December 2019 Braking News
from the Rockland Bicycling Club

Here are Five Things to Know this month about riding in and around Rockland County.
  1. It's about the best bicycling thing you can do without a helmet. RSVP today for the 2019 RBC Holiday Party, Annual Mtg and Awards Night on Wed Dec 11 at Mariella’s Restaurant & Bar, 41 New Main Street in Haverstraw. Please register at so we can get a headcount for this event. Non-members are welcome to join us too -- please email to add your name to the list. 
  1. Bikers Beware: Handling Drivers' Road Rage While Cycling: New York State Trooper Brenda Martinez was the featured speaker at the November 2019 RBC meeting in Nanuet. To see a few takeaways from her talk, visit the Latest News page at, where you can read John Daughtery's article about this presentation, previously published in the the BTCNJ MasterLink newsletter.
  1. Are you all rode out, yet? Year to date, the Rockland Bicycling Club has logged almost 16,800 miles. How far is that? It's the equivalent of bicycling between NYC and Buffalo 41 times. Or NYC to San Francisco 5.7 times. Many of those miles came from the 40 new RBC members who joined the club in 2019. That includes new members Howard and Elyse Gerber who joined the RBC last month. Congrats to all club members for their contributions to this impressive total! 
  1. The Year in Advocacy: The RBC is doing its part to make sure that "Share The Road" isn't a one way street. In 2019 the club collaborated on multiple initiatives to advocate for safe spaces for cyclists and pedestrians. Including:
  • May Ride of Silence
  • June community slow roll events in Nyack and Piermont
  • Meeting with regional bicycling clubs and Piermont and Orangetown police departments about the Orangetown single file cycling law
  • Ribbon Cutting for the Greenbush Rd Bicycle Bypass near Rt 303
  • Producing / coordinating a September Complete Streets Workshop for municipal officials, bike/walk advocates, law enforcement and elected officials. 

A lot has been accomplished, but there's so much more to do! If you want to get involved with Rockland Bicycling Club bike/ped advocacy, please email

  1. Looking ahead: did someone say "Road Trip?" RBC member Mark Garrahan has been making a list (and checking it twice), picking some 2020 rides from Maine to Pennsylvania that will be thrilling and sure to entice. Read his wish list, "Away Games," For Your Consideration: A 2020 Ride Calendar, at
Someday My Path Will Come: Wondering What's SUP with the Mario Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge Shared Use Path? Although no final date has been announced, you can see for yourself how much progress has been made in this :60 video we created while touring the Rockland SUP terminus site. Watch this space for an official opening date as soon as it's announced.


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

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