Weekend Wander: Sept (BIKE) Edition

Join us for the 5th edition of this season’s Weekend Wander series… WITH YOUR BIKE! In this Wander, we’ll be riding bikes along the northern end of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail to the Rosendale Rail Trail Café and back. #KLTWander #WeekendWander

WHO: Kingston Land Trust
WHAT: Weekend Wander – August (BIKE) Edition
WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
WHERE:
WHY: Easy Ride with epic views, lakes and caves.

A leisurely, 16 mile bike ride along the northern section of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. We’ll take a break at Williams Lake then off to the Rail Trail Café and back. Keep checking our site for more details on future hikes. #KLTWander #WeekendWander

Weekend Wander: Sept Bike Edition Route (Wallkill Valley Rail Trail)

Ride Like You Mean It: Adult Bicycle Education Program

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WHO: YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County
WHAT: Ride Like You Mean It
Adult Bicycle Education Program
WHEN: Thursdays, Sept 15, 22, 29, 5PM – 8PM
WHERE: YMCA of Kingston:
507 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
WHY: It’s NEVER to late to learn!

Enrollment limited to 12 students. Bike and helmet required; participants may bring their own or use the Y’s. For more info, call instructor Tom Polk at 845-338-3810, x102 or email tpolk@ymcaulster.org

Bike It! Kids Cycling Program

bike-itBike It! is open to kids aged 10-15 and consists of eight sessions held on Saturdays, Saturdays, Sept 10  – Nov 5, from 9am to 12pm. Each session includes instruction and a bike ride. All participants receive a T-shirt, water bottle, patch kit and bike multi-tool. Bikes and helmets are provided, or bring your own. Registration: $35 YMCA Members, $50 Non-members. Scholarships are available.

WHO: YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County
WHAT: Bike It! Kids Cycling Program
WHEN: Saturdays, 9/10 – 11/05, 9AM – 12PM
WHERE: YMCA of Kingston:
507 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
WHY: Kids are Bikers too!

For more information, call Tom Polk at 845-338-3810, extn 102 or email tpolk@ymcaulster.org

Tour de Kingston: Hudson Valley’s best kept secret

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The 11th Annual Tour de Kingston/Ulster ride is Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Every year, my husband Steve and I look forward to the annual Tour de Kingston/Ulster with enthusiasm. It’s a good time, starting out at Forsyth Nature Center, riding bikes through the gorgeous city of Kingston and surrounding region, eating grilled burgers afterward and hanging out with friends, both old and new. The event brings out a couple hundred bicyclists of all description, from little kids with training wheels to race level road cyclists in full regalia and everyone in between.

The Tour is a non-profit charitable fundraiser sponsored and organized by YMCA, Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley Foundation, Cycle Therapy, Bike Brothers and Revolution Bicycles.

Personally, I have ridden the 50 mile road ride, the 25 mile road ride and the 28 mile Endurance Road/Trail ride. In addition, one can choose to ride 10 miles out and back on the Hurley O&W or 18 miles on the Hurley, connecting to Wallkill Valley Rail Trail via streets and back to the city of Kingston. Or you can take the laid back 5 mile tour of the city.

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3rd Annual YMCA Bike Fest

bikefest.vertGet rolling with bike education and games for kids, a community bike ride for all ages through Midtown and Uptown Kingston and a free bicycle repair station. Donate an old bike to the YMCA’s Lend a Wheel program so someone else can ride – and enter to win some cool bike stuff!

WHO: YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County
WHAT: 3rd Annual YMCA Bike Fest
WHEN: Sunday, 5/15/16, 11am – 2pm
WHERE: YMCA of Kingston:
507 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
WHY: We want all of Kingston out on their bikes for the fest.

Presented by ShopRite and Co-sponsored by Bike Friendly Kingston, Kingston Greenline Committee, Live Well Kingston and the Kingston Complete Streets Advisory Council.  This event will be held at the YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston, and is free and open to the public. Event organized by Tom Polk. For more info email tpolk@ymcaulster.org or call 845-338-3810, x102.

