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hotbike 04-07-14 08:29 AM

Vanderbilt Motor Parkway Trail-Long Island
 
There is a section of the Motor Parkway in Queens, which I have ridden, but the original route went all the way to Haupague :

Queens , extending East:

Motor Parkway EAST

Why East? ? Motor Parkway EAST


Long Island:
Motor Parkway Trail Vision Plan - Home

Steve B. 04-07-14 09:14 AM

What's the question.

hotbike 04-07-14 09:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve B. (Post 16649075)
What's the question.

Wasn't meaning to ask any question. Just meant to let everyone know.

Synopsis:



In Nassau : "The Nassau County Department of Public works is heading this visioning process to provide the framework to redevelop portions of the Long Island Motor Parkway as the Motor Parkway Trail for new recreational uses."

In Queens: "
Today the Motor Parkway is part of the Brooklyn Queens Greenway, but there is no safe way to go east past Winchester Avenue."

I know there is an On-Street Bike Lane on Winchester. But Winchester runs North-South



csi56 04-07-14 02:04 PM

Great idea. I live in Fresh Meadows and love to noodle around, west towards Flushing Meadows and east towards Alley Park. I'd love to be able to go further. I signed the petition.

Edit: OK, I just spent more than an hour reviewing Maps A-H of the proposed Motor Parkway Trail. I am excited by the idea of having a 25-mile, mostly car-free east-west trail through Nassau County, but I'm doubtful that it will happen in my lifetime. That Nassau County Dept of Public Works site (OP's last link, under "Long Island") is definitely worth a look, folks. Click and drool.

kaos joe 04-07-14 05:35 PM

East (and west) of Bethpage St. Park, the Vanderbilt right-of-way still exists as a powerline r.o.w. and it can be followed for a considerable distance. I'm going to guess this is illegal at the present time f.w.i.w. I remember doing it several years ago eastbound and having to get onto Colonial Springs Rd. for a short bit, but then being able to get back in. If you want to try it, Google maps satellite view will be your friend. It's surprisingly hilly in spots. I ran into a guy driving an ATV in there, and he told me that with the ability to lift the bike over barriers I would be able to follow it as far as Hauppauge without a problem. I did not go quite that far and have failed to persuade my hidebound riding buddies to try a little adventure.
Going west

kaos joe 04-07-14 05:41 PM

East (and west) of Bethpage St. Park, the Vanderbilt right-of-way still exists as a powerline r.o.w. and it can be followed for a considerable distance. I'm going to guess this is illegal at the present time f.w.i.w. I remember doing it several years ago eastbound and having to get onto Colonial Springs Rd. for a short bit, but then being able to get back in. If you want to try it, Google maps satellite view will be your friend. It's surprisingly hilly in spots. I ran into a guy driving an ATV in there, and he told me that with the ability to lift the bike over barriers I would be able to follow it as far as Hauppauge without a problem. I did not go quite that far and have failed to persuade my hidebound riding buddies to try a little adventure.
Going west you can pick up a dirt path on the south side of Central Ave. in Bethpage just west of King Kullen. Ride that down to the power lines and turn west (you will have no choice but to get it right). I've taken this as far as Eisenhower Park. None of this is scenic in any way buy is oddly interesting. Be prepared to negotiate holes in fences, etc.

Steve B. 04-07-14 07:28 PM

Hotbike, thanks for the links and info.

It's surprising how much ROW actually still exists and could potentially be turned into a functional thru trail. There will always be gaps requiring on street detours, but better then nothing. And its such a cool historical road.

csi56 04-08-14 07:31 AM

FYI I think the last time the site was updated was in 2011.

Papa Tom 04-08-14 05:09 PM

The Bethpage Bikeway has been extended east as far as Woodbury, some of the right-of-way tracing the old Motor Parkway. Pieces of the original concrete are still intact and may someday be part of a Motor Parkway monument along the bike path. You don't need to ride the dirt under the power lines to be fairly close to the original parkway.

Anyone interested in the fascinating history of the Motor Parkway and the Vanderbilt Cup Races should drop what you are doing and go to Vanderbilt Cup Races - Home RIGHT NOW!!!


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