Northeast - Anything similar to the Belt Parkway Bike path available in Long Island?
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I frequented the bike path along the belt parkway for years and I love it.
I recently moved to Long Island, specifically, Greenlawn/Huntington area.
Are there any paths that are car free available near me that are similar to the belt parkway?
05-27-10, 09:39 AM
Visit my website at http://nyrides.freehosting.net/ for a whole bunch of 'em!
"One of Long Island's most popular "low-impact" trails, the 7.6 mile Bethpage Bikeway connects Bethpage State Park with Merrick Road in Massapequa."
Yup, that's a nice ride. The Bethpage State Park is a nice spot for a picnic too :D It continues later on as a MTB, off-road trail as well as it has many miles of MTB trails around the park.
And yeah, I rode the one along the Wantagh parkway to Jones Beach several times too. It's a nice destination for a summer ride, pack some sunblock and a towel, you can ride almost to the beach but then you'll have to walk the bike, as riding near and on the beach is prohibited.
I've overgrown those rides, 5 miles isn't enough for me any more, 50 miles is more like it, but I'd recommend them to anyone looking for a nice weekend ride.
Edit: Papa Tom, excellent resource!
05-27-10, 03:26 PM
Papa Tom's site is pretty inclusive as well as complete and the only thing to add, would be a new path somewhere heading east from Port Jeff. on a LIPA right-of-way. Not built yet to my knowledge as the assorted governments and LIPA are still working out details.
As comment though, unlike NYC, the roads in Suffolk County - if you know where to go, can be very enjoyable to ride, with relatively light traffic and lots of routes with roads in decent condition (and a whole lot less glass !). Timing is of course, everything, and weekdays at 5 can see heavier traffic everywhere, but generally not as bad as the city.
One great way to learn the routes and best riding roads is with one of the local clubs. Huntington Bike Club is the local club to you and has rides in your area. They ALWAYS encourage and help out the beginners and newbies.
Here's the link to all the local clubs. They have cue sheets as well.
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