Electric bikes, or ebikes as they are called, are quite popular these days for renting to ride about New York City. Ebikes are bicycles that have a small motor which assists the rider upon pedaling. No matter the terrain, these ebikes make your ride smooth and almost effortless. The state of New York classifies ebikes as they do normal bikes, which means they can go anywhere, on city streets or any bike path. All children 14 years and younger, however, must wear a bike helmet at all times.
If you’re near Penn Station, there are a couple of great options for renting your ebike. First, you can take advantage of New York’s bikeshare program, Citi Bike. This program has kiosk stations all over the city with bikes and ebikes awaiting rental. All you have to do is download the Citi Bike app and either purchase an annual pass or simply a pass for the day. Once you have purchased your pass, you may unlock your ebike with a special code and ride until you’re done! This bikeshare program is quite convenient, as you can return your ebike at any available station, not just the one you first rented from. Ebike kiosks near Penn Station are located at:
8th Ave. and W 31st St.
8th Ave. and W 33rd St.
W. 33rd St. and 7th Ave.
W 31st St. and 7th Ave.
Another great option would be Bike and Roll NYC, also known as Unlimited Biking, located at 56 W. 56th St. They have all kinds of bicycles available for rent, including ebikes. They rent their ebikes for $40 for 2 hours, or $60 for 4 hours (or a half-day). Every rental includes a lock, a helmet, and a map of the city. Their minimum rental is 2 hours.
If you’d like to check out the sights on your newly rented ebike, here are a couple of trails we think you’d enjoy. First, we have Pier 84 to City Island. This trail is 18 miles long and isn’t your usual bike path for tourists. It will take you from Manhattan to the Bronx, across the Harlem River, over several bridges, until you get to City Island. There, you might enjoy a nautical museum or several restaurants.
Another option is the Central Park Full Loop. This path is sure to be full of tourists, but it’s worth it to see New York City’s famed Central Park. Riders must ride in a counterclockwise fashion and give right-of-way to all pedestrians. This path is 6.1 miles from beginning to end and is flat and easy. By far one of the best bike paths in NYC.
Whether you’re in NYC for business or pleasure, make sure you rent an ebike and go on a new adventure around town. You’ll be so glad you did!
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