So my family has been visiting all week (more on that later), and on Sunday night, they had signed us all up for a bike ride… in Manhattan. When the Tennant family said that we were doing a 5-hour bike tour around New York, I was a little nervous. My outdoor adventure loving family was totally pumped. But me, the New Yorker, was nervous- cause I’ve seen bikes in New York.
Crazy people dodging in and out of midtown traffic, on parkways barely avoiding pedestrians, not wearing helmets, ignoring right of ways- I was of course scared.
I was so glad to be pleasantly surprised!
Bike the Big Apple was an amazing bike experience!
Led by our noble leader Jesse, our 5-hour tour was some of the coolest moments of my New York experience this far, and like we know, living here for a year, I’ve done quite a bit! The trip led us through Gramercy to Washington Square Park, through the West Village, to the Piers, down to Battery Park City, down to South Ferry, through the Financial District, over the Brooklyn Bridge, into Brooklyn, back over the Manhattan Bridge, through Chinatown, Little Italy, and back! PHEW!
And it was safe! Jesse and our other guide Daniel (or as I called him our human shield) protected us from the traffic. And with 12 people we were big enough for people to pay attention to us but not ridiculously impossible for a tour group!
Taking the tour, I saw so much of New York of never seen before, and so many historic markers that I never knew existed since I had no reason to know they existed!
It really made me so happy to see my city from such a historic standpoint. I really loved it. That’s so hard to see when you’re just moving in and out of your daily routine.
And it was SO beautiful. Some of the sites and views were ones I wouldn’t have normally seen or noticed, and now I’ll never forget them!
While part of me was so disappointed in my complete lack of knowledge or navigation in some areas, the better part of me was excited, remembering that learning is fun and I still have SO much to explore about my city! So don’t worry blog! We have SO much more to cover….
And thank you Bike the Big Apple!! I will (and am) recommending you to everyone I know! Especially the New Yorkers!