Question to Manhattan (NYC) riders. Looking to find a paper map of bike lanes/routes
Does anyone know where I can find a paper map of bike friendly streets in Manhattan?
I found one online, but a paper map would be more convenient.
Go to any (or most?) bike shop they can give you one for free. That's how I got mine. It shows all bike lanes, bike paths, etc. It's the same as this online map, I think.
I got one at the bike expo when I picked up 5 boro tickets. One for NYC, one for New England
There is no map that documents bike friendly routes in Manhattan. You can use the NYC bike maps as a starting point but the only way you can discover the safest routes is by riding them. Whats safe to you is not safe to the next person.
The map shows what type of lane it is. If you are riding in Manhattan you need to be careful no matter what. It isn't a ride down a country lane.
Originally Posted by stayfed
Originally Posted by zacster
Ride The City offers you the choice of 3 routes when you enter a start and end point. Safer, Safe and most Direct.
The Safer route will generally try to keep you on dedicated bike paths or lanes whenever possible. I find it helpful in planning routes.
If you email the DOT website, http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/home/home.shtml, or call '311' in NYC, they will most definitely mail you a paper copy, unless they have no more. In that case, you would probably get the 2014 edition when it is released in spring.
Originally Posted by techman
Regarding the safety of the route, the paper copy shows you what the online version does: It is color coded for: Traffic free, painted bike lane, shared bike lane, etc. It is up to you to be careful and decide which is safest, but 'traffic free', (green on the map), is a good starting point.
I tested a few routes, and it didn't give the actual safer route. It does not account for (it doesn't know) the actual road surroundings, not to mention neighborhood safety. E.g. riding to/from northern Manhattan above 125th street its safer route suggest Park Ave., but that is in reality a very accident-prone avenue above 97th street with many "walls" with arched "holes" blocking the views (a cyclist was killed there last year).
Originally Posted by flattie
Thanks for the link, though. Would like to try some suggested safer routes when the weather gets better.
I gave it a try on my commute, and it mostly gave me my route. It only varied in the immediate vicinity of my house on a street I never ride.