Open Thread: How Was Your Commute?

Commuters on the Manhattan Bridge last week. Photo: ##https://twitter.com/BrooklynSpoke/status/264074819300106240/photo/1##@BrooklynSpoke##

Though subway service edged closer toward normalcy in time for today’s morning rush, New Yorkers still faced crowded trains and buses. (Gothamist has photos of commuters lined up for blocks.)

To make matters worse, the lifting of last week’s two-day HOV restrictions means that bus riders are, per usual, taking a back seat to motorists driving solo into Manhattan.

Meanwhile, we (and others) observed heavy cyclist traffic on the Manhattan Bridge and other crossings this morning, as folks continue to opt for the bike.

What was your commute like today?

  • Fulax3

    Actually it was back to normal, except for the creepy walk through Lower Manhattan between the Staten Island Ferry and the 2/3 at Wall Street.

  • Voter

    I biked. My commute was 10 seconds longer due to the huge increase in cyclists on the road.

  • jrab

    Easy-peasy commute from Upper Manhattan to Queens, via bike and Q44 bus. All good except for the staple that lodged in my tire on Watson Ave.

  • Clarence

    I still don’t know why the HOV3 was lifted.  It makes no sense.  Gas lines are still really long meaning they will stay long, for longer with all of those commuters.

  • Anonymous

    My bike commute was a little longer than usual thanks to the sheer number of cyclists on my route today, but I didn’t mind one bit.  It was great seeing so many people on bikes.

  • Ben Kintisch

    My short bike commute to work was fast and easy, though a bit cold.
    Traffic craziness on Bedford Avenue due to another long gas line. Several motorists decided to use the bike lane as a car lane. Not cool.

  • Tiffany

    My bike commute has been exactly the same throughout the week, except for the major increase of other people on bikes.  I did have a run-in with a car driving road rager on Friday, which doesn’t happen that often.  I’m sizing it up to gas line rage.
    I am a bit concerned about W/Th commute with a storm coming in.  Don’t wanna bike in 50mph winds

  • Larry Littlefield

    It’s the usual bike commute through Wednesday.  With that kind of weather, I would normally take a day off from biking, rest my legs, and ride the subway.  But with the subway system fragile and potentially overtaxed, I might try to ride through the storm.

    Since I put the bike in a garage, I can ride in Wednesday and then decide.

  • vnm

    I was back to the train today, but I was on the bike all last week.   It was fine. The only problem was that the East River Greenway seems to be undergoing some major capital work, and is closed uptown.  Another cyclist told me about it before I even went down to the point where I’d have had to turn around.

  • Rob

    Saw the Flickr set…lots of cyclists on the bridge crossing.  Just curious – where are all these new bike commuters parking their bikes?  I pray not outside on the street.

  • Joe R.

    My commute was the same as always-go down one flight of stairs to my basement electronics workshop. I’m not trying to be facetious here-just pointing out that working at home where possible is a great option. Lots of back-office jobs where a person does something like sitting at a terminal all day can easily be done from home if only employers were willing.

    @8432a0ce842492e1cee0d00272b7e857:disqus I’ve been riding for over 34 years but I personally wouldn’t ride in 50 mph winds. It’s really the crosswinds which are the biggest problem. Granted, a strong headwind is brutal to fight against, but at least it doesn’t push you off course. I have been pushed off course by 30 or 40 mph crosswinds, however. All that said, the part where you get to ride with a really strong tailwind is great fun-one time in the 1980s I was easily going 45 mph on level roads being pushed along by a 30 to 40 mph tailwind. 

  • Joe R.

    My commute was the same as always-go down one flight of stairs to my basement electronics workshop. I’m not trying to be facetious here-just pointing out that working at home where possible is a great option. Lots of back-office jobs where a person does something like sitting at a terminal all day can easily be done from home if only employers were willing.

    @8432a0ce842492e1cee0d00272b7e857:disqus I’ve been riding for over 34 years but I personally wouldn’t ride in 50 mph winds. It’s really the crosswinds which are the biggest problem. Granted, a strong headwind is brutal to fight against, but at least it doesn’t push you off course. I have been pushed off course by 30 or 40 mph crosswinds, however. All that said, the part where you get to ride with a really strong tailwind is great fun-one time in the 1980s I was easily going 45 mph on level roads being pushed along by a 30 to 40 mph tailwind. 

  • Anonymous

    Worst crush loading I have seen in 12 years riding the 1 train.  Because there is no A service uptown (flooded stations at Dyckman and 207th), all of Upper Manhattan and the western Bronx is cramming into the 1 train, which also has longer headways than usual.  It was at capacity by Dyckman St and a misery of yelling and pushing at every station all the way to 96th St after that.

    Note to people at 103rd St station, standing two deep along the platform:  “WALK TO 96th ST!!!  YOU HAVE ZERO CHANCE OF BOARDING A TRAIN AT 103rd BUT IF YOU WALK SEVEN  BLOCKS YOU CAN GET ON EASILY.”  Since I used to live around there, I am entitled to the all-caps yelling at these silly gooses.  Think, people, think.

  • Anonymous

    Crowded 4/5 platform at Borough Hall at around 9:30 this morning and slow-moving trains into and out of the stations, but pretty normal otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    Same as it ever was.

  • Anonymous

    Cold and windy and fully of newbies, most of whom typically disappear this time of year. I hope they see how nice it is to bike in the cold, and choose to stick around all winter. They slow me down, and they do dumb, dumb things, but we also keep each other safe.

  • Belleoflonglake

    The Williamsburg Bridge bike path was overwhelmed by pedestrians causing fights to break out and creating a dangerous obstacle. All of which could easily be avoided if the city would enforce the Ped/Bike split.

  • Belleoflonglake

    The Williamsburg Bridge bike path was overwhelmed by pedestrians causing fights to break out and creating a dangerous obstacle. All of which could easily be avoided if the city would enforce the Ped/Bike split.

  • Tal Fishman

    There’s still a very large downed trees on a cycle path inside Inwood Hill Park, and some Sandy debris gave me a flat tire, but otherwise

  • Tal Fishman

    There’s still a very large downed trees on a cycle path inside Inwood Hill Park, and some Sandy debris gave me a flat tire, but otherwise

  • Seth R

    Not too bad, still lots of extra bikers on the road which is nice.  Second avenue bike lane was blocked south of East 6th street because of a line for the gas station at 1st street though.

  • Nick R

    Here on SI, there are much more bikes then normal, but the lines for the gas stations and lack of street light are making it very difficult to ride. Many bike are riding on the sidewalks. being on a bike is making it very easy to volonteer in Zone A, since most of the streets are closed to cars and bikes can move around with ease.

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