Nassau-Suffolk Bicycle Coalition originally founded in 1971 and incorporated
in 1975 as Paumonok Bicycling Advocacy, represents over 5000 bicyclists
who ride in New York's, Nassau and Suffolk counties. Its' mission is to
promote healthy and
on Long Island. Our goals are described in this plan.
Formally, Nassau-Suffolk is a federation of the five major volunteer bicycling clubs on Long Island. Informally, we represent the interests of the many bicycling citizens both young and old who ride to school, commute to work or use bicycling as a recreational pastime. In addition, we represent thousands of visitors who come each year to ride on Long Island's scenic roads.
Over the past few years, formation of a master plan to enhance the future of bicycling on Long Island has been one of the Nassau-Suffolk Bicycle Coalition's highest priorities. I am pleased to present the first such plan ever established for the region. Through this, we hope to improve bicycling conditions so that non-motorized transportation can become an alternative means of travel and recreation for every citizen in our area.
Many social and material elements define the bicycling environment. For example, the human characteristics of traffic safety and the physical nature of roadway construction each contribute to the bicyclist's experience. As a result, Paumonok strives to improve both components of bicycling transportation (the software and the hardware) when advocating for improved conditions.
Safety awareness, continuing education and effective law enforcement are essential to an effective and efficient transportation system. The quality of every Long Island citizen's daily life is directly influenced by this continuous process. We will persist in our commitment to expand and improve upon the social elements of the bicycling environment. Safety, education and enforcement will remain a critical part of Paumonok's Long Island bicycling plan. We need your support of these worthwhile endeavors as they evolve.
In 1996, software developments included Paumonok's participation in the Nassau and Suffolk Traffic Safety Boards and support of the League of American Bicyclists Effective Cycling program. The League certified twelve of our members as bicycling instructors for Nassau and Suffolk counties. This year, these instructors will establish bicycling education programs in many communities through the police, PTA's, parks departments, and other civic groups to teach children and adults the fundamentals of bicycling and traffic safety.
The hardware side, Paumonok's plan focuses on obtaining improved physical conditions for Long Island bicyclists. Our modest proposals are cost-effective, environmentally friendly and totally realistic. We hope that this master plan will provide important information to all concerned bicyclists, transportation planners, and elected officials who share our vision. The proposed bicycling facilities and route system can become the backbone of Long Island's commitment to increased use of non-motorized transportation. Many of our suggestions have already become part of the region's formal transportation plan. In addition, the improvements to the greenways and off-road trails will enhance our area's recreational appeal to citizens and tourists alike.
Our bicycling advocacy process is ongoing. It requires constant and varied input to become effective. As we proceed, the designs and implementations will be subject to adjustment for political realities, fiscal constraints, and technical limitations. In this regard, our work will never end. We encourage you to become involved in our continuing advocacy campaign.
We also believe that our initiatives represent grassroots democracy at its finest. We have no other agenda to serve, no financial obligations to meet and no political tradeoffs to make. Our mission and goals are simple and clear cut. Paumonok's regional endeavor will continue along these specific and direct lines. We welcome your comments, participation and involvement to bring these plans into existence.
Thank you for your past contributions, present concerns and future support. I'm positive that these efforts will make Long Island a wonderful environment for bicycling in the years to come.
William L. Eisenreich
former President--Paumonok Bicycling Advocacy now the Nassau-Suffolk Bicycle Coaltion.
will use easy to identify, user-friendly terminology to best identify the
route's location in a few words. When reading a book, the eyes and the mind
go first from left to right then top to bottom. When reading a map, the
same holds true. Normally, west is to the left and north is on the top.
To easily follow a written route and a map at the same time, it helps to
stay with the above conventions. Thus,we will describe each route beginning
in the west running to the east, or beginning in the north running to the
south. If the route is diagonal, the description will flow from northwest
to southeast or southwest to northeast. One way routes are an exception
and will be clearly noted as such.
distance from the Queens Line to Montauk is 100 miles. There are 10 proposed
corridors that run lengthwise on the Island. Collectively, these bikeway
total 366 miles.
Description: The 80 mile route starts on Nassau Road in Great
Neck and runs parallel to the LIRR's three northern branches, the Port Washington,
Oyster Bay and Port Jefferson lines. After Port Jefferson, it proceeds east
along NY 25A and Sound Avenue to connect with the North Fork Route (Riverhead
to Orient Point) in Mattituck. This class II and class III on road bikeway
would provide not only local commuter access to the railroad lines but also
a scenic tourist route through the Gold Coast and along Long Island Sound.
