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.