By Jay Lloyd

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With urban bicycling all the rage these days, you can bike big cities and avoid the traffic scrum.

 

(Family biking near the New York Boat Basin.  Photo by Jay Lloyd)

(Family biking near the New York Boat Basin. Photo by Jay Lloyd)

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As a kid in New York City I didn’t own a bike, and my parents only allowed me to rent one for an hour a week.   It cost 35 cents, and they worried every second of it.

Now I have two gown kids living in New York.  They ride bikes, and I understand my folks’ concerns.

Big-city cycling can be traffic-free, and scenic to boot.  Here in Philadelphia, try the river drives, where bicycles are available for rent.

In New York City, biking is a treat along the Hudson River from midtown Manhattan to the Battery and beyond, where it becomes a family affair.

“Everybody would love it here,” one New York City kid told me.

 

(Joggers and bicyclists share the path along the Hudson River, in Manhattan.  Photo by Jay Lloyd)

(Joggers and bicyclists share the path along the Hudson River, in Manhattan. Photo by Jay Lloyd)

 

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We’ve found rental bikes available online, in cities and resort destinations here and abroad:  beachside in Barcelona, along the Toronto waterfront (top photo), by the canals of Amsterdam, and in a quiet neighborhood in Brooklyn.

(A bike rental store in Riverside Park, NYC.  Photo by Jay Lloyd)

(A bike rental store in Riverside Park, NYC. Photo by Jay Lloyd)

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Peddle an hour or a day, and just go where the path leads!

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