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Old 10-16-12, 12:39 PM
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Philadelphia to New York City

Hi,

I did this ride from PHL to NYC last Saturday. If anyone is planning to do it too feel free to contact me and ask for tips!
Here is a time lapse video of some roads and also the route can be found in the video description.

I rode about 10 miles on US-1 after Trenton because I took a wrong road and ended up in the highway. I thought it was safer to go ahead a little bit than return in the wrong side of the road. I returned to the right route in Princetown.
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Originally Posted by Andre S View Post
Hi,

I did this ride from PHL to NYC last Saturday. If anyone is planning to do it too feel free to contact me and ask for tips!
Here is a time lapse video of some roads and also the route can be found in the video description.

I rode about 10 miles on US-1 after Trenton because I took a wrong road and ended up in the highway. I thought it was safer to go ahead a little bit than return in the wrong side of the road. I returned to the right route in Princetown.
Andre,

Some tips would be great, however, I'm planning to do it in the other direction, leaving from Brooklyn and heading to Philly (or more specifically, Landsdowne, PA, where my friend lives).

Do you think it's possible to just do the reverse of your route? What was your total mileage? Also, how did you finally come into NYC, path train? Ferry? George Washington Bridge?

Ideally I'd like to avoid Jersey City by going the GWB, but that means adding extra miles and probably taking a northerly route for a while before being able to head southwest toward Philly.

Do you happen to have a link to a map of your route? Which roads you liked, and which roads you didn't?

Thanks
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Originally Posted by 40 Cent View Post
Andre,

Some tips would be great, however, I'm planning to do it in the other direction, leaving from Brooklyn and heading to Philly (or more specifically, Landsdowne, PA, where my friend lives).

Do you think it's possible to just do the reverse of your route? What was your total mileage? Also, how did you finally come into NYC, path train? Ferry? George Washington Bridge?

Ideally I'd like to avoid Jersey City by going the GWB, but that means adding extra miles and probably taking a northerly route for a while before being able to head southwest toward Philly.

Do you happen to have a link to a map of your route? Which roads you liked, and which roads you didn't?

Thanks

I think its possible to reverse the route. I took the ferry to Financial District in the Jersey City Waterfront. Here is the route: https://tinyurl.com/9x5um4f and here a little video I took: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw-k8...9LtrnlsEy1M9rQ

try to find your way out of NY, this was my first time there and I think you know the city much better than me. I just think that Jersey City isn't too sketchy. North Philadelphia is worse, and that was my way out of Philly.

Well... Once you're in Elizabeth, take the Rahway Avenue/Lincoln Hwy if you don't mind riding in urban avenue. There is a little bit of stop and go because of the traffic lights, but nothing impossible. If you take this route and always go straight you'll end up in Trenton, safe road and good landscapes between North Brunswick and Princetown.

After crossing the Delaware. Trenton rd, Veteran Hwy and Bristol Pike are also bike friendly and calm. Just the North Philadelphia is sketchy, I don't think it's safe to ride there and the next time I'll find an alternative route to leave Philly.

My total mileage from Philadelphia Museum of Art to Penn Station - New York, was about 100 miles and 9.5 hours. I took it very easy, without worrying about time and speed.

PS: Sorry about my english, I'm from Brazil and I'm still learning.
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Originally Posted by Andre S View Post
I think its possible to reverse the route. I took the ferry to Financial District in the Jersey City Waterfront. Here is the route: https://tinyurl.com/9x5um4f and here a little video I took: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw-k8...9LtrnlsEy1M9rQ

try to find your way out of NY, this was my first time there and I think you know the city much better than me. I just think that Jersey City isn't too sketchy. North Philadelphia is worse, and that was my way out of Philly.

Well... Once you're in Elizabeth, take the Rahway Avenue/Lincoln Hwy if you don't mind riding in urban avenue. There is a little bit of stop and go because of the traffic lights, but nothing impossible. If you take this route and always go straight you'll end up in Trenton, safe road and good landscapes between North Brunswick and Princetown.

After crossing the Delaware. Trenton rd, Veteran Hwy and Bristol Pike are also bike friendly and calm. Just the North Philadelphia is sketchy, I don't think it's safe to ride there and the next time I'll find an alternative route to leave Philly.

My total mileage from Philadelphia Museum of Art to Penn Station - New York, was about 100 miles and 9.5 hours. I took it very easy, without worrying about time and speed.

PS: Sorry about my english, I'm from Brazil and I'm still learning.
Andre,

First of all, your English is excellent. There are many native English speakers who write much worse than you.

Thanks for the route and the video. No, I don't mind urban riding -- I do it all the time in New York -- and I prefer a direct route like yours. The ferry to the Financial District seems to be a good idea. Otherwise I would add 25 miles by going up and over the George Washington Bridge. 125 miles in a day is still ok, but now that it is getting dark earlier, I don't know if I would have the time before it gets dark.

