Bike Lanes and Paths: A Primer

New York City's bicycling infrastructure is changing all the time. Pick up a NYC Cycling Map to stay on top of the best ways to navigate the city on a bike. Available for free, you can get one at almost any bike store or by calling 311. You can also use Ride the City to map out a great bike route and even share it with friends.

PHYSICALLY PROTECTED PATH OR 'CYCLE-TRACK' (Class 1)
Street Layout: Sidewalk - Bike Lane - Painted Buffer - Parked Cars - Vehicle Lane
Where You'll Find One: 9th Avenue in Manhattan or Grand Street in Manhattan
On the NYC Bike Map: Solid Green Lines


BI-DIRECTIONAL PROTECTED PATH (Class 1)
Street Layout: Sidewalk - Bi-Directional Bike Lane - Painted Buffer - Parked Cars - Vehicle Lane
Where You'll Find One: Tillary Street in Brooklyn between the exit of the Brooklyn Bridge and Cadman Plaza West. Coming Soon to Prospect Park West & Kent Avenue in Brooklyn!
On the NYC Bike Map: Stay Tuned


BUFFERED BIKE LANE (Class 2)
Street Layout: Sidewalk - Parked Cars - Bike Lane - Painted Buffer - Vehicle Lane
Where You'll Find One: DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn or Lafayette Street in Manhattan
On the NYC Bike Map: Solid Red Lines


STANDARD PAINTED BIKE LANE (Class 2)
Street Layout: Sidewalk - Parked Cars - Bike Lane - Vehicle Lane or Sidewalk - Green Bike Lane - Vehicle Lane
Where You'll Find One: 20th Street in Manhattan or Prince Street in Manhattan
On the NYC Bike Map: Solid Red Lines


SHARED LANE OR 'SHARROWS' (Class 3)
Street Layout: Vehicle Lane with Bicycle Markings on Pavement to Indicate Shared Space
Where You'll Find One: 5th Avenue North of Carroll Street in Brooklyn or Henry Street at Congress Street in Brooklyn
On the NYC Bike Map: Solid Yellow Lines


SIGNED ROUTE (Class 3)
Street Layout: Bicycle Signs Marking Designated Bike Route
Where You'll Find One: Bay Street in Staten Island
On the NYC Bike Map: Solid Yellow Lines


GREENWAY PATH
Greenways are shared bicycle and pedestrian paths, almost always separated from motor vehicle traffic. Greenways are one part linear park and another part car-free riding paradise. They can be a great way to get the hang of city cycling. There are more than 100 miles of greenways in NYC and hundreds more are planned.

Where You'll Find One: Along the Hudson River in Manhattan or the Southern Waterfront of the Bronx
On the NYC Bike Map: Solid Green Lines

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