With its scenic views and hilly terrain, the Central Park Drives provide cyclists with a relaxing ride or a challenging workout, depending on their interest. The Drives are shared by runners, walkers, skaters, motor vehicles, horse carriages, and more, and they can be very congested on weekends and nice days. Plan your route with the Central Park Bike Map.
No permit is required to bike in Central Park; however, every cyclist must obey these laws and rules:
- Pedestrians have the right of way at all times.
- At crosswalks, slow down, yield to pedestrians, and then proceed cautiously.
- Obey all traffic laws, such as traffic signals, stop signs, and the maximum speed limit of 20 mph.
- Travel at a slower safe speed in response to crowds, emergency, or weather conditions.
- Obey all ONE WAY signs and arrows: Travel only counter-clockwise on the Drives that circle the Park.
- Cycling is prohibited on all pedestrian paths except the marked shared paths at 96th St and W. 106th-108th St.
- Cycling is prohibited on landscapes.
- Children under age 14 must wear a helmet, but it is recommended that every cyclist wear a helmet.
Bicycles for riding in Central Park are available for rent through BikeRent NYC, which operates at two locations on a seasonal basis. Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call the numbers below.
- Southeast Corner: East Side Perimeter Wall at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to The Pond at Fifth Avenue and 60th Street: 917.283.2453
- Southwest Corner: Merchants' Gate Plaza (next to Columbus Circle at Central Park South and Central Park West): 917.283.2453