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Has anyone biked in Forest Park in Queens?

Is it better suited to a roadbike or a MTB?

Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm moving and CP is getting farther and farther...

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don montalvo (not verified)
i lived on 50st+10av for 29yrs... i'm in rego park (63dr between queens boulevard and woodhaven). you can do it on a road bike, no problem. personally i'd rather take the subway to central park on weekdays than ride forest park but it's sumptin'.


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Ron (not verified)

Hey Stéphane,
I played golf out there once and from what I can remember the drive looked pretty decent. Shouldn't be a problem for your road bike. I also noticed some trails and saw some MTB riders. It's a beautiful park.
I've never biked there but I think I may have to check it out.
Maybe a possible UAR? John?

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Ron (not verified)

It's a well-paved route but it's just a single road, so there's no way to do a loop. Also, you'll have to wait a few minutes for the light when you cross Woodhaven. You can get a workout with the hills, but it get's old really, really fast. Depending on where you are, you might want to go with Prospect Park or, if you're further east, the route through Kissena/Cunningham/Alley Pond is nice, assuming you have the time.

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rich (not verified)
Try Flushing Meadows

The road in Forest Park is nice, but it's kinda short. Official Parks department rules about biking on trails: verboten. And there are a lot of signs to that effect in Forest Park.

If you want a workout, and a loop, try Flushing Meadows. I'm not sure how long the loop is (actually, there are different permutations of loops, the longest being from the Marina/Shea Stadium area down to the South end of the lake). The Flushing Meadows loop is all on 2 lane roads (more lanes around Shea), with light traffic on weekdays. Don't even bother trying it on weekends in the summer. But it's one of my favorite parks in NYC, because the lake area is a wide open space where you can see quite a distance.

Lots of cyclists also like to go out to Long Island on the LIE service road, which is pretty nice out in Nassau, but not so great in Queens. It's a good weekend morning ride. Don't do it during afternoon rush hour.


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Nathan Smith (not verified)

It's not that big so really it's best for running. If you are gonna ride I would go mtb. Head over to flushing park for some timetrial practice. Pop over to Kissena for some track work.

There are several groups that get together at Flushing Park to ride loops. It can be fun and pretty fast paced. Summers there kinda suck. There is a club that meets on the LIE service road on weekends at 7:45 I think. There is a really nice hill to do repeats on before the meeting spot in Douglaston.

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Sienna (not verified)
Forest Park

I have a co-op right behind the track at Forest Park. The road is closed to car traffic but only goes for a mile and a half. You can continue through the traffic lights and pass the carousel and golf course for another mile or so. It's pleasantly rolling, but I only used to ride there when I REALLY didn't want to have to go anywhere else. I start to go crazy doing a mile and a half, back and forth. The bridle trails in the woods are more interesting, but I'm not a mountain biker, so I can't offer advice there.

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Stéphane (not verified)
Thank you for all your infos and tips. (nm)
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Rich (not verified)
Forest park is great for Mountain Biking ...

"if you want your bike confiscated.

(Note that by ""off-trail"", they mean off the bike path)

Rules and Guidelines for Using Greenways in New York City Parks (as of 7/6/99)

• Stay on designated paths: riding off-trail damages our parks, and is strictly prohibited. No bicycle riding is permitted on pedestrian paths. Violators are subject to fines and confiscation of their bicycles.
• Yield to pedestrians at all times.
• Excessive speeds are dangerous. Slow down!
• Give audible warning when passing other path users.
• Listen for others: Headphones impair your ability to hear and react to potentially dangerous situations.
• Ride in the direction of traffic, unless otherwise indicated (e.g. a contraflow lane).
• City laws require bicycle lights when riding at night.

Pedestrians and Joggers
• Be alert, especially when running.
• Allow faster trail users to pass safely.
• Stay clear of lanes and paths designated for bicyclists."

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