The original Bridges by Night ride is a twilight tour of East River bridges, through three boroughs and over the Queensboro, Pulaski, Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn bridges. This unique ride highlights stunning vistas, takes in the glorious sunset with a Manhattan backdrop, celebrates bridge access for bicycles and pedestrians, and provides a brief history of the bridges and waterways. Bring lights and a snack or $$ to buy. Approx. 15 miles, some stairs. Ice cream stop included.
Ride leaders will bring riders back to Tramway Plaza, but you are free to leave after the final bridge or at any other time.
The new Uptown edition tours numerous bridges over the Harlem River, the Bronx Kill, and Little Hell Gate Inlet, with stops in Manhattan, Wards and Randall’s Island, and the Bronx. In addition to uncovering bicycle access points and taking in stunning sunset vistas, it touches on environmental issues as overly industrialized waterfronts, highway systems, and damaged marine and shore ecosystems are viewed.
Though it’s just 6 miles long, the Harlem River is crossed by 14 bridges, making it the most-bridged waterway of that length in the world. Our ride will take us to both NYC’s oldest and newest bridges and over two car-free spans as we cross between islands and the mainland (i.e., the Bronx).
The last bridge we cross will leave us at 179th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, from which some people will head to the subway and others will ride back to the start location. Total round-trip distance: 25 miles.
Bring: lights, snacks, water, and an empty bladder. Be prepared for a veritable urban obstacle course, including a bit of gravel, some stairs, hills, broken glass, pot-holed roadways, stretches of heavy traffic, and a Yankees game.