The Staten Island Coastal Bike 'n' Hike
Yes, we'll portage this pond!
This ride looks at – and anticipates – 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 Wolfe's Pond. We'll explore newly opened parklands and bike paths, reclaimed wetlands with near-abandoned roads (pictured above), and some rugged but hikeable (and bikeable) areas where bike trails can be envisioned but are not quite there yet. Expect mostly asphalt bike paths though, mixed in with packed dirt, a few gravel, and some sandy beach traverses. Wide tires – for traction – are recommended. In some areas we'll walk our bikes. 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.
Photo by Alfredo Garcia.
Here is a map and cue sheet.