2019 Tour De Kingston
Jun
23
8:00 AM08:00

2019 Tour De Kingston

It’s your chance to see the historic, cultural and scenic attractions of Kingston and Ulster County. The rides use low-traffic back roads and the extensive rail trail network to let you explore what Ulster County has to offer. And as you ride, you will be helping to support the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County's Bicycle Safety Education Program For Youth.

See www.tourdekingston.com for full details.

5 Mile Free Family Ride 11:00 AM 5 miles $0
- The 5-Mile Family Ride is FREE and makes a loop of Uptown and Midtown attractions, including the Fireman’s Museum, the YMCA and the historic Senate House. The ride is perfect for beginning riders and children, as the route is flat and the pace is kept slow. For safety, the ride is escorted by the Kingston Police Department and volunteer Ride Marshals.

8 and 16 Mile Rail Trail Rides 10:00 AM 8-16 miles $40
- The rail trail rides are out-and back routes. The 8 mile route uses paved roads, a short stretch of unpaved trail and paved trail. The 16 mile route adds more unpaved riding.

25 Mile Road Ride 9:00 AM 25 miles $40
- A great ride through Historic Kingston and the surrounding Ulster County area. Views of mountains farms and historic First Capital of New York State.

50 Mile Road Ride 9:00 AM 50 miles $40
- A challenging 50 mile ride that offers much of the beauty of the Hudson Valley. Views of mountains, reservoirs and more.

Dirty 30 and Fortitude 44 Gravel Rides 8:30 AM 30-44 miles -$40
- These use rail trails, single track and road sections to challenge the fittest and most adventurous bike riders. There are no rest stops and you will be self-supporting for many parts of the route.

Youth
- see event details 8-50 miles $10
For riders under 21

Register here: https://www.bikereg.com/14th-annual-tour-de-kingston-ulster

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Slow Ride: River View on River Road
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Slow Ride: River View on River Road

John Lynch will be leading a ride he is calling "River View on River Road."

It will be a longer ride, around 16 beautiful miles. The itinerary for the ride is to take Broadway to Wurts, cross the bridge and go up Sunset/Doyers through Port Ewen, so as to get to the start of River Road with only being on 9W for a moment, probably crossing on foot. Continuing on to Esopus Meadows for a bring-your-own-snack break/rest stop. Then doubling back through Port Ewen to Salem St/New Salem and out onto Abeel. Uphill on Wilbur/W. O'Reilly back to the Y.15.3 miles by that route.


John is hoping to encourage access to wonderful destinations on the outskirts of the City, despite obstacles such as busy busy main roads. He also wants to take advantage of the later sunset for a longer ride while still at an easy pace.


Wear a helmet, have front and rear lights, bring snacks and water. Check the Facebook event for cancellations due to weather.

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2019 Ride of Silence
May
15
6:30 PM18:30

2019 Ride of Silence

Start /End at Dietz Stadium

170 N. Front Street, Kingston, NY 12401

Join bicycle riders from around the world to:

· Raise Awareness that we have a right to ride.

· Ask that we all Share the Road responsibly.

· Honor those injured or killed while cycling.

Helmets Required

Bring Lights if you have them

For more information on this Free, Slow paced, 8-mile local ride call: Bill at: (845) 657-9764 or e-mail: wvmillerjr@yahoo.com

For more information on the Ride of Silence go to: www.rideofsilence.org

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2019 Bike to Work Week Competition
May
13
to May 17

2019 Bike to Work Week Competition

Bike to Work Week is May 13–17!
And the Bike to Work Happy Hour is on Friday, May 17th, 5:30 pm at Keegan Ales.

It's bike to work week! Join us with a friendly competition to get ourselves out riding!

Trips must be logged by 5pm, May 17th, 2019. Go ahead and log that home trip you anticipate for Friday afternoon before you ride it. Then we will all meet at Keegan Ales at 5:30 pm on Friday May 17th, for a happy hour and award our winners. We are using the honor system for your reported trips.

The company, school, or organization with the most number of trips will win Prize 1 as described below, a certificate, and bragging rights! We'll take your group picture and publicly congratulate your organization.

Prize 1: All bicyclists from the organization with the most trips collectively, will get 10% off Revolution Cycles, 388 Hasbrouck Ave. Kingston, NY 12401, good for one time use until 12/31/2019.

