|Heading north on the Greenway with the Hudson River |
(and New Jersey! at left), George Washington Bridge
in the distance
So I was on my way, clicking through the miles on a sweet trail that I didn't know existed only minutes before. It's heavenly when this happens. Advantages to trail running on the Greenway are the following: No traffic crossings, great views, an aircraft carrier (seriously), New Jersey coastline, art installations, cool boats, etc. (did I mention New Jersey? heheh, only kidding). I happened to be out running very early on a cool and rainy morning so there wasn't much in the way of bike traffic to watch out for. I noticed that all of the bikes were road bikes which I thought was odd until I got to thinking that there probably isn't anywhere to ride a mountain bike for miles. A strange reality actually.
My route took me from 48th St up to about 104th then turned around. Wanted to make it to '11', you know, always want to take it to 11, but I was kind of tapped out at 100 and ran up to the next junction and it happened to be 104th. Best I can tell that was about 3miles one way, so roughly twenty blocks to a mile. I was kind of hopping into some of the little side parks along the way, but that's a decent distance approximation.
|Citi Bike near Times Square|
This is a big deal that could potentially lead to a launch of similar programs in other large metro areas, as well as maintain the current popularity and momentum of urban trail development nation-wide. It's had its glitches though, mostly with the docking stations. If it falls on its face it would likely fuel loads of angst from the anti-bike people who were understandably apoplectic about having cool new blue bikes that cost a fraction of taxi fare and received start-up funding from the private sector. I'm going to wager that these people don't drink beer or have friends. Seriously though, who doesn't like bikes?
Memorial Day was the official first day of Citi Bike. We were strolling the Pistol around so we couldn't really get in a first-ies spin unfortunately, but I did excitedly take pictures while the Desert Babe pretended not to be with me! Reports were that the system logged 6,000 individual trips that day, and that 15,000 annual subscriptions had already been purchased. A 24hr pass is priced at $9.95, a 7-day pass is $25.00, an annual pass is just $95.00.
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