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.
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 are available for rent at three locations on a seasonal basis. Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis. For hours, rates, and information, please call the numbers below.
- Tavern on the Green (West Side between 66th and 67th Streets): 212.260.0400
- Merchants' Gate Plaza (next to Columbus Circle at Central Park South and Central Park West): 212.260.0400
- Loeb Boathouse (East Side between 74th and 75th Streets): 212.517.2233