Bicycling in Brooklyn

This snow, this elusive spring, this relentless winter in the northeast has really dented my psyche, my longing for outdoors, my love for two wheel travel! I tore away last weekend, with my boots dragging through the snow and my warmest sweater on my back and made my way to the car. Bikes locked on the roof, my husband took off in search of sunshine. We found it in Brooklyn. And dang it was good. Sweet, warm and delicious.…

With two nights and two days to explore the buroughs, we rode early in the morning and late at night. Lugging our bikes up and down the stairs throughout, we were able to wander in spring and enjoy the freedom of movement and the colorful air wafting over the Gowanus and the East River. 

Want to ride in Brooklyn? Here are a few things I do to make sure I don’t end up in traction or therapy.

1. Pick a path. Review your directions using the bicycle option on mapping software. We typically will use google maps. It handily highlights roads with bicycle lanes and makes a noble effort at giving you the best information for a safe trip.  

2. Be alert. There are potholes in the bike lane that could swallow you. Keep your eyes on the path ahead to make sure your way is clear. I had to dodge broken umbrellas, trash, clothing, shoes, and steel road plates. I also and always avoid puddles. They are an innocent looking disguise for a pothole. 

3. Act like a car, obeying lights and the like. Give clear signals for your turns. And listen and watch for the delivery drivers on electric bikes that use the bike lane at 25 miles an hour. I would argue that the road is a safer option for them, but I'm not yet mayor.

4. Nervous about city riding? Set off during some shoulder times, like first thing in the morning. With fewer vehicles, you can get your bearings in the burough before the city wakes up and be first in line for a pour-over and pie at Four & Twenty Blackbirds.  

5. Bring locks…the bigger the city, the bigger the locks.  

6. Ride along with me. I go to Brooklyn several times a year to visit my darling sister.  Let me know if you are interested in getting together for a ride.  I would be happy to band together and explore.

Bicycling in Brooklyn is an awesome way to see the city of New York.  Bike lanes abound, and there are seemingly endless ways to connect with the city.  Whether you are in search of donuts or draft, culture or croissants, get out there and find a way to ride along.