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Old June 9th, 2013, 02:10 AM   #1
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Default Stony Brook, Suffolk Co, NY

The three possibilities I know of around here besides residential neighborhoods are West Meadow Beach (short, flat, and awesome for skating), The University (Bike path or parking lots) and the Setauket Greenway trail (not really skateable imho).

West meadow beach has a 1.05mile stretch of road (so 2.1mi out & back laps) that is closed to motor vehicles. Good asphalt, little-to-no debris on the trail, relatively uncrowded (and pedestrians are generally aware), NO DOGS, no intersections or stop signs. Bathrooms and drink machines at one end. Really good place to work on technique whether you are a beginner or intermediate. If you go before dusk you can do your skate and then watch the sunset from the beach proper (but bring insect repellent if you're going to do that!). The only downsides are that it is really flat, and well, short. Free to use if you bike there, but they charge for parking.

The University bike paths are hilly, and have frequent stop-signs/clueless pedestrians. For me it's not ideal cuz I don't have brakes. Still, it's probably a decent possibility to get some hill-training in. I think the steepest hill starts near the life-sciences building.

Greenway. I biked this the other day, and it'd be horrible for skating unless you have really excellent braking/speed-control/debris-avoiding skills. Excellent as in Eddy Matzger-esque! Lot's of dog walkers, and lots of steep hills on a narrow 1-lane road, with blind corners. Since it's through the woods, there's also a lot of leafy/twiggy debris. Basically the worst possible skating environment! Upside is that if you bike the trail, you get to some nice quiet residential neighborhoods with wide roads and good hills which would be nice for skating.

I really miss the parks in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
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