SOUTHOLD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A bicycle ban is drawing the ire of some Long Islanders.
But many who live on the North Fork say they are sick of swarms of riders clogging their scenic East End roads, CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Friday.
Patrick Carey said he can’t imagine life without big biking events, drawing hundreds. They come for healthy exercise, and the charm and character of scenic farms and, vineyards, as they peddle through rural country life.
“There’s nothing like biking 50 miles to Montauk Point and then going to Orient Point for another 50,” Carey said.
“They come out and are awe-stricken, and they are enjoying the wineries, the vineyards,” added Mattituck homeowner Milta Annunziata.
But other locals said they fear permitting so many big bike events will turn the quaint North Fork into the frenetic Hamptons.
“We have a growing list of requests for these events. I have 32 applications pending,” Southold Supervisor Scott Russell said.
That is why Southold town — all 53 square miles on the North Fork – from Riverhead east to Orient — will now deny permits to for-profit companies’ bicycle events, saying they sap police resources and disrupt daily lives.