Sunday, August 30, 2009

August 30th, 2009: Sunday cycle to Williamsburg & Brooklyn

After an autumnal Saturday (cool, showery, max 20C), we had a beautiful summer's day today: sunny, 25C, not humid. we are quite into cycling at the moment. Have cycled >150km this month, and it is an excellent way to explore the city beyond Manhattan; there are more than 1,000 km of bike lanes in NYC, so there is no shortage of places to go! Today we rode over the Williamsburg Bridge, then headed down into Brooklyn proper for pizza lunch then back over the Brooklyn bridge and up the dedicated bike lane on 8th Ave, about 35km in total.
Williamsburg Bridge (from the Brooklyn side)

view of Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges from W'burg Bridge

upper deck cycleway on W'burg Bdge

coming back on 8th Ave

offering some road side assistance in Brooklyn


  1. Good to hear the cycling miles are increasing. They talk about this thing called cycling miles. Something akin to the more you do the more you can do. The same distance gets shorter, that sort of thing......yeah, anyway. The Palisades looked lush and verdant. We exited NY from Newark Airport and, being a noted swivelhead, on the morning taxi ride there I took in the vista. And let me tell ya, it didn't look nothing like The Palisades. Are they anywhere near the airport? oops, a question.

  2. no, different direction. palisades is the bushland along the west bank of the hudson river northwest of manhattan. newark is southwest

  3. Can't believe how empty the streets look. Is NY deserted in the summertime, or was it just fluky photography?

  4. good question. partly fluky, especially the 8th ave shot, but also we were followig bike routes that are on quieter wider streets. and over in brooklyn it is more suburban than manhattan. will post a photo of cycling in Midtown next time!