Bicycling with Angelina
So, I know what you’re thinking, you don’t even need to tell me(We know each other so well, don’t we?).
“I knew that Ezra was cool, but now he’s biking the streets of New Jersey with sexy-tomb-raiding-gun-toting-Brad-Pitt-loving-super-star-actress Angelina Jolie?!” – Your Thoughts
And, even though, I can’t blame you for having such sexy thoughts, in reality, I spent the weekend with my good friend Angelina Rha, who recently came back form Chile and now resides in New Jersey’s beautiful Jersey City–if you’ve never been, they call it the New York City of New Jersey(no they don’t, nobody has ever said that, ever).
Enough procrastinating, here is the real deal on bike based information:
We spent all day on Sunday biking around Jersey City and Hoboken and it was a blast. Being that I currently live in the ‘burbs, my bike commute is a bit more on the boring side. I pass a retro fitness, a sushi place, a few thousand trees, and I hope that I don’t get smashed by vehicles because there are no bike lanes on my route to work. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the ride, but, in JC and Hobo it’s really a lot more fun. You’re riding with more cars, seeing a lot more variety, and there are frequent bike lanes.
Although, both cities are not fully loaded with lanes, even on streets without them, its pretty easy to get from A to B. Neither city is too large, so even going between the cities is very easy. They border each other and have a combined population of only a bit over 300,000, Jersey City taking up about 250,000 of that. Both have also been gaining in popularity due to their affordability considering their proximity to New York, and plethora of transit options which gives residents the potential to have a great commute within New Jersey and New York.
The Path goes from either city directly into New York for just over 2 bucks. WalkBikeJersey(who I mentioned in my last post), just wrote another piece on Hoboken, because the city which was just named a Bicycle Friendly Community this past October is reaping the benefits of its investments.
The Path in Hoboken has remained closed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy, and bike lanes have made it easy, and safe for residents to reach the next nearest Path Station:
This sudden emergency demand for bike parking at the Newport PATH didn’t just materialize out of the blue after Hurricane Sandy. Under the leadership of Mayor Dawn Zimmer, the City of Hoboken has been working hard to make the city and the Hoboken Transit Terminal much more accommodating for those looking to use a bike. Back in October, Hoboken was named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. With the Hoboken PATH Station remaining closed, the Newport PATH Station has become an obvious alternative for those looking to access the PATH system by bike. Without the Newport walkway the PATH system would have remained much more difficult to access for many Hoboken residents. – From WalkBikeJersey
I had even noticed tons of bikes parked outside of the Grove Street Path stop in Jersey City, so it seems none of the either cities bike infrastructure seems to be going to waste.
Riding along the waterfront between the cities couldn’t be better, the sites, smells, and sounds of that sweet, sweet New Jersey air. But, really now, even coming from a guy who was born in Manhattan, lived in Brooklyn as a kid, and had the city as next door his entire life, the view of NYC from the shores of the Hudson has not lost it’s awe inspiring quality. You just know when you see it why people from all over the world want to be a part of the East Coast world in New York.
We stopped at Choc O Pain in Hoboken for a coffee and a Pain au Chocolat, both of which were delicious.
After riding from Jersey City to Hoboken and back, we rode to Liberty State Park in Jersey City where you have a great view of the New York City Skyline, a view of the new Freedom Tower where the WTC was, and a 9/11 memorial, “Empty Sky.”
If you’d like to see some more photos from the weekend check out our Google+ album here: Biking Jersey City and Hoboken!