More New Yorkers than ever are commuting via bicycle. According to a 2009 study by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, the number increased by 28 percent within a year. The appeal is obvious—not only is it good for the environment but it’s a great workout. And in New York City there are plenty of routes that make getting to and from work a thoroughly pleasurable experience.
Hudson River Greenway
Why would one want to commute down busy car-filled streets when you could enjoy a ride with through four parks— Hudson River Park, Riverside Park South, Riverside Park and Fort Washington Park—along the Hudson River? The Greenway runs 11 miles from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan to the Little Red Lighthouse underneath the George Washington Bridge. Anyone having to commute along the West Side shouldn’t miss these river views
East River Esplanade
Working on the East Side doesn’t prevent you from river views. If you’re downtown, consider the East River Esplanade, which stretches along the East River from the Whitehall Staten Island Ferry Terminal to East River Park. The Esplanade is easily accessible by all bikers coming in from Brooklyn by any of the bridges—Brooklyn, Manhattan or Williamsburg.
A park doesn’t just need to be a recreational area. Why not enjoy the beauty of the most famous green sanctuary in Manhattan? Travel north or south along the perimeter. For a direct east-to-west route hop on the bike drive at 72nd Street. Have a little more time in the morning? Get on at 102nd St., head slightly north along the drive and then back south exiting at 100th St.
Sands Street Bike Lane
An enjoyable view is of course a wonderful aspect to a commute, but one can’t forget about safety. That’s why Brooklyn bike commuters were thrilled when the Sands Street Bike Lane was inaugurated in 2009. The protected bike lane that enters and exits the Manhattan Bridge provides safety assurance for bikers. Plus no one can complain about missing the Manhattan skyline when biking across the bridge.