Prize 2: The Individual Winner who rides the most miles during the week will get a free tune up from Revolution Cycles, 388 Hasbrouck Ave. Kingston, NY 12401 (Usually costs $58.00—parts will be extra).

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Slow Ride: Healthy Ulster County
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Slow Ride: Healthy Ulster County

Joins us for our second Slow Ride of the season!

This ride is happening during Healthy Ulster County week and will be appropriate for all levels. It will be 6 miles and have an elevation gain of 135 feet. It has one hill at the start and then it is all down hill from there. Here is a link to a map of the route: https://www.strava.com/routes/18180629.


As always, bring water, wear a helmet, and front and rear lights are always good. Meet at the YMCA parking lot.

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First Slow Ride of the Season: "Parks with Views"
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

First Slow Ride of the Season: "Parks with Views"

Join us for our first Slow Ride of the season! Tom will lead this route and is calling it "Parks with Views." It will be 6.1 miles long, and have an elevation gain of 408 feet. As always, bring water, wear a helmet, and lights are always good.

See the Facebook event for any cancellations: https://www.facebook.com/events/2298856830374759/

See you then!

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Kingston Women's Bike Festival - Festival de Kingston para Mujeres Ciclistas
Mar
31
10:00 AM10:00

Kingston Women's Bike Festival - Festival de Kingston para Mujeres Ciclistas

A FREE day of workshops for women who are new to cycling. 
Día de talleres gratuitos para las mujeres principiantes de ciclismo.

Sunday, March 31st, 10am - 4pm
Domingo 31 de marzo, 10am-4pm

Everette Hodge Community Center
21 Franklin St, Kingston, NY 12401

Free Lunch with RSVP
Almuerzo gratuito (haga su reserva cuando confirma su asistencia)

Free Childcare with RSVP
Cuidado gratuito de niños (haga su reserva cuando confirma su asistencia)

Fun Giveaways and Raffles
Regalos divertidos y rifas

Workshops will include:
Los talleres incluyen:

  • Introducción a la Bicicleta (en español) - presented in Spanish, English translation available

  • How to Buy a Bike (Cómo comprar una bicicleta)

  • Keep Your Bike Rolling (Mantenimiento de su bicicleta)

  • Bicycling with Young Kids (Ciclismo con niños pequeños)

  • and Inspiring Stories from Women Riders (y Relatos ejemplares de mujeres ciclistas)

Schedule:

10am - 10:15am - Welcome/ Registration Coffee

10:15 - 10:45 am - Intro to bicycling in Spanish

10:45 - 11:45 am - How to buy a bike and keep it rolling

11:45 am - 12-30 pm - How to cycle safely

12:30 - 1:30pm - Lunch and Inspiring Stories Panel

1:30 - 2:00 pm - Bicycling with Young Children

2:10 - 2:40 pm Touring cyclist

Q&A: 2:50 - 3:50pm

3:50-4:00 - Raffles

Mission: We believe all women should feel free to ride a bicycle anytime, anywhere, alone or with others. The Women’s Bike Fest facilitates this vision through a one-day festival focusing on women new to cycling or who don’t identify as cyclists. The mission of the festival is to remove barriers and empower women with the camaraderie, and the ways and means, to include cycling in their lives.

Misión: Creemos que todas las mujeres deben sentirse libres de andar en bicicleta en cualquier momento, en cualquier lugar, a solas o acompañadas. El Festival de Kingston de Mujeres Ciclistas facilita este objetivo con un festival de un día centrado en las mujeres principiantes de ciclismo o quienes no se identifican como ciclistas. La misión del festival es derribar las barreras y empoderar a las mujeres a través del compañerismo, y mediante formas y medios para incluir el ciclismo en sus vidas.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Free Basic Bike Repair at the Repair Cafe
Jan
28
4:00 PM16:00

Free Basic Bike Repair at the Repair Cafe

Bring your beloved but broken item to Midtown Kingston and together, with a volunteer Repair Coach, fix it... for FREE!

On Saturday February 2nd at Clinton Avenue Methodist Church:

  • BIKE-FRIENDLY KINGSTON Kingston joins us once again to offer basic bicycle repairs & tune-ups (please arrive with your bike no later than 2:00pm to provide enough time).

