Biking in New York City

Urban Biking from Jersey City, Over the GW, Down Riverside and across on the PATH

Saturday, May 17th, 2008 • The first really nice day of Spring!

Every year, my go9al is simple. On the first really nice day of Spring, I nee to be on my bike. Preferably in the woods on some single track, but anyplace really will do.

This year, me and my father took a ride from Chilltown, JC up through Hoboken and Weehawken, through Engewater and over the George Washington Bridge, all the way down the bike lane on Riverside Drive to the bike lanes leading right to the WTC, and back across the path.

It was a good run. Just a leisurely ride but well worth it. The view from the bridge is worth the 20 miles it takes to get there and back from my place.

For my family, it has been an Annual family event for a few years now, and it officially marks the end of Winter.  It is held every year on the first weekend in May and while we don’t always ride it, typically at least someone from my family or group of friends has. 

In 2007, my climbing friends cam and did the ride.  Cramming into our little townhouse where 6 unruly adventurers, the likes of which Chilltown J.C. has never seen!

 

The Crew

This year, I tried to get Pops to go to Ringwood with me. But no dice. His Gout wasn't more than a few days gone, so all he would do was get on the street with me. Good enough.

Just Pops

There's a good number of riders crossing the bridge. Most of them were dressed for the Tour de France. Cycling geeks if you ask me. But man, some of those bikes.... wow.

I was surprised how many bikers we saw. At least 30 between the house and the bridge, and nother 30 on the brige and all the way down Riveside Dr.

The old man looking at the view.

 


When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.  Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man.  And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became.  Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others.  Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.  ~Elizabeth West

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