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Feb/Mar 2019 Braking News
from the Rockland Bicycling Club

Here are Five Things to Know this month about riding in and around Rockland County.
  1. The new RocklandBicyclingClub.org is LIVE! Current (and a few future!) ride leaders participated in an online training earlier this month, learning a few tips and tricks about posting rides on our new website. One of the new features is the ability to only receive ride reminder emails for the ride types (A, B, C, etc) you prefer. If you haven't logged in yet to check out our new online digs, give it a spin! Need to know more? Email RocklandBike@gmail.com.

  2. What's SUP with closing the Shared Use Path at sunset? Two elected leaders of villages adjacent to the Mario Cuomo Bridge Shared Use Path are on record insisting the the Bike/Ped path be closed when the sun goes down. The RBC wrote to Governor Cuomo and NYS Thruway Exec Director Matthew Driscoll to make the case why the MCB SUP should be open 24/7 (like the NYC river bridges) or the GWB (which is 6a-12m). We also created a fact sheet with more background on this issue. Have questions or want to get involved in this advocacy effort? Let us know!
     
  3. The Greenbush Bypass, the paved bike path connecting north and south Greenbush Rd in Blauvelt, is nearly ready. The good news is that the bypass is paved although currently blocked by cement barriers. When completed, cyclists will be able bypass a dangerous stretch of Rt 303 to ride north (and south, too, for the first time!). The bad news? The north end of the ends in the parking lot for Blauvelt State Park filled with large-stone gravel.
     
  4. Hook Mtn in winter. Photo Credit: Dave ZornowCan't ride? Go take a Hike! Join us for a winter cross-training hike on Sun Feb 23 up to the top of Hook Mountain. The climb is enough to get the heart pumping, and to deliver great views at the summit. It's a great way to keep fit and to spend some time with some fellow cyclists. More info at Let's Hike The Hook on RocklandBicyclingClub.org.
     
  5. New year, new board roles: Here are the new positions and responsibilities for the 2019 Rockland Bicycling Club Board of Directors

    Mike Hays, president
    Ernie DiGiacomo, vice-president
    Ramon Lopez / Lila Moreno, secretary
    Steve Brehl / Rita Joachim, treasurer
    Ed Molina, Ride Captain
    Dave Zornow, advocacy / webmaster

Sign The 7 Lakes Drive Petition

 

Seven Lakes Drive, which spans 18 miles from Sloatsburg to Bear Mountain, is a scenic, rolling byway that unfolds the natural beauty of Harriman State Park to cyclists, motorists and pedestrians. Unfortunately, Seven Lakes Drive is currently bisected by the Route 6 traffic circle, which is inaccessible for cyclists and pedestrians.

RBC members Ian Diamond and Mike Benowitz are leading an effort to get New York State to create a bike bypass on Seven Lakes Drive to create a straight ride south to Sloatsburg. You can help by joining the 2800+ people who have already signed the petition at Change.org

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: Stephen Brehl, Iris Cognevich, Ernie DiGiacomo, Rita Joachim, Paul Langus, Lynwood Law, Ramon Lopez, Ed Molina, Lila Moreno, Roseanne Schwartz, Dave Zornow







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