its not a terrible place, it's much better than the greenways because you have two traffic lanes plus a bike and a running lane. runners are always in the bike lane, I don't understand why but they always are. fortunately, even during the times of day when car traffic is allowed there isn't much, just a little bit down by Central Park South running up towards the exit on 72nd 5th. If you get there early morning, you can definately get a good workout in. to the guy that says the hills are a joke and you can't get a workout; wow, your so cool. so cool that you can't pedal harder or use a bigger gear.
You can't get a workout there, yet they have races there all summer long? give me a break!
The good news is that for the most part you just have pedestrians, no strollers, no dogs. The people with the strollers and dogs are typically inside of the park somewhere on a playground or the great lawn. Also, you should go ride there for recovery type rides with your buddies to check it out for yourself. I often don't do hard rides there just because it's boring, i did 3 laps yesterday and was just too damn bored but needed to get another 20 minutes of work in so I rode up madison to 116th street and looped back down 2nd ave to the UES.
Other places I like to ride if I don't feel like going to jersey is Astoria. I go up the eastside onto Randalls island at the bridge on 103rd maybe bang out a lap or 2 around randalls then go up and over the bridge. Once I get into astoria I go down to the waterfront ride along there make the right and go up past the coned plant. Eventually getting over by laguardia and onto the bike path that runs along flushing bay. there are almost never any people on that path and the streets of astoria are usually pretty empty.
Last edited by cappuccino911; 10-29-10 at 07:43 AM.