The Gateway Bike & Boathouse wants to remind people that Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in more bicycles being on the road than ever before.  Here are some quick tips for safe riding in Rockaway….


  • Your bike should be in good working order, especially tires and brakes
  • Wear a helmet, head injuries are not fun
  • Be predictable – Avoid sudden changes in direction
  • Be courteous and smile
  • Be flexible, go with the flow
  • Do not ride while distracted – Texting is dangerous!
  • Watch where you’re going and be aware of your surroundings
  • Bike riders are responsible for not colliding with pedestrians
  • Avoid riding the wrong way on a one-way street
  • Avoid riding against traffic, even in a bike lane
  • It’s dangerous to ride on sidewalks.
  • Slow down and be alert when riding near kids, they’re unpredictable
  • Ride 2′ – 3′ from parked cars to avoid getting “doored”


  • If speed is your thing, use the bike lanes on Shore Front Parkway
  • Make eye contact with people around you
  • It’s OK if pedestrians are in the “bike lane” and bike riders out of it
  • Find the path of least resistance, there’s plenty of room for everyone
  • When crowded, slow down, that goes double around young kids
  • When really crowded, consider walking, especially near concessions
  • Careful riding through mounds of sand, you can lose your balance
  • Avoid passing too close to people and startling them

Remember, if we are all courteous, respectful, and friendly, it will be a safe and fun summer for all!

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