  • David Bruner will be sharpening blades (one or two per person).

  • Vince Murray and his welding truck will be parked outside. If you have metal to be worked on, bring it! (weather permitting—no welding indoors)

  • Do you have questions about what kind of items you can bring for repair? Or would you like to offer your skills to repair things for your neighbors? 

    Contact John Wackman at 646-302-5835 or email jwackman@gmail.com

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FriendlyFundraiser
Oct
28
10:30 AM10:30

FriendlyFundraiser

Sunday, Nov. 28th, 10:30am (Leave at 11am)

Rte. 32 & Rockwell Ln. Parking Lot 

$25 Suggested Donation, Children Free

Rose and Emily will host a weekend Slow Ride as a fund raiser for Bike Friendly Kingston. We will head south on the rail trail to Rosendale, where we will stop for an hour and half and then we will ride back. Dress and bring bikes appropriate for the trail. All abilities are welcome. 

With your donation, BFK is able to pay for the website, flyers, materials for all the free bike repairs, Bike Fests, Slow Rides, and education classes we do. We also donate bike locks and helmets every winter holidays. 

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BFK Slow Ride - Emily's Redo
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

BFK Slow Ride - Emily's Redo

This will be an easy 6 miles around town. One hill at the beginning and then it is all smooth sailing from there. The route can be seen here: https://www.strava.com/routes/12862141

IMPORTANT! Rides will start from the YMCA this year. It looks like we will have a slow ride every Thursday to Aug. 2nd (as the season gets going we hope to have more ride leaders sign up for continuing Thursdays. 

Be sure to wear a helmet, have a front and rear light (some rides may finish at dusk), bring water and wear comfortable clothing. If you need a helmet or lights email eflynn at kingston-ny dot gov and we will try to get you them.

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BFK Slow Ride - Ulster Landing Park
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

BFK Slow Ride - Ulster Landing Park

This slow ride will be be a 15.4mile route through East Kingston. It's a road ride on mostly quiet streets and a break at a park. Plan for a two hour ride. Bring snacks and drinks and lights. Wear a helmet. Rose Quinn will host.

IMPORTANT! Rides will start from the YMCA this year. It looks like we will have a slow ride every Thursday to Aug. 2nd (as the season gets going we hope to have more ride leaders sign up for continuing Thursdays. 

If you need a helmet or lights email eflynn at kingston-ny dot gov and we will try to get you them.

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Bike To Work Week & Happy Hour
May
18
5:30 PM17:30

Bike To Work Week & Happy Hour

Join people from all over the country and Bike To Work the week of May 14 to 18th! Here in Kingston, submit your your trips and mileage here for two categories of prizes. 

The company, school, or organization with the most number of trips will win Prize 1 as described below, a certificate, and  bragging rights. We'll take your group picture and do a press release to publicly congratulate your organization.  

Prize 1: All bicyclists from the organization with the most trips collectively, will get 10% off Revolution Cycles, 388 Hasbrouck Ave. Kingston, NY 12401, good for one time use until 12/31/2018.

Prize 2: The Individual Winner who rides the most miles during the week will get a free tune up from Revolution Cycles, 388 Hasbrouck Ave. Kingston, NY 12401 (Usually costs $62.00—parts will be extra).

Go ahead and log that home trip you anticipate for Friday afternoon before you ride it. Then we will all meet at Keegan Ales at 5:30pm on Friday May 18th, for a happy hour and award our winners. We are using the honor system for your reported trips. 

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Ride of Silence, Wednesday at Dietz (Instead of Slow Ride)
May
16
6:30 PM18:30

Ride of Silence, Wednesday at Dietz (Instead of Slow Ride)

I know we said the Slow Rides were every Thursday at the YMCA, but here is the exception! 

Instead of a Slow Ride we are encouraging everyone to participate in the Ride of Silence, WEDNESDAY, May 16th, 6:30pm at the DIETZ Stadium parking lot. 

Join bicycle riders from around the world to:

  • Raise Awareness that we have a right to ride. 
  • Ask that we all Share the Road responsibly. 
  • Honor those injured or killed while cycling. 
  • Helmets Required
  • Bring Lights if you have them

For more information on this Free, Slow paced, 8-mile local ride call: Bill at: (845) 657-9764 or e-mail: wvmillerjr@yahoo.com
For more information on the Ride of Silence go to: www.rideofsilence.org

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Slow Ride - To The Rosendale Trestle (and Back!)
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Slow Ride - To The Rosendale Trestle (and Back!)

