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Shop ’til you drop at Ikea

by Richard Brause

Bikes are welcome on ferries. From Manhattan, we have to board
downstairs on the car level; from Staten Island we board upstairs with the
passengers but then we have to carry our bikes downstairs. Go figure. Most
ferries have something characterized as a snack bar but calling what they sell
“food” is a stretch.

Really important: about the 1.8 mile segment on Truck Routes 1 & 9,
traffic is light on Sundays but there’s no shoulder and the two drawbridges do
have steel grid surfaces. I’m somewhat comfortable in this sort of setting and
my bike’s bright red. Should you be similarly comfortable? That’s your call; I
can’t say. I scouted the ride on a bike with 700×32 cyclocross tires. Are
skinny road tires adequate? Again, I can’t say but knobby off-road tires are
probably excessive.

Seg. Miles Total Miles
0.0mi START: St. George Ferry Terminal look for “Stadium” signs and
follow the new bike path.
1.0 1.0mi RIGHT on RICHMOND TERRACE
2.3 3.3 RIGHT at ‘T’ (Jewett Avenue) continue on RICHMOND TERRACE
1.1 4.3 LEFT on MORNINGSTAR ROAD
0.3 4.6 opposite KALVER PLACE: use curb cut on east side of MORNINGSTAR
ROAD to ride on sidewalk. Follow sidewalk – path onto BAYONNE BRIDGE.
1.3 5.9 DISMOUNT BIKE or DIE. Carry bike down stairs. LEFT on WEST 4
STREET
0.2 6.0 RIGHT on AVENUE A
2.2 8.2 LEFT on J F KENNEDY BOULEVARD
0.1 8.3 BEAR LEFT at W 37 ST — ENTER PARK
0.6 8.9 EXIT PARK — LEFT on JFK BOULEVARD
0.7 9.6 LEFT on W 63 ST to ROUTE 440 NORTH (Possible potty stop.)
2.4 12.0 LEFT on TRUCK ROUTE 1 & 9 SOUTH. BE ALERT, VIGILANT AND
CAUTIOUS!
1.8 13.8 RIGHT onto DOREMUS AVENUE south
2.6 16.4 RIGHT on PORT STREET
0.7 17.1 RIGHT onto CORBIN STREET south
1.8 18.9 LEFT on LYLE KING STREET
0.5 19.4 RIGHT on McLESTER STREET
0.9 20.3 RIGHT on NORTH AVENUE
0.3 20.6 RIGHT on IKEA DRIVE
0.6 21.1 WELCOME TO IKEA!