Post your favorite NY bike routes around 5 boros, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam...
Which routes would you recommend to other cyclists looking for a great place to ride in the 5 boros, Long Island, Westester, Putnam & beyond? How is the terrain (flat, small or large hills), road surface quality (dirt, paved, pot holes, bumps, smooth, well maintained, etc.), scenery, and whatever else you want to say about the routes! It's getting to be that time of year to get out and explore! Thanks!!!
North County Trail & Tarrytown Resevoir (Westchester County). Free parking overlooking the Tarrytown Resevoir by Marrymount College in Tarrytown. Ride path along resevoir to entry point of North County Trail by Southbound entrance to Saw Mill River Parkway. Flat terrain with excellent paved road surfaces. The North County trail is a blacktopped bike path over the Old Putnam train line that ran from the 1880s to the 1950s. Lots of trees, evidence of it's railroading history, including a converted train station in Briarcliff, NY. Restrooms and concession stand in pavillion next to converted train station.
Bike Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway from 10am to 2pm in May, June and September. Starts at Scarsdale Road around Yonkers and goes up to Westchester County Center in White Plains. Loop is about 14 miles of nice scenery, excellent road surfaces. Easy to get to by train from Manhattan. Can also combine Bike Sundays with other great cycling routes in the area. Plenty of places to stop for coffee, etc. Good balance of both male and female riders, young and old. Usually a repair station is set up around Eastchester for cyclists needing adjustments, air, etc. There are also restrooms at that point, and Westchester County has had a tourist information center set up there in the past. Extremely popular event.
Different views of the Long Island Sound route...start around City Island (always a great place to be) head towards Shore Road in New Rochelle...ride down to Glenn Island where you will find the old castle (part of the country's first theme park back in the 19th century), views of David's Island, the Glenn Island Casino (famous during the big band era), the beach, etc....get back on the Boston Post Road and head north and then head down towards Davenport Neck and Davenport Park and then head down Davenport towards Hudson Park...head over towards Boston Post Road...head down towards Larchmont Manor Park...loop back to Boston Post Road...head down towards Harbor Island (D.W. Griffith filmed parts of Birth of a Nation it that vicinity around 1915, James Fennimore Cooper married his wife in her family's home (the Delanceys) which is now a gas station & restaurant across from Harbor Island) in Mamaroneck...back onto Boston Post Road then head towards Rye and the Playland Parkway and take it to Oakland Beach and Playland (besides being an historic amusement park with several of the original rides from its 1927 opening, parts of the movie Big were filmed there on the boardwalk, as well as Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown), which is a great place to take a break, or head up towards Greenwich, CT and beyond. You usually encounter traffic on this route, and have to be careful, but it leads you to some great places. Places to stop for food and drinks are everywhere. Anybody want to expand on this one?