Connections: From northern Queens,
where Little Neck Parkway meets the Little Neck LIRR station, the bicyclist
heads east on 39th Road to Nassau road to start at West Mill Drive. 1. Connection
from southbound Queens greenway along Little Neck Bay (Joe Douglas Mile),
east on Northern Boulevard NY 25A, north on Douglaston Parkway, east on
Ridge Road, east on Sandhill Road through the preserve, south on Little
Neck Parkway to cross LIRR. 2. Connection from eastbound Queens 73rd Avenue bikeway
is into Alley Pond Park at Springfield Boulevard, through parking area,
exit under Grand Central Parkway, north on Douglaston Parkway, east on proposed
multi-use path (along Cross Island northbound ramp right of way), north
on Commonwealth Boulevard bikeway to Little Neck Station. 3. Connection
from northbound Queens Commonwealth Boulevard bikeway , east on 61st Avenue,
north on Little Neck Parkway to LIRR station.
Ending Connection: 1. Connection to the North Fork bikeway in Mattituck where Sound Avenue splits from SC48 and heads into town and to Main Street NY 25.
Description: The 30 mile route generally runs parallel to the
Long Island Expressway on the service roads. This class II on road bikeway
will provide added safety to a fast all purpose corridor for bicycling commuters
and tourists through the middle of Long Island. It currently provides the
only and most direct west to east and east to west bicycling route in Nassau
and western Suffolk counties.
Beginning Connections: 1. Connection from southbound Queens greenway is along Little Neck Bay (Joe Douglas Mile), east on Northern Boulevard NY 25A, south on Douglaston Parkway, east on Horace Harding Expressway service road to start into Nassau county after Little Neck Parkway. 2. Connection from eastbound Queens 73rd Avenue bikeway is into Alley Pond Park at Springfield Boulevard, through parking area, exit under Grand Central Parkway, north on Douglaston Parkway, east on proposed multi-use path (along Cross Island northbound ramp right of way), north on Commonwealth Boulevard bikeway. 3. Connection from northbound Queens Commonwealth Bikeway is east on 61st Avenue, north on Little Neck Parkway, then east on Horace Harding expressway service road to start at the Nassau / Queens line.
Ending Connection: 1. Link to Townline Bikeway at Commack Road SC 4 at exit 52 of the Long Island Expressway I 495 (where Huntington Smithtown and Islip meet).
Description: The 4 mile route runs east on New Highway over
the Sunken Meadow and Northern State Parkways to join NY347 and NY 454 through
Hauppauge. This proposed class II and class III on street bikeway will provide
an excellent and vital connector from the Express Bikeway via Townline Road
to the two bikeway branches that run northeast to Port Jefferson and southeast
Beginning Connection: 1. Connection from the Townline Bicycling Route, Commack Road SC 4 is at the beginning of New Highway.
Ending Connections: 1. Connection to the Nesconset Bikeway NY347 requires elimination of the high speed crossover. 2. Connection to the Veterans Bikeway NY 454 is at the split in Hauppauge.
Description: The 15 mile route runs east on the shoulders of
Nesconset Highway NY347. This proposed class II on road bikeway will preserve
and maintain an excellent and vital bikeway branch that will run northeast
to Port Jefferson.
Beginning Connection: 1. Connection from the New Bikeway NY347 and NY 454 requires elimination of the high speed crossover at the split in Hauppauge.
Ending Connection: 1. Connection to the North Shore Bikeway is at the merge with Hallock Avenue NY 25A.
Description: The 12 mile route runs east on the shoulders or
Veterans Highway NY 454. This proposed class II on road bikeway will preserve
and maintain an excellent and vital bikeway branch that will run southeast
Beginning Connection: 1. Connection from the New Bikeway NY347 and NY 454 is at the intersection of Town Line Road SC 76 in Hauppauge. Westbound bicyclists face a high speed crossover.
Ending Connections: 1. Connection to the South Shore Bikeway in Bayport via Broadway SC 18 and McConnell Avenue.
Description: The 65 mile route generally runs parallel to the
LIRR main line on local roads. This class II on road bikeway will provide
local bicycling commuters a new all purpose corridor for access to employment,
commercial activity, mass transit stations and educational institutions
that concentrate along this route running through the middle of Long Island.
Beginning Connections: The route starts on Superior Road at the Bellerose station, Roger Place, Florence, Adelaide, Tulip Avenue, Covert Avenue and east to Garden City on Stewart Avenue. 1. Connection from eastbound Queens 73rd Avenue bikeway is into Alley Pond Park at Springfield Boulevard, through parking area, exit under Grand Central Parkway, north on Douglaston Parkway, east on possible multi-use path (along Cross Island northbound ramp right of way), then south on Commonwealth Boulevard bikeway. 2. Connection from southbound Queens Commonwealth Bikeway through Bellerose is simply to cross Jamaica Avenue and Jericho Turnpike, enter Nassau county and remain on Commonwealth Boulevard to Superior Road.
