Orchard Beach and City Island

Bronx, New York

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This ride travels along greenways through New York City’s largest park system, Pelham Bay Park. At three times the size of Central Park, the park contains miles of walking trails and bridle paths, golf courses, an architectural landmark, and 13 miles of shorefront along the Long Island Sound that includes Orchard Beach. Conceived as the “Riviera of New York” by Robert Moses in the 1930s, Orchard Beach continues as Pelham Bay Park’s most popular attraction, with a beachfront esplanade. On this ride, you’ll skirt the edge of all of these sites before heading to the historical seaport community of City Island, surrounded by the waters of the Longs Island Sound on all sides. This ride is a great, mostly car- free, city getaway. Head out early, before the crowds. Most of this route travels on the NYC Greenway, which is car-free. The greenway crosses multiple access roads along Pelham Parkway, though, so stay alert. Come to a complete stop and check for oncoming traffic before crossing. City Island Avenue, on City Island, is the only route section that’s on-road without a bike lane. It’s a popular cycling route and traffic is light, but stay alert.
Best Bike Rides New York City

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Best Bike Rides New York City

by Mary Staub (Falcon Guides)

This ride travels along greenways through New York City’s largest park system, Pelham Bay Park. At three times the size of Central Park, the park contains miles of walking trails and bridle paths, golf courses, an architectural landmark, and 13 miles of shorefront along the Long Island Sound that includes Orchard Beach. Conceived as the “Riviera of New York” by Robert Moses in the 1930s, Orchard Beach continues as Pelham Bay Park’s most popular attraction, with a beachfront esplanade. On this ride, you’ll skirt the edge of all of these sites before heading to the historical seaport community of City Island, surrounded by the waters of the Longs Island Sound on all sides. This ride is a great, mostly car- free, city getaway. Head out early, before the crowds.

Most of this route travels on the NYC Greenway, which is car-free. The greenway crosses multiple access roads along Pelham Parkway, though, so stay alert. Come to a complete stop and check for oncoming traffic before crossing. City Island Avenue, on City Island, is the only route section that’s on-road without a bike lane. It’s a popular cycling route and traffic is light, but stay alert.

© 2014 Mary Staub/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bronx
Distance: 17.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2.5 hours
Local Maps: New York City Bike Map, Department of City Planning Bike the Bronx map, New York City Parks Map of Pelham Bay Park: www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/vt_pelham_bay_park/images/Pelham%20map-rev2005.pdf
Driving Directions: Directions to Orchard Beach and City Island

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