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    Bellerose NY to Word Financial Center

    Looking for a good route. Any suggestions? Looked at Ride the City but the route seems pretty sketchy.

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    Your right up the block from me,...
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    @tds101 do you commute into the city? what route do you take?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deker9 View Post
    Looking for a good route. Any suggestions? Looked at Ride the City but the route seems pretty sketchy.
    Its been a few years since I live in NYC but I still know my way around. Did look quickly at Google Maps but didn't enter any parameters. Don't know any. Bellerose/WFC... were it me I'd just take Atlantic Ave into the Brooklyn Bridge. Actually, I would take the subway. I wouldn't find being on Atlantic Ave. for that distance much fun. Sketchy? That part of Brooklyn was getting better with every passing day when I left in 2009. It isn't Park Slope but what is? You aren't going to be bikejacked at a red light. If you deviate into neighborhood side streets to score a cheap headlight somewhere you deserve whatever comes of dispensing with reasonable caution. I'm surmising that you and I are from different parts of the world... ... that's a nice way of saying I think you are a middle class white guy who is fearful of anything that is ethnically majority African American. That's on you. I wouldn't ride that commute because that much urban roadcraft is no longer fun on a daily basis. That's why I moved clear across the country to Portland, OR. I wouldn't fear for my safety, however. There are prettier commutes but one can get jacked doing laps in Prospect Park (or at least one could in the past) if the stars line up against you.

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    I would not take Atlantic Avenue OR the Brooklyn Bridge. The Manhattan Bridge is much saner. I can help you once you're into western Brooklyn and Manhattan, but I need to know more about where you are coming from. Is Bellrose part of Queens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deker9 View Post
    @tds101 do you commute into the city? what route do you take?
    When I ride it's from 213th & 94th Ave to 111th & Jamaica. Haven't done the ride to the city. I used to go up Queens Blvd and stop there. I wish I could help you with your commute. I personally need to start riding again myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
    I would not take Atlantic Avenue OR the Brooklyn Bridge. The Manhattan Bridge is much saner. I can help you once you're into western Brooklyn and Manhattan, but I need to know more about where you are coming from. Is Bellrose part of Queens?
    I would not willingly take Atlantic Ave either, as was stated, but you don't need to live in Queens to answer the OP. Take a Google look at his location. Do you see any viable alternative?? A bicycle can legally use ANY surface street between two points except those designated limited access roadways. The OP can use Atlantic Ave. to get into Brooklyn. Last I knew the Manhattan Bridge did not have bicycle access. The Brooklyn Bridge does and thousands upon thousands of cyclist use it daily. I worked at 49 Chambers Street for years. What would have been insane is to take the Manhattan Bridge and cycle downtown afterward. To go to the WFC, the Manhattan Bridge is even less viable. Please define "saner"? Is it the traffic, the peds? What exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
    I would not willingly take Atlantic Ave either, as was stated, but you don't need to live in Queens to answer the OP. Take a Google look at his location. Do you see any viable alternative?? A bicycle can legally use ANY surface street between two points except those designated limited access roadways. The OP can use Atlantic Ave. to get into Brooklyn. Last I knew the Manhattan Bridge did not have bicycle access. The Brooklyn Bridge does and thousands upon thousands of cyclist use it daily. I worked at 49 Chambers Street for years. What would have been insane is to take the Manhattan Bridge and cycle downtown afterward. To go to the WFC, the Manhattan Bridge is even less viable. Please define "saner"? Is it the traffic, the peds? What exactly.

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    Manhattan bridge has a totally dedicated bicycle pathway on the North side of the bridge separated from the pedestrian pathway and the motorized traffic road. The approaches to the pathway from the Brooklyn side are excellent. If he wants to go downtown from there it's easy to get from the bridge to the east river bike path totally in bike lanes. To go uptown, just get on the very good Allen St / 1st Ave bike lane.

    Brooklyn bridge is mixed pedestrian and bicycle traffic, the approaches are iffy, and the pedestrians are mainly clueless tourists who are always stepping in front of you to take a picture. Additionally, the bike portion of the lane is two way traffic in half the width of the Manhattan Bridge lane.

    I never take the Brooklyn Bridge at all anymore. The Manhattan Bridge is heaven in comparison. I work at Bowling Green.
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    Looking at Google maps, it appears the most direct route with would be to take Jamaica ave to Metropolitan to get to downtown Brooklyn. From there it's just your choice of bridge.

    You may have to ride in the door zone at times, but it beats what looks like 2 or 3 lanes of traffic with out a shoulder all the way down.

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    Just looking at the map makes me think there just isn't a good route. You're basically way out there. I would start on the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway and then take 73rd Ave toward Flushing Meadows Park, go left on Main St. and then work my way towards Metropolitan Ave and take that towards the Williamsburg Bridge. I have no idea from the map what kind of riding Metropolitan has, but the alternative is a meandering trail through Forest Park and the cemeteries and then you are left off in Bushwick. Get the NYC cycling map and take a look. It is available in most bike shops for free, and there's an online version. While it sounds like the Brooklyn Bridge is more direct, it really isn't, nor is the Manhattan Bridge. The Willy B has a good bike lane on it. Once in Manhattan the way across is Prince St westbound and Clarkson/Bleecker eastbound from the West Side Greenway. Or you can go around the tip, but I find that to be one of the worst laid out bike routes anywhere.

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    Wow, been away a few days. Thanks everyone for the responses. Atlantic Ave is sketchy from a traffic, road work, and general safety standpoint so that is what I am trying to avoid. I like the suggestion of the Williamsburg, didn't realize it had a nice bike lane on it. Looks like I will have to play around with google and take a few weekend rides around to see which routes would work best.

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