I will see what alternatives there are to entering Philly by way of North Philadelphia. My friend's place is in Landsdowne, which according to the map is closer to South Philly. Is the Schuylkill Bridge a possibility for cyclists?
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Hi 40 Cent,


You're welcome!


Particularly the Kensingtown Ave is really bad, I just went there because google maps told me to do that. I think that Erie Ave might be a better way to go up to Schuylkill, but only somebody who knows the area can give us more accurate information.


Once you're in the Schuylkill river trail, you can cross the river on Walnut or Market Street. I don't know about Schuylkill Bridge. To get to Landsdowne, ride in Spruce street. I did this route and I think it is a good way.
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You're welcome!


Particularly the Kensingtown Ave is really bad, I just went there because google maps told me to do that. I think that Erie Ave might be a better way to go up to Schuylkill, but only somebody who knows the area can give us more accurate information.


Once you're in the Schuylkill river trail, you can cross the river on Walnut or Market Street. I don't know about Schuylkill Bridge. To get to Landsdowne, ride in Spruce street. I did this route and I think it is a good way.
Andre,

Thanks for the info. We'll avoid Kensington Ave. And we'll look for Spruce Street once we get into Philadelphia. I'll have to study the map a bit more. As with you, I have found that google maps can have good suggestions, but also very bad suggestions for cyclists, so the local knowledge is appreciated.
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FYI, the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia holds an anual ride to the Nu Hotel in Brookyln Heights. You can leave from the Art Museum in Philadelphia (135 miles), New Hope, PA (95 miles), Neshanic Station, NJ (about 70 miles) or Lyons, NJ (about 50 miles). Amazingly, the route from New Hope on is mostly rural to suburban until you get to Kenilworth. You go through horse country in Hunterdon County, along the south branch of the Raritan River to Somerville, past the old oak tree in Basking Ridge, through the Great Swamp, Union County Park and the Port of Elizabeth and Newark, which is empty because the ride is held the day before Labor Day. You then cross Lincoln into Jersey City, ride up to Hoboken and catch the ferry to Midtown. Then you ride down the path along the Hudson and then to the Boorklyn Bridge. The Nu Hotel in on Smith Street in Cobble Hill. A bag is brought up for you. You shower at the hotel, have dinner on your own and then take a motor coach back home. Recently we have been getting about 75-80 people each year. I have done it at least 10 times. It's always a great time.
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Originally Posted by 40 Cent View Post
Is the Schuylkill Bridge a possibility for cyclists?
No such thing by that name. Do you mean the South Street Bridge? If so, yes. It's brand new and has a bike lane. Walnut is the other best way to cross the river heading west from center city as it has a bike lane. Landsdowne would probably be reached most driectly via the Greay Ferry Ave. Bridge since that heads more SW. Some areas on the SW side are not the best. Woodland and Chester have trolley tracks the entire way.
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No such thing by that name. Do you mean the South Street Bridge? If so, yes. It's brand new and has a bike lane. Walnut is the other best way to cross the river heading west from center city as it has a bike lane. Landsdowne would probably be reached most driectly via the Greay Ferry Ave. Bridge since that heads more SW. Some areas on the SW side are not the best. Woodland and Chester have trolley tracks the entire way.
Indyfabz,

My mistake, on the map of Philadelphia I saw the Schuylkill Expressway, which goes over the Walt Whitman Bridge -- and on closer inspection I see bikes aren't welcome on it.

Thanks for the news of the Philadelphia to Brooklyn ride. I'd like to do it -- in reverse if possible. I suppose I could go to Philly the night before and do the ride back home with you all, but in the past I've found it more interesting to start at home and arrive at a destination where I get to see something new, maybe stay a few days and visit. There's gotta be a ride to Philly sponsored by one of our NYC clubs -- I just haven't looked into it.

Any chance the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia posts its route so that I could take a look? I like the idea of rural roads, even if they add some miles.

Thanks!
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In the city proper, you can only cross on the Tacony-Palmyra and Ben Franklin Bridges. You can also take a short train ride from Camden to center city.

The 2012 cues are near the top of this list:

https://phillybikeclub.org/newbcp/rides/library/?m=index

Do not ride it during the week or you will be road kill. Seriously. I don't like the current route from Kenilworth to the port. Further down on the cue sheet list, under "New Hope to New York," there are cues which contain the better route to the port.
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In the city proper, you can only cross on the Tacony-Palmyra and Ben Franklin Bridges. You can also take a short train ride from Camden to center city.

The 2012 cues are near the top of this list:

https://phillybikeclub.org/newbcp/rides/library/?m=index

Do not ride it during the week or you will be road kill. Seriously. I don't like the current route from Kenilworth to the port. Further down on the cue sheet list, under "New Hope to New York," there are cues which contain the better route to the port.
Thanks a lot for the cue sheets. And for the warning about weekdays. I'll look at the route variations. I probably won't do it until Spring because the days are getting a bit short for 130 miles (at my pace), so I still have some planning time.
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