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  1. If you are interested in a long-range bike trail...

    If you are interested in a long-range bike trail that is already fully constructed, then you might want to try the route from Washington, DC to Pittsburgh via the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath...
  2. The Streetsblog story touches upon this: "To...

    The Streetsblog story touches upon this:

    "To do that [to get across the Susquehanna River], according to Google Maps, you’d have to go about 12 miles north of Havre de Grace (and the most natural...
  3. How is the Hudson a pain in the butt? The George...

    How is the Hudson a pain in the butt? The George Washington Bridge has a bike lane; though it is unfortunately closed overnight.

    And there are several inexpensive and bike-friendly ferries that...
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    Good point about the street grid, or lack...

    Good point about the street grid, or lack thereof. I have to honestly admit that that is another strike against Boston for me.

    If I were going to explore the city on foot, then using maps and GPS...
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    That is true! The building is very impressive;...

    That is true! The building is very impressive; and it is on a small street, which only enhances its magnitude. However, the street is so small that getting far enough away from the building to take...
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    Not riding after dark is an unworkable policy...

    Not riding after dark is an unworkable policy considering the fact that the sun goes down at 5pm or even earlier during the winter. This means that my commute home takes place entirely or partly in...
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    I had to read that twice to make sure I was...

    I had to read that twice to make sure I was seeing it right. You are saying that you are afraid of Harlem? Unbelievable. That is as ill-informed as it is offensive. Honestly, there is no way to...
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    What I think that you are missing is that there...

    What I think that you are missing is that there is no good reason for further so-called "security" restrictions on bicyclists in a bike tour. Consider that any person in a car could conceivably carry...
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    There is no protecting of the public going on. ...

    There is no protecting of the public going on. As I mentioned, no one is restricting the thousands of people who drive on the streets on a daily basis from carrying whatever kinds of bags they wish....
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    For me the deal-breaker is the restriction on...

    For me the deal-breaker is the restriction on bags.

    Every day thousands of drivers clog the streets, and no one restricts what they can carry. But on the one day when bikes predominate on some...
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    Two occasions force the grammar-lover in me to...

    Two occasions force the grammar-lover in me to respond: "could have", not "could of".

    Carry on.
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    Wow, I am sorry that that happened. Yes, it could...

    Wow, I am sorry that that happened. Yes, it could have been worse.

    This is why I tend to skip it on rainy days, or just bring the bike on the subway to go home if rain starts coming down while I...
  13. Ah, I see. I get that, I suppose. I try to stay...

    Ah, I see. I get that, I suppose. I try to stay off of Pennsylvania Avenue, the majority of Metropolitan Avenue, much of Atlantic Avenue, and, as noted above, Northern Boulevard.
  14. Yes, that's true. I have ridden that little...

    Queens Blvd. is getting a bike lane (got? it should be finished by now; I haven't tried it yet):

    Eyes on the Street: Queens Boulevard Gets Its Bike Lane | Streetsblog New York City

    Queens Blvd....
  15. Great to hear that! And now you've lost...

    Great to hear that!




    And now you've lost me. Those are precisely the kinds of streets that need bike lanes. The one on the Grand Concourse worked great when it was first put in. The degree...
  16. The same is true on the bike lanes that I use on...

    The same is true on the bike lanes that I use on my daily commute, such as Clinton Street and East Broadway in Manhattan, and Woodward Avenue and Onderdonk Avenue in Queens. It's true as well on...
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    My record low so far is 9 degrees. I am not eager...

    My record low so far is 9 degrees. I am not eager to break that record.

    The non-porous top layer makes a big difference for me. I discovered its benefit by accident when I slipped this garment on...
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    My legs are the last things that get cold, so I...

    My legs are the last things that get cold, so I can wear shorts in temperatures all the way down to the high 20s. It's my chest and neck, and more than anything my hands, which feel the cold first.
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    For a while I thought that I was going to be the...

    For a while I thought that I was going to be the last person without a smartphone. I didn't have one when I signed up for CitiBike; I got my first cell phone of any kind only last summer. (I am...
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    I believe that there are bike racks at the ferry...

    I believe that there are bike racks at the ferry terminal at Paulus Hook in Jersey City. It might be good to take the bike on the ferry to Jersey City, lock it up at the ferry terminal, and then...
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    Oh, no; your route was just fine. I wasn't...

    Oh, no; your route was just fine. I wasn't looking for the most direct route; so using those streets that I had never used before was worthwhile.

    Also, remember that I mentioned earlier that I...
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    Well, as I mentioned earlier, getting to Newark...

    Well, as I mentioned earlier, getting to Newark from Jersey City by bike is a bit unpleasant for a newcomer, and not a particularly good use of limited time in the New York area. But, if Themonkey...
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    It worked out very well! I did a total of 67...

    It worked out very well! I did a total of 67 miles. The Bethpage Bikeway was very pleasant, more than 10 miles from Washington Avenue down to Merrick Road. This is far in excess of the Shore...
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    Note that each train system has its own...

    Note that each train system has its own particular set of restrictions. The NJ Transit restrictions were quoted above, though not completely. Bikes are not allowed weekdays on trains arriving in...
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    Thanks to Steve and to Papa Tom for all the...

    Thanks to Steve and to Papa Tom for all the ideas! If I wind up making the trip, I think I will use plenty of what you guys have suggested.



    It appears that you meant Dutch Broadway, not Dutch...
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