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Day 163: The World’s Most Exciting Commute

December 9th · 1 Comment

The most thrilling part of my day in New York is often astride my bicycle, the Super Star, on the morning commute. It’s a great workout, the scenery spans all of Manhattan, and of course there’s the adrenaline rush that comes with racing transit buses

I thought I’d share the excitement with this handlebar’s-eye guide to the city.

All clear on 72nd Street.

All clear on 72nd Street.

Until the cars back up, that is. Time to dodge them.

Until the cars back up. Time for evasive maneuvers.

Central Park just ahead, past the garbage truck.

Down the sidewalk on Fifth Avenue...

Bumpety-bump down the sidewalk on Fifth Avenue...

...into Central Park...

...and down East Park Drive.

Then I cross town on Central Park South toward Columbus Circle.

I cross town on Central Park South toward Columbus Circle.

And down Broadway. Can I squeeze between the cars and the double-parked National Enquirer truck?

Left turn on Broadway, where things get crazy! Can I squeeze between the cars and the double-parked National Enquirer truck?

Uh oh. Here comes Times Square.

Uh oh. Here comes Times Square.

Dodging pedestrians is the worst of all, because they never look for you. In the center, you can barely see the "Share the Road" sign over the cop's head.

Pedestrians are the worst because they never look for bicycles. In the distance, above the cop's head, there's a "Share the Road" sign.

Ahh, the Broadway bike lane. A feeling of safety, if only temporarily.

Ahh, the Broadway bike lane. I can let my guard down and cruise.

Green-lane happiness ends at 23rd Street. That's the Flatiron Building on the right.

Until I unsaddle at 5th Avenue and 14th Street, near Union Square.

I unsaddle at 5th Avenue and 14th Street, near Union Square.

And the Super Star is locked up here, on 14th Street.

While I'm at work the Super Star hangs out here, on 14th Street.

Tags: Encounters with Nature · Sights & Scenes · Sports · Urban Survival · Why I Love This Town

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Les // Dec 10, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    …and the next picture, taken 2 seconds later, no work bag. Doh!

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