When the weather cooperates, Simson often bikes over seven miles home from work. “It’s a good way of being in control of your commute,” she says. She stops midway to re-dock, and uses those few minutes to drink water and check her phone.
Biking even inspires date ideas for Simson and her avid cyclist boyfriend. During a rare sunny day in January, they made their own challenge and biked from Brooklyn to Queens, then crossed over the Triborough Bridge, then pedaled to the west side in Manhattan.
Geddie rides to meet friends throughout Brooklyn for brunch on Sundays, or uses a bike to head to a workout class since he’s already in gym clothes. There are also cycling-friendly spots with minimal car traffic. “There are docks right on the corner of Central Park, so I’ve done loops in there and you don’t have to worry about cars,” she says.
An annual pass will run you $169 per year (or $14.95 per month), and includes unlimited 45-minute trips and $2.50 for each additional 15 minutes. A 24-hour day pass costs $12 and includes unlimited 30-minute trips, while a three-day pass costs $24. Single rides are a sweet $3 apiece. Just be aware that if you keep a bike longer than 30 minutes, it's an extra $4 for each additional 15 minutes.
The next step
If you want to take your biking to the next level, check the Citi Bike site for local events, classes and popular rides. Sometimes biking with friends can be more fun than a solo ride — so tap a fellow newbie and plot a route for the weekend.
As a newcomer to New York, Simson has found biking to be immensely rewarding. “One of the things I value most about the city is the history and architecture. Every neighborhood has its own story, and it’s something you really can’t experience when you’re on the subway,” she notes. “I love biking greenways, but when I actually get to bike in the street, I feel like I’m a part of the city. For all of us who are trying to do something small to reduce our footprint on the world, becoming a cyclist is probably the best thing you can do.”
So, hop on — and don’t forget to look around at the city you call home.