I was over in New york recently on a holiday.I hired out a bicycle for 4 hours...cycled around manhattan ..brooklyn bridge...central park etc....the motorists seems way more understanding of the cyclists than what i see in dublin...obviously the roads are a lot wider than dublin...what are other people's experiecnes of cycling in other cities?
Pre-pandemic Manhattan was absolutely miserable to cycle in. The cycle lanes were constantly blocked with vans, police cars, and pedestrians. Mates still living over there have said it’s cleaned up a bit due to the lack of traffic and some efforts in finally enforcing the traffic laws. Some of the most aggressive drivers I’ve come across too particularly trucks
A lot of downtown Toronto is shared lane and brutal to cycle through.
Paris is actually quite nice now with the amount of work they’ve put in over the pandemic.
My experience of cycling in Manhattan is of very rough/pot holed streets, very greasy surfaces, blocked cycle paths, inconsiderate drivers, errant pedestrians, salmoning cyclists and also very fast moving vehicles. We tend to think of Manhattan as being very congested but some of the streets are like dual carriageways with motorway speeds. I was surprised at the lack of helmet and lights on the vast majority of other cyclists and their ignoring of red lights. Generally though it was an interesting experience. Here's one of the rides I did (on a pretty basic rented hybrid).
yes i saw very few people wearing helmets when i was there...
Even prior to the the pandemic, the city installed numerous protected cycle lanes on the avenues . This is where they would use parked cars as a barrier between the cycle lane and the driving lanes. These work well in general, however you would need to be very careful every second block as car would be crossing the lane to the cross town streets.
When cycling these, you’re best taking the lane as cars / taxis will try and squeeze.
The big problem since the pandemic is that the parking spaces have been turned into outdoor dining areas, with bikes now passing between the restaurant and tables, which has turned into a bit of a free for all and unfortunately there has been numerous collisions!
There is a great cycle lane that goes the full length of Manhattan beside the west side Highway and is worth doing.
For those who are a little fitter, go over the George Washington Bridge and cycle the Henry Hudson state park loop. Really enjoyable cycle.
Cool looking route pattern there.
I had intended to do a lot more streets especially east west but the wind chill factor was severe and, after it got dark and wet, I called it a day. I should have started out earlier.
It's something I've always wanted to do. Some really nice routes off the island over the bridges as well.
There is a 5 borough sportive that is in may I think that I’d love to do it some time.
New York Grand Fondo I think it's called. It's quite expensive and you have to wear the assigned kit which comes with the entry. I'd like to do it myself.
thats a different event Ash.
I believe it’s The Five Boroughs cycle. It’s a 40 mile cycle starting in the Financial District and finishing just over the Verazzano Bridge in Staten Island.
The whole route is a closed circuit, great day out for kids if you have a cargo bike or older kids as the route is primarily flat.
You finish up by getting the ferry back to Manhattan.
Apologies - I thought it was this 160km event: https://nyc.gfny.com/
Seems relevant to the conversation
Riding a fixie race without brakes on open streets really gets the adrenaline going. Looks like great craic! (Yes, I know, law breaking at every junction).
That looks mental.