Join us for our second Slow Ride of the season! John Seymore Bear will be leading this ride on the rail trail to the Rosendale Trestle and back. It will be around 16 miles but if you would like to meet at the Rockwell Lane & route 32 Trailhead it would only be a flat 12 miles. 

REMEMBER! Rides will start from the YMCA this year. Be sure to wear a helmet, have a front and rear light (it's darker on the trail and this ride may finish when it is dark), bring water and wear comfortable clothing. If you need a helmet or lights email eflynn@kingston-ny.gov and we will try to get you them.

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Slow Ride - First of 2018 Season
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Slow Ride - First of 2018 Season

Join us for our first Slow Ride of the season hosted by Bike Friendly Kingston! This will be an easy 6 miles around town. One hill at the beginning and then it is all smooth sailing from there. The route can be seen here: https://www.strava.com/routes/12862141

IMPORTANT! Rides will start from the YMCA this year. It looks like we will have a slow ride every Thursday to Aug. 2nd (as the season gets going we hope to have more ride leaders sign up for continuing Thursdays. 

Be sure to wear a helmet, have a front and rear light (some rides may finish at dusk), bring water and wear comfortable clothing. If you need a helmet or lights email eflynn@kingston-ny.gov and we will try to get you them. 

Visit the FB event for any last minute changes, like if the weather looks bad. https://www.facebook.com/events/198807293945642/

 

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Free Basic Bike Repair with Repair Cafe
Mar
24
11:00 AM11:00

Free Basic Bike Repair with Repair Cafe

Get your bike ready for spring with a free basic tune up/repair for first come, first served. We are not able to do major repairs but our mechanics may be able to tell you what needs to be done and how to go about it. Donations and volunteers are always welcomed. WD-40, shop rags, and bike cables are the most needed donations. Volunteers do not need to have any bike skills for help with signing people in. Safety materials will be available. Let us know any questions: info@bikefriendlykingston.org

Here is the link for more info about the Repair Cafe - Hudson Valley. Thanks to Parktool for tools.

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BFK Monthly Meeting
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

BFK Monthly Meeting

Join us to talk about bikes. On the agenda are the Slow Rides, A Bike Fest at the Town of Ulster Library, fundraising and more. 

Please note the new location: City Hall, Conference Room #1, top floor. Now with the new location we can have the ability to call in. Please let me know if you plan to do this and I will set it up. Call-in number and instructions: Polycom Call-in #845-334-3990, then 3909#, then say your name and press #.

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Bike Friendly Kingston Halloween Ride 2017
Oct
28
2:30 PM14:30

Bike Friendly Kingston Halloween Ride 2017

Bike Friendly Kingston presents a 5 mile family-friendly bicycle ride on Saturday, October 28th, starting at 2:30pm at Loughran Park.  The ride is FREE, but bike helmets are required. Costumes and bike decoration encouraged! 

The ride will use quiet residential streets and meander through the Roosevelt and Lincoln Park neighborhoods to arrive at the My Kingston Kids Halloween Fest and then return to Lauren Park.

The Halloween Fest will take place from 3 - 8 pm at Seed Song Farm on Esopus Avenue.  It is a FREE event and will feature Halloween and harvest time activities for kids of all ages. 

Bike Ride Questions: info@bikefriendlykingston.org.

Halloween Fest Questions: fwaters@mykingstonkids.com

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Canceled - 4th Annual Feast on Two Wheels
Oct
15
3:00 PM15:00

Canceled - 4th Annual Feast on Two Wheels


Sorry, We have canceled this due to not enough tickets sold. Sorry for any inconvenience. 


One night, two wheels, three restaurants, lots of fun!

This event is our main fundraiser and raises funds to support BFK's slow rides, free repairs, advocacy and more! 

Each ticket includes non-alcoholic drinks, appetizers at Ole Savannah, dinner at Mi Casita, dessert at Redwood and tip. Vegetarian options will be available. Kids under 5 are free. Please wear a helmet and have working front and rear lights. We meet at Dietz Stadium parking lot at 3pm and head to Ole Savannah. If you'd like to meet us there plan on 3:30pm. 

