Exploring a new city by bicycle allows you to get up close and personal in ways that driving cannot. And, with more and more cities offering bike-sharing programs, it’s easier than ever to give it a spin.
Check out these five U.S. cities with bike-sharing programs:
New York City, NY – Citi Bike
With 10,000 bikes located in 55 neighborhoods, Citi Bike makes it easy for NYC visitors to get from point A to point B. Citi Bike also offers an app to help you locate bikes and docking stations and even provides a handy list of attractions and routes throughout the city. See how you can skip expensive cabs and frustrating New York traffic by reading up on Citi Bike here.
Austin, TX – Austin B-cycle
Whether you’re indulging in some local barbecue or heading to Austin City Limits, cruise around in style by hopping on a B-cycle bike. This popular program has replaced more than 112,000 car trips as of June 2016. Each B-cycle also comes standard with big white baskets—perfect for your farmer’s market and thrift store finds. Learn more here.
Washington, D.C. – Capital Bikeshare
With dozens of national monuments and museums, the bike share program in our nation’s capital offers pre-planned routes to make touring a cinch. With rentals ranging from $2 for a single ride to $8 for 24 hours, the program is as affordable as it is convenient. Check out its interactive map here.
San Francisco, CA – Bay Area Bike Share
Bay Area Bike Share is planning to expand in a big way in 2017—from 700 to 7,000 bikes! With more bikes and more stations, it will be easier than ever to tour San Francisco and surrounding areas by bike. Find the nearest station here.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – Nice Ride
Are the Twin Cities your final destination? You’re in luck. Minnesotans and visitors can often be seen cruising around the cities on neon green Nice Ride bikes. The five-year-old program offers an app, thousands of bikes and unique tours. (We recommend the quintessentially Minnesotan “Prince for a Day” tour.) What’s more, Minneapolis is routinely noted as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation, with winding trails and many miles of protected bike lanes. See for yourself here.
Don’t see your next destination on the list? Check out Spotcycle, an app that aggregates bike share information for over 40 U.S. cities. Happy trails!