2012 Westchester Bicycle Sundays to Start on May 6
A part of Bronx River Parkway will once again be closed to motor vehicles between 10 am and 2 pm on Sundays. This year’s schedule covers May 6,13,20, June 3,10,17,24, and September 9,16,23,30. Bicycle Sundays 2012 is once again sponsored by the Friends of Westchester County Parks and it allocates the strip between Scarsdale Road in Yonkers and County Center in White Plains for the exclusive use of bicyclists, joggers, and walkers. Strollers are welcome, but skateboards and dogs are not. The round trip is 13.1 miles.
Westchester County Bicycle Sundays has its roots in an all day bicycle charity event held in 1974. It was such a success that by the following year the parks department decided to adopt a program for the safe enjoyment of bicyclists as a yearly event. In recent years it was opened to pedestrians as well and is now enjoyed by more than 3000 participants every week. The event gets cancelled in case of inclement weather; there is up to date information on the Westchester County website.
Bicycle Sundays is not exclusive to Westchester County. There are similar programs around other cities includingSan Mateo, Seattle, and Philadelphia.
If you cannot make it to a Bicycle Sunday event, do not be sad. The little trail alongside the parkway goes all the way past County Center up to the Kensico Dam, and you can walk it or bike it any time. It is very scenic and a great adventure, with beautiful little bridges and waterfalls along the way. It is time to enjoy the great outdoors again.
Rachel Benjenk, ABR, SFR