This spot is almost always a point of contention. Manhattan's west side at 42nd street, where tourists throng to the Intrepid, cruise liners off-load naive passengers, the cars are zooming by on the Westside Hwy, and a double-barreled bike path tries to slice thru the middle of it all.
Worst NYC Bike Path
This stretch wins my vote....goes for about 300 yards along the FDR Highway of Manhattan's eastside. It's so narrow that two riders cannot pass one another without dismounting and squeezing by
Bike Path Danger
Parked car sits in path, and as cars turn into street a cyclist there could be squashed. Common sight in NYC
End of the trail
After biking all over Swedish Archipelago for a week, back in Stockholm
My bike shadow in Sandy-tossed sand
Chelsea bike path
Biking the fjords of Norway
Which way does the City want bikers to go?
Idiotic street signs
Urban biker fantasy
On Coney, post-Sandy
Lots of maneuvering thru Sandy damage and piles of beach sand tossed up ...it was about 20 degrees F
Artyfied Foto, riding in Queens
Biking up at the old 1964 Worlds Fair site, Flushing, Queens
All Weather Biking, Coney
Atop Liberty, Governors Island
BikeShare in NYC
OK, this is cool, BUT. The cool part is obvious, but look at the map! Zero bikes within walking distance of my office (Upper East Side) or Queens or eastern Brooklyn. What the_? Clearly the CitiBike people do not believe folks like me are bikers, and have designed the entire thing for 20-somethings that cruise downtown Manhattan and hipster Brooklyn. I find this elitist and offensive, even though I live in hip Brooklyn. I can't commute, catch art at PS1, see pals in Long Island City.....Will use my personal bikes for those, of course, but you get the point.
On "Bike to Work Day" 2013 there was an after-party in DUMBO and I spotted this great parked bike...
Shadow Over Sandy Damage
NYPD Registers Bikes
In June 2013 I stumbled on this bike registration effort in Socrates Park, Queens. It's the first time I ever saw the NYPD making nice to bikers, which is swell. But I left without letting them carve up my titanium frame.
Coney Island Ride
David, Wylie and me, Coney Island 2013
Bike at Rest
My Merlin pauses under the Verrazano Bridge, Spring 2013
New Coney Boardwalk
On Coney Island in early June 2013...where a new boardwalk was completed post-Hurricane Sandy, in time for summer fun. Bikers aren't legally allowed to ride on the boardwalk during the summer, when Coney Island is packed with sun-seekers and amusement park frolickers.
Strangest Bike Path in NYC
A great deal of money was spent on this bizarre "bike path" straddling the border of Brooklyn and Queens. Bikers enter via a zig/zag concrete ramp with turns so sharp that one is forced to dismount. Then the "path" goes between massive walls of pre-stressed concrete claustrophobia....(next photo...)
Strangest Bike Path in NYC (2)
Eventually one emerges from the concrete claustrophobia to a "magnificent" view of the Newtown Creek Superfund site, often referred to as the most polluted place in North America. As the environmental group Riverkeeper.org puts it: "Over the last century, between 17 and 30 million gallons of oil were spilled and leaked from ExxonMobil’s historic refinery and storage facilities into the soil and groundwater in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. "
The path dead-ends with a waste treatment plant at your back, carefully constructed boat launch points for alleged recreational kayakers or boaters that love sailing thru Superfund sludge, and a vista filled with salvage and dump barges. The politics behind this bizarre "bike path" could no doubt fill a doctoral thesis.
Strangest Bike Path NYC (3)
The designers of this bizarre entity actually imagined a cyclist could make this uphill concrete-bound turn, and two others like it. The designers obviously never rode bikes.
Strangest Bike Path NYC (4)
Doesn't this just look super-inviting? Concrete to the right of you, concrete to the left of you, concrete below you, claustrophobia all around. All this is meant to get you from an obscure street position in Greenpoint, to the Newtown Creek toxic SuperFund site and toxic processing plant. Why even go? Good question.
Topped 6,000 Miles!
On one of my bikes -- the newer one -- odometer hit 6,154.5 miles on July 5, 2013. And 90% of that is urban biking.
Govenors Island Bike Path
And yeah, it's Govenors without an apostrophe -- go figure.
Dusk Ride to Coney Island
In August 2013, along a stretch between the Verrazano Bridge and Coney, patched up after Hurricane Sandy.
Late Afternoon Ride, Verrazano Bridge
NY Harbor is on the left, and we're heading NW through Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
World's Fair Site
In 1964 NYC hosted the World's Fair in northern Queens. Biking from downtown Brooklyn to this site is terrific now because the Bloomberg Administration has built so many bike paths that I can make the entire journey (round trip about 41 miles) without having to dismount in traffic. The famous globe and fountains were just renovated -- a 3 year project. The ride gets better and you add 5 or 6 miles onto it by going on to circumnavigate Flushing Bay.
Sunny Waterfront Ride
Sept. 7, 2013, on the bike path between the Verazzano Bridge and Coney Island.
My bike in the hot summer 2013 sun, newly post-Sandy reconstructed Rockaway Beach Boardwalk
Coney Island Summer Fun
Coney Pier View
Just in time for the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy the Coney Island Pier reconstruction was completed -- this shot takes in the amusement park from the end of the pier
Coney Island Pier View, Too
Hurricane Sandy obliterated much of the Coney Island Pier, but reconstruction was completed just in time for the 1 year anniversary. That's the old parachute jump looming int he background.
September Bike Break
Hipster bar on Coney Island makes its own beer, and even let's us bring our bikes inside.
Waterfront Biking in Bayridge
Southern Brooklyn, Autumn 2013
When the CitiBikes program first started in May 2013 I was thrilled -- signed up right away. And I used it often for errands, quick appointments -- the sorts of things I needed to do fast, and didn't want to haul heavy bike locks to, locking up my personal bike. But now this is all I see, at ANY hour, in my neighborhood -- empty racks where bikes should be. It's terribly disappointing. CitiBikes makes two claims: (1.) There's an app that will tell your phone where to find a bike and (2.) there are vans that move the bikes around. My response on the app -- it's wrong. It tells me there are bikes, but there aren't. It tells me there are parking spaces, but the endpoint is all full. As for those vans moving the bikes around? Well, this rack in my 'hood looks like this, 24/7. Period.