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. No permit is required to bike in Central Park, however there are several laws and rules that every cyclist must obey: Pedestrians have the right of way at all times. At crosswalks, cyclists must slow down, yield to pedestrians and then proceed cautiously. 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. Cyclists are required to obey all traffic laws, such as traffic signals, stop signs, and the maximum speed limit of 25 mph. The Drives are multi-use areas and can be very congested on weekends and nice days. Cyclists are required by law to travel at a slower safe speed in response to crowd, emergency, or weather conditions. NYC law requires that children under 14 years of age wear a helmet, but it is recommended that all cyclists wear a helmet. Obey all ONE WAY signs and arrows: Travel only counter-clockwise on the Drives that circle the Park.
Bicycles are available for rent from Bike and Roll at Tavern on the Green, and at Merchants' Gate Plaza, next to Columbus Circle. Call 212.260.0400 for hours and rates. For more information on cycling in Central Park and a list of events, visit the Century Road Club Association, a bicycle racing club for everyone, and the New York Cycle Club, an educational and recreational organization for bicycle enthusiasts in New York City.