My bike commute is short and frustrating.
September 9, 2012 12:03 PM Subscribe
How can I make my NYC bike commute more pleasant so that I actually want to do it? Right now my route is so short and unpleasant (heavy traffic or poor pavement) that it's just doesn't seem worth the trouble.
posted by d. z. wang to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I used to have a 15 mile ride across the George Washington Bridge and down the west side path. It was well-paved, it was long enough to enjoy, and it was a really convenient way to work 150 miles a week into my schedule.
Now that I've moved out to Manhattan's east side, I have to choose between crossing to the west side path or taking the east side path down. If I cross to the west side, it'll be twelve avenues of stop-and-go traffic, unclipping every block or two and dodging taxicabs and illegally double-parked delivery vans the whole way. If I take the east side path down, the road is bumpy, potholed, and narrow the whole way down. There's actually a stretch where I can grab the chain-link fence to my right and reach across opposing traffic to touch a concrete wall to my left.
Both options are unpleasant enough that I've started to take the subway most days, but I don't want to! I miss how awake I felt getting into work every day, and how easily I could complete a 60 mile weekend ride, and how I used to be able to eat anything I wanted.