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Old 02-09-06, 03:36 PM   #1
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NYC Commuters: How Late Is Too Late to Ride Home?

I'm looking at a long night at work. I work in Times Square; I live in Brooklyn and head down the Hudson River Greenway, which is sort of desolate, and then I cross the Brooklyn Bridge. Now, I've made the ride as late as 9:30, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I had visions of some Warriors-like gang emerging in the middle of the bridge and throwing me and my bike into the East River. So I ask those with more experience: How late is too late?
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When I used to do that ride I'd try to leave by 9ish but I'd be willing to go a little later.
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Never!
It's pretty safe at all hours.
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Old 02-09-06, 05:08 PM   #4
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You always hear about guys getting their bikes stole from under them in the middle of the afternoon in Prospect Park.... I'm being too worried. After all, it is freezing out now, and if some guy is really going to try to pull down a bike moving 20 miles per hour.... But you agree that the fenced-in bike lane on the Manhattan Bridge is a horror movie waiting to be filmed, right?
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Old 02-09-06, 05:28 PM   #5
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But you agree that the fenced-in bike lane on the Manhattan Bridge is a horror movie waiting to be filmed, right?
I agree - it's creepy. Like going into a dark basement.

But I agree 100% with Slvoid - there is no generally unsafe time to cross either bridge. I have done it at all hours. And the Brooklyn Bridge is not at all creepy. One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen is the moon setting over the Brooklyn bridge, reflected in the East River at midnight. And the later it is, the quieter and more peaceful. Good stuff.
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...I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I had visions of some Warriors-like gang emerging in the middle of the bridge and throwing me and my bike into the East River. So I ask those with more experience: How late is too late?
This ain't 1977 man, I think you can ride any time of the night and you'll be fine. Traffic will be calmer and the city takes on a surreal beauty the later it gets. In fact, I'd skip the Hudson River MUP and ride down Broadway to the Bklyn Bridge.
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Agreed with jyossarian, it's not 1977, it's not the 80's, etc. The city is VERY different these days. I've ridden home along the Hudson Greenway (MUP, whatever) after concerts in Central Park at 10pm or even later, and that's heading north through the perhaps less desirable neighborhoods. Don't sweat it.
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I can't say, but when my wife visited last year she was stoked by the energy of the city and didn't feel afraid once.
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I have an odd feeling he's riding through this at 2am..
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You always hear about guys getting their bikes stole from under them in the middle of the afternoon in Prospect Park.... I'm being too worried. After all, it is freezing out now, and if some guy is really going to try to pull down a bike moving 20 miles per hour.... But you agree that the fenced-in bike lane on the Manhattan Bridge is a horror movie waiting to be filmed, right?
I'm not sure what you're talking about but my HID light brightens up the situation quite a bit...
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I have an odd feeling he's riding through this at 2am..
Then he can't really see it right?
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I have an odd feeling he's riding through this at 2am..

where is that?

anyways, i have ridden in a wide range of hours on multiple occassions, and never had a problem
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I'm not sure where that is.
But you see that blue bag in the back of the truck? That's a biker...
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Well at least they gave him a blanket and a place to sleep. lol
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I'm being revealed as a chicken****! But wait -- I lived in the East Village back when Tompkins Square was Tent City! I used to live on the Lower East Side before any hipster bars opened! Boerum Hill before the realtors called it Boerum Hill! I swear! I know you don't believe me. The difference now: three kids and a wife who tells me to "be careful." So I'm just doing my due diligence. But I'm taking Yosarrian's advice and heading down Broadway tonight. So if you read in the Post tomorrow about some 6'2'' commuter whose last words were "Please, not my pedals, they're brand new!" you know who it was. ha.
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who's on the manhattan bridge on a 20 degree night on the bike side? Don't worry. You're more at risk walking from the subway to your apartment.
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I'd rather take the hudson path. Cause I can tuck down go full aero and fly down at 20-30 (not recommended if its summer and there are a lot of people around).
Broadway, you're stuck going 15-20 weaving between cars and crap, which IMO, is more dangerous.
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Broadway, you're stuck going 15-20 weaving between cars and crap, which IMO, is more dangerous.
Wait a minute, isn't that the fun part? Bklyn, be careful on Broadway. Watch for cars, not muggers.
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I will be careful. Thanks.
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Wait a minute, isn't that the fun part? Bklyn, be careful on Broadway. Watch for cars, not muggers.
Yes... until one of them hits you...
Sometimes I just want to floor it and go all out. Other times I like to rest and ride in traffic.
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Yes... until one of them hits you...
Sometimes I just want to floor it and go all out. Other times I like to rest and ride in traffic.
I like to go all out too. But 30 seconds later when I'm gasping for air, I like to slow down until the stars floating in my vision go away.
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Just rode home late tonight from Times Sq. Down Broadway, no traffic. I've ridden all over Manhattan & Brooklyn later at night and never had a problem. Even rode the very dark, desolate & deserted Hudson Greenway up to 125th St late a night without incident.

You'd probably have more problems riding through a drunken tourist neighborhood (West Village on the weekend) at night than most other places.

But you ARE on a bike, after alll. You can usually just pedal away from trouble.
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Never!
It's pretty safe at all hours.
Pay attention to Slvoid, he rides in that area. I have ridden past gangs in Denver and south central LA and found that politeness pays off. Mind you the gand in 5Points in Denver wanted to ride in my faired recumbent. Had one friend robbed in East LA. But that was on an really isolated bike path. Stay on the streets.
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OK. I'm home now. And I did get mugged. MUGGED BY THE SPIRIT GOD OF CYCLING FREEDOM!
OK. A little over the top there. Sorry.
But the Brooklyn Bridge was excellent and empty, and my singing "Ballroom Blitz" at the top of my atonal lungs was the high point of my day. I mean, really, should a man have so much fun coming home from work?
Obviously, there was nothing to worry about, but I'm glad to have asked. Now I know.
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Nice! Pick a better song next time, though...
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