Staten Island Rides Are Up

Fort Wadsworth embankment. Staten Island, NY

About developing these rides…

The saddest thing about preparing to master the roads and routes of Staten Island (to map the best bike rides on Staten Island) was how dedicated cyclists who lived in the borough told me the riding wasn’t good. I appreciated the honesty, noted the blasé humor as an affect of weary cyclists, but was worried about the riding prospects. From afar it struck me as strange: this is the most thoroughly suburban county in the city, and that would, at least in my mind, promise good roads that are quiet most of the time. Not that my own experience prior to this book showed that to be the case.

After riding the length of the island a bunch of times, seeing the northern and southern edges, riding the perimeter, climbing the tallest hill, making my way past industrial zones and landfill, I can see where there’s quite a bit of good riding. But at the same time, I see the limitations that someone who lives and breathes cycling must feel. It’s hard to get in a long ride on the island without experiencing the frustrations of riding on overburdened roads. Too many cars traveling too fast on narrow roads between too many lights.

Ferry Lows

And it sucks to feel like a criminal, which is how I feel when waiting for the Staten Island Ferry.  There’s a special pen that’s under the terminal in Staten Island and behind the terminal in Manhattan where cyclists are supposed to congregate.  It’s right next to a sentry station, so security can keep an eye on you before boarding.

On the other hand…

The good thing is that for cyclists gaining their footing, the riding detailed here keeps you away from car traffic and offers up simple, short routes that anyone should be able to accomplish. And, as most of the rides are close to one another, when you get fitter and more ambitious, you can link the rides together into more interesting and more challenging efforts.  (That I believe these are the best bike rides on Staten Island should be obvious)

Another plus is that riding in Staten Island makes you a pioneer.  Bike riding, even on the best routes, isn’t exactly popular (yet). The more you’re out there, the more you convince your family and friends and co-workers to ride, the more cyclists will get space for riding and the easier it is for the city to create and retain bike routes around the place. I can only imagine it’s going to get better on Staten Island in the future. Not only with more places to ride, but more places to connect to, as the Bayonne Bridge is an easy escape to New Jersey and several greenway routes are planned alongside the waterways leading north from Bayonne.

The Quixote

The picaresque figure in me sees ways to combine various routes through all five boroughs and New Jersey for epic odysseys, starting or finishing at Conference House Park, the southernmost tip of both the city and state.

Use this advice:

Print out the PDFs or put  them on your phone.  Put the GPX files on your phone or a GPS-enabled bike computer.  Pump up your tires.  Get on your bike.  Go!

If you need a tutorial, here’s where you find that info.  https://wheretobikenyc.com/2020/06/18/download-a-ride/

The rides are:

If you want them all at once:

Best Staten Island Bike Route Bundle

Or individually:

SI01 Bayonne Bridge Loop

SI02 Ferry to Fort Wadsworth Loop

 

SI03 Miller Field to Fort Wadsworth Loop

SI04 Clove Lake Loop

SI05 Miller Field Loop

SI06 Great Kills Park Loop

SI07 Wolfe’s Pond Park MTB

SI08 Lemon Creek Loop

SI09 Mount Loretto Loop

SI10 Tottenville Loop

 

Check them all out.

 

About Admin

JP Partland Posted on

Writer and rider.
Or rider and writer.
Author of Where To Bike NYC.
As well as: Tour Fever, The World of BMX, and Mountain Bike Madness.
Also the leader of Just Riding Along, http://www.jralong.com

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