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Here's Where You'll Be Riding (For Free) During Bike Season In New York

April 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM | by | ()

Riding a bike in Manhattan can indeed be lethal—you've always got to keep your guard up, and you should never EVER assume a taxi driver has seen you (even if you're riding around in a neon pink unitard). But in the warmer seasons, like now, bike riding can be one of the best ways to enjoy some incredibly scenic parts of the city.

Here's our guide to free hotel bike rentals. Just remember to wear a helmet!

You might have to step up your wardrobe a little bit to compete with the fashion crowd that usually hangs around at the Mondrian Soho, but the rooms (and public spaces) are totally worth it. And free Public C7 bikes? Even more worth it.  

In fact, starting now, the complimentary "Dutch style" bikes are now available at all Morgans Hotels around the country (these include Ames Boston, Clift San Francisco, and Miami's Delano, Mondrian South Beach and Shore Club). And let's not forget the Hudson Hotel—midtown isn't exactly known for its amazing bike paths, but Central Park is just a few blocks away!

Apple Core Hotels are the guys behind Manhattan's budget go-tos like La Quinta Inn Manhattan, New York Manhattan Hotel and the recently-debuted Broadway @ Times Square Hotel. And the gelato-loving brand is now tempting guests with a Green and Lean package at all Apple Core properties, which includes a free two-hour bike rental from a local rental shop. Rates vary between the different hotels, but start at $229.99/night at Broadway @ Times Square, and $219.99/night at the New York Manhattan Hotel. Note: a two-night minimum is required at some of the hotels.

Lower Manhattan's the Nolitan Hotel is still relatively new to the scene (they only opened last July)—but they've certainly done their bit to help guests get the full "Nolita" experience. How so? Free bike and skateboard rentals! If a Nolitan-branded skateboard sounds a little too intimidating, opt instead for a regular old bike, and set off down the little cobble stone streets of Little Italy and Soho. Before you know it, you'll be jetting across the bridge into Williamsburg!

We always have a fun time walking by the well-dressed bellmen at the Bowery Hotel, all done up in their coats and ties and hats and—oh! so handsome. Well, you don't have to just stare at them awkwardly when you're a guest at the hotel: have them help you onto one of the hotel's custom red-painted Earth Cruisers, available for free to all guests. Further uptown in Chelsea, the Maritime Hotel offers a similar service, except their bikes are painted silver. First come, first served!

And last, but not least, those of you who want nothing to do with the hectic, crowded streets of Manhattan (but still enjoy its skyline) can take a ride down the riverside bike path in Long Island City, Queens. The Ravel Hotel is located only 15 minutes from Times Square via subway, and bike riders will love the hotel's awesome bike rental service, which is set to re-launch in a few weeks. The amenity offers free bike rentals on the first day of your stay, and discounted rentals on all days after that.

[Photos: Morgans Hotel Group, Bowery Hotel]

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