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Flatbush sucks from the Belt north to Ave. U, 3 lanes of commuter traffic doing 50 with no shoulder. I've ridden it a few times and ALWAYS find the sidewalk/bike path on the west side adjacent to the golf course preferable. From Ave. U you have other options.
That said I've added as an attachment a route that actually starts in Massapequa and goes to the Marine Parkway Bridge in the Rockaway's, portions of which are my commuter route from Freeport to central Brooklyn. Once I get over the Marine Parkway I head up Flatbush on either the road or bike lane, then at the Belt head west on the bike path to to Knapp Street, then either west on Emmons to the Bedford Ave. bike lane and eventually cross to Ocean Ave. (near Brooklyn College) and then up to Prospect Park, then down to the Brooklyn Bridge. Another route is up Knapp to Gerritson to Nostrand, all of which are better routes on a bike then Flatbush. Note that north of Brooklyn College as far as Grand Army Plaza, Flatbush just sucks for bike riding. Flatbush from Ave. U north to the "Junction" at Flatbush and Nostrand isn't terrible, but there are better options.
My first thought though was the Rockaways are in the wrong direction to get to Manhattan and I'd be heading into Valley Stream then be taking the Montauk Century route in reverse. I'd do some web searching as there's certain to be a site somewhere where somebody has logged it on a GPS tracker. In general, it's NW thru Valley Stream and into Queens, following NYC bike routes as much as possible.
Last edited by Lightingguy; 03-24-11 at 06:53 PM.