Originally Posted by B. Carfree
It's not like I will ever attend a football game, much less the Superbowl, but I found this to be ridiculous.
Banning tailgating is bad enough, but not allowing people to enter an event if they choose to arrive by non-motorized means just strikes me as Unamerican. I think the organizers may have taken too many blows to their heads.
The article does not explicitly state that people will also not be allowed to arrive by bike, but:
So, the biggest sporting event in the U.S. is banning human powered transportation from being used to arrive.
At least they are still allowing people to use public transit. (Actually, they are encouraging it.)
I guess baseball is more civilized. There is valet bike parking at AT&T park, home of the SF Giants, and it is well-used.
its more of a security thing would be my guess. I remember reading somewhere that one of the scariest things in the world to Israelis and Palestinians in their metro areas are unattended bikes (because of bomb threats).
as was mentioned before by Dahon.Steve that area is just a huge mess of ramps and expressways. there is a lot of adequate public transportation (especially coming in from NYC - which is less than 10 miles away). In fact the public subway/train/bus route is pretty affordable even on game day. sure there are overpriced shuttle buses but there are affordable public transport options as well.
the whole area is a "sports complex" which also has a large indoor stadium IZOD Center (where the NBA Nets used to play), a racetrack, and other things.
there is the irony of having the two "New York City" NFL teams (the Jets and the Giants) playing in new jersey, but then again it does bolster the fan base.
when the Super Bowl was originally announced to be in New York City! there was a ton of backlash, because the venue itself is in fact in New Jersey. Kudos to the organizers who eventually started sharing some of the limelight.
other than the football teams, the NYC baseball, hockey, and basketball teams (and soon to be Islanders as well) have stadiums which are very accessible by foot, bike, and most importantly public transport. i think the worst way to get to Madison Square garden or Barclay's center is by car. Hell even those driving to citi field or yankee stadium coming in from CT or NJ end up doing some sort of park and ride method (because savvy fans know you can street park in queens/bronx for free and just walk or take a quick subway ride to the stadium).
in NYC even millionaires take the subway and buses and ride with the masses. especially if it means easy/quick access to the stadium to which they are attending a game/event. so for $2.75 you can get to a yankees game all the way coney island.
i personally have ridden my bike to barclays to watch a Nets game (its a 25min easy ride from williamsburg). you can pretty much ride from manhattan to brooklyn using 95% bike shared streets or bike lanes (including the bridges).
I've also personally have gone to Jets games at met life, and some concerts at the Izod center and its just easier to take a car (because taking a subway from brooklyn would be almost two hours having to transverse manhattan). Even if the meadowlands sports complex were to be super bike accessible, its still quite a trek (because its essentially in an industrial wasteland).
remember these stadiums are used for other things too (if you don't like football). music concerts, other sports.