Whether you’re looking for ways to live an earth-friendly lifestyle, or you want to maintain your health and wellness, biking around Brooklyn can be a great way to get around for both work and pleasure. The sights, sounds and tastes of the city are also easily accessible on foot, so you may never have to make use of a car.
Bike Sharing Systems
Many residents of Brooklyn and the rest of New York City use the Citi Bike system to commute to work or to enjoy a scenic ride through places like Central Park. Citi Bike has stations at hundreds of places in New York. In addition to Brooklyn, bike-sharing systems are taking place in cities throughout the United States. From Brooklyn and Chicago, to Florida and San Francisco, the bikes are safe and geared toward helping commuters, visitors and locals use alternative methods of transportation. They are also so popular that areas such as Brooklyn may be thinking of expanding their future plans.
Events and Happenings
Biking is an excellent way to stay in shape. It can also be a fun way to meet new people and explore the city. May is bike month and the area hosts a number of events. From the annual Tour de Taco, to the Bike to Home from Work festivities, the weather is ideal for getting out and riding. You can also give back to the community and get in shape with charity bike rides dedicated to Hurricane relief, cancer and diabetes.
Spinlister Bike Sharing App
To help the bike sharing programs gain momentum in Brooklyn, the free app Spinlister is made available and is a favorite among cyclists. Bike owners can utilize Spinlister to rent out their bikes by choosing the amount of time and cost to rent. People in need of a bike can use the app’s map to determine a bike’s availability. To avoid theft and other mischievous behaviors, Spinlister guarantees reimbursement for any thefts or damages and does a thorough background check.
Walk Your Way through Brooklyn
Biking isn’t the only non-vehicle method of transportation, and almost all New York City areas are less congested and ideal for getting your way around on foot. However, wearing comfortable shoes and clothing can aid you in your pursuits. The industrial and professional buildings are also accommodating for those who choose to walk. If you’re fortunate to live in one of the unique brownstones, the corner delis, bakeries and pizza parlors are sure to tempt you. Fortunately, you can walk off your calories afterward.
Getting in Shape for the City Lifestyle
If you are moving to Brooklyn from another state, you may be surprised at how physically fit the residents are that you meet there. That’s because residents often walk and take their bikes to their destination instead of driving their car. If you plan on trekking across Brooklyn by either bike or on foot, you’ll want to be in shape and adhere to a healthy diet. Many restaurants in the New York area are famous for their fresh, unprocessed food and many residents believe organic and natural foods are the way to go.
And healthy food, supplements and exercise go hand-in-hand. Foods such as vegetables, lean meats, fruits, whole-grains, beans, nuts, seeds and green tea can enhance your memory, improve brain health and provide you with the energy that it takes to maintain an active lifestyle. In addition to eating right, healthy supplements can enhance your endurance, and herb therapy you can try include bacopa, vitamin B6 and piracetam.
There are a number of ways to get around Brooklyn without having to travel by car. Whether you take advantage of the many bike-sharing programs scattered throughout the area or walk your way through the heart of the Burroughs, the city terrain and lovely sights are best enjoyed without your vehicle.
The biking culture is ingrained in Brooklyn and the rest of New York City, and writer Holly Chavez enjoys riding her bike through central park and the Brooklyn Waterfront with her friends. She was surprised at how brutal the first few rides around the city can be if you're not used to it, so be sure you're fit and know the areas of the city you'll be riding in.
Photo Courtesy of Damien Derouene