Mar
23

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.

Categories : Yankee Stadium

31 Comments»

  1. Rogue Trader says:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Thomas says:

    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)

  4. Lanny says:

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

  5. EJ says:

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

  6. 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.

  7. wayne's world says:

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

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