East Side Bikeway - Much improved
After avoiding the East Side bikeway for years as it was a poor cousin to the West Side, I've taken it many times in the last few weeks. First off, the bikeway now runs from Canal St off the Manhattan bridge down Allen/Pike all the way to the river. Maybe it always did, but I never noticed it. Second, once on the East Side bikeway at Pike, the ride is still along the street under the FDR, but at least it is nicely paved. There is construction along the river for a new bike lane. At the piers, where Basketball City is located, it is in terrible shape, but also this will be fixed. From there on up, they've paved the bikeway next to the FDR so it is now smooth and very wide, plenty of room for people to ride two abreast in BOTH directions and still have someone pass through the middle.
But even better, the esplanade next to the river is beautiful and just as wide. There are bridges over the little coves that you can also go around. I didn't see any signs saying to dismount, or No Bicycles, so I ride on it. The little stage is always active in the evening. This is all great up to the ConEd plant around 14th st, where it still gets very narrow, barely enough room for two bikes, or even a bike and a runner, to pass. Stuyvesant cove looks the same, and the area north of the gas station at 23rd is still a mess.
I'm hoping that when the road past the UN gets built, they'll also fix the area around the building at the Water Club. The ferry terminal will always be there, so we'll have to deal with that.
As for the stairs in the 80s, I doubt that will ever change.