Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
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Precious few "Bike Paths" on Long Island, with PapaTom's site detailing what's available in the area, so maybe think about getting comfortable riding on the road.
Best way to learn which roads have the least traffic is to hang with a bike club, whose institutional memories of good roads are vast.
Huntington BC is a great group, so are the Massapequa Park Bike Club folks, who leave from Bethpage Library parking lot on Sundays at 8:30AM. They have AA, A, B & C rides (getting progressivly shorter and less speedy from A to C) and are a very nice bunch and you do not have to be a member.
Massapequa tends to orient towards Northport or the north shore of Nassau.
Other clubs are Suffolk Bike Riders - SBRA and Long Island Bicycle Club, who leaves from Westbury High School.
Most of these clubs have summer weekday rides as well.
Also check some bike shops, as there's a new NY State Bike Map for Long Island. Brands (in Wantagh) has them, and they're free.