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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.
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Sat July 15: Zoo Wanna Go For A Bike Ride to Van San Park?

This will be one animal ride. Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun ParkWe 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.

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July 1: The All Rockland “Hi Tor Hi-Ho”

Let’s keep this in the county, OK?HaysToHiTor

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!

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Sat May 27: Hackensack River Route To Oradell

Oradell Train Station Photo: Credit: Adam ElmquistThe ride takes us through mostly residential streets with a stretch that hugs the Oradell reservoir, which is connected by the Hackensack River to Lake Tappan and Lake DeForest. We’ll stop, rest and regroup in Schirra Park — named after hometown hero and Mercury 7 astronaut Wally Schirra. (It’s next to a great bagel shop and across the street from a cupcake concession, too). (more…)

May 17: Rockland Bike Club Annual “Ride of Silence”

Ride of Silence on Wednesday May 17 at 6:30p in coordination with the international Ride Of Silence.

Participants are encouraged to ride with White Lights in Front & Red Lights in Rear

Add your voice to the call for respect on the roads.The Ride will start and end at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City, the county seat.

Why We Ride

2013 Rockland Bicycle Club “Ride of Silence”

The ride honors and remembers bicycle riders who have been killed or injured in collisions with cars and calls on everyone to share the road safely. We’re gratified that no cyclists were killed or badly injured on Rockland County’s roads in 2016, unlike in other recent years. It’s hoped that can be attributed to the combination of growing awareness by motorists and the county’s adoption of a Complete Streets initiative. Join us in remembering Edward Brophy, William “Matt” George, Alfred Zaldivar, Janet Martinez, Robert Carl Pinckert, Ennio Spiri and the many other Rockland County residents hurt and killed in collisions with motorists in the recent past. We ride to honor them; we ride to enforce the message for all road users that Mutual Respect Saves Lives.

Lights are encouraged – red lights on the rear, white lights on the front of your bike. Helmets are required. We will ride no faster than 12 mph, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees for the Ride of Silence. We will ride 5.6 miles silently and single file. Police support will be provided.

Please ride with us to help call for respect on the roadways. And help spread the word — or help organize and promote this event. Police support will be provided for the RBC Ride of Silence. More event details at RocklandBike.org.

May 6: Bicycle New Year!

Happy New Year! May is Bike Month — which means it’s the official beginning of the Bike New Year (does that mean all of our Strava rides prior to now don’t count? :>)

Our season opener is an easy 25 mile loop over hill and across a dale to Hillsdale, NJ. Our turnaround point is the popular stop and nosh spot, Ronnie’s Bagels. Meet up at 830a at the corner of Depew & Piermont Aves adjacent to Nyack’s Memorial Park.

Distance is about 25 miles. This is a “no drop” ride. All riders welcome. Helmets required. Remember to bring water bottle and repair stuff for flats.

Route is through Piermont, Tappan, Old Tappan (NJ), River Vale and Hillsdale.

A word about da weather:  If it’s raining 30 minutes before ride time, it’s called. Also, if the forecast on WeatherUnderground.com calls for series showers after the ride starts, go back to bed!

This Bike Nyack meet up is being run in conjunction with the Rockland Bicycling Club. To sign up for the BikeNyack Meetup group and get notification of future events, visit Meetup.com.

Sun Nov 20: A Rocket Ride For The Rest of Us

jimskellybikewindow201507You have to go back to 1978 to find the first Nyack famous Rocket Ride, an 8a Sunday morning tradition with a 40-50 mile route for those who take their cycling seriously.

Now, there’s a Rocket Ride For The Rest of Us, leaving from the same location at 9a on a slower, shorter route at a more peaceful pace!

It’s still led by the legendary Jim Skelly, owner of the Nyack Bicycle Outfitters on North Broadway in Nyack, who has been leading the way each Sunday for 38 years. (Wow!)

Distance: about 30 miles
Route: Nyack, Piermont, Tenafly, River Vale
Meetup at Nyack Bike Outfitters, 72 N Broadway in Nyack at 9a. Leave by 915a from Runcible Spoon (one block south).

Winter Is Coming. So remember toe caps, bike gloves that cover your fingers and a headband to cover your ears. Those extremities can get chilled even if Sunday’s temp will be in the mid-40’s!

 

Nyack’s Plan To Add A Bike Lane To South Franklin

Mon Oct 17 from 7– 9p at the Nyack Center:
Transportation Alternatives for Nyack

Nyack is developing a plan to improve Broadway and South Franklin Street for pedestrians, bicycles and cars. A $1.5 million federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant will help pay for improved crosswalks, sidewalks, ADA Ramps, landscaping, street and pedestrian lighting, receptacles and a bike lane on South Franklin Street. (more…)

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