Ending Connections: 1. Connection to the South Fork Bikeway where River Road meets Nugent Drive NY 24 west of Riverhead. 2. Connection to the North Fork Bikeway is where River Road meets West Main Street NY 25.
Description: This 32 mile route follows New York highway 25
exclusively through the country and villages of the North Fork. It Parallels
the LIRR main line to Greenport where it meets the Shelter Island Ferry
then continues on to Orient Point.
Beginning Connection: Connection to the Central Bikeway is where River Road meets West Main Street NY 25 just west of Riverhead.
Ending Connection: Connection at Orient Point meets the ferry to New London, CT.
Description: This 18 mile route follows New York highway 24
exclusively through the villages of Riverhead and Flanders.
Beginning Connection: The Central Bikeway connects where River Road intersects with Edwards Avenue and the beginning of Nugent Drive NY 24 at the Long Island Expressway I 495 Exit 71.
Ending Connection: The South Shore Bikeway connects where Riverhead Hampton Bays Road NY 24 ends at Montauk Highway SC 80.
Description: The 100 mile route generally runs parallel to
the LIRR Montauk branch and would give many local commuters convenient access
to LIRR stations. This mainly on street class II bikeway would be the region's
longest, running the entire length of Long Island's south shore using local
streets, county roads and state highways. Class I off road multi-use paths
will be used around the Sunrise highway at Oakdale through the Connetquot
River State Park and Bayard Cutting Arboretum.
Beginning Connection: Connection from Queens Greenway is along Conduit Avenue NY 27 via Hook Creek Boulevard to start into Nassau county on Fir Street.
Ending Connection: Connection with ferry to is at Montauk.
Description: The 10 mile route runs entire length of the Island.
This proposed class II bikeway will provide an alternative to slow moving
and congested auto traffic.
Beginning Connection: Connection from Queens Greenway on the Rockaway peninsula is via Beach Channel Drive, Seagirt Boulevard and a new multi-use path.
Ending Connection: Connection with Wantagh Greenway multi use path at Jones Beach via Loop and Meadowbrook Parkway right of ways?
distance from the north shore to the south shore varies between 10 to 15
miles. There are 10 proposed corridors that run the width of the Island.
Collectively, these bikeway total 139 miles.
Description: The 16 mile route runs south on Roslyn Road, Washington
Avenue and Peninsula Boulevard. Presently, narrow right lanes and curbs
make this route hazardous. However, there are adequate right of ways in
most areas to add shoulders to the right lanes converting these roads into
a viable bikeway.
Beginning Connection: 1. Connection to North Shore bikeway is at the intersections of Roslyn Road and Lincoln near the Roslyn LIRR station.
Ending Connections: 1. Connection to Rockaway Greenway is via Cedarhurst Avenue, Washington Avenue, Kenridge Place, Meadow Lane, Multi use Path, Seagirt Avenue and Beach Channel Drive. 2. Connection to Long Beach bikeway is via the Atlantic Beach Bridge.
Description: This 14 mile route would follow beautiful Shore
Road south from Bayville, join the North Shore bikeway at Lexington Avenue
and Mill River Road in Oyster Bay to continue south on Chicken Valley, Wolver
Hollow, Wheatly, Post and Merrick Avenue.
Beginning Connection: Connection and split from the North Shore Bikeway is at the intersection of Chicken Valley Road and Oyster Bay Road in Mill Neck.
Ending Connection: The connection with the South Shore Bikeway in Merrick is at Smith Street.
Description: This 16 mile Class II and Class I bikeway heads
south on Townline Road SC 4, the route follows Commack Road SC 4 to Nicholls
road that goes west to Carl's Path that heads south. Then Lombard, Prairie
and August takes the bicyclist to Belmont Lake State Park where the multi-use
path connects to Babylon.
Beginning Connection: The intersection of Pulaski Road SC 11 provides a connection from the North Shore Bikeway.
Ending Connection: Connection to the South Shore Bikeway is at Trolly Line Road near the Babylon LIRR station.
Description: The 12 mile Class II bikeway follows Lake Avenue
south to Townline/Nichol's Road SC 76 that heads southwest to Veterans Highway
NY 454, southeast to cross over LIRR main line to Connetquot Avenue south
into Great River, Timber Point and Heckscher State Park.
Beginning Connection: Link to the North Shore Bikeway in Saint James is at Intersection of Moriches, Lake and North Country NY 25A.
Ending Connection: Connection with Heckscher State Park multi-use path is off Timber Point Road.
Description: This 13 mile bikeway starts at SUNY Stony Brook
and runs south on Stony Brook Road and Hawkins Avenue to the Ronkonkoma
transit hub. From there, Smithtown and Locust Avenues bringing the bicyclist
over Sunrise Highway into Oakdale and Sayville
Beginning Connection: 1. Connection with North Shore Bikeway at North Country Road NY 25A
Ending Connection: 1. Connection with South Shore Bikeway at Montauk Highway NY 27A.
