Central Park is one of the most exciting and scintillating tourist destinations, located at eh very heart of New York City. It’s a gigantic, 843 acres of lush green space, half a mile in width, which consists of forests, lakes, meadows, and monuments in sync with amazing human architecture to supplement these.
As we have seen above in figures, the area of this park is so wide, so it will be difficult to explore all the highlights of the park on foot, so renting an e-bike will be an ideal option for the families visiting Central Park to explore maximum possible in the stipulated time. Here, we will discuss some of the major attractions of central park site seeing for the tourists to plan.
Note: The locations listed here are from south to north in order.
- The Pond
It’s a serene water body which is located at the southeast corner of the park, which gives the visitors an immediate relief from the hustle-bustle of the busy streets. You can see the forested hill of Hallet Nature Sanctuary next to the pond, which is not open to the visitors at all times. Towards the northern end of the pond is Gapstow Bridge.
It’s another major attraction of the park for children and elderly alike, which allows the visitors to watch animals in their natural habitats like tropical, polar, and temperate, etc. It will be great if you can watch them feeding during the times as 11:30 am, 2 pm, 4 pm, etc. There is a special Children’s Zoo also where kids can interact with sheep, goats, and cows among other domestic animals.
- The Mall
The Mall is a bordered by the towering elm trees, which create a green canopy out there. Statues of renowned authors also flank the walkway here. There are also benched laid here for the visitors to enjoy these. The Mall is also occupied frequently by the street performers, roller skaters, and small vendors which all makes it an ideal place to hang out.
- Sheep meadows
This is a very vast and green expanse which is the favorite of many of the New Yorkers also for a weekend trip. We can this place occupied with active folks playing Frisbee or simply soaking up in the sun.
- Bethesda Terrace
This is the only architectural setting in the park, which is one of the major attractions for the visitors. It acts as a centerpiece of the Bethesda Fountain which is also called as the Angel of the Waters. The pillars and wall of Bethesda Terrace are adorned with very intricate sculptures depicting seasons. The arcade here features a wonderful ceiling made of Minton tiles.
Renting an e-bike to explore Central Park
The idea of electric bicycles is there for quite a while now, and it is an ideal option for the NYC visitor to rent one to explore Central Park. Previously, the major problem with e-bike rental was that the batteries getting worn out and the technicalities involved in it making the experience worse. But now, user-friendly technology, lighter batteries, improved range, and lower cost everything makes e-bikes a viable choice for many riders.
There are various models available for NYC ebike rental; let’s explore the most common types to consider.
- Pedal assisted
The primary model electric bike is pedal-assisted, which is also called ‘pedelec.’ The rider of the cycle can pedal the bike normally along with motor providing assistance, which will increase the power transferred to the rear wheel. So, pedaling requires only minimal effort even in high gears.
- Throttle e-bikes
Throttle e-bikes are much like a scooter or motorcycle. The bike moves forward without any pedal assist, i.e., effort from the rider. Most of these bikes can provide the power based on the how far the rider pushes the throttle. These models are not so common as the pedal assisted models as people want to enjoy the benefits of both, and moreover, pedal assist is the cheaper variants for rental.
- Speed Pedelec
The design of speed pedelec is also similar to that of the standard pedelec, but as the name suggests, these allow a better speed of about 45 kph which is nearly 28 mph. At some locations, this bike is considered as a full-fledged motor vehicle that requires the rider to be licensed to operate it.
The drive system of electric bikes
The heart of an e-bike is a motor, which is battery powered which may be located at the center or the hubs. It is the location of this drive-train determines how the e-bike operates and its capacity.
Front hub electric motor
It’s the simplest among e-bikes and also limited in capacity. These motors are basically used with the throttle systems and are more challenging in terms of providing assistance as per rider inputs. The motor doesn’t form part of the drive-train.
Rear hub motor
The rear-hub motors are able to accommodate both the pedelec and throttle and also the systems work on the flip of a switch. These can also be retrofitted in the non-folding types of bikes and are primarily used for electric conversions of normal bikes. These are largely inexpensive and also can be fitted in an unnoticeable manner. However, if not mounted properly, these may create an uneven weight distribution at the rear wall, which may make the handling part difficult.
As the name suggests, the motor is placed at the center in the mid-drive ebikes. The components of it are located at the cracks and bottom bracket. The motor is primarily activated with pedaling, and all the mid-drive systems are primarily pedelec. This model offers many benefits over the hub motors, which makes it the most popular choice in pedal-assist e-bikes. The mid-drive e-bikes may also deliver more torque compared to hub motor e-bikes.
Whatever bike you choose, it is essential to check the battery. If you rent a cycle, which has a damaged or poor battery backup, you may have to struggle on the way. The best battery used now is lithium-ion which consists of multiple cells which are contained in a waterproof case. The modern-day batteries are much lighter too. Check the placement and size of the battery cabin also to identify if you will be comfortable riding it.