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New York area cyclists- help(6 posts)

New York area cyclists- helpbcm119
May 30, 2003 8:33 AM
I'm planning a trip to visit my folks in New York this summer and I'm bringing the bike. My friend and I would like to ride from my parents house in Fishkill (near Poughkeepsie) down to Manhattan to stay with friends and maybe ride the NYC century on Sept 7. I've ridden the first half down to the Bear mountain bridge plenty of times, its actually very nice. My question is, how do you get down to Manhattan from Bear mountain- should we cross the bridge and go down the west side of the river, or is the east side better? Are the roads horrendous? Is this a stupid idea?
re: New York area cyclists- helpajgibbons
May 30, 2003 9:10 AM
The bad news is that many people would call the NYC roads "horrendous"; the good news is that they're always interesting enough to keep your mind off it. Also, don't expect a great "MPH".

Unless someone blows this advice apart, I'd go right down through NJ to the George Washington Bridge, across and down the west side. Here are two links worth visiting:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/pdf/2003bikemapfront.pdf

http://www.transalt.org/bridges/gwb.html
9W all the way. nmelviento
May 30, 2003 9:20 AM
Be sure to take Henry Hudson drive.Sintesi
May 30, 2003 2:05 PM
it's off 9W about 6 or 7 miles south of Piermont. Take the Palisades interstate parkway exit 2. Go under the interstate and bear right. You'll see a parking lot to your left and you will be on a small road leading down a long hill. Keep your eyes open for pot holes. It's really wonderful, goes right under the Palisades next to the Hudson. Follow it all under the GWB and come up in Fort Lee. The roads are touch and go in spots and gets downright awful near Ft. Lee but it is well worth it. Some outstanding natural views. It's a nice ten mile diversion.
9Wtz
May 30, 2003 9:19 AM
It may be easier to cross the bridge and head south on the 9W to George Washington Bridge. See "Battery To Bear" map on website listed below, or look up the route yourself (www.mappoint.com)
http://www.transalt.org/info/maps.html
9W is very popular with NYC cyclists, and it is pretty difficult to get lost there. Road surface is good, there is a wide shoulder.
Can't tell you anything about NYC century - never ridden it.
Another good site to visittorquer
May 30, 2003 11:37 AM
for maps as well as general advice and contacts:

http://www.roberts-1.com/bikehudson/s/discuss/index.htm