RBC Suspends Rides, Events Because of Coronavirus
March 16, 2020 -- The Rockland Bicycling Club has decided to suspend club rides and related events until further notice in response to coronavirus concerns. We are monitoring CDC advisories and are in touch with other area bicycle clubs and will re-evaluate this decision weekly.
The previously announced Ride Leader Training on March 25 will be rescheduled for a future date.
Also, please be aware of these other schedule changes to bicycling events in the NY Metro Area because of COVID-19:
- The 2020 Gran Fondo NY has been canceled. The next GFNY is scheduled for May 16, 2021.
- The May 3 TD Five Boro Bike Tour of NYC: "It is our hope that we will be able to announce a postponement of the 43rd Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour in the coming weeks. We will continue to work with our government partners on the future of the event, and we'll notify you of any updates as soon as we are able."
Things are changing very quickly regarding the ongoing pandemic but we are hopeful that we will be able to begin rescheduling rides and social events early this spring.Please email RocklandBike@gmail.com if you have any questions, concerns or comments about this decision.
Stay safe, and we hope to ride with you again in the near future!
President, Rockland Bicycling Club
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RBC Advocates for eBikes A bill before the legislature in New York State would give a green light to eBikes in NYC but effectively pull the plug on their rollout anywhere else in the Empire State. S. 5294-A, which includes language that would allow municipalities to ban eBikes.
Without Borders in New York
The Rockland Bicycling Club is opposed to any legislation that lets counties, towns, or villages ban eBikes. As it is currently written, these rules will effectively limit eBikes' usage as a green and healthy transportation alternative. Having a patchwork system of rules for each locality in a county, with some of them outlawing e-bikes completely, is unworkable, and likely unenforceable, too.
Last year's bill allowed municipalities to ban e-scooters. This year's amended legislation expands that ban to eBikes. Although it might be convenient for Albany to lump both scooters and eBikes together, they are different. eBikes have a longer range (up to 50 miles on a charge) than scooters. Pedal assisted bicycles, which can make the make Rockland's formidable hills melt away, can encourage people to leave their cars at home and embrace green commuting.
Confronting climate change will require changing behaviors. Half of Rockland's greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector. Why would we want to create roadblocks for our residents who want to pedal to a healthier future?
Here's a link to a letter the RBC sent to the transportation committee chairs of the NYS Assembly and Senate on this issue.
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We are delighted to see New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed bringing eBike state law into line with federal law, but there are some curious complexities he's added to this legislation.
But first: why would anyone want an eBike? Rather than an ordinary bicycle?
Cycling in hot or hilly areas can be very challenging. A short trip to the shops and back if you live at the top or bottom of a steep hill is miserable. With hills and heat any kind of injury or strain, or lack of fitness, excludes cycling (eBikes. Can nothing be free of Albany politics? continues ...)
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For most people who ride for recreation, bicycling is a three season sport. However, local road and mountain bike cyclists say winter can be a great time to get outdoors…if you have the proper gear, clothing, and positive attitude.
Why ride in the winter when there are warmer options like spin classes or stationary bikes you can ride at home? "There's an unmistakable feeling of riding on crunchy dirt," says mountain bike enthusiast Anthony DeVanzo, co-owner and chef at Nyack's Velo Restaurant (Baby It’s Cold Outside. Let’s Go For a Bike Ride! continues ...)