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  • 24 Nov 2014 4:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In case you missed it here is the link to the D&C November 24, 2014 Front page story on cycling featuring RBC board member Scott Wagner and quotes from RBC President Mark Robbins and RBC Board Member Richard DeSarra.

  • 16 Sep 2014 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Passing this along.  Contact Fran directly if you are interested in participating.

    Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) is looking for people who might want to be a model in some Erie Canalway Trail shots for the Erie Canalway Trail website that is being created for PTNY. One photographer will be shooting this coming weekend and another maybe during this week, when it is forecast to be sunny and warmer. We are planning on photos from Brockport, Spencerport, and Pittsford.  We are especially interested in persons in the 20 – 40ish age category and children over 10. 

    Cyclists in colorful jerseys are what we are also hoping for.  Dave Valvo is expecting to shoot in Spencerport at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and around  11:30 a.m. at Pittsford Schoen Place.  Andy Olenick will be shooting in Brockport but I don’t yet know when.

    Call me anytime on my cell phone 585-797-7098 if you want to discuss.  This would be very helpful to us.  Thanks so much.

    Here is what you can send them as far as what we are doing and why:

    PTNY has contracted with 2k Design as a consultant to help us develop our Erie Canalway Trail marketing effort.  We received a modest grant from Empire State Development to fund this effort.  Dave Valvo, a well-known Rochester photographer, will be doing some of the beauty shots for the website that 2k is creating, but we can’t pay professional models for these shots and real people are better anyway.  So, what we need is some cyclists who may want to be part of a shoot  in Brockport, Spencerport, and Pittsford.  Time is of the essence as we are losing leaves, leaf color, and temperature at a rapid rate. Below is  what we are looking for.  Can you put out a call to your networks to see if there are people who might be interested?  It should be a neat experience.

    Here is what we need:

    Models - mix of ages:

    – Boomers age 50-70
    – Families with one or two kids (around age 10+)
    – 20-30 somethings
    – Diversity
    – Mix of male/female
    – Couples (groups of couples)
    – 2-4 women
    – 2-4 men

    Wardrobe: Bright colors (but not bright green)

    OK - Red, pink, bright blues, orange, gold, purple;

    NO black, dark blue, white; Solid colors (Black bike shorts or pants are fine)

    NO patterns prints

    Bike helmets a must!

    Day packs optional 

    Fran Gotcsik

    Director of Programs and Policy
    Parks & Trails New York
    29 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207
    585-797-7098 cell
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  • 13 Aug 2014 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WXXI Radio broadcast this show about biking in Rochester.

     You can listen to the broadcast online here:

  • 21 May 2014 8:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Greater Rochester Area Bicycling Map 2014 Edition Now Available

    The 2014 Greater Rochester Area Bicycling Map, prepared by the Genesee Transportation Council utilizing road ratings provided by volunteer members of the Rochester Bicycling Club, is now available. 


    The ratings represent the opinions of experienced bicyclists on the rideability of major roads based on existing road conditions and features such as pavement width and quality, traffic volumes, presence and type of shoulders, and posted speed limits.


    Copies of the map are available at the following locations:

    • Bicycle Outfitters, 72 Main Street, Brockport

    • Bike Zone, 2100 Ridge Road West, Greece

    • Mac 5 Bikes, 37 East Main Street, Webster

    • Park Avenue Bike Shop, 2900 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford

    • R Community Bikes, 226 Hudson Avenue, Rochester

    • Sugar's Bike Shop, 2139 North Union Street, Spencerport

    • Towners Bike Shop, 1048 University Avenue, Rochester

    • More locations to come...

    Individual copies can also be requested by telephone at the number provided below. Electronic copies in portable document format (PDF) may be downloaded here.


    Please be aware that road conditions may change and bicyclists must always be aware of vehicular traffic, potholes, and other road hazards.


    Additional information and maps available from:

    Genesee Transportation Council

    City Place ● 50 West Main Street ● Suite 8112

    ● Rochester, NY 14614-1227

    Phone:  (585) 232-6240 ● Fax:  (585) 262-3106


    To view and/or download the map in PDF click here.

  • 19 May 2014 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Town of Chili is starting a Bicycle & Pedestrian Study.  There will be a community meeting to gather public input on Tuesday, May 27 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Town Highway Department at 200 Beaver Rd.

    More information here.

    If you miised the meeting and want to provide suggestions or other input for the Chili Bicycle-Pedestrian master Plan you can send them to:

  • 11 May 2014 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Looking for ride leaders to help out with a scenic downtown ride as part of the Cycling the Erie Event on July 14th.  Volunteers will lead groups of bike riders from Genesee Valley Park to High Falls along the Genesee Riverway Trail. This is an optional 7.5 mile bicycle tour offered from the Rochester rest stop in Genesee Valley Park for the Cycling the Erie event. Tours are planned starting at 11:00 am and the last tour departs at 3:00 pm.


    If you are interested in volunteering or have any additional questions please contact Sara Scott - Scotts@CityofRochester.Gov or 585-820-8860.

  • 15 Apr 2014 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Ride of Silence - May 21, 2014
    Penfield Town  Highway Dept. on Jackson Rd.

