The streets of NYC can be a great place to ride bikes. For the skilled rider navigating traffic can be a thrilling experience and the sights to be taken in are like that of no other city. That being said, the streets of NYC are really no place for a novice to learn basic bike skills.

With this in mind, the city has recently announced a plan to develop Pier 54, a part of the Hudson River Park on the West Side of Manhattan, into a space officially designated as a sort of bike practice space. The pier is set to be formally reopened on May 12 as the city’s first and only area designated for beginner cyclists to practice basic bike skills, with the Bike New York organization slated to hold free classes for adults and camps for children during the summer. The pier is the latest development in the city's continued bid to become more bicycle friendly via the establishment of cycling infrastructure.

It's looking like it's going to be a great summer for cyclists in NYC between the new bike practice space and the announcement from a couple months back of the city's first bike sharing program.

[via The New York Times]

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