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  • 09 Dec 2013 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rochester is now the 8th quickest growing bike commuting city in the US and is in the top ten! We need to keep it that way and grow it more. According to this report, Rochester is among the Top 10 urban areas with increasing bicycle mode share (2000-2011), behind only Boston, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Denver, San Francisco, Madison, and Portland.  

    The link provided below will help us keep up the momentum.  Congress cut ped and bike funding over 50% with the last transportation bill but left the option for states to fund these projects with state funding if state policy makers want to.  Please click the link below and it will automatically send a postcard to the governor encouraging him to use the funding for biking and walking projects.  

    Thanks for your help and keep riding - indoors and out! 

    Scott MacRae MD
    Rochester Cycling Alliance

    Begin forwarded message:

     Hi NY4AT,

     Thanks again for participating in this important effort to increase funding for bike/ped projects in NYS. We hope to deliver a tall stack of cards to the Capitol, so please encourage your contacts to let us send a postcard to Governor Cuomo on their behalf. All they have to do is provide their name, city and email on our online form and we will do the rest. A link to the form to capture their info is here:[] and a link to the postcard that will be sent is here:[]. They must provide their info by Dec 27. Please send it out via email, facebook, however! Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks! ~Drew

      Drew Pollak-Bruce

    Project Coordinator
    Parks & Trails New York
    29 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207
    434-1583 |[]

    To support New York’s parks and trails…donate now[]!

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  • 07 Nov 2013 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    After a one year hiatus, the Winter Meeting date has been set for Saturday, Feb 22, starting at 6:30PM at MCC.

    Brian Managan will be presenting on his Great Divide Mountain Bike Route trip this past summer.
    Joe Voelkel will be presenting on his and Dana's Around Lake Champlain trip.
    This is a chance to get together with your riding friends after a long winter.
    Refreshments will be provided.

    Meeting will be held in Bldg 5, Rm 100.  Park in lot C.   MCC Campus Map

    For those who missed Brian's presentation or want to find out more you can visit Brian's Blog here.
  • 28 Oct 2013 6:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Proposed funding reduction for bike and pedestrian safety projects as reported by WHEC Channel 10.

    WHEC Channel 10 Report
  • 19 Oct 2013 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Submitted by Harvey Botzman

    This is a project of the Wayne County Tourism Office, the New York Bicycling Coalition, and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

    Goal: To create 8-10 on road and on road/trail bicycle touring loop maps for Wayne County residents and to attract tourists to bicycle in Wayne County.

    Date: October 30, 2013, Wednesday
    Time: 6-8 PM
    Location: Newark Village Office Boardroom, 100 E. Miller St., Newark NY
    (Location Map)

    RSVP: or; tel: 315.946.7510

    Additional Information: The New York Bicycling Coalition has received a grant from the Erie Canalway Corridor Heritage Fund to develop bicycle loop routes and publish those routes both as a hard copy (paper) and digital map. The grant specifies residents of the counties receiving funds to develop and publish these bicycle loop maps have residents of the county involved in mapping out and designing these routes. One requirement of the grant is for the routes to begin, end, or traverse the Erie Canalway Trail and or the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

    This latter qualification is very easy to fulfill in Wayne County. the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the New York State Canal System essentially goes through the middle of the County from Clyde to Macedon.

    Please tell any neighbors, friends, relatives, and folks you see or know who bicycle in Wayne County to come to this meeting and participate in beginning to make Wayne County a true Bicycling Friendly County.

    RBC member Harvey Botzman is the volunteer (unpaid) Program Manager for this grant. Harvey will be at the meeting to show participants a few techniques for developing these loop maps and examples of bicycling maps produced in other NYS counties and in the Provence of Ontario, Canada.
  • 08 Sep 2013 9:16 PM | Richard Desarra

    Channel 8 Coverage

    Public Meeting with Chief Sheppard 
    Rochester Police Department

    Bicyclists and the RPD

    September 26, 2013 
    5:30 – 7:00PM
    Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County
    115 South Avenue
    Kate Gleason Auditorium


  • 06 Sep 2013 4:53 PM | Richard Desarra
    Western New York Wellness, Inc. presents

    Tour de Rochester for LiveSTRONG

    RIDE TO SURVIVE 9.28.13

    The LiveSTRONG Foundation is not about one person, but for the lives of 28 million cancer survivors around the world! LiveSTRONG service and support is free to all survivors from the day of diagnosis. Western New York Wellness Program was initially funded by LiveSTRONG and we continue to support their efforts ! All the funds raised by our annual Tour de Rochester are sent to LiveSTRONG. We’ve been cycling throughout the spring and summer months and we will wrap up the season with this event to honor the 28 million cancer survivors around the world!

