New York is a lot smaller than I thought. It looks like everything I’d want to visit is within a five-mile radius. It’s sort of a pastime of mine to make mental plans for a visit some day, and now I’m considering doing some or most of it on a rented bicycle.
These bits from a Wikipedia entry sound promising:
Many New Yorkers live less than 12 mi (19 km) from their job, and can be seen bicycle commuting over various bridges connecting Manhattan with the outer boroughs and along the Hudson or elsewhere in good weather.
Due to traffic patterns and transport network geometries, mixed-mode bicycling-plus-subway can be the fastest way to commute, or to achieve transport within New York City, for many routes and times.
So, would this be a thing to consider for a first-time visit? If so, does it mean that cycling would make more distant (=cheaper) lodging a viable option? Would cycling cut down on travel time that would otherwise be spent waiting for a bus, for example?
Some info: I’d be on my own or with a lady friend. I would be in good shape for such a trip. I would not go in the winter or when rain is likely. I’d stay for less than a week.