I’m back from New York City. As I mentioned in my last post, I decided to take my Dahon, but use my Burley trailer and Schwinn Dutch conversion to get to and from the Milwaukee airport. That whole thing worked out quite well. I enjoyed not having to break down the Dahon on the Milwaukee ends of my itinerary.
In this post I will simply detail what I observed on my route from the airport to the hotel. In future posts, I will discuss some of the new non-traditional bike facilities in New York City has been constructing in much more detail. Friday I will have some NYC cyclechic images to share.
The weather on my arrival in New York left a bit to be desired. It varied between drizzle and downpour for my ride from LaGuardia to my hotel in SoHo. But since I was able to ride on some unique bicycle facilities, I took my time and stopped for photos so I did not miss the details.
I was pleasantly surprised that getting out of and into LaGuardia was pretty easy, if not exactly bike friendly, but once on the local street grid in Queens I was greeted with the 20th Street bike lanes. I stayed on 20th all the way to the Waterfront Trail which parallels the river and Shore Blvd. Then I headed over to Vernon Blvd., which has a buffered bike lane similar to our Water Street con figuration. I choose a route that took me over the Pulaski bridge. It has a narrow shared use path on one side, but it works. It also has a few nice overlooks where you can stop and sit.
Once in Brooklyn, I headed down Franklin to the Kent Ave colored bike lanes. These bike lanes are also separated from the motor vehicle travel lanes by parked cars. And for one segment of the road, they were more of a two-way path. Then it was over the fabulous Williamsburg Bridge and into Manhattan.
Other than the innovative facilities, what struck me about my route from the airport to Manhattan, was how continuous it was. Bike lanes transitioned into shared lane pavement markings, which transitioned into trails. They even carry the bike lanes through intersections with chevrons. The wayfinding signs were also very helpful. All these little details combined with non-standard facilities like colored bike lanes and separated bike lanes have been enough to tempt lots of New Yorkers to try riding bikes.
I don’t have time to get into more detail here, but there will be additional future posts here about the New York trip. The sun did come out while I was there Wednesday, so I managed to get some brighter images of these wonderful and innovative bicycle facilities. I can’t wait to share them here, but I’ve got to get some sleep.