The cue sheet directions for
this route go in the counter-clockwise direction
around New York harbor. In the past, we have also ridden some
sections in the clockwise direction.
Pros and Cons
- One advantage of riding clockwise is that there is
less traffic impact from cross streets
on Riverside Drive in Manhattan and Richmond Terrace in Staten Island,
since the water is always on your right side.
- But it turns out
that in a sizable portion of the New Jersey side of the route, there
is less cross street impact riding counter-clockwise, because there
are shopping centers next to the water, but there is a steep hill or
cliff on the other side.
- A disadvantage of riding clockwise is
that you have to climb up
the steepest and longest hill, with narrow shoulders (on Rt 505 near
- A danger of riding clockwise is that in that direction the
Bayonne Bridge sidewalk ends going straight down a flight of
Having done it both ways, we prefer it counter-clockwise.
If you want to try it clockwise, two things to watch out for are that
(1) a street might have a different name on the sign -- or no sign -- when
encountered from the opposite direction; and (2) traffic patterns may
be very different when taken in the opposite direction -- illegal or
more hazardous -- notably some streets may by one-way against
you. Some places to be aware of when riding in the clockwise
(a) in Jersey City, you may prefer Luis Munoz Marin
Blvd -- over Grove St and Manila St, part of which are one-way against
clockwise (as of July 2002);
(b) one-way streets in
(c) in Edgewater, Undercliff Rd has several sections one-way
(d) consider taking a different approach to the Bayonne Bridge from
the south, to avoid taking Morningstar uphill in traffic.
And there will surely be other key differences in traffic
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