I did this for the first time this year a few days ago. The overgrowth on the bridge between Jersey City and Kearny was much greater than last year. But, as was already mentioned, there were no thorns; so I just rode through it.
It's also been established that the earthen stairs at the end of the Kearny-to-Newark bridge are gone. I just rode around the with the cars going down, as I had done before. Coming back, I walked up the hill where the stairs used to be. So the lack of stairs didn't prove to be a problem.
It's curious that Google Maps show a bike route going north of that bridge, up to Raymond Blvd. I briefly considered trying it that way, but then thought better of it; I finally went down Doremus Ave. and then via Roanoke Ave., Ave. P, and Foundary St. to get up to Raymond Blvd.
I rode around Newark for a while, and even found a Ferdinand St. I also found a good bike lane on Jones St./Norfolk Ave. (that's one street). But the best bike town is Hoboken, with bike lanes on practically every street. I hope to get back there soon. It was a great day, one during which I totalled 83 miles.
Well, clearly it could be a lot better. But I am happy that such a connection exists at all.
Here's the Google Maps thing that I mentioned, which shows a bikeable route north from the bridge landing in Newark.
That's completely illusory, right? I originally thought that I'd check it out; but I ultimately decided against it.
I sure would not attempt to do that route at night but it is access. I'll take pictures for sure!
I was having dinner at the IHOP on route 440 the other day and it was starting to get dark. When I noticed a woman walking on the highway getting ready to enter the west bound route going to Newark. I was suprised there were people brave enough to walk across those two bridges during the day but imagine being a women and doing it at night! No thanks.
Once you leave Lincoln Park and start your way to Newark, the road is paved and crossing the first bridge is easy. The problem is after you cross the second bridge with the steps been destroyed. Here's what to do! Get to the other side then cross the bridge!
You need get to the other side using Hackensack Avenue or Central Avenue. Once on the other side, cross the second bridge into Newark and it's a smooth path all the way down.
There is a bike route that goes under the over pass and actually under the Skyway! It wasn't so bad during the day and not too much overgrowth and glass. I was impressed that Newark actually made a walkway that reaches Raymond Blvd!
You don't have to ride in traffic either because they built a traffic light just for those wanting to cross Raymond Blvd to reach the walkway. How considerate for Newark to build a traffic light just for us! LOL! I suspect a number of people might have been killed crossing that street and such an accident would stop traffic both ways on RB.
I took pictures and will post shortly. Even thougth it was well lit during the day, I would not try this at night. You don't have to ride on Raymond Blvd because the cars are just too fast. However, the sidewalk is wide with little street activity. While on RB, I decided to go through the neighborhood and discovered it was a huge mistake. I encountered a street walker in broad daylight and the drug dealers acted like they hadn't see a cyclist in 20 years! LOL!
Great! I will look forward to those pictures! And I would like to know exactly where you joined up with Raymond Blvd.Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve;16938,400
As it happens, I was around there yesterday, as I did a 105-mile round-trip to Morris County. (The hills on Eagle Rock Ave. west from West Orange are terrible, by the way!) I took Doremus south to Roanoke, as previously described.
Here's a nutty question: were you going towards Newark at some time between 5:30 and 6:00 in the late afternoon? I was heading out of Newark back towards Kearny at that point; and I passed someone going the other way on the bridge. That couldn't have been you, could it?
I'm back with the pictures.
First, I want to say that this is the route to take if you're going to Harrison and in a hurry! I would not attempt to do this at night and be very careful when going under the bridge.
As you exit the bridge or go down the dirt steps, instead of going to Doremus, you'll go in the direction of the ramp. Don't go up the ramp because that's crazy! Instead, look to the right and you'll see the bike path. Here's the entrance below.
The second picture shows the condition of the path and there is some overgrowth at first. However, I just pushed it aside and you can see the bike path is in very good condition!
The path makes a long left turn as seen in this picture. There's no hills some glass but overall very easy.
The bike path then turns right and look for the cross walk that goes under the bridges. You can't miss them and you'll have to cross both. I don't know how busy it will be during rush hour but there was no traffic on a weekend.
Now comes the dangerous part. After you cross both crosswalks, you'll ride under this overpass. You'll almost home now!!
After you go under the overpass and highway, you'll continue going right it should lead to two more crosswalks. The good news is that you have a street light to help you cross. Once on the sidewalk, go right and and you're on Raymond Blvd! It's that easy and you don't have to ride any streets, ramps or highways.
If you want, you can go straight and that's Raymond Blvd. Enjoy exploring!
Last edited by Dahon.Steve; 07-18-14 at 10:48 PM.
Thank you for the detailed information and for the pictures! Maybe I'll try it when I next get out there.
So, how about that other question: was that you on the Kearny-to-Newark bridge on the evening of Sunday the 13th at about 6pm? I was leaving Newark on the bridge at about that time; and I passed someone going the other way. It would be wild if we had actually passed by each other.
As I said before, there was a woman who was walking across those bridges a dusk but she is braver than me! It was fun exploring that region on bicycle and I think it can be made safer if the stairs were only repaired.
Right, but 6pm at this time of year is neither night nor dusk. The afternoon sun still shines brightly at that hour in mid-July.
Every now and then I have to go through that area by car, and I've got to ask the question: Why would anybody want to ride a bike there? That has to be one of the worst locations in the country to ride.
That part of Newark is certainly not the most beautiful; but you have to go through that part in order to get to the enjoyable parts.
If you're ever going to be seriously hurt or killed on a bicycle, it will more than likely be someone on four wheels.
You won't see me going through there at night for sure, but it was breath taking going under the Skyway during the day! I enjoy the thrill of riding in slums of Jersey City, Newark, Camden, East Orange, West Orange, Atlantic City, East New York, Harlem etc. Quite frankly, I got tired of doing loops in Central Park and wanted to know how the cities looked. Glad I did!
I'm proud of this thread more than any other I created. My discovery to arrive at Newark by bicycle was a revelation for sure. I don't know of anyone who thinks one could walk or bicycle to Newark but now we know different. My next journey will be exploring Route 7! I don't know if I'll make it but there's a beautiful bridge that really needs to be explored and there are crosswalks to assist!! Can't wait and will post on a new thread.
Last edited by Dahon.Steve; 07-23-14 at 05:28 PM.
Just wanted to say I am grateful for this thread and all your efforts to push cycling forward. One reason I did this route recently is that I live in Jersey City and I am a board member of Bike JC, the bike advocacy group for Jersey City, and I hope to lead some of our members on this ride soon. I also happen to work in Newark lately, so I might even commute this way occasionally. And now people on our local forums are talking about this route. It builds. Slowly, but it builds.
I lived in Jersey City most of my life before moving to Bayonne. I had no idea there was a bicycle advocacy in Jersey City! Interesting.
I noticed Jeresy City built many new bike lanes going cross town. Now all we need is a bike lane that goes north to south from Jersey City to Bayonne! Quite frankly, I'm surprised they even spent money on bike lanes but I somehow think your organization had something to do with it!
Hoboken started years ago and now there are a number of bike lanes that go all over. They are actually ahead of Jersey City and Bayonne hasn't even started!!
I promise to continue to update the status of this route each year through this thread. I suspect tens of thousands of dollars were spent by Jersey City in creating this route. Now we have to pressure Newark to do their part and fix the stairs!
The overgrowth on the westbound side of the bridge on route 1/9 truck is so bad, it's hard to even walk the bike.
One of these days I want to go there with a snow shovel and garden shears and cut the overgrowing trees and shovel the sand. Make that sidewalk usable again. This is stuff that should have been done by the city.