Nyack, 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.
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!
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.
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.
This “reverse” ride goes to Englewood, starting from Memorial Park in Nyack at 830a. We will take Piermont Ave south and then return via 9W after climbing the Big Hill on Clinton Ave. If time allows and the group is interested, we might take a trip up old 9W near Lamont-Doherty and check out the hawks over the Hudson at the Stateline rest area.
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. Continue reading “Street Beat: Bike Racks For a New Bus On The New Bridge”
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.
This summer seemed to bring a surge of cyclists to Orangetown and destinations to its north and west. But no one is quite sure.
Orangetown wants to quantify the bicycling surge. And they’re doing so with a little bit of help from an upstate non-profit and community volunteers who want to make cycling safer and easier in the town’s villages and hamlets.
At 7p on Sept 7, Orangetown will kick off the Orangetown Bike Study, with a meeting lead by led by Parks & Trails NY (PTNY) at Orangetown Town Hall. Community members, cyclists, parents, land use board members and business owners are invited to attend. The study is intended to document bicycling usage, map routes and help plan for tomorrow. Continue reading “Street Beat: Orangetown Bicycling — Counts”
8 Answers To Bridge Questions You Might Have
(including, when can I ride the SUP?)
by Dave Zornow
Nyack, Aug 24 — It’s Game On this Friday for Rockland County (north- and west-) bound traffic on the north span of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Westchester? Your time is coming later this fall. Here are answers to a few questions you might have about opening night on the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Continue reading “Street Beat: Tappan Zee Bridge Debuts, Again!”
This route description reads like a pitch for a tourism adventure: 30 miles, six bodies of water, two states and more than a dozen villages, towns and hamlets. Plus a unique feature you rarely see on a bike route: a *short* portage over railroad tracks!
The stop and nosh destination is Ronnie’s Bagels in Hillsdale. The wet part includes drive by’s of the Hudson River, Sparkill Creek, Lake Tappan, Woodcliff Lake and Silver Lake. And as promised, the short and surprising Park Ridge Portage in the middle of Berthoud Ave followed by a “something different” return route through Central Nyack.