There are many biking opportunities in Manhattan but the Governor's Island - a National Historic Landmark - offers a car-free experience devoid of any exhaust fumes and cursing taxi drivers. Having done this last year, I wanted to bike on the island again. This time, I'm in the company of some friends who wanted a quick escape from the city, so quick it's only 10 minutes away by ferry.
Many visitors bring their own bikes with them but with Bike And Roll available on site, we knew we have nothing to worry about. We took the free ferry from downtown Manhattan (how many cities ever offer anything free these days?) and immediately trooped to the rental stands after arrival. Rent ranges from $10 an hour to $20 for a whole day of riding on a Trek Navigator 1.0 bike.
As each of us in our group are of varying height, the pleasant staff of Bike And Roll ensured we were comfortable in our saddles. After a little wait for bikes that truly fit, we were on our way. Great views of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island greeted us as we sped away along with other cycling enthusiasts. Unlike last year, the southern part of the island was opened to the public which meant a longer ride and more sights to see.
At this newly opened section is a picnic spot which has a perfect view of the Statue of Liberty. Despite other groups of people, we were lucky enough to find a table for a little break to munch on Turon - my all-time favorite Pinoy merienda (snack). With great stories to tell, a gorgeous weather and a crispy/chewy Turon, we all proclaimed this was a perfect afternoon. Even our rented bikes would have readily agreed.