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6 Tips to Remember When Using a Bike Rental in Central Park at Night

Bike through Central Park at dusk

Central Park is among the most popular attractions in NYC. On a bike, you can easily see everything in a day or less. If you plan to get a Central Park bike rental at night, you will want to consider a few extra factors in addition to the normal precautions for biking, such as giving pedestrians the right of way.

Know What Time Attractions Close

For those who choose to get a Central Park bike rental as a way to see multiple attractions without having to walk between them, you need to be sure to check closing times. The Central Park Zoo, for example, closes at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 5:30 on weekends. So, you aren’t likely to be able to go inside if you visit the area at night.

Know Your Rental Hours

In addition to keeping track of hours for anything you want to visit, you must know by what time you need to return your Central Park bike rental. Most rental places will need the bike back by 8 p.m. at the latest, so plan accordingly and be sure to ask.

Use Lights and Reflectors

Biking in Central Park at night is easier than biking on actual roads since there aren’t cars, but you still need to be careful. Confirm that your bike rental includes reflectors and lights of some sort, and consider bringing along your own reflector to ensure you are visible.

Wear a Helmet

In Central Park, the law requires anyone under 14 years old to use a bike helmet, but cyclists of all ages should wear one. This is particularly true at night, when you won’t be able to see around you as easily and the risk of falling is greater. Helmets don’t look too stylish, but they keep you safe.

Stick to Well-Lit Areas

As with any other visit to the park at night, a Central Park bike rental should only be ridden in areas of the park that are well lit. Anytime you venture into a darker area of the park, you put yourself at risk.

Follow Common Sense

Of course, biking in Central Park at night is very similar to biking any other time of the day. You want to be aware of your surroundings. Use common sense when figuring out if you should bike somewhere or who has the right of way. Biking over a fallen branch, for example, isn’t smart during the day or at night; go around it.

Whether you want to use your Central Park bike rental at night or during the day, our team can help you make a reservation and get your wheels.