March 2018 Braking News from the Rockland Bicycling Club.

“Ten Things to Know About Riding In & Around Rockland County”

  1. The first general club meeting of 2018 will be on March 21 and will feature preliminary results from the $40,000 Orangetown Bicycle Study. If you live in or ride through Pearl River, Piermont, Sparkill, Orangeburg or Blauvelt, you'll want to learn about the proposed bicycle network that consultant PTNY (Parks and Trails NY) has proposed for the town. Project Director Jamie Meerdink will join the meeting via Skype. 7p, Wed March 21 Wesley Hills Village Hall. The New NY Bridge Community Benefits Fund funded this project.

  2. Safer cycling coming to Blauvelt: Greenbush Rd, a quiet road that runs parallel to frenetic Rt.303 in Orangetown, has two treacherous blocks it shares with that four lane state road where average speeds are 45 mph or higher. In 2003, Robert Carl Pinckert was killed after being struck by a car near the intersection of Greenbush Rd and Rt. 303 in Blauvelt. Orangetown holds a public meeting on March 6 at 6:30p to discuss a 1300 foot bypass they plan to build through Blauvelt State Park to avert future tragedies. Come to Orangetown Town Hall on 3/6 at 6:30p to let them know we that the cycling community appreciates their efforts to make biking safer inRockland County. This project was funded by a $100,000 grant from NYS Senator David Carlucci. RBC has sent letters of encouragement to the offices of Senator Carlucci and Supervisor Day.

  3. It's Almost Ride Time: Spring is only weeks away. New routes and new ride leaders are wanted, for all destinations and types of rides! If you have some ideas for new places to go, new start times or new people who should ride with us, contact Ride Captain Paul Langus (plangus@aol.com). We need your help to go...and grow!

  4. And speaking of rides...
    April 22Tour de Staten Island
    May 6Bike NY 5 Boro Bike Tour   
    May 20Gran Fondo NY 
    May 20Bloomin Metric (Westport, CT)

  5. Greater Nyack Bike Walk Master Plan: The Nyack river villages and the hamlets of Valley Cottage and Upper Grandview in the Nyack School District have hired transportation consultants Fitzgerald & Halliday (FHI) to create a master plan to make it easier and safer to get around with a car. The study will look at creating better connections to destinations in the community (including schools, parks, and downtown Nyack) for Rockland County residents as well as plan for the tourism surge expected after the Shared Use Path opens on the Mario M Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge Shared Use Path (SUP). This study was funded with a $120,000 grant from the New NY Bridge Community Benefits Fund. If you want to join the mailing list for this project, contact Dave Zornow.

  6. Unsafe Design Proposed at the South Nyack Terminus -- The Rockland Bicycling Club joined 18 other cycling clubs and advocacy groups in signing a letter to NYS Governor Cuomo protesting features of the Mario M Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge Shared Use Path (SUP) terminus in S Nyack. Top of the list was a gate across the path, which will require stopping and dismounting to open. You can read the full letter here: 19 Groups Call for Safe, 24 Hour Access to Tappan Zee / Cuomo Bridge Path. Preliminary indications are that the Thruway is listening...but the club still has some concerns. More about this at our March meeting.

  7. New president, new board at the RBC: Mike Hays is your new 2018 RBC President. Rita Joachim will continue as Treasurer, Paul Langus and Steve Brehl will be ride captains, Lila Moreno will spearhead our website and Dave Zornow will lead advocacy efforts. But we can't do this alone! If you want to help our club Be All It Can Be, contact Mike and join the fun!

  8. Sloatsburg Complete Streets: There's great cycling in and near Harriman State Park -- but it can be a jungle out there, too. There's a public meeting on March 15 for a Route 17 “Complete Streets” Transportation Plan in Sloatsburg. Complete Streets is a design model that considers all modalities (cars, buses, cyclists and pedestrians) and all users (kids, seniors, special needs, etc.) At this meeting the NYS Dept. of Transportation will present a "hybrid road diet” design concept to provide traffic calming on this busy road. Where do bicycles fit into this? You'll have to show up and ask at 7p on 3/15 at the Sloatsburg Municipal Building. (Let us know what they have to say!)

  9. Two pedestrians struck, one killed in February: Don't call them accidents -- because that makes it sound like no one was at fault. 

    On 2/16, 35-
    year old Blauvelt resident Kevin Stadnick was struck and killed by car driven by a 23-year old woman from Spring Valley on Route 59 under the NYS Thruway overpass in Nyack. 

    On 2/27, a 28-
    year old Spring Valley resident was hit by a car on Rt. 303 near the West Nyack Motor Lodge driven by a 24-year old man from Garnerville. 

    Why are we telling you this? Everyone 
    must share the road. And slow down. And realize that speed kills -- cyclists, pedestrians and motorists, too.

  10. Meanwhile, NO Bikes For You on the Esposito Rail Trail: S Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian told the Rockland County Times in December she intends to close the Esposito Trail, a walking and cycling path which has been in use for more than 30 years, to cyclists when the TZB SUP opens in 2019. The South Nyack terminus to the SUP is located less than a mile from the Feb 16 pedestrian fatality and about 1/2 mile from the location on 9W where recreational cyclist bike rider Janet Martinez was struck and killed by a car in 2013

    Closing the Esposito Trail to cyclists will force all bicyclists to "share the road" with high speed traffic that exits the NYS Thruway at Exit 10 onto S Franklin Street. The Rockland 
    Bicycling Club is formulating a response to this dangerous and unprecedented decision. If you would like to participate in an effort to get S Nyack to re-evaluate this position to close a rail trail, which the Greater NY Metro area has used since 1986, please email rocklandbike@gmail.com.


What will be the Ten Things To Know next month? Help us build this list and put this newsletter together in future months! If you have any ideas or concerns to share or want to help, email rocklandbike@gmail.com. Until then, Ride Safe!

Rockland Bicycling Club

Mike Hays, President

Board members

Steve Brehl

Rita Joachim

Paul Langus

Lila Moreno

Dave Zornow

Rockland Bicycling Club, PO Box 175, Nyack NY 10960  rocklandbike@gmail.com

RBC 2011-2014


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