New Yorkers love talking about their commute. Between everyday delays, entire lines being shut down, and goats on the tracks, many of us are desperate for transportation alternatives. What’s a straphanger to do? Subways pain you; busses are trite; Uber can’t sustain you; might as well bike!
To a novice, cycling around the city at first appears terrifying. Why leave the devil you know — in the this case, the MTA — for the devil you don’t: out-of-control drivers, oblivious pedestrians, other cyclists, and the notion that all that’s separating you from the tooth-chipping pavement is a couple of rubber tires? Sadly, New York City Transit gives us more reasons to turn to the humble bicycle with every passing rush hour.
Maybe the impending L train service suspension will leave you in the lurch, or air-quality destroying diesel buses make you kvetch. Or, maybe your motives are less altruistic and you just want to save a little money and stay in shape without relying on the bank account vampires at SoulCycle. There are infinite reasons to enjoy New York City’s nearly 1,200 miles of bike-friendly streets, roads and paths. Here is how to begin.
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