    The Tour de Rochester is a 30 mile ride beginning at the Ferry terminal parking lot in Charlotte. The ride will use all paved bike paths and some roads. The ride offers many opportunities to shorten from the 30 miles, so we welcome one and all to join us for some or all of it! Helmets are required. A map is available. We will ride at our own pace from Charlotte, along the Parkway Bike Trail to the 390 Bike Trail and go south to Ridge Rd. After a quick jaunt down Latona Rd and Long Pond Rd., we will pick up the Erie Canal Trail to Genesee Valley Park. After crossing the river, we will ride north along the river and re-cross the river on the Court St. Bridge and ride down State St. to High Falls. We’ll take the High Falls Bridge to St. Paul St. and go north for a mile, then down into the river gorge and cross over the power dam at Maplewood Park, through the park , under Rt. 104 and and continue down Lake Ave. Just past Riverside Cemetery, the bike path goes back down to the river and along the boardwalk at Turning Point Park. We continue along the river back to the ferry terminal.

    If you’ve never taken this route, bring your camera! The sights at the dam, Maplewood Falls and along the river can only be accessed on foot or by bike. And with the autumn colors, it is a sight to behold!
    Bring water and some fruit or an energy bar. Bring some lunch money because anyone who is interested can gather following the ride at a restaurant near the river.

    We are asking every rider to make a contribution to the Live STRONG Foundation, so please bring yours with you and we will collect and submit it as a testimonial of our WNYWP support.

    This will be our last group ride of the year – help us make it the BEST! Come on out and bring a friend or two and your checkbook. We look forward to seeing you there – SATURDAY, Sept. 28, 2013, 10 AM, Ferry Terminal Parking Lot, Charlotte, Rochester, NY. (rain date Oct. 5)
  • 05 Sep 2013 3:07 PM | Richard Desarra

    National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project Counts are scheduled for September 10-15th 2013 (Tuesday through Sunday). We need your help, please sign up.

    See this site: which lets you view all of the sites and easily sign up.

    Please feel free to contact Robert Torzynski at the telephone number listed below, or Elizabeth Murphy with the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, at (585) 224-3146, for assistance with signing-up or with questions.

    Please note that all counts will be done as Screen Line counts, and that we’ve relocated some sites and added others. We’re also asking that volunteers limit themselves to the “standard” count times, which are 5-7 p.m. for weekdays and Noon-2 p.m. for weekends (Saturday-Sunday). It’s our hope that standardizing will help to ease data entry and improve the reliability and comparability for the count data.

    A copy of the screen line count instructions/recording form can be obtained by emailing Robert Torzynski,

    Further information is available here:

    Information on the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project is available here:

    Please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience if you have any questions or comments.

    Please share this email if you know of anyone that may wish to participate in the project.

    Robert R. Torzynski, AICP, PTP
    Program Manager - Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning
    Genesee Transportation Council
    50 W. Main St., Suite 8112
    Rochester, NY 14614-1227
    Phone: (585) 232-6240


  • 01 Sep 2013 7:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    We are sad to announce that long time member Dick Burns passed away suddenly on Thursday, August 29th after collapsing at home. Dick was 82 years young. He was an avid cyclist and up until a couple years ago, a very active RBC member. Over the years he led numerous rides, and held various positions in the club as an officer. He is survived by his wife Sigrid and daughter Laura. Our condolences to the family. He will be missed by all.

    Democrat & Chronicle Obituary Sunday, Sept 1, 2013

    D&C Guest Book

    Information if you would like to send a card or make a donation to their designated charities.

    From Laura Burns, Dick's Daughter:

    Sigrid Burns
    831 George Washington Way
    Webster, NY 14580

    Laura Burns
    105 Tanglewood Ct
    Webster, NY 14580  (email me if you'd like to be notified of a memorial)

    St. Ann's Home and Heart
    (585) 697-6087
    696 Ridge Road
    Webster, NY14580
    (this was the day program that he enjoyed, twice a week in the last year, and where he died.

    Habitat for Cats
    PO Box 25637
    Rochester, NY 14625 (non-profit)
    local group that assists with feral and stray cats, to trap, neuter and release.  We use the trap that Dad built, and commercial traps based on his design.

    Rochester Bicycling Club
    PO Box 1211
    Pittsford, NY 14534

    More information will appear here as it becomes available.
  • 14 Aug 2013 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Read the Webster Post Article here
  • 18 Jul 2013 10:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As of July 14th there have been 176 reported rides, with 13 rainouts and 27 ride sheets outstanding.  There have been only 37 Impromptu rides so far this year compared to 70 last year.  A total of 1792 riders, consisting of 353 individuals, have so far accumulated 58,864 miles. Depending on the statistic, this is 20-25% below last year at this time.  The wetter season so far this year compared to the beautiful, dry spring last year is at least partially responsible for this decline.  

    Participating riders have averaged 5.1 rides and 167 miles.  64 people have done 10 or more rides and 16 people have done 20 or more rides.  Four people are over 1000 club miles and 5 others are within 100 miles of that mark.  We have had 145 first time riders so far this year.  Each non-rain-out has averaged 10.2 riders, although the S&E rides have averaged 16 riders per ride. 

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