Stop The Presses! Mayor de Blasio Rode a Bike Today! (Now Updated!)

Cycle-snubbing leader of America's greatest biking city — who has an SUV drive him to his gym! — spotted on wheels for the second time this summer.

Mayor de Blasio (center with Borough President Eric Adams and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg) rode a Citi Bike in Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Friday. Photo: Natalie Grybauskas
Mayor de Blasio (center with Borough President Eric Adams and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg) rode a Citi Bike in Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Friday. Photo: Natalie Grybauskas

UPDATE | Enjoy this fleeting look while you can, New York, because you don’t get to see Mayor de Blasio on a bike very often. But here is video evidence of Hizzoner, flanked by Brooklyn Borough President Adams and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, riding in Prospect Park this morning:

Details are starting to come in about this rare rollout for de Blasio, who apparently started his ride after his 8:30 a.m. announcement about renovations to the archway in Grand Army Plaza.

The mayor, who has said it’s OK for motorists to obstruct bike lanes if they are making a quick delivery, is very rarely seen on two wheels. The last time he rode a bike was at a bike-share event in the Rockaways in July.

Update: After publication of this story, Natalie Grybauskas, a mayoral spokeswoman, told us:

He left on bike from the event at Grand Army Plaza and then did a full loop of the park (and then a little extra) — [he] exited at Ninth Street. Polly and Eric Adams stayed with him the whole time. (He very much enjoyed himself — staff hadn’t planned for him to go all the way around the loop but he just wanted to keep going.)

The mayor then did his regular weekly radio segment with Brian Lehrer on WNYC.

This is a huge breaking story with major impact, so check back for updates.

  • KeNYC2030

    Maybe someday BdB will get on a bike and ride without Polly!

  • Did his bodyguards drive around the closed park as well?

  • Josef Szende

    Which seat-post mark is he?

  • Larry Littlefield

    There were a zillion police officers at Grand Army Plaza when I rode by on my way to work, along with a bunch of seats and a podium.

    My first thought, of course, was “pensionable overtime.”

    Bet Mr DeB wished he was on an E-assist bike going up that hill.

  • Maggie

    More of this from the mayor, please! It’s so long overdue.

    Glad he enjoyed it (I mean, who wouldn’t!) and hope to see him bike from Gracie Mansion to City Hall at least once this year. Manhattan streets are screaming for a thoughtful approach to protected bike lanes.

    On the other hand, if he wants to start his Manhattan biking experience with the open Park Ave on Summer Streets that hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers absolutely love, the very next opportunity is 11.25 months away.

  • Maggie

    … and I snark really because there is so much low-hanging fruit that would do such a world of good for NYC, both locally and in meeting our climate goals.

  • kevd

    It was open when I went through – I exited during his speech.
    cops were giving in decipherable instruction about where to go. There was PLENTY of room to just exit on the normal roadway out to GAP – which I did, and they didn’t seem to mind so I guess I did what they wanted? Entering GAP is when I realized the crowd and chopper were for the mayor.

  • kevd

    That big oaf actually makes a citibike look kinda small.

  • Danny G

    Not for nothing, but that uphill segment in Prospect Park is nothing to scoff at. Good on all three of them for riding it.

  • com63

    He must be a 9 or 10

  • It’s time for the Mayor to do a ride with Streetfilms!

  • J

    If he ever rides on an actual street, I’ll start to pay attention. To be fair, though, he gets a lot of credit for making this a pleasant ride by booting the cars out.

  • what a Trumpian redirect! still not doing his job for street safety.

  • They were in the Chevy Suburbans of course, idling with the A/C going.


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