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Old 10-08-07, 07:58 AM   #1
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First Commute in NYC

So I launched into my first commute in NYC today. Brooklyn to 78th street. Went like a charm, weather was perfect, felt good on the way up. Then school was closed for Columbus day so back I went. That sucked.

Still I'm counting this as commute day 1.

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Old 10-08-07, 08:38 AM   #2
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Welcome to the club. It sure is a lot of fun. I go from Bensonhurst to 51st. Be safe out there
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Old 10-08-07, 09:06 AM   #3
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What route do you take to get there?

I have a short (3 mile) commute from the Upper East Side to 54th Street. I usually ride down the Eastside riverwalk greenway.
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Old 10-08-07, 09:47 AM   #4
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Brooklyn to 78th? Are you going to the IFA?
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Old 10-08-07, 10:00 AM   #5
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What route do you take to get there?

I have a short (3 mile) commute from the Upper East Side to 54th Street. I usually ride down the Eastside riverwalk greenway.
I took videos of my commute with a very cheap digicam mounted on the handlebar - http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=spicyoldginger

My typical commute is home -> Ocean Parkway -> Prospect Park -> Manhattan Bridge -> up 1st Ave (down 2nd)
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Old 10-09-07, 08:52 AM   #6
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Cool vid!!!!

You might want to try riding up the Eastside greenway on the river from Manhattan Bridge to 39th street and then again from 63rd to 78th. It is a good way to aviod the traffic and traffic lights!
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Old 10-09-07, 09:15 AM   #7
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I'm actually a techguy at a high school up here, so no IFA for me.

I've just been heading over the Brooklyn Bridge, down Chambers street, then up the park.

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Old 10-09-07, 09:56 AM   #8
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Prospect Park to Mid-Town or Wall Street (depends on the day)


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I think you'll enjoy the ride even more once the really nice days arrive and the temperatures drops 30 degrees or so; the colder temps keep you cool as well as drive away all the tourists bumping into each other on the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Old 10-09-07, 10:03 AM   #9
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I'm actually a techguy at a high school up here, so no IFA for me.

I've just been heading over the Brooklyn Bridge, down Chambers street, then up the park.

Chris
I thought maybe you were a student at the IFA. That's where I work as a A/V tech guy & webmaster and I commute daily. Maybe you work at the school nearby? Sometimes I see a Specialized Langster locked up in front.
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Old 10-09-07, 10:15 AM   #10
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Welcome to the HHCMF (Happy Healthy Commuting MuthaF*ckers) club! As part of the NYC chapter, we're totally awesome in our ability to stealthily move through traffic like a ninja linebacker, disappearing when we need to and reappearing like a fast moving hurricane when we need to scatter jaywalking crackberry podzombies.
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Old 10-09-07, 10:44 AM   #11
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Welcome to the HHCMF (Happy Healthy Commuting MuthaF*ckers) club! As part of the NYC chapter, we're totally awesome in our ability to stealthily move through traffic like a ninja linebacker, disappearing when we need to and reappearing like a fast moving hurricane when we need to scatter jaywalking crackberry podzombies.
hahah.. I used to ride like a Nina (naked carbon frame, black tires, black wheels, black jersey, black helmet, black gloves, etc.). Now, I light myself up like a Christmas tree at night (high visibility vest, yellow helmet, reflective tapes, ~1000 lumen of light output and a 110DB air horn). Live and learn
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Old 10-09-07, 11:01 AM   #12
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Cool video! are bikers suppose to be go all around stopped cars and through redlights like that? just seems unsafe. I don't live in a big city, thus don't know how things are like there, personally I would hate to be stopped at red lights there and breathing in all that exhaust.

Here in Syracuse I find many stop and wait at lights, but they are few and far
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Yup, bikers are expected to filter past slow/stopped traffic and treat red lights like yield signs. Kinda how NYers get annoyed if you don't jaywalk.
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Old 10-09-07, 12:47 PM   #14
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Maybe it's the Brooklyn in me but I also expect people turning left to treat the red light as "Kinda Optional". That's the only thing that really scares me.

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Yeah, the outer boroughs got their own special exceptions. Left turns on red both when the light just turns red and just before it turns green in Brooklyn, Queens & Manhattan, overtaking traffic in the oncoming lane in the Bronx, crazy ass driving in Staten Island. Whether your biking or driving, it's like one giant Crazy Taxi video game.
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Old 10-09-07, 03:44 PM   #16
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>> I'm actually a techguy at a high school up here, so no IFA for me.

I used to work up there. Sounds like you're surrounded by a lot of spoiled girls in short skirts.

Oh, and congrats on the commute! I love commuting in NYC - makes it a completely different city.
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Cool video! are bikers suppose to be go all around stopped cars and through redlights like that? just seems unsafe. I don't live in a big city, thus don't know how things are like there, personally I would hate to be stopped at red lights there and breathing in all that exhaust.

Here in Syracuse I find many stop and wait at lights, but they are few and far
After riding in a city for a while you will learn quickly what's safe and what's not. In general, it's safer to filter up to the front in a light than getting stuck in the middle. Even better, get ahead of them so they notice your presence before the drag race begins. Following all the rules designed to govern 2 ton vehicles is not going to get you anywhere. I have gotten honk and yell at for getting stuck in traffic by the cars behind me. They expect me to move aside, filter up or move to the sidewalk so they can fill my spot. You see, it's NYC, I don't belong on "their" road
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After riding in a city for a while you will learn quickly what's safe and what's not. In general, it's safer to filter up to the front in a light than getting stuck in the middle. Even better, get ahead of them so they notice your presence before the drag race begins.
Amen. I sometimes get all the way up into the pedestrian crossing lane to beat the traffic out at the light. I figure I would rather get yelled at by a pedestrian than hit by a car. This philosophy also leads me to use sidewalks when the street traffic is impassable or just to damn scary.
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