“The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest roadway bridges in the United States.”
I have wanted to go on the Brooklyn Bridge the last few times I’ve visited NYC, but the timing was never perfect. It either wasn’t the right season, the weather wasn’t ideal or I was pregnant and not really in the best biking “condition”. This trip not only was the weather, season and timing perfect but I was also with a friend that happens to be a civil engineer with a thing for bridges!
We rented bikes from Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental located at 145 Nassua Street. Their location is perfect if you want to bike the bridge and avoid biking through the city streets. there are a few bike rental companies in this area, so if Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental happens to run out of bikes you can easily get one from one of the others.
The experience was definitely everything I had hoped it would be! Biking was a much quicker way to get from one side of the bridge to the other. We rented bikes for two hours and were back with plenty of time to spare.
Like anything there are always good and bad things, biking the bride went really well largely because we used these tips for a great experience:
- Go early in the morning. The bike rental companies open at 8 am and the bridge gets quite busy with very experienced bikers. To avoid it being extremely busy get there early.
- Wear a back pack. Rental companies charge you extra for baskets on the front of a bike so to save a few dollars and not worry about purses and bags go with a back pack.
- Use this location. you can rent bikes from all over the city including under the bridge. To avoid looking at maps, going up hill for no reason and annoying all the other bikers (or getting run over) stick to the simplest route unless you’re an experienced cyclist.
- Carry an ID other than your passport. You will be asked to leave your ID with the rental company until you bring your bike back. I highly recommend leaving a driver license instead of your passport.
The one weird thing was that we were not offered helmets. In fairness we didn’t ask for them, but I was surprised they didn’t make us take them.
I will definitely do this again and maybe venture further into Brooklyn next time to explore, enjoy the park and maybe the botanical gardens.
My shoes for that: Bicycle Print Slip On Shoes
This post was not sponsored. Courtney and I had a great time checking an item off our bucket lists and I wanted to share the experience and a few tips with all of you for when you go.
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Wondering How to get there? I’ve got you covered 🙂
From Times Square there are a few different options to get to this location and the easiest landmark is to look for is St. Paul’s church located next to Ground Zero.
Subway: Take the yellow R or W train to the City Hall Station from there you will have a 5-10 minute walk. Subway tickets are $3/ride.
City Sightseeing Tour: If you have sightseeing bus tickets (like we did) hop on the bus and get off at the stop for Ground Zero. From the bus stop you will have a 5-10 minute walk.Taxi: Hop in and ask them to bring you to the exact address or to St. Paul’s church. I am not sure how much this would cost, but I would estimate under $20.
Fun Facts about the Brooklyn Bridge
- The bridge cost $15.5 million USD in 1883 dollars, which equals about $393,964, 000 USD in today’s dollars
- Emily Warren Roebling was the first to cross the bridge and is known for her contributions to the construction of the bridge after her husband (a Civil Engineer and the Chief Engineer for the project) developed caisson disease.
- The New York and Brooklyn Bridge was opened for use on May 24, 1883
- At the time it opened, and for several years, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world—50% longer than any previously built.
- It took 4 yeas to build and is a National Civil Engineering Landmark.
Fun Facts sourced from Wikipedia