Hi Kate, the rumors you've heard are true! Thanks in part to the dedicated work of Transportation Alternatives' complete street activists, NYC has transformed into one of the biggest and best biking cities on this side of the pond.
The short answer to your question: invest in a Citi Bike weekly membership, get a free copy of the NYC bike map at a cycle shop — or use the Google Maps app if you'll have a phone — and explore! The Manhattan and Brooklyn greenways are extensive and allow easy access to many Citi Bike stations. For more in-depth ride guides and current events, check out BikeNYC's Citi Bike section.
Hi David, Transportation Alternatives' NYC Century and Five Boro Bike Tour — two of the biggest annual bike rides around — both pass through Central Park, but neither are races.
Hi Vlad - hope you weren't hurt! You can report unsafe street conditions to the City by calling 311. Have your friends and fellow bicyclists call too. The more voices chime in, the quicker it's likely to get fixed.
Hi Christian, there should be a surcharge listed on the back of the ticket (generally $88, but there's some variation). You can subtract this from the total amount of the citation. Once you've crunched the numbers, check the "guilty" plea box, include payment as instructed and make sure to return it within 15 days from the date of issue.
Hi Adaer - many PATH commuters who can't juggle the rush hour restrictions choose a folding bike, which is allowed on the train at all times. One of Transportation Alternatives' Bike Ambassadors who commutes from Jersey uses Citi Bike to get to his posts around Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn.
If you're interested in starting an activist campaign, we'd encourage you to reach out to the advocates at New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition.
Hi Eva-Lynn! Is it adorable? Yes. Is it legal? No. By Rule of the City of New York § 4-07 (c)(3), "no driving bikes on sidewalks unless sign allows, or wheels are less than 26" diameter and rider is 12 years or younger." It sounds like your tandem bike doesn't fit the bill, unfortunately. If you'd like to ride with your child on a tandem bike, consider riding in a greenway, protected bike lane or on a dedicated route in a park instead.