Two weeks ago, my roommate and I got up bright and early to get some Citi bikes and head for Summer Streets. Each August, Park Avenue shuts down early Saturday morning from the Upper East Side all the way down to Brooklyn Bridge. The street is closed to car traffic, allowing bikers, runners and walkers to take over the streets and have a safe and fun spot to experience NYC in a whole new way.
I had never used Citi bikes before, but the process couldn’t be simpler. As a non-member, the rental was $12 for the first 45 minutes, plus a small additional fee for every 15 minutes over the first 45. In total, we had our bikes for about an hour so the cost ran about $20. If you’re like me (aka broke) make sure you have an extra $110 in your account, as Citi bike charges this as collateral until your bike is returned safely.
After getting our bikes at 77th and Park Avenue, we hopped on and biked the entire route headed downtown. It was hot and humid, of course, but the ride was still enjoyable and it was really fun to see the city from bike, because I hadn’t every experienced that before. There are also check points set up along the route with concerts and other events, so if you have time to spare you can hop off and enjoy all of the other offerings.
Once we got all the way downtown, we ditched our bikes at a Citi bike location and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Our original intention was to bike across the bridge, but thankfully a friend cautioned us against it as the bridge gets incredibly overcrowded on weekends. After walking across the bridge, we wandered around Brooklyn Bridge Park and DUMBO and took in all of the sites and enjoyed the (hot af) summer afternoon.