• Visitors tour Castle Williams.

    Governors Island

    National Monument New York

Bicycling Information


Getting around:

Governors Island is a walking or cycling island. Cars, motorcycles, and other motorized vehicles are not permitted. Exception: Motorized wheelchairs, etc. If you have any questions, please contact 212-440-2200 for more information.

Click here for a map of the island.

Bike Rentals:
Cycling is a great way to see the island and if you own a bicycle, you are encouraged to bring it with you. You can also rent one on the island. New bike rental vendor will be announced in May 2014.

Cycling is permitted all over the island except in designated areas. Please dismount and walk your bicycle in the following locations:

  • Soissons Dock
  • Fort Jay
  • Castle Williams
  • Nolan Park

Did You Know?

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Oliver Otis Howard (1830-1909), from Maine, graduated from West Point in 1856. During the Civil War, he fought at Manassas; Fair Oaks – where he lost his right arm; Antietam; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; Chattanooga; Atlanta; and participated in the march across Georgia. In 1865 he headed the Freedmans’ Bureau, which resettled and enforced the rights of newly freed African-American slaves in the South. His interest in their education led him to establish Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. From 1886 to the end of his Army career, he commanded the U.S. Army in the Eastern United States from Governors Island.