"Buses, cars, taxis....slow...motorcycle?" Subway Tip by SassyCycler
Subway, New York City: 337 reviews and 299 photos
Above ground traffic patterns in NYC are not the best. Gridlock is an all too common event. People drive aggressively because they have to move when they can! Free parking is a bear and indoor parking is expensive, and bringing your car into the city just adds the environmental pollution.
Buses are slow, too, because they're in the same mess as the cars and taxi. If you must travel above ground and want to get there within a reasonable amount of time, take a cab. The taxi drivers are a bit daredevilish and now all the short cuts. They'll get you there, your hair may be a little whiter when you arrive, but they will get you there.
If you are driving a motorcycle, you will fair better than most above ground transportation. Splitting lanes is against the law, though everyone does it when stuck in gridlock. Cops do, but very rarely ticket for it. Most cops ride motorcycles so sometimes turn a blind eye to the motorcycles. Just don't act like a jerk. You can get away with parking your bike on the sidewalk if you have to. Just take your plate with you. However, if the cop is in a bad mood he may either hunt down your VIN number or have you towed. Most won't bother. There's plenty of cars to ticket which are a bigger commodity in the tow lot. The best bet is to take your plate and cover your bike. Keep it out of the pedestrian path. 99% if the cops won't bother lifting the cover, it's too much trouble.
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