May is Bike Month in NYC: Here Are Some Events Worth Riding To

Get your bikes out cause May is Bike Month! NYC has a ton of awesome ways to celebrate, from the bike commuter challenge to the 5 island tour. Here's a list of events and activities you can enjoy on your bike:

The Transportation Alternative is running the Bike Commuter Challenge all month long. The goal is to find New York City’s “Bikingest Workplace”, which is the workplace with the highest percentage of employees who bike to and from work in the month of May.

The main event to get to is the Bike Home From Work Party on May 19th in Dumbo from 6 pm - 10 pm at the Pearl Street Archway. The Bike and Roll beer garden under the Manhattan Bridge will feature brews from Brooklyn Brewery and Coney Island Brewing Company and there will be complimentary bike valet provided by Warner Music Group. Score.

If you want to get involved in the Challenge, here are some details:

  • All workplaces in the Five Boroughs are welcome to join the challenge for free
  • The workplaces that have the highest number of bike commuters will receive cool awards and prizes
  • No need to have your own bike to participate: get a pass at any Citi Bike station, rent a bike from Unlimited Biking, or borrow a bike free of charge for a week from Brompton Bicycle
  • Anyone who logs at least five rides in the month of May will be entered into a drawing to win a Brompton NYC Edition bike

Whether you plan to participate in the Challenge or not, we encourage you to bike to and from work on National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19th!

Details:  May 1-31  //  New York City, NY  //   Additional information here

Waterfront. Ice Cream. What else do you need to know?

Details:  May 20  //  4:00 PM EDT  //  99 S. 6th St., Williamsburg //  Additional information here

Enjoy a leisurely ride to some of downtown Manhattan's most peaceful sites, including:

  • Tibet House
  • Anthroposophical Society
  • Former residence of John Lennon and Yoko Ono
  • Point Thank You
  • Teardrop Park
  • The Irish Hunger Memorial
  • Art from the Berlin Wall
  • Robert Wagner Park
  • The Labyrinth for Contemplation
  • Fritz Koenig's “The Sphere”
  • St. Paul's Chapel
  • The site of the Mother AME Zion Church, the first church in NYC built and led by Afro-Americans
  • African Burial Ground

Also be sure to mention the "Peace Bike Ride" to receive 15% off bike rentals from Waterfront Bicycle Shop!

Details:  May 21  //  2:00 PM EDT  //  National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green  // Additional information here

A 29-mile bike ride at an easy-going pace on the East Coast Greenway through 5 Islands of NYC: Manhattan, Randall’s & Wards Islands, Queens, and Roosevelt Island

  • Stops at several locations to visit notable landmarks, including the new Four Freedom Park at Roosevelt Island
  • Tax-deductible $20 donation to join this bike ride gets you a reduced-cost first-year membership to the ECGA and access to all the 4 rides scheduled by the East Coast Greenway Alliance this year

Details:  May 21  //  9:00 AM -1:00 PM EDT  //  60th Street & York Ave  //  Additional information here

Biking is one of the best outdoor activities you can do in NYC, so Get ready to enjoy it to the fullest. Make sure to have plenty of water, snacks, a spare tire (jk, but maybe), and PLEASE wear a helmet.

And don't forget to have fun!