Nov/Dec 2018 Braking News
from the Rockland Bicycling Club

Here are Five Things to Know this month about riding in and around Rockland County.
  1. Dec 12 Holiday Dinner & Annual Meeting. Ring in the holiday season with your bike bell and your bicycling buds at the RBC holiday dinner and annual meeting.

    After some brief pre-dinner bike business to vote on the proposed slate of 2019 RBC Board members, we'll sup and sip to our 2018 successes and chat up plans for the new year. Dinner costs will be split among attendees. The restaurant is BYOB, so come prepared. Please register at, so we can tell the restaurant how much space to reserve.
    When: December 12, 7:00p
    Where: Casa Del Mare, 536 N. Highland Avenue (9W), Upper Nyack, next to 9W Bikes.
    Attire: Bicycle bells optional.

    For Your Consideration: The proposed 2019 Rockland Bicycle Board of Directors 

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

    New Board Members: Iris Cognavich, Ernie DiGiacomo, Lynwood Law, Ramon Lopez, Eddie Molina, Roseanne Schwartz

  2. Better Bicycling coming to an off-road path near you: Orangetown added to its bike network this fall with the opening of the JB Clark Rail Trail Extension from Lowes near Rt 303 to Western Highway by the Blauvelt Library.

    The Greenbush Rd Bike Bypass, which will provide a safer route for cyclists on a short but dangerous stretch of Rt 303, has been cleared. Next step is paving prior to an anticipated Spring 2019 opening.
  3. Upcoming Rides. Major Taylor Tribute Ride, December 1, 10:30a with post-rider mixer at Pergola. Begins and ends at Madison Square Park along bike path to Central Park. All bike clubs are invited. Don’t know Major Taylor? He is one of America’s greatest bike racers of all time. Check him out in this inspiring video, the 6 day bike Race.
  4. Award Winning Bicycle Advocacy in Rockland: The Greater Nyack Bike Walk Master Plan, a six month study of bike/ped usage in the Nyack river villages and Nyack School district, won the 2018 American Planning Association NY Chapter Meritorious Achievement Award. Three RBC members served on the steering committee for this project funded by the New NY Bridge Community Benefits Fund. ICYMI, highlights of the study were presented at the Sept 2018 RBC monthly meeting.
  5. Introducing the new The new year will bring a new RBC website and a new URL, too! Check out our new digs at Current members have a login and password waiting for them -- just click the Forgot My Password to get your pw, login and have a look around. Not a member? Or perhaps your membership has expired or lapsed? Click the Join Our Club link to support the RBC and be in the loop for what's planned in 2019.
This month in Bicycling History: Bike clubs have a long history in Rockland County. In the late 19th century, bike clubs, some in bloomers, some in straw bowlers, were known to ride up from New York City, take the ferry to Nyack and pedal up to Hook Mountain on unpaved roads.

To take a spin cycle on the RBC Time machine, read Cycling in the 19th Century by RBC President Mike Hays.

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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