Riding a bicycle throughout the Rockaway Peninsula is one of the most delightful bike routes in New York City—especially in the springtime! In the spring, cyclists have the advantage of cooler temperatures, quieter beaches, and lower traffic on popular routes like the Rockaway Boardwalk. If you would like to slow down and enjoy a relaxing bicycle ride on the beautifully maintained trails accessible right from your doorstep at Arverne By The Sea, then this is the springtime bicycle guide for you.
Paul’s Bicycle Shop
Regardless of whether you have your own bicycle or are looking to rent one, a great place to start is Paul’s Bicycle Shop located at 163 Beach 116th Street between Ocean Promenade Walkway and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. This friendly neighborhood shop specializes in fixing flat tires, tune-ups, and emergency on-site repairs—as well as new bicycle and basic bike product sales. Anyone living in Arverne By The Sea who cycles should have Paul’s Bicycle Shop on speed dial, just a quick phone call away in the event of trouble on the trail.
Spring Bike Tours of the Rockaway Peninsula
Are you a new cyclist, or a cyclist new to the Rockaway Peninsula? A bike tour is a great way to get acquainted with the area! The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance holds interactive bike tours for riders of all ages and abilities on set Sundays throughout the spring season, such as their Rockspot Historical Bike Tour-Ft. Tilden (to be held Sunday May 17th for 2015), and the Rockspot Bike Tour (to be held Sunday June 14th for 2015), both departing from Firehouse 59 at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 59th Street. Here, riders not only enjoy fresh air and exercise, but learn about the environmental and historical significance of select sites along the way. There is a suggested donation of $10 for all riders, and prior registration is required. To learn more or register, visit online: http://www.rwalliance.org/rwa/events/.
Popular Rockaway Bike Rides
Within a short pedal of Arverne By The Sea there are a number of excellent options for casual and athletic bike rides. Some of the most popular include:
- The Jamaica Bay and the Nine Bridge Tour—This 25-mile route circumnavigates the 9,000-acre wildlife refuge, home to more than 300 species of birds and animals like egret, loons, glossy ibis, osprey, and plover. This bicycle route can be combined with a kayak excursion to get up-close and personal with the many native species. Most cyclists choose to drive and park at Canarsie Piers, following the bike path east, making a clockwise circle around the bay.
- Fort Tilden Bike Trails—There are many bike ride options of varying lengths near Fort Tilden on the Rockaway Peninsula, including hard-surface paths and dirt trails in the Back Fort area. Here, cyclists ride by a long pristine beach, roaring surf, windswept sand dunes, and a maritime forest of holly and gnarled black pine. Nearby trails include the Jacob Riis Park Boardwalk and Shore Road.
- Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk—The most popular of all Rockaway Beach bicycle rides in the spring and summer is the Rockaway Boardwalk! Stretching from Beach 9th Street to Beach 149th Street, this expanse of sand and boardwalk goes right past your front door at Arverne By The Sea. The weather and low volume of visitors are perfect in the breezy spring months.
It is easy to see that Rockaway Peninsula in the springtime is amongst New York City’s best-kept secrets. Enjoy this season more when you live at Arverne By The Sea! There is no better way to combine exercise and springtime enjoyment than cycling the Rockaways.