NYC Century Bike Tour
September 9th was the perfect
day for the 12th annual NYC
Century. The weather was warm, the sun was
shining, and over 3200 cyclists rode NYC's streets and greenways on a fun and
well-designed route. The Central Park start was oh so smooth and everyone
returned to the finish with a smile and a craving for Ben and Jerry's ice
cream. Thanks to all the event participants and the dedicated T.A. staff and
volunteers. See you September 8, 2002!
T.A. organizes the NYC Century each year to:
T.A. staff and volunteers design a route that will be enjoyable for all cyclists. In the weeks leading up to the event T.A. and various agencies work together to clean up park paths, fill potholes, and identify potentially hazardous situations along the route. The DOT, DOS, Parks and Recreation, MTA Bridges, and Gateway National Recreation Area all help clean up and repair the streets, bridges, and paths on the route. The DOT does an excellent job filling potholes, while Parks, DOS, and the MTA help sweep away glass and gravel. On ride day, the Police help direct traffic at a few key intersections and volunteer EMT's patrol the route helping riders along the way.
Good Bike Routes
During the first years of the tour New York had few greenways and bike lanes. Over the course of the last twelve years, the NYC greenway system has expanded, and each year the ride showcases this growing network. One of the challenges New York City faces is providing safe routes between park paths and greenways. New York's cycling maps show recommended routes and bike lanes that lead to greenway paths. The NYC Century takes people along these, and other, recommended bike routes showing people how to get to the greenways. Safe routes to greenways are essential in increasing the number of cyclists in New York. More cyclists will use off-road paths if there are safe, clearly marked routes that lead to the paths. NYC DOT could greatly improve New York cycling by providing signage, map kiosks, and designating the recommended routes as official bike routes.