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bike rental for Central Park

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bike rental for Central Park

We would like to rent bikes and tour around Central Park from top to bottom (or other way around) stopping now and then to see Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, fountains, gardens, etc. We are going in early August so it will be hot and was wondering if a 2 hour bike rental was sufficient time or if 3 hours made more sense. Don't want to feel rushed but may return on foot to some areas too. We are only in NYC for 4 1/2 days. thanks for your thoughts.

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1. Re: bike rental for Central Park

You can ride a bike around Central Park but you have to walk the bike on the paths inside of the park. Walking is the best option for seeing things inside the park.

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2. Re: bike rental for Central Park

Oh wow, I had no idea. Thanks.

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3. Re: bike rental for Central Park

There are only certain places you can ride a bike. Mostly the perimeter. You have to get off and walk it to stop at the various sights.

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4. Re: bike rental for Central Park

Bike riding in Central Park is a lot of fun and there are many places to ride. For the best information we suggest going to the source at: centralpark.com/guide/…bicycle-riding.html

CH

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5. Re: bike rental for Central Park

As mentioned by others, walking is the best option. The is a big place, but most things of tourist interest are in the southern part below about 82nd St. Even if allowed, getting a bike up to Belvedere Castle would be a problem as there are many steps on this steep hill. The popular terrace at Bethesda Fountain is best reached by the grand stairway. Check out a map of the park and decide what interests you the most. The Egyptian Obelisk behind the Met Museum is currently under repair and covered with scaffolding. The Conservatory Gardens are somewhat out of the way being further uptown on Fifth Ave. I never considered them to be such a wonderful attraction.

Strawberry Fields (and the Dakota Apartments on W. 72nd St.) can be reached by walking south along the west side of the park from Belvedere Castle. You could then go around the lake to Bethesda Fountain Terrace and then down the Mall to the 59th and 5th Ave. entrance.

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6. Re: bike rental for Central Park

Be aware that CentralPark.com is not an official website, it's just an advertising site.

This is the correct link, you'll see the long list of restrictions on bikers.

centralparknyc.org/things-to-see-and-do/attr…

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7. Re: bike rental for Central Park

Are there spots where you can leave a bike locked and come back to it shortly after?

My knees are not good enough to walk all day, but I can cycle for ages.

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8. Re: bike rental for Central Park

Hi we have arranged a bike ride in central park with ' free tours by foot' this lasts 2 hours. We then plan to return the next day for a walk to the places we could not see and hopefully a picnic

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9. Re: bike rental for Central Park

I don't know of any bike racks in Central Park, but maybe someone else does. You can't lock a bike to park "furniture," like benches or street lamps.

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10. Re: bike rental for Central Park

The City provides many hundreds of bike racks, corrals and other types of parking locations throughout the 5 boroughs and many of them are located along Central Park. For source information about bike riding and parking see:

nyc.gov/html/…bicycleparking.shtml

....and for a Google map of NYC bike rack locations (you may need to download a free copy of Google Earth) see:

nyc.gov/html/…2013-cityracks.kml

We enjoy the CITI bikes and hope that you will too, especially in Central Park.

CH

Edited: 28 June 2014, 14:55