Bike Friendly Kingston Hosts Second Annual Feast on Two Wheels

 

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Riders take a break during last year’s Feast on Two Wheels

Kingston NY – On Wednesday, September 17th, from 5-8pm, cyclists will fill the streets of Kingston on a three part journey known as the Feast on Two Wheels. The annual fundraiser was created by Bike-Friendly Kingston, an advocacy group that promotes improvements that would make the city more “bike-able”. Over the course of three hours, ticket holders will bike from uptown to midtown to the Rondout, with stops along the way for food and conversation. Tickets are available for purchase online .

This year, riders will enjoy appetizers from Santa Fe (11 Main Street), vegetarian or chicken tamales from Just For You (375 Broadway), and dessert at the Kingston Home Port and Education Center at the Hudson River Maritime Museum (50 Rondout Landing), provided by Grounded, a new bakery opening on lower Broadway.

The proceeds from tickets will help fund future Bike Friendly Projects including expansion of the pilot installation of “sharrows” along Delaware Avenue, a bike-ped master plan, a bike rack art installation contest and bike parking at Kingston events.

The feast begins with appetizers at 5pm at Santa Fe on 11 Main Street. After stopping at Just For You, the group will arrive at the Maritime Museum by 7pm, where local and county representatives will be on hand to talk about bicycle-friendly projects that are currently in the works. In addition to a fun ride and great food, this event is a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about Bike Friendly Kingston’s work and how  can help support the group’s mission to make Kingston the best city in the Hudson Valley for bicycling.

Parking is available at Dietz Stadium in uptown Kingston and in the municipal lot near Gallo Park in the Rondout. Participants should plan to bike back to Uptown after the conclusion of the event (about 2 miles each way), or should park downtown and ride to the start location in Uptown before the event begins at 5pm.

For more information, visit the Bike-Friendly Kingston page on Facebook. Note that tickets are limited and are expected to sell out quickly. Participants are required to bring a helmet. Bike locks and flashlights are suggested.

About Bike-Friendly Kingston – Bike-Friendly Kingston is a place for people who care about bicycling in and around Kingston, NY to connect, network, and communicate. Through our Facebook group , we share about bicycling resources, adventures, and efforts to improve the bicycling facilities and experiences in and near Kingston. We meet in real life, currently once a month, either at Keegan Ales or the Everett Hodge Center; check Events or the group Wall for more info.

Cycling the Hudson Valley

bikersBe there when over 100 cyclists ride into Forsyth Park as part of “Cycling the Hudson Valley,”  the night of July 29th. We will be there from 4 – 5:30p.m. to greet these dedicated riders before they begin their final stretch of over 100 miles till they reach their final destination, New York City! Show your support by welcoming, meeting or sharing a drink with cyclists from all around as they see what Kingston has to offer with a night out in the city.

 

Hudson River Day and upcoming meetings

Come and join the Kingston Land Trust at the Hudson River Maritime Museum this Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. as we celebrate Hudson River Day! Food, music, boats tours, and more await as the Hudson Valley gets together for its annual celebration of our historic River.

If you are interested in coming to any of our partners’ meetings in the near future, the Friends of Catskill Mountain Rail Trail are meeting Friday, July 18th, at 12:30 p.m., more information here. The Ulster County Trails Advisory Committee is also meeting this Monday, July 21st, at 7 p.m. in the Library conference room of the Ulster County Office Building on Fair Street. More information here as well.

Register for our mailing list on the right sidebar to receive information periodically on upcoming events and meetings like these!

Rail Trails Spur Economic Growth

An article in the recent Saving Land magazine, put out by the Land Trust Alliance touts how rail trails spur economic growth, specifically highlighting the Kingston Greenline and the City of Kingston, as well as other Hudson Valley trail projects. It reinforces the notion that building trail systems – not just individual trails – is the strategy that yields the greatest benefits (economic and otherwise!).

Spectacular Greenline Hike with the Kingston Wine Co

Fantastic post on the Kingston happenings blog about a recent hike on the Greenline with the Kingston Wine Co.  See link HERE.  These hikes happen every 3rd Sunday.

