Biking around Central Park is the perfect way to get a workout in and explore a large portion of the park in a single day. Because the park is open to dogs, however, some people aren’t sure how to deal with them during their Central Park bike rental. Don’t worry too much; NYC has rules in place regarding controlling dogs and keeping them on leashes, making it less likely you will have to do anything other than admire the cute canine as you ride by.
1. Plan Your Ride for On-Leash Hours
If you want to make sure that no dogs give you problems during your Central Park bike rental, opt to bike during the hours when dogs must be on their leash. Every day, dogs have to be on-leash between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. They are only allowed off-leash from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. If you don’t bike during those times, you will never have to deal with a dog causing problems – unless it manages to break free from its human.
2. Stick to Areas That Are Dog-Free
For those who don’t want to have to deal with dogs, you can also try to stay close to areas where dogs aren’t allowed. Canines aren’t allowed by the Great Lawn Oval, Lilac Walk, the Reservoir running track, Sheep Meadow, and a few other areas.
3. Stay Alert for Dogs and Other Obstacles
The last thing you want is to fall off your bike because a dog ran into it full speed. To avoid this and other dog-related issues during your Central Park bike rental, remain alert at all times. This way, you can see a dog (or child or another obstacle) approaching your path and take action in time, such as slowing down or stopping.
4. Know What to Do if a Dog Chases/Follows You
It is very unlikely that a dog will chase you or start following you while biking in Central Park. Dog owners must have their pooches under control at all times in the park. They can be fined if they don’t. If a dog does start following you, it will most likely stop if you slow down your bike or stop completely. You should also be able to deter a dog with a few drops from your water bottle.
5. Have Fun with the Dogs
Of course, the best way to deal with dogs during your Central Park bike rental is to embrace their presence. The dogs are one of the things that makes visiting Central Park so much fun. Look at the pooches having fun and enjoy yourself. You might even consider occasionally getting off your bike to ask a dog’s owner if you can pet him.