Free Bikes Rolling Onto Governors Island on Weekdays

By Irene Plagianos on April 7, 2014 5:44pm 

 A program offering free biking every weekday morning is coming to Governors Island this season.
A program offering free biking every weekday morning is coming to Governors Island this season.
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GOVERNORS ISLAND — Get ready for some free wheeling on Governors Island this year.

Free bikes will be available every weekday morning, from 10 a.m. to noon, starting on Memorial Day, The Trust for Governors Island announced Monday.

This is the first year the island will be opened to the public seven days a week during its usual May to September season. Previously, it was only open on the weekends. The island will be open May 24 to Sept. 28.

There are more than 5 miles of biking available on Governors Island, including paths through its recently completed 30 acres of new parkland.

Bike company Blazing Saddles won the contract to provide this season's paid and free rentals.

The free bikes are available for up to one hour. Those who want to keep riding can pay the standard weekend fee of $15 for two hours or $25 for the day for an adult bicycle. Children's bikes are $10 for two hours or $20 for the day. Tandems and quadracycles are also available.

Visitors are also welcome to bring their own bikes to the Island, free of charge.

“Free bike mornings enable all New Yorkers to experience the wonder of biking on Governors Island,” said Leslie Koch, president of The Trust for Governors Island. “We hope that as many New Yorkers as possible, including day camps, youth groups, community organizations and more come to the island and enjoy free bikes.”

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