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    Safe and Not so Safe NYC (and 5 boro) Streets to Ride

    For all My NYC Cyclists . what are some safe and not so safe streets you ride on a regular basis . and what are some Good routes to get around NYC and the 5 boros ?

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    Couple thoughts:
    If you don't already have one of these from a local bike store, you should download from here: NYC DOT - Bicycle Maps

    Also consider getting on strava.. once a member you can create your own routes using their mapping feature, and select the "Use Popularity" toggle switch, which will supposedly give you a good idea of how most cyclists would choose to get from point A to B to C, etc..

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    I don't know, it depends on where you want to go and how comfortable you are weaving in and out of gridlock traffic and squeezing underneath side view mirrors. If this scares you then you might want to stick to greenways in manhattan. The bike map link Reene posted is an excellent place to start.

    On a side note, that 2015 map is absolutely hideous and difficult to read. I have a few paper copies of the 2014 map and its way more elegant.

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    Start with the dedicated bike lanes if you are worried, these are usually OK. The West Side Greenway is safe, bike paths on the bridges are safe. In the outer boroughs you should just stay off the biggest streets, otherwise the traffic is lighter and won't be as much a problem. The bike map suggested above is really the best place to start.

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    City is responsible for the safety of its roads.
    just in case:
    if you got injured or -God forbid- got into an accident due to NYC road conditions, I would advise to talk to a lawyer whose speciality is bicycle accidents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
    Couple thoughts:
    If you don't already have one of these from a local bike store, you should download from here: NYC DOT - Bicycle Maps

    Also consider getting on strava.. once a member you can create your own routes using their mapping feature, and select the "Use Popularity" toggle switch, which will supposedly give you a good idea of how most cyclists would choose to get from point A to B to C, etc..
    Thanks , I have checked that website before and discovered a few bike paths i didnt know about , also have made an account on strava . trying to find my old phone handle bar mount and use my old cell phone as a dedicated bike computer / navigator with strava app, and google maps etc...

    Quote Originally Posted by yankeefan View Post
    I don't know, it depends on where you want to go and how comfortable you are weaving in and out of gridlock traffic and squeezing underneath side view mirrors. If this scares you then you might want to stick to greenways in manhattan. The bike map link Reene posted is an excellent place to start.

    On a side note, that 2015 map is absolutely hideous and difficult to read. I have a few paper copies of the 2014 map and its way more elegant.
    Im an "experienced" "urban City Rider" i ride in and with traffic . No fears of traffic and not looking to stick to greenways . lol

    Quote Originally Posted by zacster View Post
    Start with the dedicated bike lanes if you are worried, these are usually OK. The West Side Greenway is safe, bike paths on the bridges are safe. In the outer boroughs you should just stay off the biggest streets, otherwise the traffic is lighter and won't be as much a problem. The bike map suggested above is really the best place to start.
    as stated above not worried at all . lol .. and in the outer boros i find the bigger streets "safer" because the young guys like to speed thru the side streets or "back blocks" as we call them ..

    Thanks Guys for answering my thread , i didnt get an alert it was replies ... The purpose of this thread tho wasn't A "scared Noob" asking general advice on where to ride .... I was just asking other NY cyclists some of your routes and streets you personally find safe or not... . maybe you know a shortcut to get to here or there etc...

    As for me My route to work for the previous 3 years was Queens Blvd from Hillside ave all the way over the bridge into manhattan , Queens Blvd is nicknamed "The Blvd of Death" with many people getting hit by cars just crossing the street, let alone riding , over the years, but I personally Felt pretty safe riding that route everyday .... ive never come close to being hit or right hooked , even at night coming home from work at 12/ 1 am ...

    A street i find Really dangerous and stop often to let cars pass is Atlantic Avenue , the Queens part , once i hit the brooklyn part i cut to side streets because riding down atlantic ave in Brooklyn is like playing russian roulette with at least 4 bullets in a 6 shot revolver . lol ....

    the greenway is nice i rode it last summer going to the bronx. took Queens Blvd to the 59th street bridge to the green way to the Willis ave bridge into the bronx, Hit 3rd ave and just missed a food delivery guy get hit on his bike ... he (and bike)looked bad... i stopped and said a prayer for him (ambulance was loading him in) and walked my bike the next couple blocks ..... cars don't like bikes in the bronx !

    NOW POST UP YOUR TIPS TRICKS AND SHORTCUTS FOR CITY AND "URBAN" RIDING

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    the greenway is nice i rode it last summer going to the bronx. took Queens Blvd to the 59th street bridge to the green way to the Willis ave bridge into the bronx,
    If your hitting the Willis Ave Bridge. You can connect up to the Grand Concourse which runs straight that whole side of the Bronx (GC now has a bike lane not that the driver care) . At the top connect to the Mosholu Parkway (bike path some of the way) turn up *** Hill then Up Jerome and head up to Westchester.

    Another Good Bronx road is Pelham Parkway also has bike path it will head you out to Shore road and Orchard Beach.


    Both the Grand Concourse and Pelham Parkway run long ways and you need to know them because they connect you up to a lot of things. But both can be nightmare at the wrong time with traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrettsin View Post
    If your hitting the Willis Ave Bridge. You can connect up to the Grand Concourse which runs straight that whole side of the Bronx (GC now has a bike lane not that the driver care) . At the top connect to the Mosholu Parkway (bike path some of the way) turn up *** Hill then Up Jerome and head up to Westchester.

    Another Good Bronx road is Pelham Parkway also has bike path it will head you out to Shore road and Orchard Beach.


    Both the Grand Concourse and Pelham Parkway run long ways and you need to know them because they connect you up to a lot of things. But both can be nightmare at the wrong time with traffic.
    Thanks for those tips. I gotta check those paths out next time im in the Bx .

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