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Be My Bike Valentine: 8 Romantic Date Rides in NYC

Sunset from Astoria Park. Photo by "takinyerphoto."

You love to ride your bike, so you’re in luck this Valentine’s Day.

Whether you've planned a wheeled rendezvous for two or you think cycling sweethearts are for suckers, you’ve got a very fine Valentine in your bicycle. 

Whether you’re solo, coupled or with a whole bike crew, here are some of the most romantic bike rides in New York City.

[Image: Sunset from Astoria Park by "takinyerphoto" via Pinterest]

 Once Around with Perogies

Greenways and delicious potato filling – that’s how to bicycle a loop around Manhattan Island. After a carbohydrate stop at Bike Friendly Business and Polish food specialist Veselka, take in beautiful views from the East and Hudson River greenways (and a bit of adventure as you navigate between the two).

A Bike Built for Two

What could make for a more quintessentially NYC Valentine’s Day than a trip for two around Central Park? Skip the hansom cabs and instead invite that handsome (or lovely) someone to join you on a pedal-powered trip around the park with WE Bike NYC’s Sadie Hawkins Tandem Ride.

Nothing Repelling about You!

Rock climbing is an activity for partners, all about trust and supporting your buddy. At Brooklyn Boulders in Cobble Hill, the first-ever Bike Friendly Business in the borough, you and your partner can park your bicycles indoors while you hit -- or should we say caress -- the climbing wall.

Brooklyn Boulders couple.

Image via Brooklyn Boulders 

Choo-choo Choose You

Putnam Trail — a woodsy stretch of the North Bronx biking and walking path — used to be Putnam Railroad. Today it makes for a perfect romantic-ride destination for couples looking to get away without going far.

Citi Sweetheart

You ride. Your sweetie doesn't. If your relationship is out of balance, let Citi Bike help. Get a free 24-hour pass for Valentine's Day and share the bike love! Once you've got a pass, check BikeNYC's Citi Bike Adventures page for some great Valentine's ride itineraries.   


Image via Lars Klove/New York City Bicycle Share 

Tug at the Heartstrings

What really tugs at the heart? Hint: It’s a tugboat.  At Arthur Kill, about an hour’s bike ride from the Staten Island Ferry terminal at St. George, a beach-side graveyard of retired New York City tugboats provides a romantic spot, in a barren, apocalyptic sort of way.

Heart of Glass

Would your romance have survived 19th Century New York City? Pour over some ancient New York City history at Dead Horse Bay. Brooklynites know this seek-and-find date spot as Bottle Beach, where a long-ago landfill left behind piles of sand-worn sea glass to gift to your sweetheart. 

Buried treasure from Glass Bottle Beach. Image via Geronimo James.

Queens of Hearts

The Western Queens waterfront greenway is a stone’s throw from some of the city’s most awe-inspiring views. Catch a mood-setting sunset at Astoria Park or Socrates Sculpture Park, then ride over (with bike lights aglow) to The Queens Kickshaw — Astoria’s original Bike Friendly Business — for some of the borough’s best eats in an intimate atmosphere. Seal the deal on a great date night with libations and laughs courtesy of The Creek and Cave, Long Island City’s top spot for live comedy.

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