We often rent out bikes to ride along Riverside Park but this week's New York Times article on extended lanes in East Harlem had us wondering what are the main paths in Harlem? The above photos show the wide paths from West 96th to the more rural looking sections underneath the George Washington Bridge at West 178th Street (that's the Little Red Lighthouse). This park path is fine for a leisurely weekend but what are the options for serious commuter in Harlem?
Looking at the NYC bike map, there only seems to be a couple of main avenues for most cycle enthusiast. FDB/8th Avenue is the main course to take from 110th Street to 120th at which St. Nicholas Avenue becomes the main path (all the way up to Washington Heights). For east to west connections, 119th and 120th Street is apparently the way to go. East Harlem's north to south bike course adjoins to the Upper East Side along 1st Avenue. The NY Times article confirms that another course along 2nd Avenue is forthcoming and the city has the eventual goal of connecting both east side avenues to Houston Street: LINK. View the NYC bike map: LINK. Photos by Ulysses