The New Paltz Bike Swap

The New Paltz Bike Swap is a fundraiser for the Fats in the Cats Bicycle Club. They’re a Hudson Valley based not for profit group with the mission to promote cycling advocacy, trail building, trail maintenance, and community service. The swap is a great place to get amazing deals on new and used bikes, bike parts, apparel, bags and vintage bike items.

WHO: Fats in the Cats Mountain Bike Club
WHAT: Annual Bike Swap
WHEN: Sat, 5/14/16, 10am – 2pm
Arrive at 9 if you’d like to sell stuff
WHERE: New Paltz Middle School:
2 S Manheim Blvd, New Paltz, NY 12561
WHY: Stock up on all your biking needs for the season… At GREAT prices $$$ !

The swap has dozens of vendors and hundreds of participants and FREE admission for everyone. Arrive early for the best merch! For more information, visit newpaltzbikeswap.com.

Bike it! – Youth Bicycle Education Program

BIKEIT.vertBike It! is open to kids aged 10-15 and consists of eight sessions held on Saturdays, May 7 – June 25, from 9am to 12pm. Each session includes instruction and a bike ride. All participants receive a T-shirt, water bottle, patch kit and bike multi-tool. Bikes and helmets are provided, or bring your own. Registration: $35 YMCA Members, $50 Non-members. Scholarships are available – no one is turned away!!!

WHO: YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County
WHAT: Bike It! – Youth Bicycle Education Program
WHEN: Saturdays, 5/7 – 6/25, 9am – 12pm
No ride Memorial Day weekend or June 18.
WHERE: YMCA of Kingston:
507 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
WHY: Kids are Bikers too!

Ride Leader: Tom Polk, Bicycle Educator for the YMCA for the past 6 years, is a life-long cyclist. He is a League Certified Instructor (LCI) with the League of American Bicyclists and a certified Ride Leader through the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). Register at the YMCA Membership Office, 507 Broadway, Kingston, 845-338-3810.

Ride Like You Mean It: Adult Bicycle Education Program

IMG_4241Ulster County’s first education program geared to the needs of adults! Designed for those who have been riding for years as well as those who are just thinking about getting on (or back on) a bike this spring. $50.00 Registration – Scholarships available!!

WHO: YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County
WHAT: Ride Like You Mean It
Adult Bicycle Education Program
WHEN: Weds, May 4, 11, 18, 5:30pm-8:30pm
WHERE: YMCA of Kingston:
507 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
WHY: It’s NEVER to late to learn!

Class will feature interactive classroom discussion and on-bike instruction and practice. Bike and helmet required; participants may bring their own or use the Y’s. Enrollment limited to 12 students. For more info, call instructor Tom Polk at 845-338-3810, x102 or email tpolk@ymcaulster.org

Trail Mix

Complete Streets

For the past few months, the Kingston Land Trust has been working on developing a sustainable framework for management of the Kingston Greenline. As part of a recurring column in the Kingston Land Trust Newsletter, we’ll be introducing some concepts that provide a base for better understanding trail management.

This month’s concept… Trail Types.

For each portion of the Kingston Greenline a Trail Type has been identified based on trail surface, extent of built infrastructure, surrounding environment, and relationship with a rail corridor or active rail line. These distinctions help determine maintenance needs, and guide planning and design decisions. Identifying trail types for different portions of the Greenline also helps determine both short- and long-term maintenance costs.

There are several Trail Types that have been identified for the Greenline, including:

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Why Do We Care About Building a Better Broadway?

Build a Better Broadway

If you read the local papers last fall, you probably noticed a healthy debate about proposed changes to the Broadway corridor in Midtown Kingston. A project called “Building a Better Broadway” has been making its way through the planning process, and with details starting to emerge it’s clear that there are lots of perspectives to consider.

You may not know that the Kingston Land Trust has been actively involved in developing the proposed design, though. “Huh,” you might say. “Why would a land trust care about the design of a busy city street and commercial corridor?” We think we have a good explanation, and we hope that in providing it, you’ll have a better sense of why the project is so important.

What’s the proposed design?

In short, the goal of the new design is to bring more people to the Broadway corridor – to shop, to dine, to attend a show, to travel, to live. Doing this means providing a “complete street” that comfortably and safely accommodates ALL users, including people walking or riding bicycles.

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