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Old 12-04-07, 09:51 AM   #1
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NYC starts to get it

My ride home involves crossing Manhattan at darned near its fattest crossing, from the Williamsburg Bridge to the Hudson Greenway. Part of my route is along the entire length of Prince Street, which, as of last night, appears to have definitively removed cars from the right-side in favor of a nice, fat "sharrow" lane. Sweet! This complements the admittedly weak, but at least clearly-striped bike lane on Charlton Street (which is what Prince becomes after crossing some avenue or another). Amusingly, a delivery guy was riding instead in the door zone on the left side of the street. What's up with that? Anyhow, a cheer for the DOT finally getting somewhat of a clue!
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no way... are you sure you weren't in Bizzaro NYC?

I think I'd have a heart attack if I ever got off the 59th St. Bridge on the Manhattan side and a useful bike lane leading, oh, I dunno... anywhere? (same thing goes for the Queens side... or that elusive crosstown route in midtown...)
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no way... are you sure you weren't in Bizzaro NYC?
For a moment I thought that the "S" on my Scott was backwards!

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Eh? What crosstown route? I agree about the QBB, BTW. Getting on/off on either side is ridiculous, and a major reason I usually go along the route in my OP. I'll take the QBB 1-2 times per week when I meet some pals in Central Park for a an early pre-work ride on my way to work and gah! even at 7AM it's a PITA to get on and off that bridge.
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Eh? What crosstown route?
Precisely! It's so elusive no one can find it!
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According to the latest NYC cycling map:

# of "proposed" marked crosstown routes (about every 10 blocks or so), including links to QBB: 21

# of "actual" marked crosstown routes in existence: 10
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Amusingly, a delivery guy was riding instead in the door zone on the left side of the street. What's up with that?
One of my (many) gripes. There is a bike lane free & clear available on a narrow, one way street. A biker chooses to ride on the opposite side of the street, forcing car traffic into... yes, you guessed it! The bike lane! Genius.

If there is a lane available, please try to use it. Just think, if cars saw bikers using lanes, they might be less inclined to park in them. Maybe.
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they hired some guy from Copenhagen to help with this stuff so that might explain the recent improvements, also it's nice to see a lot of streets in Brooklyn getting repaved this year. The mayor of Bogota, Colombia recommended turning all of Broadway(manhattan) into a pedestrian mall and bikeway...
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