Biking in NYC – Downtown Manhattan



In this video I ride from the Jane Hotel in West Village to the Staten Island Ferry terminal in downtown Manhattan. Rather than taking the recommended bike route along the waterfront, I elected to ride through the downtown streets. I passed through West Village, SoHo and the Financial District before reaching my destination. The weather stayed nice and warm and sunny all day.

I used my Contour Roam 2 camera to shoot the action footage and recorded the audio with my Panasonic voice recorder and earpiece microphone. I tracked the speed and heart rate using my Garmin eTrex 30 GPS, and wrote a basic program in Turing to refresh the numbers on the screen for displaying it.

New York City is a great bicycling city! I encourage you to explore the city on a bike if you ever visit.

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14 comments

  1. 🍎 🚲 Wow . so the Jane is a bike friendly hotel. I love biking. I am 62 . When I was 19
    . I biked from Providence , R.I. to top of Mt. Washington,N.H. . I am not so fast anymore
    . but New York looks wonderful . Yesterday I put my old dead car battery on the back
    . of my bike and rode 10 miles to the the auto parts. and 10 miles back with the new one.
    . Felt great . 🚲 😊

  2. I'm staying at the Jane in two weeks; can't wait to see it. I like that the rider tells you what street he's on and where he's going.

  3. You did really good job for us wievers there.Thanks from Samara (Russia) Now i expect you to go to the desert Nevada and do somethings like this one there.Do not forget to take planty of water.When you do that _ let me know by sending me message.Take care,mister Canada want to ride the World!

  4. This video shows what real NYC bike riding is like in all five boroughs: Lots of cars, lots of traffic lights, lots of stop signs, and most motor vehicle operators behaving pretty decently with only the rare aggressive or otherwise dangerous individual. It's just that, in NYC, there are so many people that even with a very tiny percentage of poor motor vehicle operators, that translates into a large absolute value. On any ride of any distance, you're bound to run into at least one jerk like the guy in that white van who would have been happy to kill you to shave 3/4 of a second from the time it took him to get to the next red light.

    At one point in this video, you wonder why many bike lanes and sharrows put bike riders on the left side of the street, especially on one-way streets. This is done mainly to keep bikes and buses (and bus stops) out of each other's way. Where lanes or sharrows aren't present, cyclists are supposed to remain as far to the right as "practicable" and move to the left lane only when preparing to make a left turn. Cyclists riding on one-way streets 40ft or wider may ride on either side of the street and on streets which are both wide enough and are hosts to bus routes, it's best to remain on the left rather than the right.

  5. Manhattan has a comical amount of traffic. It seems like they are always doing construction in Manhattan and people are always parked in the bike lanes. Fun fact, typically 1 out of every 10 people in Manhattan (400,000) is an out-of-town visitor not a local NYC area resident or commuter or student, and about 50% of Manhattan's population in the daytime are commuters not residents.

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