    Arrive at 6:15 pm, Ride leaves at 7:00 pm

    On Wednesday, May 21, area cyclists will join over 12,000 others in a worldwide event to honor those who have been injured or killed while riding their bikes. In doing so we will speak truth to the power that drivers feel when they are behind the wheel of the two ton weapons we call cars. The Ride of Silence is unlike any ride you've done before. Sharing the road with like minded cyclists as we roll along quietly. Only the sounds of our thoughts will be heard. Our safe passage is provided by the motorcycle escorts. Intersections are controlled, overtaking cars held up until the way is clear. Our parade pace insures all will return to the finish about one hour after the start.

    When- May 21, arrival by 6:15pm, roll out at 7pm after the pre-ride ceremony

    Where- Penfield Highway Dept. parking lot on Jackson Rd. Across from Veteran's Memorial Park just North of Atlantic Ave.

    What- A flat 10 mile route, ridden in silence at about a 10mph pace.

    Who- Any one that cares about the next victim being the last. All abilities and cyclists are welcome. Racers, tourists, commuters, families, spouses, neighbors will share the road.

    Since this is a slow ride dress for warmth. You will not sweat or push hard. You will follow the rider in front of you and keep pace with the one beside you.

    We will offer arm bands but please bring your own. is one source for black arm bands.

    The national association web site is Event history, locations, donation ability and apparel are all available.

    Please consider attending this ride. You will be glad you did. Thank you, Andy.

    Please contact Andy Stewart,, if you have any questions or wish to help out.
  • 15 Apr 2014 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    May is National Bike Month! Hop on your bike, enjoy the smell of fresh air and lilacs, and experience the freedom of exploring our community on two wheels. The City of Rochester will help to launch the 2014 summer biking season with Rochester Bike Week, May 10-18. Highlights include:
    •         Bike to the Public Market – ride to the market on Sat May 10, get a raffle ticket for a prize!
    •          Join us for a safe, fun, youth-led Family Bike Ride along the Genesee River Trail – meet at the Charlotte Beach parking lot, Sun May 11 at 3pm
    •          Right Ride Adult Safety Program – build your road cycling comfort and confidence with this two-class series in Genesee Valley Park (Tues, Thurs May 13 & 15 6-8pm)
    •          Help dedicate a new mural and little library at the R Community Bikes’ Celebration and Community Bike Ride, Wed May 14 5:30pm
    •          Bike to Work Day, Fri May 16
    •          Radical Roots History Ride – a sociopolitical cyclo-tour with stops for discussion at local historic points, meet at Susan B Anthony Square Sat May 17 at 2pm
    •          Dress up in festive colors or decorate your bike and Ride in the Lilac Festival Parade – meet at Science Parkway at 10am on Sun May 18

    For further details and a complete listing of Rochester Bike Week events, see

  • 09 Feb 2014 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After a number of years with Bob cooper teaching the club's service clinics he has moved on and Andy Stewart is taking the mantle. For 2014 we have 5 clinics on the calendar and 1 bonus one.

    The "Flat Tire Clinic" returns with the goal to help members learn how to handle the number 1 reason to stop your ride, the dreaded flat tire. This will be a hands on session, attendees may bring in their own bikes, or just a wheel, and any tools/supplies they have. Wheel removal and reinstalling, tire and tube replacement, understanding the common causes of flats and how to avoid them in the future will all be covered. Offered 3/20, 5/27 and 7/29. On-line registration available.  Just go to the events tab, scroll down to find the clinic you want to attend and register.  No cost to you.

    New is a clinic called “All About Your Bike”. With the increasing complexity of modern bikes we see many riders who don't understand their steeds and how to get the most out of them. We'll try to describe the systems, components and accessories on the many road bikes we ride. This will likely be a free ranging session and could drift from the outline depending on the attendees' needs. There will be no need to bring a bike, just your questions. Offered 4/17 and 6/19. On-line registration available. 
    Just go to the events tab, scroll down to find the clinic you want to attend and register.  No cost to you.

    Both of these clinics will be held at the church, Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran, at 1000 N Winton Rd. On the scheduled days we start at 7PM and finish about 9pm. Andy encourages potential attendees to contact him prior to the clinics for more details.

    A onetime and never done before clinic, on the topic of frame alignment, is offered to a maximum of 4 attendees. This will be held in Andy's basement workshop, hence the attendee limit. We will take a frame built by Dick Burns, a former club member, and measure its alignment using the tools and methods that professional frame builders use. A discussion about the findings and possible corrective measures will be offered. Anyone who has an interest in how frames are made will find this clinic fascinating. Attendees must contact Andy to confirm their place around the surface plate. This clinic is not on the calendar but will be held Mar 27, Thursday, starting at 7PM.

    Andy's email is 

  • 07 Feb 2014 3:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To develop a plan to create parallel bicycle-friendly streets along key arterial corridors characterized by high automobile traffic volumes, high parking demand, and/or constrained rights of way which make standard on-street bicycle lanes difficult to achieve.

    The first of two public meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:00PM at the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Rochester Central Library, 115 South Avenue, Downtown Rochester. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an overview of the project, share findings regarding existing conditions, and solicit suggestions from the public regarding desired routes, destinations, and other priorities.

    Link for more info

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