I know Staten Island’s got lots of free right turns on red (for motorists) and can be fairly bike unfriendly…but it’s also a really amazing place to discover on bicycle.
-Amazing Boardwalk on the Beach, fourth largest in the world.
-Tugboat Graveyard (shhh…it’s a secret)
-Fort Wadsworth, for all you war history buffs.
-Wolfe’s Pond Park, mountain bike trails.
-Highest Point on the Eastern Seaboard. (Todt Hill)
Here is a great opportunity to see NYC’s undiscovered borough.
Date: Sunday, April 13th, 2014
Time: Rider check-in for 40-mile ride: 8 – 9 am
Rider check-in for 25-mile ride: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Start and Finish:
Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George
Parking Lot West (Just west of the Ballpark, off Bank Street)
Price: $15 – T.A. Members, $20 – Non-members
Size:Size: There is a strict cap of 1,000 riders.
The Tour de Staten Island is a fun-filled ride through the neighborhoods of New York’s greenest borough. The tour offers two route lengths of 25 miles and 40 miles, both with an additional five mile route option in still-closed-to-the-public Freshkills Park! Both routes are supported by rest stops stocked with KIND Bars, fruit, Osmo sport drink and good old H20 . The tour is a ride-at-your-own-pace event on roads open to traffic. Unlike other T.A. borough tours, there will not be an NYPD escort or road closures. The route will be marked with painted arrows, riders will receive a cue sheet and will be free to begin the tour as soon as they have checked in and received their official rider bibs. Riders will be supported by volunteer ride marshals and limited sag-wagon services.
25 Mile: This moderate route takes riders along the north shore of Staten Island, then cuts through the middle of the island to the eastern shore and brings riders up along the waterfront with spectacular views of the Verrazano Bridge and New York Harbor. There is a rest stop in Freshkills Park and the option to ride an additional five-mile loop through the park before continuing back to the starting point.
40 Mile: Ride the full circumference of Staten Island! The route is the same as the 25-mile route for the first third of the ride. After the rest stop in Freshkills Park, the 40-mile ride continues along the South Shore of Staten Island before circling back around along the eastern shore, for a second rest stop — and beautiful ocean vistas — at Great Kills Park.
More info, ride over: here.