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Nyack South Franklin Bike Path Plans — 9/28/2017 VB Presentation

Nyack TAP Project S Franklin Bike Path Update, 8/28/2017Nyack, 9/28/2017 — The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) committee for the Village of Nyack updated the village trustees on plans to construct a bike lane on South Franklin Street in 2018. Although this project will coincide with the opening of the new Mario M. Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge Shared Use Path, it’s value is more than just a tourist attraction. It is being designed as a safe, car-free route that residents, bicycle commuters, recreational cyclists and families with kids and reach destinations on two wheels without fear of sharing the road with vehicles with four wheels.

It is not expected that this route will be used by the experienced road cyclists who now visit the village via Piermont Road and River Road. They will continue to use those routes as the design of the new path and the expected traffic will implicitly limit how fast roads cyclists can travel.

Click here to see the full presentation.

 

 

 

Sept 30: The All Rockland “Hi Tor Hi-Ho”

Ride Master Mike Hays will lead the way this Saturday with this Ride Around Rockland — in reverse.

The twist is that we’ll tackle Hook Mountain on the way out instead of the way back. Mike promises a few additional tweaks, too. Estimated mileage is about 34 miles with about 1,800 feet of climbing.

Just a heads up: this is the last scheduled Sat Bike Nyack ride of the season! There may be a few more, weather and fall schedules depending, but the “reliably every Sat morning” thing goes on hold until the spring. :>) Join us if you can!

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Sept 23: Two Bridges Across The Hudson

Time for another road trip. Note the different start time and location as we travel to Bear Mountain for the Two Bridges Ride, which includes Hudson River crossings on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge and the Bear Mountain Bridge.

We will meet up at 8a at the Bear Mountain State Park parking lot near the carousel. The ride proceeds north on Route 9W to Route 218, back onto 9W to the Newburgh waterfront, over the bridge, then we return all the way on Route 9D, returning to the parking lot after crossing West on the Bear Mountain Bridge.

There’s one epic climb up to Storm King; we’ll cover about 2,600 feet of elevation for the day.  We will stop for refreshments in Beacon, and regroup as needed.  You should also bring water and a snack.

Pace & Terrain – Pace = B-;  Terrain = 2 or 3

Start/End point – Bear Mountain State Park carousel parking lot.  Take the Palisades Pky north to the Bear Mountain Bridge traffic circle.  Take the first turn onto Route 9W south.  Then take the right fork onto Seven Lakes Drive.  The parking lot is ahead on the right side.  Since this is a state park, they will charge to park after 8a so arrive before then to avoid the parking fee.

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Sept 16: Westwood (NJ), Ho!

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It’s Destination Westwood this Sat morning. We’ll meet up at Nyack Memorial Park at 8:30a for a 25 mile spin to Westwood, NJ. 

Westwood has a quaint downtown, a central park with a gazebo and its own stop on the Pascack Valley line of NJ Transit. It also straddles the banks of the Hackensack River, but to be honest, its old banks located in historic buildings are more impressive than the Hackensack, which is more of a creek than a river as it passes through Westwood.

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Street Beat: Bike Racks For a New Bus On The New Bridge

by Chris Stanton and Dave Zornow

LHTL will use buses suitable for BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) service

LHTL buses will have WiFi on board. Bus stations will have countdown clocks to the next bus arrival as well as bike racks and Internet connections at most LHTL stops. The buses selected will look something like this.

The new LHTL bus system on the new Tappan Zee Bridge has just about everything a commuter could ask for. Except vowels — and a dedicated lane to ride across the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

The Lower Hudson Valley Transit Link will replace Rockland County’s Tappan Zee Express (TZx) bus system sometime in late 2018 after the second span of the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge opens. The NYS Department of Transportation says the new system will improve the availability, accessibility and overall quality of public transit in the Lower Hudson Valley. “The LHTL will limit delays for commuters and make the region more attractive for economic development,” says NYSDOT Commissioner Matthew Driscoll. (more…)

Sept 2: A (Reverse) Ride That’s Closter To Rockland

We’ll leave Memorial Park in Nyack at 8:30, stretch our legs touring Upper Nyack and climb up to Nyack College. The we go DOWN Bradley Parkway, cross 303 and over Blauvelt Ridge on Erie. We will loop around the lakes before heading down to Closter on Rivervale and Harriot. We take a break in Closter, about mile 20 then head back to Nyack with possible climb up Rockleigh to Piermont and possible pier ride depending on time.

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