Changes to Stadium include more bike parking

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A view of the bike racks inside the garage across the street from Yankee Stadium. (Photo via Starts and Fits)

As many of you know, my other blog is all about transit in New York City, and every now and then, the world of transit and the Yankee Universe collide. As the Yanks gear up for their second season in the new ballpark and more of the infrastructure associated with the new stadium opens, the team has introduced another way to get to the stadium: Take a bike.

Last summer, the Yanks drew headlines for the lack of bike options around the stadium. While the subway and Metro-North provide ready access to the stadium and it’s easier to find parking and a nightmare to drive, the nearest bike rack to Yankee Stadium was four blocks away.

Now, as Aaron, a Bronx resident, details at his site Starts and Fits, the areas around the stadium come with bike parking. The covered garage across 161st St. from the new stadium now contains space for 160 bikes, and a rack at the Metro-North stop provides parking for another 16. While these offerings pale in comparison with valet bike parking for San Francisco Giants’ games, this development is a step in the right direction for the Yanks and the Bronx.

This, of course, begs the question: Would people bike to Yankee games? The stadium is a quick jaunt across the river from Manhattan, and the on-going work to build a greenway along the East River would make bike commuting to the area less hazardous than one would assume.

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  • Rogue Trader

    I actually would ride a bike to the stadium. but only for a day game.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Same. I’d never ride a bike there at night.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Why? I’ve walked those streets at night; they’re much safer than they ever were before. Furthermore, wouldn’t having a bike be safer than not having a bike? It’s easier to get away from any unsavory characters you may meet if you have two wheels than just two feet.

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          For me, it’s not the people on the streets. It’s the cars. I don’t usually bike at night in general because I don’t trust drivers to be expecting bikes or notice them.

          • Rogue Trader

            Exactly, bronx is really safe now but it’s just too dangerous to ride anywhere at night.

            • Lanny

              Saying the South Bronx is really safe is delusional. It ain’t the disaster it was in the 70’s and 80’s (thanks Koch/Dinkins) but it isn’t good. Especially at night.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                Yeah… no.

                • Tom Zig

                  Shhhhhhhh! You’re supposed to pretend he isn’t here. It’s like a T-Rex, move and you’re f***ed.

                • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

                  I wouldn’t call the area dangerous, but “really safe” is overstating it as well. You have to use common sense.

                  About 2 years ago, I (and 20 other cars) had parked over on the Major Deegan service road (above the stadium) and all 20 cars had their windows smashed out, and whatever was in the car was stolen. That’s why people pay the $20 for parking, and you should never leave anything valuable in the car (which I didn’t).

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            Okay, I get that.

          • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

            Good move. As someone who drives in the city a lot you spend so much time and attention dodging pedestrians (usually on their cell phone and not paying attention) that bikes are the last thing on your mind. You can only watch out for so many things and still pay attention to the other cars. None of whom signal a turn or stop for school buses.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    I’m sure all the hippie art granola types gentrifying moving into Mott Haven “SoBro” own bikes and would ride them to the stadium, if they actually liked baseball.

    Or America.

    • Dirty Pena

      “SoBro”

      (shudders)

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Oh, it’s already real, unfortunately. These carpetbaggers (heh) are attempting to rebrand the neighborhood in the image of hip-happening SoHo.

        • Dirty Pena

          I know it’s real. No less reason to shudder.

  • Thomas

    I’d just like to throw up a photo of a bike parking garage in Amsterdam and Bogota.

    http://tinyurl.com/y8jlzl3 (safe)

    http://tinyurl.com/yeb5nt8 (safe)

    • Rogue Trader

      Holy shit.

    • Thomas

      Another good one from Germany:

      http://tinyurl.com/ygmz54p (safe)

      It like the scene from The Matrix, where Neo goes “We’re going to need guns, lots of them.”

    • Dr. Van Nostrand

      Yeah the bike parking lot in Amsterdam is ridiculous

    • Riddering

      This begs the question–where are pictures of NSFW parking garages?

  • Lanny

    A bike rack? Who in their right mind would bike to Yankee Stadium? In that area it’s a joke.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Death, taxes, and SBGL.

      Annoying, but oddly comforting at the same time.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

        At the same time, is that a properly placed apostrophe I see?

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

          And he didn’t evenmake the usual mistake of using “it’s” to indicate possession! And only single question-marks!

          ::head starts to explode::

          Oh, wait, this is Lanny. Isn’t this the more grammatically-correct persona?

          (picks up pieces of partially-exploded head off floor and grabs a bottle of Gorilla Glue)

  • EJ

    Great, now I can afford a ticket and some refreshments when I sell my car…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Is it a Toyota? If so, sell now… they’re red hot.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

    Ben,

    Do you know if there is a charge for the bike parking in that garage?

    If it’s free, or reasonably-priced and secure, I would consider biking up for a day game; I’ve often biked up to the GWB and it’s not that much farther if the greenbelt goes all the way.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      That’s a good question. It ought to be free, but that might be wishful thinking. I’ll try to find out for you.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        It’s free, it will just cost you your tires and handlebar.

        (I kid, I kid)

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

        Thanks.

        It’s hard to tell from the photos, looks like there might be fences to keep people (non-paying customers?) out.

  • wayne’s world

    Now the Yankees will add the Dunkin’ Donuts Great Bike Race to the daily scoreboard fan assault.