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Orangetown Greenbush Rd Bike Bypass Opens

By Dave Zornow on 8/01/19 updated 8/30/19

The Greenbush Rd / Rt 303 Bypass officially opened with a ribbon cutting on July 13 attended by RBC members, NYS Senator David Carlucci, Rockland County Legislator Harriet Cornell, Orangetown Supervisor Chris Day and former supervisor and project champion Andy Stewart. Senator David Carlucci secured the $125,000 in state funding necessary for the project to be completed.

RBC President Mike Hays represented the club speaking about the need to create more bike/ped infrastructure. The 1/4 mile path parallels Rt 303 near the site of a fatal crash with a tractor trailer that killed cyclist Robert Carl Pinckert in 2003.

Rolling By The River Community Slow Roll Bike Ride (June 2019)

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By Dave Zornow on 1/03/19 updated 8/30/19

About 40 neighbors near the Nyacks and Piermont went for a slow & social, bike ride, Rolling By The River, on Sunday June 2. The event was produced by the Rockland Bicycling Club, and promoted by the Village of Nyack Recreation Department, Upper Nyack, Piermont and Nyack News And Views. Special thanks to event sponsors R2M Realty, Hartell’s Deli and Velo Bistro & Wine Bar for the “after party” ice cream social at the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center. Upper Nyack Mayor Karen Tarapata talks about plans for the village’s Riverhook Park.

Upper Nyack Mayor Karen Tarapata talks about plans for the village‚Äôs Riverhook Park. Special thanks to Upper Nyack Mayor Karen Tarapata, who hosted a brief stop at Riverhook, the former sheep farm near Nyack Beach State Park which the village is turning into a park, and Village of Nyack Trustee Maria Lorenzini, who helped to check in participants at the start of the ride.Despite predictions of threatening weather, it was a beautiful day for a bicycle ride. And it’s always a great day for ice cream, so it’s safe to say a fine time was had by all!

Slow rolls are frequent events across the state and the country in places like Syracuse and Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, Worcester, Oshkosh -- and Piermont, NY. Events like Slow Rolls were one of the many recommendations in the 2018 Greater Nyack Bike Walk Master Plan (BikeWalkGreaterNyack.com), a six month project funded by the New NY Bridge Community Benefits Fund, studying bike and pedestrian behavior in the Nyack river villages and hamlets in the Nyack School District.

This article originally appeared on NyackNewsAndViews.com.


Mario Cuomo Bridge Shared Use Path Hours: How You Can Help

By Rockland Bicycling Club on 2/14/19 updated 4/28/19

The mayor of South Nyack is on record saying the future shared use path should only be open during daylight hours. The RBC disagrees, and in January we wrote to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo to tell him why: RBC Asks Governor, NYS Thruway Exec Director To Keep Mario Cuomo Bridge Shared Use Path Open 24/7

If you agree that this infrastructure investment should encourage people to try active, green and healthy bicycle commuting in the near future, write to Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYS Senator David Carlucci, (Mario Cuomo Bridge Shared Use Path Hours: How You Can Help continues ...)

RBC Asks Governor, NYS Thruway Exec Director To Keep Mario Cuomo Bridge Shared Use Path Open 24/7

By Rockland Bicycling Club on 7/20/19 updated 2/22/19

The Rockland Bicycling Club wrote to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo on 1/30/2019 to go on record asking that the Shared Use Path (SUP) on the new Mario Cuomo Bridge be open 24/7. Because:

 

  1. it's primarily a transportation corridor (which also has recreational purposes) -- the NYS Thruway builds transportation systems. If you don't close the roadway after the sun goes down, why would you close the bike path?

  2. There are no limits on other NY area bridges with bicycle paths (the GWB is 6a-12m, but it was

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The Rockland Bicycling Club is heavily invested in local, regional and national cycling advocacy programs. Part of our charter is to help influence decisions and shape changes that improve cyclist and pedestrian use of roads and facilities and to broaden support for alternative transportation projects. We work with village, town, county and state DOT officials as well as with legislators and other government officials to help change our world for the better.

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