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'Lil dicey on the upper east side...question for the NYC-ers in the hizzouse...

Old 08-17-11, 11:33 PM
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'Lil dicey on the upper east side...question for the NYC-ers in the hizzouse...

(Note: Duplicate post in the "Regional" forums...I just dont know where to post these things sometimes!)

Any NY-ers commute through the upper east side? I currently bike from Brooklyn to either Grand Central or 57th and 1st, depending on the day (usually via the Manhattan Bridge and 1st Avenue), but today I met a friend at the Met on 84th and 5th Avenue and I must say, me no likey....

I had a rough time after 60th...usually I have few problems just taking 1st Avenue to where I need to go, but according to the bike map, I would lose the bike lane around 60th and should go one block east to York (Sutton?) to pick it up again...I tried that, but encountered a VERY messy commute...it was a VERY harrowing 12-15 blocks before I decided to just head back to 1st Avenue and try my luck there again...

Question, does anyone out there have any experience going up the east side any farther than midtown? I hope to eventually bike to the Metro North station at 125th and Park, but if it's going to be dodgy from 60th all the way up, maybe I should just head up the West Side Highway and then go all the way across town (I just very much dislike the crosstown sections...the roads arent as nice, it takes forever...). Drivers seem to be much more accustomed and open to bikers on the west side of the city...thoughts?
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Old 08-19-11, 09:37 AM
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I agree that the west side is much nicer to bike on. The UN breaks up the FDR path and it's pretty sloppy in terms of bike lanes up there. I used to bike on the east side more and you kind of need to stick to the slow lanes and stay away from being doored where there aren't bike lanes. Midtown in general is a free for all...
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Old 08-22-11, 08:34 AM
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Agreed. It's not bad going up 1st Ave until about 42nd (even though the greenway ends somewhere at around 33rd), but past that it gets very iffy...apparently, according to another fellow NYC commuter, it takes about a third less time to get up to 125th from the West Village than on the east side, so I think I might give that a shot today...Little nervous, but excited! I usually take the Metro North up to Riverdale, then the subway back home and there's a very short route from where I work to the 1 train, but I see ZERO bikers in the Bronx and I fear that they dont know so much how to handle bikers up there....cross your fingers!
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i live on the ues, it's not that hard. I don't understand why bike commuters will only commute in bike lanes. half the time cars don't respect them anyways. FYI, the bike lane resumes on 1st avenue at 72nd street and runs all the way up to 125th street. the bigger issue is the crappy concrete that is first ave as opposed to asphalt. if you are riding 23mm tires you have to bevery careful that you don't get stuck in a crack in the concrete.

BTW, if your coming up first ave and there is no bike line, use the dedicated bus lane on the right side of the ave. cars will get ticketed for driving in it and there aren't that many buses in it
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