April 2018 Braking News
from Rockland Bicycling Club

It's finally Spring! Here are Five Things to Know about riding in and around Rockland County in April.
  1. Meetings:

Last Month: James Meerdink from Parks & Trails NY was our guest speaker on March 27 discussing the preliminary results of the Orangetown Bike Study. To see what you missed, here’s a link to his presentation

April 2018 RBC Meeting: It’s time to get your bike ready for the 2018 season! The mechanics at 9W Bikes will cover the basics of how to fix a flat, adjust your gears and brakes -- and other gotta know bike basics. Join us at 7p on April 18 at 9W Bikes, 530 N. Highland (9W), Upper Nyack.

  1. Ride Schedule:
    • Weekday after-work Rockland Lake ride returns on April 19. This is a casual all-levels ride around the Rockland Lake ring road. Mondays and Thursdays, 6:00p. Ride Leader: Paul Langus
    • Sunday B/C ride starts on April 15. Starting in New City, this ride offers a 38 mile B-level ride and a 28 mile no drop C-level ride. B-Ride Leader: Steve Brehl, C-Ride Leader Lynwood Law.
    • Bike Nyack Weekly rides start on April 14: B-Level rides each Saturday leaving from Nyack Memorial Park at 8:30a. Ride Leader: Dave Zornow
    • Save The Date: On June 10 the RBC will join the Westchester Bicycle Club, the NY Cycle Club and the BTCNJ for a 28/50/67 joint ride leaving from Croton Point. Stay tuned for details!
    • Other rides of note:
      • April 22: Tour de Staten Island
      • May 6: Bike NY 5 Boro Bike Tour
      • May 20: Gran Fondo NY
      • May 20: Bloomin Metric (Westport, CT)
  2. Walk or Bike? If you are reading this email, it’s likely you do both! The Greater Nyack Bike Walk Master Plan (GNBWMP) has created two websites to solicit input from riders and residents about roads and bike routes that need improvement. Visit BikeWalkGreaterNyack.com to learn more, check out the interactive map and add your email to the mailing list for future updates. The GNBWMP project team will be at Veterans Park on Main St in Nyack on April 21 from 12n-4p as part of Nyack’s Earth Day event.
  3. NY Bicycling Coalition (NYBC), the Albany based bike advocacy voice for cyclists across the state, is holding its spring regional meeting on Sat April 21 at Nyack Village Hall. RBC members are invited to sit in and hear about new projects and advocacy initiatives around the region. Contact Dave Zornow for details.
  4. TZB Shared Use Path News: Goodbye gates. Hello "chicanes." The New NY Bridge (aka Mario M Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge) has decided to tweak their plan for what happens when the SUP meets the street. The original design called for a swing gate that would require cyclists to stop and dismount. The revised plan replaces the gate with two offset “bike chicanes,” that will slow down cyclists by shifting traffic to the left and then the right before crossing Clinton Ave in South Nyack. Kudos to the NYBC for their help in negotiating this win-win solution for neighbors and for the cycling community.

Help Wanted! The RBC is seeking volunteers to help us with this newsletter and our website. Also, we are always looking for new ride leaders and new rides and routes, too! Email rocklandbike@gmail.com to get involved. Until then, Ride Safe!

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 2011-2018

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