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.
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.
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.
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!
The 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). Continue reading “Sat May 27: Hackensack River Route To Oradell”
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
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.
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!