Easiest route from UWS to Riverdale

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Any suggestions for the easiest route from UWS to Riverdale?

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Mark Loftis (not verified)
To riverdale

"Here's a route that starts at 120th and Riverside Drive. This route takes you from the loop in Ft. Tryon Park onto the Henry Hudson Parkway for a few hundred yards.

turn Go On
2.7 Riverside Dr
BR 0.4 181st St Exit Ramp
R 0.1 Lafayette Plaza to 181st St
QL 1.5 Cabrini Blvd to Ft Tryon Park
to HH Pkwy
R 0.1 HH Pkwy to 1st Exit (SLOW)
QL 0.1 Henshaw St
R 0.1 Dyckman St
L 0.7 Seaman Ave
R 0.2 W 218th St
L 0.5 Broadway to Broadway Bridge
L 0.3 W 230th St
R Riverdale Ave

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Jim Zisfein (not verified)
Same as above, but stay off the parkway

Instead of R at Lafayette Plaza (181 St), continue straight 1 block (to where the road ends at 182 St at the retaining wall collapse from 2 years ago). Then:
L- Ped bridge
North- Hudson River Greenway to where it ends (1 flight stairs down)
Straight- 1 block on Staff St.
R- Dyckman
L- Seaman (and finish as per above instructions)

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Minda (not verified)

Thanks for the info. I didn't know people ever biked on HH Parkway - is there a shoulder on that part of the parkway?

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Robert Marcus (not verified)

"Agreed. Riding on the the Parkway is a Bad idea, illegal and very dangerous.

At the Broadway Bridge use the sidewalk since the bridge has grates.

One more note: Avoid the Greenway after dark as there is little light.

Robert ""Not the Slowest"" Marcus"

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Minda (not verified)

That's what I thought. HH Parkway = not for bikes.

As for Greenway after dark, I recently bought an LED headlight and backlight for the Greenway at dusk, and for night riding in general, since I'm afraid that my small flashers don't make me be visible enough. I love the Greenway after work at sunset because it's beautiful (thus de-stressing me from the workday, the whole reason I commute on bike vs subway) and there are not too many walkers, especially since the weather is still cool.

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Rob Marcus (not verified)

"There are parts of the West greenway that are better lit than others, say south of 96th street. North of 96th you will have many parts that have NO lights such as 96th-125th. That added with blinding South bound car lights make it tough on the eyes.
Plus the road is Curvey. North of say 130th Street,
I would say avoid it, ""think dark isolated areas"".
Don't want to scare ya, but use the Greenway when it is light out. I have biked through Central Park North, Riverside Drive, St Nicholas. I think Riverside drive works.

Have fun

Robert ""Not the Slowest"" Marcus

PS I live in Riverdale and I am a whole lot larger than you, so I say this from experience of
""live another day, ride another day""."

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Betsy Hafkin (not verified)
I agree

I agree with Rob. I live up in Inwood and would not want to ride the Greenway after dark (at least the northern part). The stairs down and the area under the bridge (at Dyckman) are very isolated even during the day. There's also a lot of broken glass which you won't be able to see at night. Play it safe and take Riverside to Fort Washington.

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mike p (not verified)
steps at dyk$man/zig zag

i agree i dont like the steps at [email protected] entrance/exit.
seems way to isioated, and not enough pedestrian traffic.
The area by the zig/zag and big hill near the amtrack tracks is also a spot to be wary.
the message editor refuses to let me spell dyk#man street due to profanity

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Minda (not verified)

Well I mostly bike south of 96th part of the Greenway at night, but this is good to know.

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