work for better biking in New York City. As you ride, you are the face of the New York City cyclist, showing the world that biking New York is a blast!

Participating in the Event

Two convenient starting locations: In Manhattan (Central Park) or Brooklyn (Prospect Park) mean an easier start to your day. Want to participate in the New York City Century but don’t have a bike or want the convenience of a custom, on-location rental? Rent your bike from Bike and Roll NYC. We’ll have your bike waiting for you at the starting point of your choice (Central Park or Prospect Park), pick it up at the end point, provide you with a helmet, and have mechanic support on hand, should you need it.

Pricing

Comfort Bike: $69.00*

Performance Bike: $79.00*

Road Bike: $89.00*

* plus tax

Price includes bike pickup at starting location of your choice, drop-off at end point, helmet, and mechanic support, if needed. With a Bike and Roll Rental, all you need to do is pick your route and show up!

Reserve a bike now!

About the Routes

  • 15-Mile — Park to Park: Escorted by TA (Transportation Alternatives) Marshals, this route is meant for first-time riders and families. Riders travel around historic Washington Square Park, roll through the hip scene in SoHo, then proceed over the Brooklyn Bridge. The tour officially finishes in Prospect Park, where riders can collect their tee-shirts and water bottles. Additionally, the Prospect Park Zoo will be waiving admission to anyone with a NYC Century ride bib! Just be sure to bring a bike lock to secure your bike outside of the Zoo. Route begins at 8:00 am. Finish between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. This route must start in Central Park.
  • 35-Mile — East River Loop: This route is ideal for riders looking for more than a Sunday stroll. The route travels through historic downtown Brooklyn, around the idyllic Prospect Park and continues through the artistic enclave of Williamsburg, all the way to Astoria Park in Queens. Route begins in Central Park at 7:30 am or in Prospect Park at 8:00 am. Finish between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • 55-Mile — The Waterfront: This route increases the mileage, but with New York’s relatively flat terrain, it is a manageable route for a rider looking to challenge themself. This route takes riders through waterfront views along the Brooklyn greenway, including the majestic Verrazano Bridge and the famous amusements at Coney Island. The route eventually connects with the 35-mile route to finish. Route begins in Central Park at 7:00 am or in Prospect Park at 7:30 am. Finish between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  • 75-Mile — The Rockaways: This route is not for amateurs. Riders travel out to Far Rockaway, Queens and beautiful Fort Tilden Beach. The route takes riders through the serene, car-free Forest Park and up to Kissena Park. Route begins in Central Park at 6:30 am or in Prospect Park at 7:00 am. Finish between 12:00 and 4:00 pm.
  • 100-Mile – The NYC Century: Experienced Cyclists Only. Cyclists swing through eastern Queens before looping back west to Astoria Park along the 75-mile route. The route progresses into the Bronx. This part of the ride is the most challenging because the hills have been saved for the end. The route winds down through northern Manhattan and through historic Harlem neighborhoods. Route begins in Central Park at 6:00 am or in Prospect Park at 6:30 am. Finish between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.

New Yorkers are learning to love bike lanes . . .

Support for bike lanes is up a few pedal strokes as 59 percent of New York City voters say bike lanes are good because they are greener and healthier while 35 percent say they are bad because they increase traffic.

That compares to 56 – 39 percent support in a May 12 Quinnipiac University poll.

Support for bike lanes is over 60 percent in Manhattan, Brooklyn and The Bronx and    55 – 39 percent in Queens.  Staten Islanders say 53 – 38 percent bike lanes are bad.

“Warmer weather brings out more cyclists and more support for bike lanes – except on Staten Island,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From July 19 – 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,234 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

3rd Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride on July 30, 2011

On Saturday, July 30th, join Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI), Transportation Alternatives (TA) Brooklyn Volunteer Committee, National Park Service, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and Regional Plan Association (RPA) for the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride, a 40 mile ride along Brooklyn’s entire waterfront and Jamaica Bay that highlights the potential of a completed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway combined with a completed Jamaica Bay Greenway.

Following the ride you can go to the beach or make your way back independently via the A train, a Rockaway ferry to Wall Street Pier 11 from Riis Landing (at 3:00PM or 5:00PM) or by riding back on Flatbush Avenue, the most direct route to northern Brooklyn.

Register today!

Want to participate in the Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride but don’t have a bike? Rent one from Bike and Roll New York City. Our nearest rental location is our Brooklyn Bridge Park location at the end of old Fulton Street and very close to the start of the ride. Please call 212.260.0400 to make sure the right size bike is waiting for you on the day of the ride.