May is Bike Month in NYC. A bike trip with kids is a great way to spend a day outdoors. Although I would love to actually own a bike for every member of my family and store it in my house; that would involve a magic wand and a few hundred more square feet of space. Alas we do not actually own bikes, but there is hope for anyone who wants to spend a fun and fit day at the park with their kids. Bike rental is popular and cheap and all over Queens. Check out our bike safety tips from Heidi Harrison Chain, the President of the 112th precinct community council and other biking resources in Queens below:
Learn How to Ride a Bike for Free
For the parent who may need some assistance teaching Junior how to ride, the Parks Department and Bike New York run a free Learn to Ride class for children. In these free classes, they teach the fundamentals of bicycling.
Bike Paths in Queens
The Queens waterfront from Astoria Park to Long Island City has some nice bike paths and good areas to stop and play or picnic. Forest Park, Flushing Park, Cunningham, and Fort Totten Parks also have great areas to bike around with the family. If you are not sure of your bike route then check out the DOT’s Ride the City website which will find you the safest route from A to B.
Bike Events and Happenings
Bike Rental Shops in Queens
- Peak Bicycle Pro Shop- 42-42 235th Street Douglaston, NY 718 225 5119
- Buddy’s Schwinn Bicycles- 7930 Parsons Boulevard Fresh Meadows, NY 11366 718-591-9180
- CIGI Bicycle Shop – 9107 37th Avenue Jackson Heights, NY 11372 718-457-1093
- Bellitte Bicycles- 169-20 Jamaica Avenue Jamaica, NY 11430 718-739-3795
- Kantor’s Bicycle Rental & Sales- 9415 100th Street Jamaica, NY 11416
- Gray’s Bicycles & Accessories- 8234 Lefferts Boulevard Kew Gardens, NY 11415 718-441-9767
- Spokesman Cycles- 49-04 Vernon Boulevard Long Island City (718) 433-0450
- Grand Bicycle Center- 7013 Grand Avenue Maspeth, NY 11378 718-779-4378
- Twin Bicycle & Sporting Goods Inc- 7520 Metropolitan Avenue Middle Village, NY 11379 718-326-7725
- Bicycle Barn- 10734 Springfield Boulevard Queens Village, NY 11429 718-479-3119
- Queens Discount Bicycles 9264 Queens Boulevard Rego Park, NY 11374 718-478-3338
- Arc de Triomphe Bicycles Inc 11401 Jamaica Avenue Richmond Hill, NY 11418 718-846-4094
- Laurelton Bicycle & Carriage Shop- 23220 Merrick Boulevard Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 718-528-6886
- Century Bicycle Shop- 1418 150th Street Whitestone, NY 11357 718-767-2772
- Bill’s Cyclery LLC – 6324 Roosevelt Avenue Woodside, NY 11377 718-335-1906
Bike Safety in NYC
The weather is beautiful. We should enjoy going outside, walking, riding our bicycles and enjoying the community. Many more people are out on their bicycles and children are out riding as well. Therefore, as more people are out on their bicycles, drivers in cars must be very careful when turning to be sure that you do not hit them. According to the Red Cross website, 500,000 people are injured riding a bicycle every year which is a surprising number for parents to see. Bicyclists have to operate in compliance with the same traffic rules and regulations as the operator of a motor vehicle. Most important: Bicycles should not be on the sidewalks! Local Police precincts will be enforcing these rules and regulations.
The most important are:
- Adults should not be riding bicycles on the
- Bicycles must travel in the same direction as traffic
- Bicycles must stop at red lights
- Bicycles must stop at stop signs
- You do not need to be injured when having fun. Here are some safety tips to consider:
- Check that your bicycle is in good working order.
- Wear a helmet
- Parents remember that children should wear a helmet. In fact, it is always a good safety practice for everyone to wear a helmet regardless of your age.
- Before riding a bicycle you should make sure that it has a bell or horn.
- The bike should have a white light in the front and a red taillight in the rear.
- Put reflectors on both wheels. Reflective material attached to other parts of the bike will help make you visible to drivers in low light conditions.
- While riding you must watch around you. If a car just parked be aware that the driver may open the car door.
- Wear visible clothing or put reflective material on your clothing to increase your visibility.
- Never ride with headphones- you need to be able to hear the traffic around you.
- Don’t weave between cars
- Be careful of road hazards, many of our roadsnow have potholes, and uneven surfaces. You must be very careful.
- Use a light. Even for daytime riding, a bright white light that has a flashing mode can make you more visible to motorists. Look for the new LED headlights which last ten times as long on a set of batteries as old-style lights. And helmet- or head-mounted lights are the great, because then you can look directly at the driver to make sure they see