October 2018 Braking News
from the Rockland Bicycling Club

Here are Five Things to Know this month about riding in and around Rockland County.
  1. Oct Meeting Toasts RBC Ride Leaders: "That’s a great ride…nice route!…I had a great time on the ride!”  

    Did you ever find yourself making similar comments at the end of a ride?  On Oct 17, we will salute the people who made RBC rides possible at 7p at the Nyack Library. After a short meeting in the Maker Space room on the ground floor, we will adjourn to the the Brick House, just up the street, for by an actual toast. And the Rockland Bicycling Club is buying the first round.

    We would like to add new rides and routes in 2019 with start times and starting locations that work for everyone! Please join us at 7p on Wed 10/17 and share your ideas. The Nyack Library is located at 59 S Broadway.

  2. Ride Around Rockland: On September 23 over 30 cyclists rode 40, 62 and 100 miles on a cool, overcast day averaging 75 feet of climbing per mile. One BTCNJ rider said at the start, “you know we have hills in Jersey too.” At the end, the same rider remarked, “That’s a hilly ride.” No doubt about it!. Kudos to route creator Dan Foley and event project manager Ernie DiGiacomo. 
  3. What did Nyack learn about Riding Safe in Rockland? Last month's RBC meeting included takeaways from the Greater Nyack Bike Walk Master Plan, with recommendations for the river villages and Valley Cottage as well as best practices for the rest of Rockland. To see what you might have missed, here's the presentation.
  4. RBC In The News! Local media are taking an interest in the Shared Use Path on the Mario Cuomo Bridge. Get ready to ride across the river sometime before the end of next year.

    News12 Hudson Valley (Wheels in motion for bike path on Mario Cuomo Bridge, 8/30) spoke with RBC Board Member Dave Zornow.

    WCBS 880 (Cuomo Unveils New Animation Of Bike Path On Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge, 10/7) interviewed RBC President Mike Hays.

    Dave also presented at the NY Bicycling Coalition 2018 Bike Summit on 9/28 as part of a panel called, "TELLING YOUR STORY: Strategies and Tactics for Overcoming Barriers to Advance Biking in Your Community."
  5. Upcoming Rides 
    World's Fair Bike Tour, Oct 20 -- Bike New York and Flushing Meadows Corona Park invite you to join this free, beginner-friendly bike tours of the 1939/40 and 1964/65 World’s Fair historic sites. Park docents will provide participants with a fascinating tour.

    Tour de Bronx, (Free!) on Oct 28
This month in Bicycling History: The Victory Bike program during World War II created restrictive consumer manufacturing guidelines for bicycles to support conservation efforts, local transportation, and the war production work force. A series of orders reduced bicycle design to bare essentials, limited metal and rubber content, set output quotas, promoted the use of bicycles among adult civilians, allocated bicycles for military use, and suspended production of children's bicycles, which comprised 85 percent of the prewar market.

By the end of the war, civilian bicycle production and sales had halted completely, the industry had been decimated, and adult cycling was increasingly associated with wartime sacrifice and deprivation. 
Source: CenterLines / National Center for Bicycling & Walking

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 to get involved. Until then, Ride Safe!

Mike Hays, President
Board members: Steve Brehl,  Rita Joachim,  Paul Langus,  Lila Moreno, Dave Zornow

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