W04 Tarrytown to the Upper West Side


Start: Tarrytown side of the Mario Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge Bike Path. Finish: Upper West Side of Manhattan. Going through: Westchester, The Bronx, Manhattan. Distance: 29.3 miles. Climbing: 1,428′.

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The Tarrytown to NYC Ride is a route that offers a taste of riding in Westchester without taking too many chances.  It’s designed for cyclists who have already ridden themselves to Nyack, but have yet to make sense of the lands on the Westchester side of the Mario Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge.  This ride is pretty simple overall, very peaceful, and a bit flatter than riding back to New York City from Nyack.

(if you haven’t ridden to Nyack already, you should.  We’ve got the ride here.)

No reason to get bored doing the same old same old.  Branch out.  See new places.  Keep the riding varied and fresh.

This is part of a suite of bike rides in Westchester.  They’re designed for cyclists who want to start exploring the east bank of the Hudson.  I advise also purchasing W01, W02, W03 to get a more complete picture of what’s easy to ride in southern Westchester.  I think seeing all the rides will help give you both choice and context.  One of my frustrations with downloading rides in areas I’m not familiar with is that I often feel like I’m in a trench and can’t see what’s on either side of me, creating a little anxiety if I get off track. By having these different rides and ride descriptions, you can see where you are both on the route and relative to other rides. The world is a bit more complete that way.   By having multiple rides, you can also further explore the area and keep riding fresh.

Ride Minutiae (Tarrytown to NYC Ride)

Start: Tarrytown side of the Mario Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge Bike Path

Finish: Upper West Side of Manhattan

Going through: Westchester, The Bronx, Manhattan

Distance: 29.3 miles

Climbing: 1,428′

Highlights: The most direct and traffic-free road route back to New York City.  Over 2/3 of the ride is on paved, off-street multi-use paths.

Includes: A PDF with intelligence and a GPX file to upload to  your bike computer or mobile device. A how-to can be found here.The PDF prepares you for the route and can be glanced at, printed out and/or uploaded to your mobile device.  The GPX is to be uploaded into your bike computer or mobile device so you can let the machine give you the directions as you ride along.

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JP Partland

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Or rider and writer.
Author of Where To Bike NYC.
As well as: Tour Fever, The World of BMX, and Mountain Bike Madness.
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