Street Beat: What To Do If You Get Hit By A Car While Cycling
More than three-quarters of a million New Yorkers ride a bike regularly—250,000 more than just five years ago. It is estimated that over 450,000 cycling trips are made each day in New York City—triple the amount taken 15 years ago. — Cycling in the City, NYC Department of Transportation
by Steve P. Knowlton
Bicycling is on the rise! More people than ever are bicycling, both as a means of transportation and for a healthy and fun workout. Unless you’re one of the very lucky folks that have access to a protected, car-free bicycle path very nearby your home, some of the time you will be riding on streets and sharing them with cars and drivers. And if you are using your bike for transportation on a regular basis, you’ll definitely be riding on the roads and streets. (more…)
Aug 19: An Away Game, GWB to Brooklyn Bridge Park
This week it’s an “away game” with a different starting point and a NYC destination. We meet up at Strictly Bikes in Fort Lee and ride across the GWB to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Starting point is Strictly Bikes (2347 Hudson Terrace, Fort Lee, NJ). Make sure you bring your helmet, have food, 1-2 bottles of water and anything necessary for bike repair (air pump/CO2, tubes, patch kit, etc.) This is a no-drop ride. From the GWB to Brooklyn Bridge Park is about 35 miles out and back. (more…)
Sat Aug 12: A Ride That’s Closter To Rockland
This week’s route has a little bit of everything: NY, NJ, a state park, a rail trail and a cute coffee stop in Closter, NJ. After meeting up at 830a at Nyack Memorial Park, we’ll ride south with an optional spin through Tallman State Park. We’ll ride 9W south to Tenafly and turn on Clinton Ave (viva la downhill!) and then turn back north on County Rd and Piermont Rd. It’s a 30 mile route on this no drop ride.
New policy: We need to leave on time! Please show up at 8:25 for this 8:30 ride so we can hit the road without delay (if you snooze you won’t cruise!)
Starting point is Nyack Memorial Park at the corner of Piermont & Depew Aves. Make sure you bring your helmet, have food, 1-2 bottles of water and anything necessary for bike repair (air pump/CO2, tubes, patch kit, etc.) This is a no-drop ride.
Wondering Weather Or Not We Will Ride? If rain threatens and you are wondering “weather” or not we are going to ride…if it’s raining 30 minutes before start time, go back to bed. Same decision if storms are predicted during the time we will be riding. Check WeatherUnderground.com for radar and an hour by hour forecast.
Looking ahead: It’s an away game on Sat Aug 19: We’ll meetup at Stricly Bikes in Fort Lee and take advantage of Park Ave being closed to traffic for “Citi Summer Streets” in NYC. Destination Brooklyn. Watch this space next week for details!
August 5: Rain Rain Go Away!
No ride this week as the chance or rain on Sat morning varies by hour — between 80% and 100%.
Looking ahead to next week. For the next three Saturdays, Citi Streets closes Park Ave to cars from midtown to the Brooklyn Bridge. Who’s up for a ride from the GWB to NYC?
July 29: Ride To Battle! To Stony Point State Park
By Tony – originally posted to Flickr as Entrance to Stony Point State Park, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4688431
In July 1779, Brigadier General Anthony Wayne led his troops in a daring attack on British forces at Stony Point. Almost 240 years later this Saturday, we’ll attack a few hills and stop somewhere for a leisurely lunch on this ride from Nyack Memorial Park to Stony Point State Park.
The route north is via 9W, down through Haverstraw then following the river roads to Stony Point. Route back is via Strawtown Road. Total distance is about 38 miles.
Jul 22: An “Away Game,” Bear Mtn to Cold Spring
This week, we will follow where the Bear Went Over The Mountain. Sort of.
On Saturday we’ll meet up near Bear Mountain and ride to Cold Spring in Putnam County. We’ll start at the Jones Point parking area on 9W (aka the “Ramapo-Dunderburg Trailhead”). If anyone wants to carpool (or needs a ride) from Nyack, we can still meet up at Memorial Park — but we should do that at 7:45a to allow enough time to get to the start point for the ride.
The Jones Point Parking area is on 9W at the bottom of the hill leading up to Bear Mountain. The lot is located just past River Road on the left side as you travel north. The starting point is about a 30 min drive from Nyack.
Saturday’s route will cross the Bear Mountain Bridge taking Route 9D to Cold Spring. It’s about 30 miles round trip. (more…)
Sat July 15: Zoo Wanna Go For A Bike Ride to Van San Park?
This will be one animal ride. We can’t promise Tigers and Bears (oh My!) but there will be mountain lions, alligators, bison, eagles, prairie dogs, spider monkeys and more. Join us on Saturday when we ride to the Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun Park in Paramus, NJ. It’s about a 33 mile round trip. Not counting any additional mileage you may add taking the kids’ train around the park or riding the carousel.
July 8: Turn The Beat Around…Nanuet
One of the best things about cycling is that when you run out of ideas for new routes, you can recycle your fave rides — backwards. We’ll ride around Lake Tappan this week but spin up from Western Hwy to Sickletown Road and return through Orangeburg.
July 1: The All Rockland “Hi Tor Hi-Ho”
Let’s keep this in the county, OK?
On Sat July 1 we’ll ride a Rockland County circuit that includes Piermont, Little Tor, The Orchards of Concklin and Rockland Lake covering about 35 miles.
There are two climbs, up Little Tor Road from South Mountain and then over The Hook on 9W. Route is to Piermont, Clarke Rail Trail to Western Hwy, Strawtown Rd, South Mountain. Then we proceed up Little Tor to Phillips Hill, Main Street, Old 304, Goebbels to 304 to Old Haverstraw Road into Congers to Lake Street then to Rockland Lake. And back!
June 24, Nyack Memorial Pk–>Englewood
This ride goes to Englewood, starting from Memorial Park in Nyack at 830a. We will take Piermont Ave to Route 9W before turning on Clinton Ave into Tenafly and then continuing into Englewood. Return route is via Route 505 (more…)