April 2020 Braking News
from the Rockland Bicycling Club

Here are Five Things to Know this month about riding in and around Rockland County.
  1. Stay Safe during these COVID times. On March 16, the club officially suspended all scheduled club rides until further notice. 

    It's not your normal spring. There are fewer cars on the road at the same time there are more people are out riding and walking. In better times, all of this would be reason to celebrate. But not now.

    Please stay safe while cycling. This is no time to draft -- keep 8 feet or more between your bicycle and the handful of other people with whom you might be riding. 
  1. Something to Which We Can All Look Forward: The 2020 Ride 'Round Rockland has been scheduled for Sun Oct 4. The Rockland Bicycling Club Board of Directors is monitoring coronavirus developments and will make a decision in the next few months as to whether or not this this annual event can be held this fall.
  1. Rides That Have Been Postponed/Suspended:
  • Tour de Staten Island (4/26) has been cancelled.
  • TD Five Boro Bike Tour (5/3) "New Date TBD" per their website
  • Gran Fondo NY: "The 10th GFNY World Championship NYC has been postponed to May 16, 2021."
  • North Fork Century, 5/16: Status, TBD. "There are a LOT of different estimates on when it might be safe to do a group ride again, and SOME of those estimates would put this pretty close to ride day."
  • Bloomin' Metric (5/31) has been cancelled.
  1. Cycling Health News You Can Use:
  1. Ebikes Are Now Street Legal in New York! (sort of):  The law, which seems to be written around NYC's needs to the detriment of the rest of New York State, includes several restrictions which may discourage, instead of encourage, EBikes as a low cost transportation alternative.
  • Every operator of a bicycle with electric assist shall be 16 years of age or older."
  • "Class three bicycle with electric assist [can be operated only in cities] having a population of one million or more. [Class III bicycles] may be used exclusively to propel such bicycle with electric assist, and that is not capable of providing assistance when such bicycle with electric assist reaches a speed of twenty-five miles per hour. 
  • [Municipalities may] regulate the maximum speed, time, place and manner of the operation of a bicycle...and [may entirely] prohibit the use of bicycles with electric assist within [a] county, city, town or village.
  • [Municipalities may not] authorize the use of bicycles with electric assist upon sidewalks or regulate the parking, standing or stopping of bicycles with electric assist on sidewalks.
See Bike Tarrytown's deep dive on the shortcomings of this bill, or read the whole EBike bill beginning on page 376 of the 2020 NYS Budget.

New member update: A warm welcome to new RBC member Vivian Ricupero-Logan. Thanks for joining the Rockland Bicycling Club! 

Help Wanted! The RBC is seeking volunteers to help us with this bicycle advocacy, producing this newsletter, and updating our website. Also, we are always looking for new ride leaders and new rides and routes, too!

Email to get involved. Until then, Ride Safe!

Mike Hays, President

Board members: Stephen Brehl, Ernie DiGiacomo, Rita Joachim, Paul Kadin, Lynwood Law, Ed Molina, Lila Moreno, Roseanne Schwartz, Cynthia Turner, Dave Zornow. 

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