Bike the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Lower Manhattan, and Brooklyn! It's fun, easy, and offers absolutely the best views of the NYC skyline.
Of all the significant engineering feats of the 1800s, the Brooklyn Bridge stands out as perhaps the most famous and remarkable. It took more than a decade to build, cost the life of its designer (as well as 27 workers), and was criticized by skeptics who thought it would collapse into the East River. Nonetheless, when it opened on May 24, 1883, with majestic stone towers and graceful steel cables spanning 5,989 feet (the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time), it instantly became the primary route between two major boroughs and one of the enduring symbols of the New York skyline.
Today, the Brooklyn Bridge offers cyclists a car-free pedestrian walkway, running down the center of the bridge and above automobile traffic. This safe and scenic ride affords panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn, and Lower Manhattan, so don't forget to bring your camera and take some stunning photos!
There are many ways to do this world-class ride. For quick trips, you can ride to the middle of the bridge, take some photos, and then ride back. You can also loop between the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge to double your pleasure! And if you want to extend your ride, you can explore the Brooklyn waterfront, including great stops for ice cream, pizza, and breathtaking views across the Hudson River of Lower Manhattan.