With its scenic views and hilly terrain, the Central Park drives provide cyclists with a relaxing ride or a challenging workout. The drives are shared by runners, walkers, skaters, horse carriages, and more. Please note that the drives do get congested on weekends and during nice weather.

Important Details

Rent bikes through BikeRent NYC, which operates at two locations on a seasonal basis. Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grand Army Plaza entrance to the Pond at Fifth Avenue and 60th Street: 917-283-2453

Merchants' Gate Plaza at Central Park South and Central Park West: 917-283-2453

You don’t need a permit to bike through the Park, but cyclists must adhere to the following rules:

  • Cycling is not permitted on pedestrian paths except the marked shared paths at 96th Street and West 106th–108th Streets
  • Cycling is not permitted on landscapes
  • Travel only counterclockwise on the Drives that circle the Park
  • 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 20 mph speed limit
  • Travel at a slower speed in response to crowds, emergency, or weather conditions
  • Obey all ONE WAY signs and arrows
  • Children under age 14 must wear a helmet and helmets are recommended for every cyclist



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