Author and Realtor Craig Della Penna to Present on Economic Impact of Trails

The Economic Impact of Trails: A Presentation by Craig Della Penna
Craig Della Penna, Realtor and rail trail expert, will provide a presentation on the economic impact of trails on June 19th from 5:30 – 7:00pm at Kingston City Hall
Kingston, NY – If you build a trail, people will buy real estate along it, and pay more for it. This is the direct experience of Craig Della Penna, self-described “transportation policy geek”, Realtor and author of three books on rail trails.
Mr. Della Penna will provide a keynote presentation on the economic impact of trails, how trails affect community quality of life, and trails as tourism resources. Come hear his story of success on Thursday, June 19th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Kingston City Hall. The Kingston Land Trust will also provide a full update on the Greenline trail efforts right here in Kingston.
In addition to being a successful Realtor in Massachusetts, Mr. Della Penna is the Executive Director of Northeast Greenway Solutions where, over the past 18 years, he has been involved in the development of hundreds of miles of rail trails in the northeastern U.S. He also operates an award-winning bed and breakfast that sits 8 feet from southern New England’s oldest municipally-built trail, located in Northhampton, MA.
Mr. Della Penna notes that “being an expert on something as forgotten or mundane as an old railroad line — and bringing it back to life as a trail — means that I have scores of stories of inspirational things that people have told me about what it means to them to have the trail in the community.”
With over 1,200 lectures in 19 states, Mr. Della Penna is the country’s most in-demand speaker on the myriad issues related to trail development, especially the economic opportunities for owners of real estate along the trail, connections within the city, and the tourism opportunities provided by a rail trail.
Advance registration for this event is available at http://TrailTalks.eventbrite.org. For more information on this and other upcoming events, visit the Friends of Kingston Rail Trail’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KingstonRailTrails.
This event is being organized in partnership with the Ulster County Board of Realtors, by the Kingston Land Trust, as part of its Kingston Greenline initiative, and the Friends of the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail, a sponsored committee of the Woodstock Land Conservancy & Catskill Mountainkeeper.

Kingston Mayor Gallo touts accomplishments, looks ahead with optimism

Daily Freeman news article on Mayor Gallo’s “State of the City” address 4/28/2014.

See link HERE.

Act Now to Support Funding for Bike/Ped Projects

March 7, 2014

Ask Sens. Bonacic and Tkaczyk to Fund Bike/Ped Projects – CALL TODAY!

We’ve received an urgent request for support from our partners at PTNY. Turns out the State Senate is finalizing their budget bill this weekend, and overall the budget includes several painful cuts to non-motorized transportation infrastructure.

PTNY is leading the call to restore $20M to the state budget for these important projects. Our recent successes in securing grants for the Kingston Greenline are great, but without future funding our efforts will grind to a halt short of our vision.

Please take five minutes TODAY to CALL or EMAIL State Sen. Bonacic (District 42 – map) and Sen. Tkaczyk (District 46 – map) to voice your support for increased funding for bike and pedestrian projects in our region.

TALKING POINTS FOR CALL OR EMAIL:
(See Dear Colleague letter from PTNY for more background)

  • I am a resident in Ulster County calling/emailing you to voice my support for bike and pedestrian projects in New York State and our region.
  • I ask you and your conference to take up the proposal from Parks & Trails New York, which calls for a dedicated level of funding in the SFY 2014-15 budget and beyond for bike and pedestrian projects.
  • The $20M in additional funds proposed by PTNY will fill the gap left by cuts in federal MAP-21 and reductions in spending on these projects under the State Transportation Improvement Plan.
  • We are working locally to build safer, healthier, more vibrant and sustainable communities through improved bike/ped infrastructure. As we do so, we look to you and your colleagues in Albany to help us by assuring the resources needed to effect these changes.

CONTACT INFO:

Sen. Bonacic
Sen. Tkaczyk

The Clean-Up Continues on 8/24: Long-Neglected Railroad Corridor from Midtown to Rondout Begins Transformation

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The Livingston Street tunnel emerges from a long slumber beneath brush and garbage after our last cleanup on August 8, 2013

Kingston, NY – Kingston is a city full of secret treasures, but one of them is destined to remain a secret no longer. The former Ulster & Delaware Railroad, which once brought tourists from the Hudson River, at Kingston Point, to the erstwhile resorts of the Catskills, is beginning its transformation into the County’s newest rail trail. That transformation continues with a volunteer clean-up on Saturday, August 24th, from 9am until noon.

