EDGARTOWN, Mass. — President Barack Obama biked and golfed under a brilliant New England sun Friday, yet he couldn't escape the cascade of dour news on the economy as his vacation neared its end.

The Commerce Department reported the economy grew at a much slower pace this spring than previously estimated, a mere 1.6 percent. That followed reports earlier in the week on badly slumping home sales and tapering business spending on manufactured items.

Obama has conferred with his economic team on the phone while vacationing. And before his latest round of Martha's Vineyard golf Friday, he met for about 15 minutes in the clubhouse with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss the economy. White House spokesman Reid Cherlin said the conversation was not about a Muslim cultural center and mosque proposed for a site near ground zero.

Bloomberg supports the mosque and Obama has said he believes Muslims have the right to build it, though he has pointedly said he was not commenting on the wisdom of that decision. Critics contend the site is too close to the prime target of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which were launched by Islamic terrorists.

Republicans seized on the bad economic news, declaring in a press release: "The sun sets on Obama's 'summer of recovery,' " — the phrase the White House has tried to use to promote projects getting under way thanks to the economic stimulus bill.

But with cloudless skies over Martha's Vineyard after rain earlier in the week, the president did what he could to seize some down time. After their clubhouse chat, Bloomberg, Washington powerbroker Vernon Jordan and White House trip director Marvin Nicholson went to tee off. The outing marked Obama's fifth round of golf during his 10-day vacation, eclipsing the four rounds he played during a shorter vacation to the island last year.

As he did in 2009, the president hit all three island courses: Mink Meadows (once), Farm Neck (once) and Vineyard (three times).

Earlier Friday, the president and first family went biking in the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, a 5,100-acre preserve boasting 15 miles of bike trail.

"Hello. How are you?" asked a casually dressed Obama as he rode by a couple of bystanders. Spotting members of his traveling press corps, he then said, "Hi guys."

The president rode with his eldest daughter, Malia, just behind first lady Michelle Obama, who rode with the couple's younger daughter, Sasha. Everyone wore biking helmets, unlike last year, when the president did not during a ride in Aquinnah and was criticized by bike-safety advocates.

They finished a six-mile trip along a trail called the State Forest Loop before returning to their rented farm complex little more than an hour after they left.

The Obamas return to Washington Sunday, after the president and his wife first make a stop in New Orleans to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Associated Press Writer Glen Johnson in Vineyard Haven, Mass., contributed to this report.