BicyCOOL Paths in Brooklyn

May is Bike Month in NYC so it’s fitting to feature a few of the best bike paths in the borough, and with the weather finally heating it’s time to get riding!

 

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We have an endless list of cool Brooklyn facts, and we just discovered something to add! Did you know… the United States’ first ever bike path was created in Brooklyn in 1894 – Ocean Parkway! Although some of the Parkway was cleared in the 1970s to make room for the Prospect Expressway, there are still plenty of trees lining this path, which makes it a lovely, scenic ride from Prospect Park to Coney Island, and generally flat and easy-going. Starting in Carroll Gardens, be sure to do a quick tour of the charming historic brownstones, then hit the path from Ocean Parkway and East 8th Street in Kensington, all the way down to Surf Avenue in Coney Island.


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Views of Manhattan, tours through various neighborhoods, a leisurely ride through the park and a speedy ride through the streets – the Brooklyn Greenway is ride up our alley! Obviously we’re not a fan of a PATH unless it’s in Brooklyn, and this one happens to be one of the most impressive in the city, running along the East River from Greenpoint to Red Hook. Take in the views of the city skyline, and breathe in fresh air while cruising through Brooklyn Bridge Park (be aware that the path in the park can get crowded!). The six-mile path runs from Kent Avenue to the northern end of Van Brunt Street, with plans to extend it through Sunset Park to Bay Ridge. 

 

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You’re in for quite a ride on the Belt Parkway Bike Path! Starting from Bay Ridge this waterfront path has a spectacular view of the Staten Island, the Verrazano Bridge and the New York harbor. Pedaling along the coast and through Sheepshead Bay, with the open Atlantic Ocean beside you, you’ll eventually reach Flatbush Avenue. Here you can take a right and continue over the Marine Parkway Bridge, then turn left and head to Rockaway Beach. This is a smooth ride, several miles long with sensational views.


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Pulaski and you shall receive! About a month ago the new, improved and much-anticipated Pulaski Bridge Bike Path officially opened, taking cyclists on a safe, scenic tour through three boroughs. Starting in Long Island City, the two-lane, protected bike lane, travels across the bridge, into North Brooklyn. Cycling through commercial Manhattan Avenue then residential Noble Street, you take Kent Avenue down to the Williamsburg Bridge, and then across into the Lower East Side. With stellar views of the Manhattan skyline and a solid workout guaranteed – it is highly bikely you’ll enjoy this one!

MAYke a Run for it

It’s officially time to get out of hibernation, get up and get moving! Brooklyn has a bunch of great races all year round, but we’ve rounded up some of the best ones taking place next month. Ready… set… GO!

 

cambaThe Healthy Way or the Highway
If you need more incentive to hit the ground running, CAMBA’s Healthy Way 5k & 10k is for a great cause. This annual run/walk in Prospect Park is to raise funds to support the non-profit agency’s life-changing services for 45,000 New Yorkers in need. Participants can choose from a 5km run/walk or 10k run and receive a t-shirt and race day snacks!
Sunday, May 1. $30

 

dimeIn the St. Nick of Dime
Feel like taking a super speedy tour around some of the hippest Brooklyn streets? The Dime McCarren 5k race in Greenpoint and Williamsburg is a cool race that gets more and more popular each year! Awards will go to the first 3 male and female runners to the finish line and the top 3 finishers in each ten-year age group. Proceeds go to St. Nicks Alliance, a North Brooklyn nonprofit that seeks to transform lives through employment, education, housing and health care.
Saturday, May 7. $40

 

PTA-runRunning and Kidding Around
We all want the best education for our kids, and guess what? There’s a race for that! For the 9th year running the PTA 5km walk/stroll/run in Prospect Park will see hundreds of parents, teachers and students come together and raise funds to provide additional support for schools in need. Last year over 60 Brooklyn public schools participated and raised over $20,000. It’s a fantastic day for relationship building and for the community to work together on critical issues facing our public schools.
Saturday, May 7. $20.

 

sciA Race to Remember
Set on the rolling hills of Prospect Park, the third annual Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness 5K will raise your heart rate but most importantly, funds! The run is a community effort by five of NYC’s leading SCI nonprofits who aim to maximize independence and the quality of life for people with SCI injuries, and their families. Traumatic spinal cord injuries occur approximately 30 times a day across the US and this is a great initiative to bring awareness to spinal cord injury and paralysis. Bagels, fresh fruit and spreads will be on hand for post-race refueling.
Sunday, May 22. $25