How to take your bike on trains out of town and scenic bike paths to try. Plus, news and events from WE Bike NYC!
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Taking Your Bike Out of Town
By Maria Boustead

Are you itching to ride your bike in a place outside the city but not sure how to do it? See below for bicycle restrictions on a few of our railroad lines, as well as popular bike paths to try. Remember to bring a patch kit and lots of water with you on these longer rides. Looking for a companion? Post about your trip on the WE Bike NYC Forum on Facebook to find someone!

Metro-North Railroad (MNR)
You have to have a permit to bring your bike on a Metro-North train, unless you have a folding bicycle. Lifetime permits are available at staffed ticket counters for $5. Bicycles are allowed on trains except during rush hours (see restrictions), and there can be four bikes on each train on weekdays, and eight on weekends, as space allows. If you're riding in a larger group, you can make arrangements with Metro-North beforehand.

A trip to try: Take MNR to Brewster and then ride the Old Putnam Trail south, where you can hop back on the train at White Plains to go home.

Long Island Railroad (LIRR)
You can use the same lifetime permit for LIRR as for Metro-North since they are both run by MTA. LIRR does not guarantee bicycle carriage if there is not space, and in general only allows 1 bike per car on the weekends, although in the summer they offer weekend bike trains that allow 2 bikes per car. See their website for more details.

A trip to try: Take LIRR to Massapequa station, where you can find the Massapequa Preserve Bike Path, which heads north through the Bethpage State Park.

NJ Transit Trains
You don't need a permit to bring your bike on NJ Transit, and between 8 and 12 bikes are allowed per train depending on the day and the route. See full restrictions.

A trip to try: Take NJ Transit to Morristown, where you can bike to the Patriots' Path, one of New Jersey's longest rails-to-trails paths at 35 miles.

You can't roll your bike onto any Amtrak trains in New York state, sadly. However, Amtrak does offer Trainside Bicycle Check-in service on a couple of lines that depart from Penn Station, including the Northeast Regional line. With an advanced reservation and a $20 fee, an Amtrak employee will meet you trainside and take your full-sized bicycle to the baggage car where passengers are not permitted, and will retrieve it for you when you reach your stop. Read more about this service here.

A trip to try: Take Amtrak to New Haven, CT, where you can hop on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail north through Connecticut and then connect to another Amtrak station for your ride home.
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WE Bike NYC Upcoming Events
*WE Bike NYC events are open to women, female identifying, and gender non-conforming riders only, unless otherwise noted.*

WE Ride to Staten Island Beach
Sunday, Aug 6
10:30am, wheels down at 11am, SolarOne, East River waterfront, just south of 23rd St, Manhattan

Join WE Bike NYC for a fun ride to the beach! WE'll head down the East River bike path to Battery Park, take the Staten Island Ferry, then ride along the east coast of Staten Island to Midland beach. Total riding distance is approximately 10 miles.

Bring water, sunscreen, cash for lunch (or pack your own), a bathing suit and towel if you want to swim, and your helmet.

Note: This event is for women, female-identifying and gender nonconforming people only.

WE Table at Summer Streets
Saturday, Aug 12
7am-1pm, 53rd St. between Park Ave. and Madison Ave, Manhattan
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Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City's most valuable public space—our streets. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. Join WE Bike NYC to learn fun tips about bikes and riding in the city!

WE Ride to Jacob Riis Beach
Sunday, Aug 20
11am, wheels down at 11:30am, meet at southwest corner of Bedford Avenue and Eastern Parkway intersection, Brooklyn

Beat the heat and join us for another August beach ride, this time to Jacob Riis in Queens. WE'll cruise the 11 (mostly flat) miles down Bedford Avenue, along the Belt Parkway bike path, and over the Gil Hodges Bridge to get to the beach. This ride is one-way, so folks can spend as much time as they like in the sun and surf. If you don't want to bike home, it's a short ride to the Rockaways and the A train, or you can try the new Jacob Riis ferry to Pier 11 in Manhattan.

Please bring: Your helmet and water, plus a lock and any gear you might need for the beach (cash for the food trucks, bathing suit and towel, and sunblock)!

Note: This event is for women, female-identifying and gender nonconforming people only.

WE Bike August Happy Hour
Thursday, Aug 17
7-9pm, Mission Dolores, 249 4th Ave, Brooklyn

It's summer and that means more bike adventures. Join us at our monthly all-gender happy hour to hang out, build community, and talk bikes! Happy hour prices continue until 8 pm, so get there early for drink deals. This event is all-gender, so invite your friends!

Community Events

Here are some of our favorite bike events in the #bikenyc community this August!

Bike East 20 Mile Bike Tour
Saturday, August 5
8:30am, Linden Park, Vermont St, Brooklyn

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Bike East is a community biking event and community festival that sets out to spotlight cycling as a way to empower the East Brooklyn community. 

Dirt 101 Festival
Saturday, August 12
9am-4pm, Trailhead at Cunningham Park at 210th St and 67th Ave, Queens

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The 2nd Annual Dirt 101 Festival is a free event for men and women. This event serves to introduce someone who might be "Dirt Curious", as well as provide some top notch experiences for those of you who have gotten dirty a few times before. Featuring Clinics, Demo Bikes, Tech Seminars and more.

InTandem All-Night Donut Ride
Friday, August 18 - Saturday, August 19
11:30pm, 90th St & 5th Ave at Engineer's Gate in Central Park, Manhattan

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Leaving from Central Park, the All-Night Donut Ride goes to the best donut shops in each of the four bike-able bridge-connected boroughs – Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and, Manhattan – eating fancy donuts, learning some fun facts about NYC and riding until the sun comes up! If you joined us last year, you'll know this is an experience you donut want to miss! All proceeds go to keeping our tandem riding programs free for all InTandem participants.

SocaRIDE 2017
Sunday, August 27
7:00am - 1:00pm, Prospect Park at Parkside Ave & Ocean Ave entrance, Brooklyn

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SocaRIDE 2017 BiKE TOUR is 25 miles of FUN! FUN! FUN! Enjoy rhythmic SOCA music as you ride through some of the most historic parts of Brooklyn, NY at a leisurely, enjoyable pace. SocaRiDE ends with Trinidadian Caribbean brunch cuisine. It's the 4th celebratory bike tour to acknowledge the 55th Independence of the island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. 

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