The 14 mile class II bikeway follows
Port Jefferson and Patchogue Road NY 112 and Medford Road NY 112 entirely
from north to south.
Beginning Connection: The route connects with the North Shore bikeway at Hallock Avenue NY 25A and Main Street NY 25A in Port Jefferson Station.
Ending Connection: The connection to the South Shore Bikeway is via Oak Street and Grove Avenue in Patchogue.
Description: This 18 mile bikeway from north to south follows
Rocky Point Road SC 21, proceeds through Yaphank and continues on Yaphank
Avenue SC 21. Then it runs east on Montauk Highway NY 27A to south on Old
River Road and Smith Road along the wildlife refuge. Ranch Drive brings
the bicyclist east to William Floyd Parkway SC 46 that reaches Smith Point
Beginning Connection: 1. The connection from the North Shore Bikeway is at North Country Road NY 25A in Rocky Point.
Ending Connection: 1. The connection merges briefly with the South Shore Bikeway at South Country Road SC 36 following Montauk Highway SC 80 in South Haven.
Description: This 11 mile bikeway uses Manorville, Center Moriches,
and Wading River Roads also known as SC 25 for its entire length. Railroad
Avenue connects to the LIRR station in Center Moriches
Beginning Connection: 1. Connection to the North Shore Bikeway is at North Country Road NY 25A in Wading River near Wildwood State Park
Ending Connection: 1. Connection to the South Shore Bikeway is at Frowein Road SC 98 in Center Moriches.
Description: This 11 mile bikeway runs down Northville Turnpike
SC 43 to Riverhead's Roanoke and Peconic Avenues. At the circle, Riverhead
Quogue Road SC 104 goes south to Old Riverhead Road SC 31 that continues
to Westhampton Beach.
Beginning Connection: 1. Connection from the North Shore Bikeway is at Sound Avenue in Northville.
Ending Connection: 1. Connection to the South Shore Bikeway is at Montauk Highway SC 80 in Westhampton Beach.
Description: This 14 mile class II bikeway requires two ferry
passages on to and off of Shelter Island. The route follows Ferry Road NY
114 across Shelter Island and North Haven. At Sag Harbor, Hampton Street
NY 114, Sag Harbor Turnpike NY 114 continue south to East Hampton.
Beginning Connection: 1. The North Fork Bikeway connects from Front Street to Fifth Street and Wiggins Street to the Greenport LIRR station and Shelter Island Ferry dock.
Ending Connection: 1. Connection to the South Shore Bikeway is at Main Street NY 27 in East Hampton.
Greenway: Old Westbury to Jones Beach
Improvement: Southern State Separator:
Improvement: Bridge: Wantagh Park to Cedar Creek
Bethpage Greenway: Lloyd Neck to Massapequa
Extension: Eisenhower Park to Bethpage State Park
Extension: Target Rock to Bethpage Park
Extension: Plainview Road to Picnic Area
Extension: Traffic Circle to Clubhouse
Mountain Bike Area:
Ocean Greenway: Jones Beach Gardiner Park
South Fork Greenway: East Hampton to Montauk
Dutch Broadway: Valley Stream to Hempstead Lake
Central Nassau Hub: Roosevelt--Field--Nassau C. C.--Eisenhower Park
Farmingdale: Bethpage Park to SUNY
Huntington Hub: Halesite to Huntington Station
Sunken Meadow Parkway:
Belmont Lake: August Street to Babylon LIRR
Central Islip: Suffolk C.C.
Stony Brook: SUNY--Setauket--Port Jefferson--Port Jefferson Station:
document is a consolidation of the advocacy committee's efforts to form
an organized written proposal for public consideration. Many committee members
have contributed to this undertaking directly and indirectly including the
Goykin, President Paumonok Bicycling Advocacy 1994-1996
Vic M.,Vice President 1994-1996
Dave Glass, NYS DOT Pedestrian and Bicycling Coordinator
Howard Mann, NYMTC
John Saraceno, Vice President Paumonok Bicycling Advocacy
Carolyn Chapmin, Brookhaven
Gail Forker, Chairperson Huntington Citizens Bicycling Advisory Board
Efrim Sherman, Huntington Bicycle Club
Jay Bender, Safety & Education Chairman
Dave M. Greeman Peterson
Hal Terry, DOT
Jamie Swan, CLIMB Advocacy
Terry Causin, President Huntington Bicycle Club (HBC)
Glen Cochran, President Suffolk Bicycle Riders Association (SBRA)
Gary Iorio, President Massapequa Park Bicycle Club (MPBC)
Bill Selsky, President Long Island Bicycle Club (LIBC)
Don Winston, President Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists (CLIMB)