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    Commuting from Long Island , NY to NYC -- anyone is doing it ?

    Hi,
    Currently I live in Riverdale bronx and commute to Midtown, NYC almost every day and love every minute of it. I am usually at work by 7/7:30


    It looks like my wife might be getting a job on eastern long island so we might need to move to Syosset area to equalize our commutes (she will commute by car and I will by LIRR) ...

    I understand that biking everyday is out of the question, but is anyone able to commute to NYC from Syosset area at least 2-3 times a week? Is there a commuter group I can join on LI ?
    What the route looks like ? How long does it take ?

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by cybermike View Post
    I understand that biking everyday is out of the question, but is anyone able to commute to NYC from Syosset area at least 2-3 times a week? Is there a commuter group I can join on LI ? What the route looks like ? How long does it take ?
    Google Maps. That will give you an idea of route, and your own experience with your ETA's on your present commute would give you an idea of how long it would take. Even here in Portland, OR where more people commute by bike than anywhere else in this country you would be hard put to find any that go over ~15mi. one way. You are talking about twice that distance one way. Isn't doable. Not 3x/wk, not 2x. I don't doubt that you could work up to completing the mileage, but what about the rest of your life? You are doing this so your wife could have a more reasonable commute? Well... you could basically push a button on an imaginary stop-watch counting down to the end of your marriage if you were to get involved in a 30mi one way 3x/wk. Me, I'd be mapping out 5, 10 and 15 mile routes from your new house to strategic LIRR stations. Around here they call that 'multi-modal commuting'. But that's me. YMMV.

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    I commute to Brooklyn from Lindenhurst (Suffolk County) and the train is the best bet. The caveat being you need a folding bike. LIRR sells bike permits but still doesn't allow any non folding bikes on peak trains. No permit needed for a folder. They consider the folding bike luggage and therefore do not restrict it.

    I've found Long Island is not very bike friendly with regards to the drivers and road infrastructure. I actually feel safer riding up 4th ave in Brooklyn than Sunrise Hwy in my town.


    Hope this helps, good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
    Google Maps. That will give you an idea of route, and your own experience with your ETA's on your present commute would give you an idea of how long it would take. Even here in Portland, OR where more people commute by bike than anywhere else in this country you would be hard put to find any that go over ~15mi. one way. You are talking about twice that distance one way. Isn't doable. Not 3x/wk, not 2x. I don't doubt that you could work up to completing the mileage, but what about the rest of your life? You are doing this so your wife could have a more reasonable commute? Well... you could basically push a button on an imaginary stop-watch counting down to the end of your marriage if you were to get involved in a 30mi one way 3x/wk. Me, I'd be mapping out 5, 10 and 15 mile routes from your new house to strategic LIRR stations. Around here they call that 'multi-modal commuting'. But that's me. YMMV.

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    THanks for the reply -- Currently my commute is about 12 miles. I actually see people commuting on the same path from Irvington which is about 25 -30 miles away. I also know a whole group that commutes from Ridgewood also about 25 miles away --- so it is possible ...

    As far as the wife goes -- it is a precondition to our move that I still get to bike. So it is ether a group ride on weekend which will take away more from a family life -- or waking up at 5am and biking 3hrs to work several times a week

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    Quote Originally Posted by cybermike View Post
    THanks for the reply -- Currently my commute is about 12 miles. I actually see people commuting on the same path from Irvington which is about 25 -30 miles away. I also know a whole group that commutes from Ridgewood also about 25 miles away --- so it is possible ...

    As far as the wife goes -- it is a precondition to our move that I still get to bike. So it is ether a group ride on weekend which will take away more from a family life -- or waking up at 5am and biking 3hrs to work several times a week
    A peleton makes a 25 mile commute a very interesting concept. Still, I doubt many are doing it 5x/wk. My standards for a "commute" are that it be sustainable. No crime if it isn't, but it is no longer a commute. The group ride on the weekend is a big hit right in the middle of family time if no one else rides. A daily 3hr (how would you get back home?) seems better but is actually worse for family bonding. I suggest you get up at 5 am 3x/wk, do a 20 mile loop, and then grab the train or (shudder) car, in to work. The other poster is right, LIRR isn't that friendly to full size bikes during rush hour. On some weekends you can indulge in a group ride. Negotiate that with the wife, I'm sure it will go down better than what you have in mind. I see Northern Blvd. as the only road out of Syosset... ... I've seen what the close in portion of that road looks like. I moved to Oregon to get away from that kind of commute situation. I don't regret it.

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    Post on the Northeast forum you may get more feedback.

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    I live in Syosset and have ridden to Manhattan several times using the LIE Service Road to Douglaston Parkway to Northern Blvd to the Cross Island Parkway Bike Path and then some back roads to College Point, where I would get on the pedestrian/bike path along the Northern Blvd Bridge. From this bridge, there USED to be a little dirt path that would lead to an industrial area just shy of the Flushing Bay Promenade, which I would take all the way to LaGuardia Airport, cross the bridge over the Grand Central Parkway to Ditmars Blvd, then vary my routes to the 59th Street Bridge (I never did find the ideal one!).

    If that little dirt path off the Northern Blvd Bridge was sacrificed during the recent reconstruction, you'd have to brave Northern Blvd a little bit around CitiField.

    All-in-all, it was always a fun ride, but not one I'd like to do every day. Fortunately, Syosset has its own RR station, so you can experiment with training to different stations, then riding the rest of the way.

    Whatever you choose, welcome to Syosset!

    (PS: Two of my good friends own Long Island Village Realty in Syosset and can help you find a place.)
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    Mike:

    How did this turn out?
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    I ride by Riverdale a few times a week, I come into manhattan from scarsdale. bronx river road, up gun hill and down to broadway and take broadway into manhattan. You can do a 20 mile commute each way, three days a week easily...I've done it year round for almost 4 years, and I'm 50 years old. I will say if you try to up the days from 3 to 5, you'll start falling asleep during the day, but lunchtime naps are awesome !!!

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    Not sure why Leisesturm thinks this would be a marriage breaker. My commute into center city philadelphia is 24.4 mi each way. Door to door time is only 10-20 minutes longer than taking the train. I doubt driving would be much faster either due to rush hour gridlock. I commute by bike 1-3 days per week getting in a couple nice workouts without hardly taking any time away from my family. I don't catch any flak for commute rides.

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