Bike New York is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate and promote cycling in all five boroughs of New York City through education and public events as well as collaboration with both community organizations and municipal agencies.
To encourage cycling as a safe and sustainable means of transit and recreation. Ultimately Bike New York aims to elevate cycling as a green, healthy compliment to New Yorkers’ daily lives by providing access to safe cycling practices and engaging events.
Working with the New York City Department of Transportation and other City agencies, Bike New York provides access to cycling for New Yorkers by providing free bicycle education classes in all five boroughs. Classes cover a wide range of subjects for both youth and adults of all skill levels including:
Bike New York also holds year round classes on “How to Buy a Bike,” “Winter Riding 101,” “Commuting 101,” “Bike Maintenance” and “Street Skills.” Classes operate out of satellite Bicycle Education Centers around the City (see below for a list of bicycle education centers). Each center is equipped with a fleet of bicycles as well as helmets and other safety equipment.
In addition to free weekend classes, Bike New York offers informational school assemblies and after-school programs during the academic year as well as a summer program to youth enrolled in organized camp groups. Since 2011, Bike New York’s Education Programs have reached more than 17,500 New Yorkers with free classes.
These free classes are funded through public events, most notably the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, America’s largest cycling event. With more than 32,000 cyclists, this ride brings bike enthusiasts from all over the world to enjoy 40 miles of traffic-free streets in New York City. The Tour is co-produced by the Department of Transportation.
Bike New York also organizes the Discover Hudson Valley and Twin Lights regional rides to give New Yorkers a taste of rural riding and engage the City’s neighbors in safe cycling practices. Proceeds from these rides fund Bike New York’s Education Programs.
In addition to group rides, Bike New York also produces Bike Expo New York (BE NY) presented by Eastern Mountain Sports. With more than 43,000 attendees, the inaugural BE NY was the largest free consumer bike expo in the country, providing an unprecedented platform for bicycle education and an incredible opportunity to showcase cycling in New York City. Proceeds from this event fund Bike New York’s Education Programs.
Bike New York partners with the NYC Department of Transportation, NYPD and Recycle-A-Bicycle to hold Bike Bonanzas. Bonanzas feature a Learn to Ride class and Bike Driver’s Ed clinic for kids, free helmets for kids and adults, a kids bike swap, bike registration, and more.
Bike New York partners with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Education to host summer camps and classes at the Bicycle Education Centers.
Summer Camp Partnership Organizations
Bike New York partners with camp groups throughout the City to offer its summer program to New York City youth. Some of these groups include:
|Harlem PAL||PAZ @ PS 24|
|PAL IS 218 Beacon||PAL @ the Armory|
|Alfred E Smith Center (Parks)||Harlem YMCA|
|East 54th Rec. Center (Parks)||Goodwill NY @ IS 10|
|Shuang Wen Academy||William J. Duncan PAL|
|Henry Street Settlement||Prospect Park YMCA|
|Red Hook Rec. Center (Parks)||Children’s Village|
|New Settlement Camp||Red Hook Rec. Center (Parks)|
|Groundworks||Children of Promise|
|Goodwill Cornerstone||Boys & Girls Republic|
Bicycle Education Centers
- Midland Beach – Staten Island
- I.S. 302, East New York – Brooklyn/li>
- Randall’s Island
- Hudson River Park – Manhattan
- P.S. 180, Harlem – Manhattan
- Van Cortlandt Park- Bronx
- East River Park – Manhattan
- Brooklyn Bridge Park – Brooklyn
- Flushing Meadows Corona Park – Queens
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Students are Saying
"I am 27 years old and I had never been on a bicycle until the class. This was something I always wanted to learn, but the more years that passed the more anxious I felt about the process of learning. Now I am really exited about cycling, and I am looking forward to the summer on wheels! I even inspired my older sister to learn!"
"Thanks so much, I couldn't tell you guys enough how grateful I am for the wonderful program you have and the skillful professionals that you are! I had a great time! Thank you for all your volunteers and all the people that make these bike lessons for adults happen! I am so very happy—I am 60 yrs young, never learned to ride a bike and with your volunteer staff's guidance, patience and instructions, I learned the same day!"
"Just want to thank you for the wonderful teaching session today. 25 years after the first attempt, I finally learned how to ride a bike--in two hours! I think you have a great program."
"Just wanted to thank you guys for starting me on skill I will have for a lifetime."