Bicycling

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing ride or a challenging workout, Central Park is the perfect place for bicycling. Enjoy scenic views, conquer hilly terrain, or both! Cyclists share drives with runners, walkers, skaters, horse carriages, and more, so please be careful—especially on weekends and in nice weather when drives tend to get congested.

Don’t have your own bike? Rent one through BikeRent NYC, which operates seasonally at two locations. 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

Rules

You don’t need a permit to bike through the Park but we ask that cyclists adhere to the following rules to keep Central Park a safe and welcoming place for all to enjoy:

  • 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 (although helmets are recommended for all cyclists)
Map

Central Park Bike Map

Our bike map will guide you through the Park’s best routes.