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DAMN Bike Lanes

In NYC’s quest to go GREEN, hundreds of bike lanes have been painted on the city’s streets. As a result, the streets had to sacrifice a travel lane, thus choking traffic.  It also killed valuable parking spots, vital to trucks trying to make deliveries. So now Trucks have to Double Park outside the so very important bike lane, further interfering with traffic.  I’m in the city most of the day going all different directions, and if count a dozen bicyclists, I saw a lot.  And that’s on a fair weather day.  Let’s not try to make a Truck Driver’s job a little easier – because all they do is bring in all the supplies and services that keeps this City running.  Let’s care more about a handful of bicycles, that’s much more important…

NYC truck routes

Very important that for all new truckers and for some occasionals, that you make sure you only use designated TRUCK ROUTES. You are to use these roads to get as close as possible to your destination, then you can get off and finish your trip.If you are caught being OFF TRUCK ROUTE, you will be fined $250 plus 2 points on your license. Second and third offenses $500 and $1000 with 2 more points each time.You can go online to to view the map of truck routes for all the five boros of NYC. You can also order FREE paper maps ,or stop in to a NYC DMV office and pick up one at information desk, also FREE

Many changes have been made by NYC that do not appear on the new map. I will be be back with the list as soon as i can complete my research, which will be in the very near future. These changes all have one thing in common,Restricted Left Hand Turns on Major Truck Routes,that will cause Minor To MAJOR headaches. If known ahead of time,It will make your journey a much Less stressful experience. I will keep you posted.


Also like to add that for all truckers, especially newcomers, that a very helpful tool is the IPHONE. An app that comes with the phone called “Maps” is extremely helpful in showing the direction of the many one-way streets in NYC.  It doubles as a GPS device as well but does not verbalize (text-to-speech.)  BEWARE though that these standard map and GPS apps do not account for legal truck routes in their decisions!  For that, you need an app like the Co-Pilot Truck from ALK.  It’s in the iTunes store but doesn’t come cheap.  I don’t feel that this app is as accurate as the Rand McNally stand-alone GPS, but it takes truck routes into account far more than a car app does anyway.

The Sphere

The Plaque which sits at the base of the Sphere

The Sphere that was once centered in the plaza between WTC 1 and WTC 2 now sits in Battery Park nearby. Amazingly the Sphere survived the 9/11 attacks as almost everything around it was reduced to rubble.  To many of us it has become a symbol that we too were battered, but NEVER destroyed.  The Plaque which sits at the base of the Sphere gives a brief history and description of the sculpture.

Recommended GPS for New York City

I have tested several brands and models of GPS’s here in the city.  Through many trials and errors I have come to the conclusion that the Rand McNally brand units have the clear advantage over the PC Miler and Garmin truck units that I tried.  Although nothing I have tried as far as navigation units is perfect – and I don’t actually expect one ever will be 100% – it appears that Rand has done some serious investigating into what is a legal truck route in NYC and what is not!  They are available in most truck stops these days and lots of sites. However I got my unit here because there were folks who actually answered the phone when I was looking for truthful advice on these things.