I am contemplating riding from New Jersey, across the George Washington Bridge, across Manhattan, into Queens and on to work in Long Island. I am already spending up to 2 hours on the drive due to traffic, and I think it will take me about 2.5 to 3 hours on the bike. I am considering doing it one way.
My concern is possible routes across Long Island. I only need to get out to Bethpage, between the Northern State/Southern State highways.
Looking at maps, it seems that my best option is Queensboro bridge (Aka 59th St, aka Koch bridge) to Queens Boulevard, and then stay on 25A which changes names, pretty much the whole way out there.
My concern is whether this is a rideable road. Last summer I was lucky enough to be able to ride 30+ miles to Parsipanny, NJ, and riding along Rt 46 where it has a paved shoulder was a dream come true! The trucks and cars zipping by just dragged me along. A pleasure.
But I have never even driven Queens Blvd, and do not really have time to try it.
Google Maps, selecting bike routing has a convoluted, complicated, longer route, trying to hit parks and bike paths as best it can.
So to make this more relevant, I am looking for a good bike route, out of Manhattan and across Long Island.