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Old 07-05-2013, 08:39 AM   #1
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Youth dirt riding in vicinity of NYC

Alright... I know this is an exercise in futility, but....

Does anyone have a suggestion for a place where I might take the kids for some light off-road riding in the vicinity of NYC? Literally, just a field where they can tool around... maybe with a couple whups or something. Without broken glass or homeless people. Without having to cut through a chainlink fence.

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Old 07-05-2013, 01:22 PM   #2
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Boy you asking this in a Public Forum.. Isnt this subject around NYC just as touch as the Pine Barrens?

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Old 07-05-2013, 02:27 PM   #3
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Boy you asking this in a Public Forum.. Isnt this subject around NYC just as touch as the Pine Barrens?

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Thanks for your help! I'm not experienced or familiar with the legality of off road riding. All I know is that I'd like to get the kids (age 8 & 9) into riding, but it's damn near impossible unless you live outside of the city.

If you read the NYC commuters thread, you might stumble on my rant about space for golf courses in NYC - twelve of them.
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:11 PM   #4
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thomaston, ct is nearest legal
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:57 PM   #5
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Or, you can try these guys... waay out in LI:
http://www.lirtc.org/

They have "rides", like dual sport rides, but it's very kid-friendly.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:09 PM   #6
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Or, you can try these guys... waay out in LI:
http://www.lirtc.org/

They have "rides", like dual sport rides, but it's very kid-friendly.


Just ride in the streets and public parks like the rest of them!


Find an old farmer in the burbs with lots of land and then offer him money to let your kids zoom around his field.


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Old 07-05-2013, 09:49 PM   #7
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I used to trail ride around Willow Lake in Flushing Meadow Park, crossing over the Van Wyck on the pedestrian bridge, and rip through Cunningham and Alley Pond parks, but probably not the best for your kids.

Don't know of anything legal in the area.

There used to be trails in the woods between Francis Lewis Blvd and the Clearview just south of the LIE, adjacent to Bishop Reilly HS (now St. Francis Prep), but I have no idea if they're still in use. Might be worth a look.
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Awesome! (Heh, having a Beta, you already knew that, though.)
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:56 AM   #9
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Jesse, not near the city but in Ellenville I have a place they can ride a bit. A field, some muddy areas (when wet) a few hills that could be jumped, but nothing they couldn't get up to. It is far though, but if they like primitive you could camp, there is often skeet and target shooting going on as well. A real redneck heaven from Long Island and NYC hicks.
Speedo: There are ton of well maintained trails in there now, but for legal mountain biking and no bikes. I ride my bicycle in there and always want to ride my motorcycle but wouldn't.
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:01 PM   #10
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All I know is that I'd like to get the kids (age 8 & 9) into riding, but it's damn near impossible unless you live outside of the city....
Perhaps the time to start thinking about moving out of the city?

You don't need a lot of land for a small course for 50cc bikes and 8/9 year olds. I was able to amuse the kids with an 1/8 mile loop around the perimeter of the house, with two jumps set up to get the adrenalin pumping. They eventually got bored with it, but also got it out of their systems. You'd have to be crazy to let your kids ride motorcycles on the street, and they have to have licenses to ride in the Pine Barrens!
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:27 PM   #11
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2 kids?
One bike, take turns, or two?
Do they like horses?
I could mow a twisty path in my horse field...
My horse is laid up and isn't using it right now.
About 85 miles from Grand Central.
Family campground nearby if you wanted to go that route.

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Old 07-07-2013, 07:42 PM   #12
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Hey, there ya go! Nice offer Girlryder.
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Make the kids mow it for riding privileges
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:26 PM   #14
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There used to be trails in the woods between Francis Lewis Blvd and the Clearview just south of the LIE, adjacent to Bishop Reilly HS (now St. Francis Prep), but I have no idea if they're still in use. Might be worth a look.
Those trails between Francis Lewis and Oceania street are still there and used by bicyclists all the time. I don't think it's legal or not to ride dirt bikes through there though and last I remember, the city put logs across the front of the path entrances in an attempt to keep motorized vehicles out.
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:29 PM   #15
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last I remember, the city put logs across the front of the path entrances in an attempt to keep motorized vehicles out.
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