Spring has sprung in NYC and whether you’re visiting our AMA Executive Conference Center or you’re a New York resident, it’s time to emerge from hibernation and enjoy all the experiences that the City has to offer. What better way to see NYC than with a leisurely bike ride on one of Citi Bikes suggested routes. The nation’s largest bike share program, Citi Bike has 10,000 bikes and 600 stations across 55 neighborhoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Jersey City. The service was initially designed for convenience and quick trips around the City, but as popularity has grown it’s become a fun and affordable way to get around and see the sights.
With Citi Bike stations in Times Square and one directly across the street from the AMA New York City Conference Center it’s ideal for our AMA team to enjoy biking at any time of day. Valerie Mazzilli-Brown (Manager, Meeting Planner, Events Management) at the AMA New York City Center shared with us, “I just grab my helmet, slip on my sneakers and I’m ready to go within seconds! I love riding during lunch sometimes on the Central Park route that’s a quick 6-mile loop – riding past the reservoir, row boats, ball fields, carousel, and passing the horse and carriages. Then sometimes on evening after work rides I’ll take the bike path downtown along the Hudson River and head towards Battery Park to catch a view of the Statue of Liberty. Either way, it’s a great quick break from work and I always feel refreshed for the rest of the afternoon or evening.”
As busy meeting and event professionals it’s imperative that we make time for ourselves. Between working, meetings, social engagements, family obligations and other activities it can be hard to carve time out – this is just one of many reasons we love Citi Bike. Taking a ride between meetings, or while on breaks, or even before/after work allows you time to think, relax and to do something that benefits you mentally as well as physically.
Citi Bike is available for use 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year, and riders have access to thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations. For first time riders, the process is simple – follow these straightforward steps:
1.) Become an Annual Member OR buy a Day Pass.
2.) Find available bikes on the Station Map webpage or on the mobile app.
3.) Make your way to that station, insert your member bike key or enter a ride code, wait for the green light, grab your bike and go. Don’t forget your helmet!
4.) Take as many short rides as you want while your pass is active.
5.) End your ride by returning the bike to any station. Slide your bike firmly into an empty dock and wait for the green light to make sure it’s locked.
On your next visit encourage you to grab a buddy and get out there to experience NYC on a Citi Bike. If visiting in May take advantage of the ‘Bike Month’ discount and save $25. To sign up click here, or learn more by visiting City Bike online at www.citibikenyc.com.