After following the bike path past Chelsea, along the water in Battery Park City, and fumbled around a confusing part near Staten Island Ferry, I reconnected to the bike path under the South St Viaduct (pictured) and kept going to East River Park. I like the purple strip giving a nice visual indication of the path. This section I stopped by the South St Seaport Area, and after that it was noticable difference in characters and quality. I enjoyed that my trip showed a marked transition in spaces and landscape.
Things I noticed-
- East River Park and Lower East side. Some of the paths were in a lower state of repair. A more Latino community I enjoyed seeing some impromptu bbq-ing underneath the expressway
- The section near Chinatown, had Asian men fishing near the path
- South St Seaport section was touristy. From here east I found fewer bikes on the path.
- West St is newer, busier paths. Lots more bikes in this stretch
- Battery Park City – the bike path along West St is a clearer run, the shared areas along the water were at times congested with people.
- 4o’s Streets. I picked the bike near the Circle Line, and sure it was Fleet Week too but that section was especially congested with pedestrians that the shared path was not working
- Riverside Park. Lots of bikes and congested in some shared paths.
Often I heard of cyclists getting aggressive on shared paths (like in Brisbane, along Coro Drive) I never quite understood it. I still think it is unnecessary to be rude about it, but I do also understand now why they can be frustrating.
I measured it when I got home, to be about 27km. it was about 5 hours of rental (with stops). I’m not quite ready to brave the streets, but they have many lanes, and a great map the City put together.
Bikes: A great fun way to see cities.