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Bike Paths Expanding in NYC!

By Phantom On August 12th, 2019

I went on the bike early Sunday morning, and had the most wonderful surprise.

A new –protected from cars — bike path had been built close to me. I didn’t even know that it was under consideration.

As is the case in what I regard to be NYC’s sister city of London, there has been a rapid expansion of cycling and in the building of dedicated bike lanes in NYC over the past decade. People bike more for recreation, more and more commute by bike.

Many car owners tend to kvetch about bike lanes, but as a car owner myself I welcome the bikes and the bike lanes. The public road is for the use of all, not just for car owners.

In the next two years, a massive, protected ” greenway ” bike way from Kennedy Airport, and all along the Queens-Brooklyn waterfront is slated to be completed

I’d expect many more will start commuting by bike in the next few years.

Good show, NYC government ( and I don’t say that every day )

14 Responses to “Bike Paths Expanding in NYC!”

  1. I am for bike lanes but as a pedestrian I hope bike riders follow the rules by stopping for red lights, etc.

  2. We have 2 new strains of e-bikes on this side of the harbor. Different than Citibikes. They’re dock-less and the red ones are motorized. They’re unlocked via an app.

  3. Unfortunately we don’t have bike lanes in this part of the island…yet. The waterfront (esplanade) still hasn’t been repaired from SS Sandy but it will be a great ride with great views once they get around to it. There’s still a lot of construction going on what with the outlets and hotel being built so it makes sense that the esplanade will be fixed in another phase.

  4. I like to bike in parts of Staten Island but regard some of the roads ( ie Hylan Boulevard ) as dangerous

    It has bike lanes down near Tottenville but they’re not protected – and cars go fast

  5. Hylan Blvd. is dangerous period for all vehicles, bikes, animals, and pedestrians. There are bike lanes on The 2.5 mile boardwalk but it’s crowded on good days so it’s slow-going. They do have those multiperson bikes for rent though, which are nice for leisurely rides with others. They need lanes along Father Cappodanno Blvd. parallel to Hylan. Staten Island has poor road infrastructure in general. They never kept up with the population/vehicle growth after the bridge was built. They should make a bike path right from the ferry to Tottenville as close to the water as they can get.

  6. Agree – that sounds like a doable thing.

    One of my once a year rituals is to take the ferry to SI early on a Saturday or Sunday, and go to Tottenville, down Bay Street to the discontinued military base at Fort Wadsworth, down through very pleasant paths in Gateway National Park / Miller Field etc. But then that nice road ends, and you have to return to the busy streets ( Hylan ) I have to learn the side streets better, since I don’t love Hylan at all.

    They are overdue to open pedestrian and bike access on the new Goethals Bridge, which will allow direct access from SI to Elizabeth NJ, for the first time in decades.

  7. Biking is a great form of exercise, in my area we have a bike/walking path that runs over ten miles through 3 towns.

    They took an old rail line that isn’t used and blacktopped over it. It runs all through the woods and over creeks using the old train trestles.

    I don’t ride a bike anymore, but I try to get at least one 5 mile walk a week in.

  8. The Philly metro area has a really big collection of bike and walking paths that are excellent. I hope to do one of them this fall.

    Rails to trails is the best thing ever.

  9. agreed

  10. They need to extend the train in that direction too. Right now it goes from Tottenville to the ferry and stops. If they extended it to the bridge it would cut down on traffic immensely. As long as they don’t make it a too-high elevated train that blocks my view. 🙂 A lot of people are driving to the ferry again since they’ve built a large garage and the outlets also have parking. Morning traffic is very congested. I hate commuting otherwise I wouldn’t mind living way out in Tottenville. It’s about as “small town” as you can get and still live in NYC. The National Park entrance at Buffalo Street off Hylan is also a hidden gem and the beach is very underused. Nothing like South Beach, which can be a mad house. Midland is more serene. I can find a spot on Midland and not have anyone near me for half a football field. Of course, I wouldn’t swim in the water but a lot of people do but it’s nice to wade in on a hot day.

  11. Most New Yorkers have no idea that there are good beaches on Staten Island.

    Most Staten Islanders I know seem to hate the ferry. I really like it.

    There used to be a ferry from Bay Ridge to Staten Island. I’d like them to bring that ferry back, I think that it would be popular.

    One very strange thing about SI- there is a huge car traffic flow from SI to New Jersey, day and night. Very many families have ties on both side of the waters. Yet except for some service to Bayonne, to my knowledge there is zero mass transit from NJ to Staten Island. And I never hear any SI politicians asking for those routes. They talk about commutes to Manhattan, 24/7/365, but they never talk about transit to NJ, which should be really easy to do by bus, or even train ( connecting to NJ Transit )

    The NY metro area is very well served by mass transit, with one transit dead zone – NJ to Staten Island. If you want to take mass transit from SI to Perth Amboy NJ, a few miles away, the only way to do it is to take a long journey to Manhattan on the NYC transit system and another long journey to NJ on NJ Transit rail. Makes no sense.

  12. Staten Island old-timers still lament the building of the Verrazano Bridge…it let in all the riff-raff 😉 so connecting to NJ would be sacrilege. I can’t believe that people pay such enormous tolls to ‘cut through’ Staten Island. Mass transit is a better option, of course. Maybe if the outlets take off they’ll solve the problem so there’s greater access but NJ has shopping, prices, and tax advantages. Not being able to resolve The Wheel issue was a bit of a blow but the immediate locals are very happy about it.
    I love the ferry. I might not like it so much if I had to take a train, bus, or car to get there though.

  13. This is really trying to rectify past mistakes and short-sightedness.

    Cycling was much more popular in the past than is assumed now. Then post-war planners and architects decided that the car is the future and that the cities of tomorrow should be designed around that fact. If you walk around any town or city asking yourself if you can safely ride a bike there you will see that cycling was given zero consideration for decades.

  14. Yes, yes, yes.

    There was the assumption that you would drive everywhere and that no one wanted to walk or cycle anymore.

    What a massive error

    When they built the massive Verrazano Bridge in NYC in 1964 they could have easily added a walking/bike path at minimal cost. They didn’t and now there is talk of retrofitting one at significant cost

    Most of the other big bridges here are walkable and bikeable.

    The technology of the future is human powered and electric bikes.