While specific plans for the trail are still in the works, a virtual army of volunteers has begun cleaning up this long-neglected city property, transforming a garbage-strewn eyesore into an exciting reminder of Kingston’s historical importance and a symbol of the City’s revitalization.

The Kingston Land Trust, the group pursuing the creation of the rail trail from midtown to the Rondout along the former U&D railroad, is organizing its fourth clean-up this year from 9am to noon on Saturday, August 24th. Volunteers will work as a team to remove garbage, clear brush, and continue improving the pathway to enable future trail-planning sessions to happen on the site.

Individuals interested in supporting the Land Trust’s trail-building efforts are encouraged to sign-up for the event via Facebook at www.facebook.com/kingstonrailtrails. The event will begin at the Rondout Savings Bank, located at 300 Broadway, Kingston, NY. Volunteers should come prepared wearing boots since there are wet areas, gloves, bug and tick guard and long pants and long-sleeved shirts. The work will involve cutting and moving brush and general trash. Volunteers should bring water bottles and and are requested to bring loppers or other brush clearing hand tools if they have them.

Past clean-ups have made significant progress in clearing a section of the proposed trail between East Chester Street and US Route 9W, including a tunnel that extends under the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Livingston Street. The Church Communities of New York has played a major supporting role, bringing groups of well-organized and motivated high school students to work on the trail. According to one of the representatives from Church Communities, “these projects offer great opportunities for young people to join in the effort to reclaim these beautiful and historic places of Kingston.”

The Kingston Point Rail Trail is one part of the Kingston Land Trust’s vision for an inter-connected network of urban rail trails, pathways, bike-lanes and complete streets, which has been dubbed the Kingston Greenline. More information is available through the Kingston Land Trust’s web site, atwww.kingstonlandtrust.org/greenline. In September, the Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee will hold a series of “trail-walks” along the proposed route to begin gathering ideas, hopes and concerns of area residents. These and future events will be posted on the Greenline web page.

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About the Kingston Land Trust and the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee- The Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the City of Kingston and the surrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston. www.kingstonlandtrust.org. The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail committee is dedicated to planning, development, utilization, and proper maintenance of rail trails and other non-motorized linkages in the City of Kingston, as part of our vision for a comprehensive Kingston Greenline trail system.

Volunteer Cleanup on the Kingston Point Trail Scheduled for July 13, 2013

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July 13th clean-up to focus on area around the tunnel

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee is organizing a cleanup of the Kingston Point Rail Trail on Saturday, July 13th, 2013 at 9:00am. Volunteers are asked to meet in the parking lot at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Livingston Street, in Kingston at 8:30am to sign-in.

Kingston – On Saturday, July 13th 2013 at 9:00 a.m. the Rail Trail Committee of the Kingston Land trust are organizing a clean-up of a section of the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail. Volunteers are invited to help clear a section of the old Ulster & Delaware rail bed that runs from Kingston Point to midtown Kingston. The Kingston Land Trust is working with the City of Kingston to develop this abandoned rail bed into a scenic urban rail trail.Volunteers should come prepared wearing boots since there are wet areas, gloves, bug and tick guard and long pants and long-sleeved shirts. The work will involve cutting and moving brush and general trash. Volunteers should bring water bottles and are requested to bring loppers or other brush clearing hand tools if they have them.

Among other purposes, the Ulster and Delaware railroad line used to carry New York City vacationers from ferry boats arriving at Kingston Point into the Catskill Mountains.

This section of the rail line runs from midtown Kingston to the Rondout. It will eventually connect to a network of rail trails extending throughout Ulster County. When completed this trail section will allow users to travel from midtown Kingston to the Hudson River with only a three percent grade throughout the 1.5 mile trail. Rail trails are created on abandoned railroad lines and are ideal recreational amenities for people of all ages and abilities because they are nearly flat, relatively wide, and have excellent visibility.

This is one of a series of Saturday morning cleanups that the Kingston Land Trust has organized. The clean-ups will throughout the summer and fall. Dates will be posted on the website www.kingstonlandtrust.org.

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About the Kingston Land Trust and the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee- The Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the City of Kingston and the surrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston. www.kingstonlandtrust.org. The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail committee is dedicated to planning, development, utilization, and proper maintenance of rail trails and other non-motorized linkages in the City of Kingston, as part of our vision for a comprehensive Kingston Greenline trail system.