The Staten Island Coastal Bike 'n' Hike
We are taking the 9:30 AM ferry.
Saturday looks to be ideal biking-hiking weather: with clear skies and temps in the 70s. Here is a map and cue sheet.
This ride looks at some of the new coastal infrastructures, bike and hurricane mitigation post-Sandy, along the bay side of Staten Island, from the ferry terminal at the Lighthouse Museum to Sequine Avenue at Wolfes Pond. (We'll also come across numerous incidents of major erosion, such as Lipsett Avenue, where a sizable chunk of the roadway has collapsed into the ocean.)
On the plus side, we'll explore newly opened parklands and bike paths, reclaimed wetlands (Oakwood Beach) with near-abandoned roads, and some rugged but hikeable (and bikeable) areas where bike trails can be envisioned but are not quite there yet (Lemon Creek Park). Expect mostly asphalt bike paths though, mixed in with packed dirt, a few gravel, and some sandy beach traverses (a half-mile walk along beach fronting Wolfes Pond). Wide tires – for traction – are recommended.
Lunch is at the three-quarter mark, and the return is via Staten Island rail, so in addition to gravel, dirt and sand, throw in a few climbs up rail station stairs.