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Old 07-19-09, 11:02 AM   #1
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How do I get off Long Island?

I've been checking the ny dot site and it looks like there is no route off the island. I'm lookin to do a tour from montauk to jersey but can't find a good route. any suggestions?
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Old 07-19-09, 11:39 AM   #2
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I wouldn't go to begin with. LOL.
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Old 07-19-09, 12:12 PM   #3
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Find a ferry, or the Williamsburg bridge or Queensboro bridge will get you off Long Island, and George Washington bridge will get you from Manhattan to Jersey.

I found this stuff on Google maps and checked Wikipedia to verify that those bridges allow pedestrian/bicycle traffic.

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All I can think of is transport via Manhattan, there you have lots of options. If you're looking for the Jersey shore look into the ferries out of pier 11 that go to Atlantic highlands from there you can have a good ride along the beach front all the way to Manasquan before you need to use a highway to cross into Point pleasant. Alternativley you can also follow the henry hudson trail from Atlantic highland all the way down into Freehold.
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My choice would be Queensborough Bridge, then ferry to Atlantic Highlands. Been wanting to do it for years. Haven't.
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Go to NYC Transportation Alternatives site for links to the bridge crossings.
You could also use Metro North to get you into Grand Central Station. For this you may need to get a bike pass if they are still using them.
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You could also use Metro North to get you into Grand Central Station. For this you may need to get a bike pass if they are still using them.
If you want to avoid NYC and all the bridges, that's a great idea. With a loaded touring bike, best do this at off-peak hours. Jamaica, in Queens, is probably the station with the most trains to Penn Station.

Be sure to get a ticket for the train; if you don't have a ticket, there's a penalty fee. On the train you can pay any additional fees --step-up fare if it's rush hour, bike pass if you have a bike; it's a couple bucks and there's no penalty fee for buying it on the train. The conductor issues a temporary pass that you can convert to a permanent one at any ticket window; no additional fee.

From Penn Station you can take NJTransit; the first station is Secaucus Jct, but you could go as far as Trenton if you like.
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My choice would be Queensborough Bridge, then ferry to Atlantic Highlands. Been wanting to do it for years. Haven't.
That would be your best bet. Riding over the GWB will put you in Fort Lee, NJ. Trying to get to the Jersey Shore, by riding South from Fort Lee, would be suicidal.
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I've been checking the ny dot site and it looks like there is no route off the island. I'm lookin to do a tour from montauk to jersey but can't find a good route. any suggestions?
I think the hardest part of this route is starting from Montauk period! LOL!

The Five Borough Bike Club has a route and you can ask them. I have found that finding a route out of Long Island that doesn't require riding an expressway to be quite challenging. Long Island was not designed for cycling at all and will force you onto the expressways if you don't know the city streets by hand. With so many turns, it's impossible to make an easy route route without a GPS to guide you.

Personally, I have been able to ride from Jones Beach back to Brooklyn without too much trouble using my Garmin GPS to point me through the subdivisions while avoiding the LIE at ALL costs! It was hard because making a route took qualilty time but in the end, I did it by myself.

I think the OP should consider making this a two day trip because this might involve over 200 miles of cycling in a single day!
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thanks to all the suggestions and advice, this will make the trip hassle free
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thanks to all the suggestions and advice, this will make the trip hassle free
When are you doing this? I was thinking about doing more or less the same ride this weekend.
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Practice, practice, practice.
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The OP said Jersey, not Carnegie Hall (A Train to 42nd St, according to a violist friend of mine).
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You might want to consider Northern Blvd in your plan. I know it extends well into Long Island and runs through Queens and will put you very close to the Queensboro Bridge. From there, I'd do what others said and cross the GWB. When you cross from Queens into Manhattan, you can head west and get on the West Side Bike Lanes and ride them north until you are in the GWB area. There is a pedestrian overpass right on the lane in the area that would make your exit from the west side lanes and onto the streets, where the bridge is a few blocks away. It will be obvious because you can see the bridge from the lanes. Can't miss that overpass.
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