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NYC century in 178 days(14 posts)

NYC century in 178 daysSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 13, 2002 10:01 AM
start planning
re: NYC century in 178 daysRutterMan
Mar 13, 2002 11:03 AM
You gonna ride that Merckx, that I'd been eyeing for couple of weeks, in it?
yep NMSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 13, 2002 11:53 AM
Have you done this one before?Sintesi
Mar 13, 2002 11:05 AM
Just curious about the traffic. Pelham Bay area and south Brooklyn should be nice.
nope.....but it looks like funSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 13, 2002 12:19 PM
i think last years was cancelled due to......

but i like the idea that the century riders head off earleir at 6 am and it looks to be well marshalled and indicated with designated lanes just for cyclists in the event.

the thought of rides like "bike new york" dont seem enitcing with everyone starting off together and the mass congestion that ensues. i figure this one will be better for sitting at my own pace rather than having to worry about someones lack of control in front of me.

i also like the "voice" that transpostation alternatives gives to the city and their work to make it more cycist aware and friendly.

on a sour note > above 15mph will get you a speeding ticket in central park. prospect park may follow suit.

excerpt from a bulletin
"The Parks Department has informed me, that the police will begin enforcing the law in Central Park to stop the night ride.

There have been numerous complaints this year, and because of quality of life issues, (someone threw tacks on the road to stop the ride), the captain of the Central Park Police Unit will issue a warning, and if ignored will issue tickets for speeding and running red lights, may impound bicycles, and may arrest participants."

has got be the biggest crock of $hit i have heard for some time. that park is often the only place i regularly get to stretch my legs especially at night when their is hardly anyone around. i usually ride on my own. as if im gonna slow down or stop at a light with no pedestrians around - them mother&uckers can shove it where the sun dont shine.

i suppose doing intervals on sixth avenue is what they would suggest i do - asswipes.
Nice Attitudegrzy
Mar 13, 2002 3:35 PM
So what's with subjecting yourself to all the hassle and then being all defiant about it? You sound like a true NY'er looking to pick a fight.

I'd suggest you get out of the city and head up the Hudson Valley and get totally lost on the back roads instead. There are less rats in the cage up that way.
re: NYC century in 178 daysBecky
Mar 13, 2002 12:12 PM
How crowded is this ride typically? After a rotten experience with Bike New York, I'm still looking for a way to see NYC by bicycle.
Transportation Alternative Rides Are Greatsidley
Mar 13, 2002 12:46 PM
I have never done the 100 mile course but the lower mileage courses were really a great experience. The support is great, there are mini picnics at every rest stop and the people are chill. In fact, I started riding seriously after doing my first TA ride in 1999. However, there are not enough riders to close down the streets.

TA rides couldn't be more different than Bike New York. Bike New York represents everything bad about NYC: crowded, noisey, populated by obnoxious assholes and managed by fascistic automatons (at least before Bloomberg anyway). TA, on the other hand, attracts community-oriented people who are really invested in cycling.
Hey Spirito, 15mph is ludicrous.Sintesi
Mar 13, 2002 12:39 PM
Some computer hang up is not letting me respond directly to your reply above. But I'll march on city hall if I can't go above 15mph in CP.

Where did you hear that? In Transportation Alternatives?
Rollerbladers go faster than that !tz
Mar 13, 2002 12:48 PM
Please, send a reference to the source of info about 15mph speed limit. If true, it may as well apply to all NYC bike paths...
15 MPH has always been overlookedsidley
Mar 13, 2002 12:53 PM
Technically, the Parks Department has always had a 15 mph speed limit. However, the Parks Dept. has always overlooked speedy roadsters because they generally do not cause problems.

Have you read that City is adopting a new policy?
If they stop you, will you get points on your license? :-)tz
Mar 13, 2002 1:20 PM
orwellian enforcers of draconian speed limits on us cyclistsSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 13, 2002 2:03 PM
lets hope this doesnt get out of control and if it does well figure out new ways

posted at CRCASpirito di Finocchio
Mar 13, 2002 12:58 PM

funnily enough it was their big group rides that started the whole kerfuffle. im not saying that they are to blame but it just shows how stupid and anti-cycling some of those park bigwigs are.

i suppose next thing we cant do is use chris king hubs as it drowns out the traffic noise?

i have always wonderd why joggers and power walkers and dog walkers cant use the footpaths instead of the bikelane but i never once mentioned my quibble. i dont see why running a red light for pedestrians with no pedestrians around is offending or endangering anyone. besides, ive seen tonnes of cabs do the same thing during the hours the cars are allowed in the park.

and most nights it is the perfect place for cycling - and yes above 15mph will hurt no-one.