Streetsblog’s Annual MLB Opening Day Preview! Yankee Stadium Edition – Streetsblog New York City
What happened to the route, route, route for the home team?
The Yankees will enter their 120th season Friday afternoon in the Bronx, but the Bombers do nothing to encourage — and, in fact, discourage — fans from visiting House that Ruth Built by bike.
There are no bike racks at Yankee Stadium itself. We asked the Parks Department why, and the agency referred us to the tenant (the Yankees). “Any potential installation of bike racks would be within their purview — as the leaseholder, the Yankees are responsible for operating and maintaining the premises,” Parks Department spokesman Dan Kastanis said. . (The team did not respond to multiple requests for comment.)
The team’s media guide and website don’t mention bikes at all or safe bike paths to the taxpayer-subsidized mecca of baseball (scroll down to “Transportation and Parking”). In another section of the stadium guide, the team reiterated that helmets are prohibited inside the arena, which means cyclists are either encouraged to ride without protective helmets or required to leave the expensive item outside, where it can easily be stolen. Fans have long complained about the Bronx Bombers’ disappointment, as Streetsblog and new york post office have reported.
There are also very few street poles for cyclists to affix their bikes to, and that’s painfully true at the Yankee employee entrances on Rivera Avenue; many of these employees live in the Bronx and could bike to work.
There are bike racks in the city park across from Yankee Stadium. You can see them here:
The most depressing part of coming to Yankee Stadium is parking my bike in the nice covered bike parking lot across the street and being the only bike in the whole place.
Hi NYC! You can bike to Yankee Stadium! It’s very nice and improves the post-game ride by about 1000% pic.twitter.com/QKmRRkaFMh
— Alexander Abnos (@AnAbnos) June 24, 2021
There are several Citi bike racks near Yankee Stadium:
There are no protected bike lanes near Yankee Stadium. The main east-west road past the building – E. 161st Street – is a car and bus fast lane that offers no safety for cyclists.
All other painted lanes near the stadium are generally double parking lanes for drivers. The city bike map is accessible herebut here’s a close-up (blue lines are painted lanes; purple lines are just shared routes, marked with sharrows):
It’s odd that the team doesn’t encourage cycling to Yankee Stadium, given that a seven-mile bike ride from the Grand Central Terminal area would only take 40 minutes (and could include a nice through Central Park without a car) – although the last stretch is treacherous: cyclists trying to reach the stadium from Manhattan over the Macombs Dam Bridge are forced to cross a dangerous on-ramp to the Major Deegan Freeway :
The Yankees do offer directions for buses, subways, and commuter trains on their website, and the MTA’s 4 and D trains stop right at the right field door. (Click on here for a map of Bronx buses.)
A Yankee official joined MTA executives Wednesday to promote fan use of Metro-North’s E. 153rd Street station, which was very close to the old Yankee Stadium but is now a slightly longer walk. (Team manager Doug Behar spoke of the “hassle” of getting to Yankee Stadium and urged people to take the train as a “sustainable” option, but he didn’t mention the bike .)
The MTA provides an additional service, called “The Yankee Clipper”, for all evening and weekend games. Click here for more information.
The Yankees’ home opener is Friday at 1 p.m. against the Boston Red Sox at Stadium (bounded by E. 161st Street, Rivera Avenue, E. 164th Street and Jerome Avenue).
Next week: The Mets!