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Offline kaer23

Cycling Route JFK - Manhatten ?
« on: March 04, 2023, 02:27:47 am »
Dear All,

the first section of my bicycle adventure will be the ride from JFK Airport via Brooklyn Bridge to Manhatten. So I started looking on google maps and openstreetmap on possible (direct) routes and for streets which apparently have bicycle lanes. Does anyone have suggestions/advice on which streets to avoid at all costs ? Is it adviseable to take detours ? Always considering that I am an absolute New-York City newbie  :)

Thanks a lot in advance !

Offline avrin

Re: Cycling Route JFK - Manhatten ?
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2023, 12:36:54 pm »
I would not recommend riding it. I would take mass transit to wherever you are going in Manhattan. See https://www.jfkairport.com/to-from-airport/public-transportation

Offline kaer23

Re: Cycling Route JFK - Manhatten ?
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2023, 12:33:07 am »
Thanks Avrin, though not really the answer I was hoping for. Are your concerns more related to traffic or more to general safety/security ?

Offline avrin

Re: Cycling Route JFK - Manhatten ?
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2023, 06:38:57 pm »
I don't know if there are surface roads leading from the terminals. I can't imagine weaving a loaded bicycle through loading and unloading cars at the terminals.  The highways around JFK would be a death trap by bike. I took the train from the airport, got off in Manhattan, and cycled the last leg home to Northern Manhattan. That was  years ago. Traffic is worse now.   

Offline jamawani

Re: Cycling Route JFK - Manhatten ?
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2023, 07:58:13 pm »
I lived in Manhattan years back and cycled NYC.
Never, even in my 20s, would I have considered riding out to JFK.
Suicidal.

Take the AirTrain to Howard Beach connecting to NYC Subway A Train.
https://www.jfkairport.com/to-from-airport/public-transportation

The A train goes to the High Street / Brooklyn Bridge Station -
where there is easy access to the Brooklyn Bridge promenade.
Yeah, it's worth biking over the Brooklyn Bridge.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/23/Official_New_York_City_Subway_Map_2013_vc.jpg
(A Train in blue)

And Duke Ellington's famous "Take the A Train"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb2w2m1JmCY

Pic - Google Map of High St. / Brooklyn Bridge Station area

« Last Edit: March 12, 2023, 08:28:02 pm by jamawani »

Offline kaer23

Re: Cycling Route JFK - Manhatten ?
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2023, 02:02:23 am »
Thank you a lot for the replies and the clarification.

Maybe I was not completely clear myself:
My intention is to stay the night after my arrival in a Hotel near JFK (and go there by shuttle bus), use the early-morning-jet-lag-hours to assemble my bicycle and start from there.

After Avrin's post I was looking at the metro-possibility - considering the distance to the next metro-stations I might as well cycle into Brooklyn. I was also looking at the possibility with Howard Beach station, but that would mean going back into the airport (with an unboxed, assembled and packed bicycle -not sure if the Hotel shuttle bus will take me...).

According to the NYC bicycle map https://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/nyc-bike-map-2022.pdf, there should be at least some bike-lanes in Brooklyn (?).

I will let you know about my solution if I survive Queen's traffic  :).

Thanks a lot for your concerns !

Offline kaer23

Re: Cycling Route JFK - Manhatten ?
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2023, 02:56:51 am »
By the way: Looking at the crossing 133rd Ave / Van Wyk Expy on google streetview, this seems to be an unpassable building site (pictures apparently dating from October 2022) - does anyone know whether this is still the case ?