Summer Streets is an experiment where NYC is blocking off just under 7 miles of streets for the use of pedestrians and bicyclists. The route includes Park Avenue from 72nd street down to the Union Square area, then taking Lafayette Street down to the Brooklyn Bridge.
I had an incredible time, and I'm planning to go back next weekend and do the whole thing in reverse.
Bruce and I parked in Weehawken and took the ferry into Manhattan. The event was very crowded indeed. The crowds are fun to watch! We saw cyclists, runners, skaters, walkers, families with strollers, wheelchairs, and a couple of horse-drawn carraiges.
At the Brooklyn Bridge, the crowding got even worse. The pedestrian/cyclist walkway is raised over the roadway, with a lane for bikes and one for pedestrians. (This concept is a bit too much for many, many people to grasp, but I digress.) The bridge itself is beautiful in a way that's hard to appreciate by car.
Wed, Jun. 6th, 2007, 11:38 am
A few of us at bikeforums are riding this Saturday morning on the Delaware towpath
, starting at Trenton. Mix of paved and packed dirt/gravel roads. We're going to try to make 50 miles. Email me if you're interested, if I actually know and like you, crash space the night before is doable.
Ride from Monday. Not sure if this embed will work, if not, here's a link to the map
And a pic from Middlesex College. The thought of riding on that hilly grass is tempting but it would kill the lawn. Ah, well.
Bike ride in streets and rocks and dirt, 8.9 miles (but more strenuous than normal). So cool!
Best guess as to where I was (a lot of it was offroad and construction in New Brunswick means Google maps is a little out of date): mappy
New Brunswick is to the left, the Raritan River on the right. This is near the end of one of the skinny peninsulas that line the river here.
No, I did not ride down these stairs. These end about 5 feet up in the air (behind me) and I had to turn around. (You can't see this from the other side.)
Mon, May. 14th, 2007, 10:34 pm
3 miles round trip, with a guitar strapped to my back. Mappy
Thu, May. 10th, 2007, 11:31 pm
Ride and carbs
4 miles today, with Bruce. Ride map thing
Then we all made pasta for friday night dinner:
Can't believe tomorrow is Friday.
Since yesterday was so strenuous, I did a gentle ride today (posting this on the 9th, actually, but changed the datestamp for tracking purposes). 25 minutes, 3.5 miles, avoiding touch hills, 3.5 miles. Mappy mappy mappy
Anyone know a good source for inexpensive bike shorts/pants? The look stupid but are incredibly comfortable. x-marts have them cheap, but I'd rather avoid those if I can.
9.8 miles in 40 minutes. I'm very achy, I found a lot of hills today. And I bought a glass of lemonade from a neighborhood kid who flagged me down while I was speeding past. Cool. Mappy
Rode 10 miles or so with Martha - she forgot that she loves bike riding, which is so damn cool. (First time she's ridden in years.) We took it slow - we covered this distance in 140 minutes - a little of it was spent walking the bikes where there was no safe place to ride.
Here's the Map of the route we took
. I'll probably get tired of mapping the routes after a while, but it's fun to do for now. I only wish Google maps had a feature to tell you how long the route is you draw. Seems like a silly thing to leave out, so maybe I just haven't figured out how to do that yet.
Lotsa hills today, including a long climb on Cedar Lane in Piscataway -- not too steep, but over half a mile long. (Gave up around halfway through it and walked the rest.)
Damn am I tired, I slept for a couple of hours when we got back. Must get out of the house tonight.