You must buy a ticket beforehand here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bfks-fourth-annual-feast-on-two-wheels-tickets-37915899476

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Cycling at O+ Kingston
Oct
7
to Oct 8

Cycling at O+ Kingston

Are you excited yet for the 2017 O+ Festival?!?

Bike Friendly Kingston will be partnering with the Kingston Land Trust to manage the Bike Valet, Sat & Sun, 5-10pm, for another year! Enjoy the festival by bicycle and park it with us at the Peace Park, corner of North Front and Crown streets. We'll keep it safe and have lots of pamphlets and info. Then join us Saturday for the Mural to Mural / Recovery Ride, 10am, at the YMCA. On Sunday there are 4 different bicycle rides to choose from, kicking off from Keegan Ales starting at 9am! Finally, also on Sunday is the Forsyth Fall Festival, 10am-4pm, where BFK will be doing a kids rodeo and helmet fitting! Read more details below.


An O+ Kingston wristband is your all-access pass to the cycling events and parties plus nearly 60 bands, 20+ artists, classes in yoga, meditation & dance, Wellness EXPO+, Literary SALO+N and more! Full lineup, schedule (coming soon) & wristbands: opositivefestival.org/kingston#opositivefest

Partners include AlchemistBike-Friendly Kingston, NYKeegan AlesThe Kingston Land TrustOverlook Mountain BikesRevolution Bicycles andYMCA of Kingston & Ulster County

DAY BY DAY SCHEDULE:

Thursday, Oct. 5
5:30-9 p.m. O+ Kingston warmup party at Keegan Ales with Ten Pound Chicken. Join us after the weekly Dietz Stadium ride. Pick up O+ Kingston all-access wristband and limited edition cycling T-shirt -- choose the $50 donation Wristband and Cycling T-shirt package: http://bit.ly/2017opositivekingstonwristbands

Friday, Oct. 6
5:30 p.m. O+ Kingston kickoff parade. Meet at Seven21 Media Center, 721 Broadway

Saturday, Oct. 7
10 a.m.-noon Family-friendly Mural to Mural / Recovery Ride for all skill levels. Meet at YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County
Noon View exhibition of artists in recovery, YMCA
5-10 p.m. Complimentary bike valet courtesy of Bike-Friendly Kingston, NY and The Kingston Land Trust at Peace Park, corner of North Front and Crown streets. Enjoy all the art, music and wellness offerings at venues throughout uptown and midtown Kingston! 

Sunday, Oct. 8
Morning trail and road rides all start and end at Keegan Ales. 55-mile road ride -- 9 a.m. start; 25-mile road ride -- 10 a.m. start; 18 or 30 mile trail rides -- 9 a.m. start
25-mile road ride route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16035265
55-mile road ride route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24112559
Post-ride barbecue at Keegan Ales
Questions? Please email Jim Tomassetti: jtskirat@gmail.com
5-10 p.m. Complimentary bike valet at Peace Park, corner of North Front and Crown streets. Enjoy all the art, music and wellness offerings at venues throughout uptown and midtown Kingston!

Forsyth Nature Center 15th Annual Fall Festival 
Sunday October 8, 2017, 10:00am-4:00pm
The Friends of Forsyth Nature Center and the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce our 15th Annual Fall Festival. This Festival will feature live entertainment, music, crafts, children’s games and activities, delicious foods and baked goods, raffles, hayrides and much more.

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Free Bike Repair at the Repair Cafe
Sep
30
11:00 AM11:00

Free Bike Repair at the Repair Cafe

On Saturday, September 30th, 11am – 2pm, at the Clinton Ave Methodist church, 122 Clinton Avenue, Bike friendly Kingston and the Repair Café of the Hudson valley with the gracious support of SUNY Ulster Health and Safety Institute, Live Well Kingston, YMCA Ulster, The Clinton Avenue Methodist church, and other community volunteers, will be offering a free community bike repair clinic. First come - first served. Join our capable volunteers to repair and tune up bicycles. Come in, sit down, watch the repairs, and maybe learn how to fix a flat tire, clean your gears, or hem your favorite bike pants. We will also provide bike helmet fittings and lots of bike friendly information about the exciting trails projects and bike programs coming to Kingston. 

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