Mar 6: Public Mtg For Greenbush Rd / Rt 303 Bypass

Greenbush Road is a lovely rural street to bypass the unsafe and unfriendly Rt 303 while traveling north toward West Nyack. It’s bucolic…until the street merges into Rt 303 for about two blocks, forcing cycling to “share the road” with cars traveling at 45+ mph. (Turns out the motorists aren’t too happy with that merge, either!). Greenbush Road reappears and continues its rural route after sharing about 1,300 hazardous and death-defying feet with Rt 303.

In 2003, 72 year old Robert Carl Pinckert was killed after being struck by a car near the intersection of Greenbush Rd and Rt 303 in Blauvelt. “He was under the truck. It was brutal,” said Orangetown Councilman Paul Valentine in the Journal News. His business, Valentine Electric, is adjacent to the crash site where Pinckert died. “From my office, I can see hundreds of bikers that come through this dangerous intersection every week. It was very important that we worked together to develop a solution.”

A bicycle bypass project through the woods of Blauvelt State Park adjacent to Rt 303 is being built with a $100,000 grant from the office of NYS Senator David Carlucci. Continue reading “Mar 6: Public Mtg For Greenbush Rd / Rt 303 Bypass”

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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Sat Aug 26: A Portage Ride That’s Wet ‘n…Mild

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.

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June 3: The Two States Of Lake Tappan

Two states, two counties, two wheels and one big reservoir. Join us for a fun Sat morning spin from Nyack to Nanuet via North Jersey where we will circle where Lake Tappan straddles NY and NJ.

This ride starts at 830a in Nyack at Memorial Park — meet at the corner of Piermont and Depew. We’ll follow the river South and turn at Sparkill and proceed West through Tappan, Old Tappan (NJ), River Vale. Then we cross Veterans Memorial Highway by Blue Hill Golf Course and take Sickletown Rd. Right before Rt 59 we turn right and circle back on Western Highway. Return via Bradley Parkway with a less hilly option of Western Hwy and the Clark Rail Trail if the group prefers.

LoopAroundLakeTappanBring your helmet, water and flat fixins. Approx distance 25 miles, avg see 15 mph. Questions? Email Continue reading “June 3: The Two States Of Lake Tappan”