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Central Park and Prospect Park

Old 07-07-05, 07:52 PM
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Central Park and Prospect Park

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Whats your opinion on biking in these two parks? I live in Brooklyn in the Bensonhurt area so the closet place is the Belt Parkway, which isn't the ideal place to bike. Any reccomendations for me?
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Old 07-07-05, 07:59 PM
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wondering the same... can anyone help us out?
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Prospect Park is the place for Brooklyn. little over 3 mile loop, a short hill and a nice downhill..
And Car Free all weekend as well as non rush hour times during the week. I ride it 10 months a year from September thru June (Jersey Shore July/Aug).

Weekend mornings are less crowded then the during the day when there are lots of runners, in line skaters, walkers, and zig-zaging cyclists.
Weekdays after 9am when it's closed to cars is great too if you can.. Haven't ridden in the evenings, so don't know what happens then..

Or you can take the belt parkway bike path from Knapp Street...

Happy Riding..
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PP tends to be less crowded even on weekends. Whereas in CP, you can expect a lot people and tourists using the park. Also, CP often has special events which can lead to closure of some section of the park drive way. Which park is a harder course? CP. There are so many rollers and the distance is longer. I do my TT interval training in CP because I can do 2 laps under 33minutes, 12+ miles. So same distance and effort in PP, looking at 4 laps. Because of many rollers in CP, in one moment you can riding at your recovery zone and in another your HR is at LT.


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Hi,

Whats your opinion on biking in these two parks? I live in Brooklyn in the Bensonhurt area so the closet place is the Belt Parkway, which isn't the ideal place to bike. Any reccomendations for me?
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Prospect is definitely less crowded and has a more defined "path". During the morning and weekdays, the walkers and joggers along with the slower bikers stay to their dedicated lanes to the left and the roadies have a nice defined 2+ lane wide road.
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PP is a more pleasant ride, but less demanding than CP (not that it's all too hilly itself, but there's a clear difference). Getting to CP from Ben. would be a bit of a haul. CP can get very crowded.
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I think I walked out in front of Sarah Jessica Parker cycling in CP last month when I visting and crossing the East Dr. to go up to the Reservoir. At least it looked and sounded like her when she yelled, "Heads Up!" at me.
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Are there any other good places to bike around brooklyn besides Prospect Park? I could go there on the weekends but not everyday.

How hard is it to get to Central Park and how long from where I live?
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Central Park is fun to ride in on the weekends when it's closed to traffic. There's alot of us there and one decent hill on north side of the park, decent for relatively flat Manhattan. Not too many pedestrians if you go earlier in the morning and I appreciate not being interupted by lights and cars. Oh and if you're interested, hot chicks running are always a plus

Maybe you can you take your bike on the train?
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I always ride in CP. No cars in the early mornings and from 10AM - 3PM and after 7PM.

I don't go there on the weekends because its too crowded with foot traffic.

CP has a good loop (6.2 miles long), and is sort of hilly.

I ride in from Corona Queens in the mornings, (8.5 mile ride) and do a couple of laps and ride home.

The park and Queensborough bridge add up to be a good work out.
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FYI, this bike club has a self-test using the 6.2 mile CP loop to figure out what you should really claim is your average speed when joining their rides. Seems like an objective way to judge relative speeds.

If I can get up early enough, I'm gonna try to do it tomorrow morning and hurry home to NJ before TDF starts again.

http://www.nycc.org/rides_day.shtml (look to the right)
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Central Park is to be avoided on weekends because of the crowds, unless that is what you're looking for. Its a scene. Prospect Park is my home turf and I would be riding 3-4 times a week there if I could ride. You're more likely to find a regular unorganized group in PP, whereas CP you never see the same people more than once.

Check out NYCC.ORG for rides that start in CP.
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