There’s nothing better than riding a bike in the spring! While you can bike all year long, springtime is pretty special. First, you don’t have to worry about snowy, sleety or icy conditions messing up your biking plans. Second, you get to exercise and soak up the sun after another winter spent largely inside. Plus, you get to enjoy comfortable temperatures before the heat and humidity of summer swoop in.
Although the streets of Brooklyn are incredibly bike friendly (and NYC is considered one of the most bike friendly cities according to musician/cycling enthusiast David Bryne), there are lots of cool trails and routes in the neighborhood, too.
If you’re new to the neighborhood or just not familiar with the best Brooklyn bike routes and trails, don’t worry. We’ve put together a handy list for you!
Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway
A wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of the Brooklyn waterfront, this 26-mile scenic route covers ground in Williamsburg, Bay Ridge, Bath Beach, and more. While certain sections of the greenway are still under construction (DUMBO, Red Hook, Sheepshead’s Bay), you can take full advantage of the 18-miles of completed biking and walking routes.
In addition to the lush landscaping and iconic views you’ll enjoy along the greenway, you can also park your bikes and take a break in the many historic neighborhoods. Catch a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants located throughout the route. Or bike down to Brooklyn Bridge Park to enjoy nature, recreation or one of the special events taking place there this spring and summer.
To give you an indication of how bike friendly the Williamsburg Bridge truly is, we’ll share this fantastic statistic with you: it’s the most cycled bridge in North America. Why? Well, many area residents believe biking over the bridge is faster than public transportation.
Well, we can’t attest that this belief is fact, we can say that the bridge offers great views of Williamsburg and the Lower East Side and lots of opportunities to enjoy these neighborhoods favorite restaurants, watering holes, shops and attractions. Plus, you can easily cycle to other popular nearby neighborhoods such as SoHo, West Village, Bushwick and Greenpoint.
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Named in honor of the first African American Congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm State Park is one of the hidden gems of Brooklyn. In addition to offering gorgeous views of the Empire State Building, New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, this charming state park also features 10 miles of biking trails.
Best of all, if you don’t have a bike, the SCSP Bike Library will gladly loan one to you!
There are lots of other great places to bike in Brooklyn and the surrounding neighborhoods. If you’d like to know more about them, you can ask you bike enthusiast neighbors the next time you enjoy the rooftop pool, resident lounge or gym at your new home at 363 Bond Street apartments!
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