April 20, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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SPRING IS HERE
Lets Bike the
We'll meet on the Greenway at 37th Street/FDR Drive. We will bike along the path, down the east side, around Battery Park City, up the West Side across Riverside Parkway, through Harlem and back down the East Side, ending up at 59th St, under the Queens Borough Bridge. This ride is over 30 miles. Pack snacks and water! We will be stopping for lunch somewhere along the way.
The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is a 32-mile route that circumnavigates the island of Manhattan. The greenway builds on recent efforts to transform a long-ignored and derelict waterfront into a green attraction for recreational and commuting use. Wherever possible, it runs along the shoreline and thus reclaims the waterfront for pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, and other users of non-motorized transportation. The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway and other New York City greenways continuously improve the quality of life for New Yorkers by creating improved access to the waterfront and the open spaces throughout the City.
Most portions of the greenway are beautiful off-street paths through parks or other recreational spaces. Greenway-connectors run on-street, where waterfront access is not currently possible. Some of the improvements that have taken place include: signing a bike path through The Battery, transforming the industrial waterfront in the West Village and Chelsea into Hudson River Park, and turning the neglected and inaccessible Harlem River Speedway into a beautiful promenade. This newest section of off-street path runs two miles along the Harlem River waterfront, providing a lovely green space, stunning views of the High Bridge, the Alexander Hamilton Bridge and the Washington Bridge, as well as an enhanced connection between northern Manhattan and the rest of the island.
Greenway bike route: http://www.nycbikemaps.com/maps/manhattan-waterfront-greenway-bike-map/