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Re-Cycling Exploration of Staten Island - Recreational / Exercise Ride (Take 2)

This will be a Re-Cycling Exploration of Staten Island - Recreational / Exercise Ride. We did this ride on 6/29, and it was fun. But we cut it short and only made 1/4 of the way around, but 25 total miles.

This time, we'll bike the opposite direction. Heading out over the east side and trying, again, to work our way fully around.  We will, however, play it by ear.


Rough route plan - - Approx 30'ish miles
Pace: A comfortable 10-15mph. Our 6/29 ride was almost all flat terrain.

Meet at the South Ferry terminal, Manhattan side @ 11am. Please meet OUTSIDE the terminal, to the right of the entrance doors. 

If you're like me.. Staten Island is mostly a mystery to you.  You've probably ridden the ferry there and back again, and that's it. Or finished the annual 5Boro ride on SI, and rode to the ferry.

Let's explore.

Things to bring:

  • Helmet
  • Hydration
  • Spare tubes, patch kit & mini tools to change a flat
  • Cash, credit card, metro card, ID
  • Positive Attitude
  • Road, Hybrid, Cyclocross bikes recommended.


SI Ferry Bicyclist Rules of Conduct:

  • Bicycles are permitted but must be stored in the designated bicycle storage areas.
  • Bicyclists must board on the lower level at both the St. George and Whitehall Ferry Terminals.
  • Bicyclists are subject to all Passenger Rules of Conduct.
  • Bicyclists must dismount and walk their bicycles to the waiting area and when boarding and departing the boat.
  • Bicyclists must stay clear of pedestrians.
  • All bicyclists are subject to screening upon arrival at the ferry terminals.
  • Bicycles may not be left in racks on vessels for more than 30 minutes (one trip). Bicycles left on the vessel after each trip will be removed.
  • Bicycles left in outdoor racks for more than 24 hours will be removed.
  • DOT is not responsible for stolen or damaged bicycles.


POSSIBLE BONUS: There is a huge German Biergarten at the southern end of SI. If.. and only if.. they permit bikes in the fenced-in garden area, we will stop for food and/or brew. I'm checking with the establishment to see if this is permissible.

We'll make other snack / fluid stops along the way, as needed.


UPDATE (7/1): Just got word from Killmeyer's Old Bavaria Inn.. Good News! They're happy to let us bring our bikes into the biergarten. There's a fence gate we can use, when we get there.

Also, I've modified the route. It's 10 miles shorter, and the return trip will bring us thru a wildlife marshland refuge and 2 parks. It's roughly 20 miles to Killmyers via the eastern shoreline, then we'll take a more direct route back thru the middle of SI.

More good news is.. if you look at the terrain map, there are almost no hills to contend with. Nice!

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  • Steve H

    We'll have to do a Take 3. We have GOT to check out Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard!

    July 16, 2013

  • Dan K

    Fun ride. Great meeting all of you. Def do again.

    July 15, 2013

  • Steve H

    Fun ride. Great group. Not much traffic except Hylan, and hardly any hill action :-) The biergarten was awesome! Thanks for coming out, folks!

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • David

    Nice meeting such a cool group of people. The through Staten island was fun.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Holly R.

    We had a great time! It was nice meeting everyone. I'm looking forward to Sunday's ride around Manhattan. :)

    July 15, 2013

  • Steve H

    Ride is ON. See you at 11am.

    July 14, 2013

  • Dan K

    Is a mountain bike with street tires ok to bring?

    July 13, 2013

    • Steve H

      Sure. Go for it.

      July 14, 2013

  • john

    Weather not promising...

    July 13, 2013

  • Gajtana

    Wanted to go, but I realistically wouldn't be able to bike 30 miles. Will need to get up to speed for future bike rides.

    July 11, 2013

  • Steve H

    Weather is looking Great for this weekend! Just a reminder, if you need to change your RSVP before the ride, please ensure you update it on our page. I'll be contacting Killmeyer's before our ride to let them know how many riders to expect.

    Thank you, and see everyone on Sunday!

    July 9, 2013

  • Holly R.

    You had us at biergarten.

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Holly R.

    We'll be there!

    July 2, 2013

  • Gajtana

    Sounds like fun!

    July 1, 2013

  • Alastair B.

    Hi, I'm a regular biker so i won't have a problem with the ride, I'll bring some extra bike supplies. Staten Island is a mystery to me as well so I'm def looking forward to exploring it

    July 1, 2013

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