October 2019 Braking News
from the Rockland Bicycling Club

Here are Five Things to Know this month about riding in and around Rockland County.
  1. RBC's Annual Fall Foliage ride: Join us for this pretty and popular ride on Sat Oct 12. Whether you choose the 30, 41 or 63 mile routes, you'll see stunning sights of autumn leaves while riding the rolling hills of less traveled country roads. Meet up just east of the Walkway on the Hudson; sign-up at Not a member but want to join the fun? Email for details.
  1. "I Know Where You Rode Last Summer" RBC Monthly Meeting (Oct 16): RBC member Dan Lipper lead a bike tour from coast to coast. Paul Kadin cycled across Poland. What were your favorite trips of the spring & summer? Come share your stories and hear more tales of the roads that we rode. 7p, Wesley Hills Village Hall

    Also: mark your calendars for the Nov 20 monthly meeting and the Dec 11 Holiday Party.
  1. 2019 Ride 'Round Rockland Recap: Over 90 cyclists rode in the RBC's 2nd annual century ride, choosing from three routes (37, 66, and 105 miles) with three coffee-themed names (Light Roast, Half Caff, and Full Perk). Thanks to Ride Director Ernie DiGiacomo for his leadership and and the ride-day volunteers for their help!
  1. Say "Boo!" On Your Bike: March in the Nyack Halloween Parade. The Rockland Bicycling Club wants to march in the Nyack Halloween Parade and we are looking for cyclists of ALL ages and costumes to walk with their bicycles. Here are three good reasons why you should sign up and step off on Sat Oct 26!
  • How often do adults get to wear a costume and march in a parade with more than 25,000 onlookers?
  • Kids of all ages are invited, so it can also be a family affair.
  • It's a chance to show our friends and neighbors that Rockland isn't just a destination for people who ride bicycles. It's a place where friends and neighbors ride bikes locally, too!

    This invite is open to both Rockland Bicycling Club members and non-members. but we need to hear from at least 20 people to commit to marching by Sat, Oct 12 to be able to register to march. If you can join us, PLEASE REPLY TODAY to and tell us how many people you will bring (this is where you get to invite your family, neighbors and friends, too!)
  1. Upcoming Regional Rides
Complete Streets Workshop: Last month, 30 attendees including bike/walk advocates, transportation planners, public officials, and members of law enforcement heard from Urban Cycling Solution's Dan Suraci on learn how to create Complete Streets that meet the needs of all users (adults, kids, seniors, special needs) and all transportation modalities (walking, cycling, driving, mass transit). The event was coordinated by RBC members Rob Panzera and Dave Zornow and funded by NYSERDA.

One of the lessons learned was that all modalities have their place and, when properly designed, maintained, and enforced, can peacefully co-exist.

As an example, the Village of Nyack has expertly balanced the needs of drivers, walkers, cyclists, and pizza lovers (!) by recently adding a bike rack at the corner of Main St and N Broadway adjacent to Turiello's Pizza. It gives cyclists a place to park their bike when they grab a slice; it move bikes off the sidewalk to give space to pedestrians; its location creates traffic calming at a busy intersection where a May 2018 fatality occurred.

New member update: A warm welcome to new RBC members John Daniszewski, Christopher Granelli, Kathleen Lonergan, and Greg Robbins. Thanks for joining the Rockland Bicycling Club! 

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: 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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