After spending the better part of last Saturday and Sunday lazing around the house, I thought it best to get up and do something active. Only this time, I skipped the gym in favor of an outdoor activity – biking.
One of my more active friends had been trying to get me to go biking along the New Waterfront District for a long time..he kept telling me how I have to see the “New Corniche” how it was so much bigger and nicer than the “Old Corniche”,, so, I decided to finally take him up on the offer. To read more about the New Waterfront District/New Corniche, click here.
We arrived at Beirut Souks at around 2:00pm, and walked down to the area where Beirut By Bike had its stall.
From the moment we arrived, it was pretty obvious that we had gone to the “kiddie” bike section.. The children, maids, and mothers in high heels (Why do they do that? Don’t they know they’re taking their kids biking?) kind of gave it away..
Even though we showed up to the wrong place, it was nice seeing all of the families out and about, and kids doing something other than playing their PS3s and munching on Tarboush 🙂
We were directed to another Beirut By Bike location, closer to the BIEL, to find bikes that were more suitable for us.
We walked up to the cashier and paid our LL5,000 for an hour rental, and went on our way to the New Waterfront District.
After getting our bikes, we headed outside toward the Downtown area that is blocked off on Sundays, and then toward the New Waterfront District. After only five minutes riding uphill, I was huffing and puffing and gasping for breath..as if I hadn’t exercised in years! I still can’t believe that I’m really that out of shape! Sheesh! Just goes to show that just because you go to the gym, doesn’t mean you have any sort of endurance whatsoever.
Anyway..after climbing the hill, we turned right into the district. It was, well…, surprisingly underwhelming.. By the way my friend had described it, I thought it was going to be something truly magnificent, and instead, it looked like a construction site. I was hoping to see some greenery..some trees.. SOMETHING to look at.. (the “old Cornice” has WAY more personality) but instead you see rubble, rubble, and more rubble..Butttt, at least the roads are paved right?.. and you don’t have to worry about getting run over by a car while your biking!
I took a couple of photos for you to look at. I almost fell about five times trying to take these shots, as I swerved from left to right, trying to balance the bike while holding the camera..but I managed to get some good shots nevertheless. What do you think? Have you been there yet?
Aside from the fact that the district is underdeveloped, I am surprised that they even chose to include biking and jogging lanes in the first place. That’s a great step in the right direction, don’t you think? The lanes are clearly demarcated with different icons, and there even guards in place to make sure that no one is using the lanes for any other purpose than what they are meant for…Preeeettyy impressive I should think.
And if you want to let go of your bikes for a while, you can take a walk down to the boardwalk for a look out onto the sea..
All in all, I was happy that I took part in an outdoor activity, but I look forward to the day that the New Waterfront District is a bit more developed and more appealing to look at! Maybe then I’ll want to spend more time there..but for now (and maybe even after), the “Old Corniche,” is still a better choice. 🙂 What do you think?