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NYC Bike Race(10 posts)

NYC Bike Racetrekster
Aug 2, 2002 2:51 PM
Is Anyone going or been to the NYC bike race this Sunday? We're coming from out of town and would like to know where's the best place to park. Can we park and then ride our bikes to the race site? Any help would be appreciated. Gotta see Lance!
Best place to park is probably in New Jersey ...Pecos
Aug 2, 2002 2:58 PM
just kidding. Actually you may consider parking on Staten Island and taking the ferry across. It's free and a nice ride and ther is plenty of parking available. Parking down near the race site will probably will be a bear.

I live on SI and we have a bunch of guys from the club going. I don't think we a bringing our bikes. It will limit our mobility for viewing the race and make it harder to catch a beer in a cool tavern ;O) Enjoy it what ever you decide to do.
Best place to park is probably in New Jersey ...trekster
Aug 2, 2002 3:05 PM
Thanks! So can you give us directions from the Staten Island ferry? You're probably right about the bikes.
Where are you coming from?Pecos
Aug 2, 2002 3:15 PM
Where are you coming from?trekster
Aug 2, 2002 3:31 PM
New Hampshire? OKPecos
Aug 2, 2002 5:05 PM
Will you come south through New Jersey or through Connecticut to New York? Either way the map shows the location of the ferry.

You will probably come down I95 through NJ. Cross over the Goethals Bridge on to Staten Island. Head east on RT278 and exit at Clove Road. I think it is exit 13, but just look for Clove Road. Cross over the highway and go approximately 1 mile to Victory Blvd - it is the 4th light after the turn. Go Right on to Victory and take it all the way to the water front. It is about 2.5 miles from your last turn off of Clove Road. Make a left at the light and go about .5 miles along the water front. The ferry is on your right. Parking for the ferry is just past it. Ther eare lots next to the new baseball stadium they built for the Staten Island Yankees. There are signs. Follow everyone else on to the ferry. The green line shows the route you will travel.

It's a great ride. You will see the Statue of Liberty on the left and unfortunately for everyone the skyline is forever changed. The view from the ferry was one of the best you could have of the NYC skyline. Before 9/11 we used to be able to take vehicles on to the ferry. Not any more :O(
Where are you coming from?firstrax
Aug 2, 2002 5:44 PM
From NH,
93 south to 495 south to 290 west to 90 west to 84 south to 91 south to 95 south. When you get to NY avoid the GW bridge like the plague
Get off. Go north. (nm)Alexx
Aug 2, 2002 3:53 PM
Coming via 95N/NJTPK/Rt 80 - Read this!!!jose_Tex_mex
Aug 2, 2002 5:01 PM
If I were coming from the South - say Philly via NJTPK I would ABSOLUTELY not take my car all the way in to the city - too much traffic and too much money. The traffic at the GWB can get bad fast - ESPECIALLY ON THE EXPRESS ROUTES (like 80W). I feel bad yet laugh at all those poor saps I see parked in traffic while we fly across the bridge on bikes.

Instead I would take NJTPK to the PATH at Harrison (Exit 15W) or Hoboken. Take the $1.50 PATH train in to the city - allow 30 minutes travel time. Probably best to get off at 9th street - or maybe Christopher. If anyone wants to know I will check it out for them.

As you approach the Bridge (3miles before?) you will be asked to go "Local" or "Express" - do yourself a big favor and go local. Traffic is unpredictable, however, 99% of the time I see traffic it is on the Express side. Most of those cases have miles of backed up traffic.

BTW - the PATH trains are very clean, very safe, and well patrolled. You don't have to worry about getting "ganked" there.

Best of Luck
Best way to watch the race is on a bikechar
Aug 2, 2002 6:52 PM
You can check out different parts of the course much faster, especially circuit races. Heck, watching a crit you can watch twice the action zipping between city blocks.

Just my POV
Waiting for the SF race in September