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Social Distance Cycling - Recap

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Is it safe to ride outside?


Yes — as long as you’re alone. When people congregate together and someone sneezes or coughs, droplets get onto objects that people touch, and then people touch their face. The best plan for riding right now is to go out and ride solo and enjoy the outdoors, in non-crowded areas.  And, try timing your rides for when you know your route will be less crowded.

 

Getting in 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to brisk activity can help your immune system keep viruses at bay. Be sure you know what’s going on in your area and if there are any restrictions or mandatory self-quarantines. And, if you’re sick or at-risk of spreading the virus, you shouldn’t go out." - Bicycling Magazine


Social Distance Cycling in NYC - Central Park & Prospect Park
Both parks are car-free and there’s plenty of roadway width to maintain 6+ feet between you and others.
Central Park Full Loop (6.1 miles, 340 feet of climbing)
Central Park – fewer hills (5.2 miles, 247 feet of climbing)
Central Park – Harlem Hill repeats (1.5 miles, 111 feet of climbing)
Prospect Park (3.4 miles, 136 feet of climbing)

 

Central Park to Wards & Randalls Island: 

If you want a quieter, more chill experience away from crowds, this is a good option. It’s not a “go fast” sort of place, but that’s perfect right now. The only downside is that the paths you’ll be cycling on aren’t as wide as the roads in Central Park or Prospect Park so there may be brief moments where proper “social distancing” is difficult. But generally you’ll pass far fewer people on Wards & Randalls than you will in Central Park. Since you may never have gone there we’ve included safe routes between Central Park and Wards & Randalls Island.


https://ridewithgps.com/ routes/32177694 (5.1 miles, 123 feet of climbing)


https://ridewithgps.com/ routes/32177674 (4.1 miles, 107 feet of climbing


https://ridewithgps.com/ routes/32177727 (5.1 miles, 112 feet of climbing)


https://ridewithgps.com/ routes/32177579 (4.0 miles, 93 feet of climbing)


Best route from Central Park to Wards Island
Best route from Wards Island to Central Park

 

Suggestions For Safe Cycling During The Pandemic:

  • Never ride if you’ve lost your sense of smell (loss of sense of smell indicates you may have a mild case of COVID-19 and could easily infect others)
  • Never ride if you don’t feel up to it (malaise is an early symptom of COVID-19)
  • Never ride if you have a low grade fever, cough or shortness of breath.
    Think twice about riding if you’re in a risk group for complications from COVID-19.
  • Never encourage someone else to ride.
  • If you have high viz outerwear, wear it. 
  • Use flashing lights front and back during daytime rides – they reduce your chances of crashes by 19%.
  • Do not ride at dusk or dawn – that’s the most dangerous time for cyclists
    Think twice about cycling at night. It’s safer to cycle during the day.
  • Take it easy, slow down, and don’t push yourself. 
  • Know your limits and stay well within them. Never try to keep up with someone else, or do what someone else does if you wouldn’t normally do it yourself.
  • If something is potentially dangerous (an intersection, a pothole, a curb, etc.) handle the situation with an abundance of caution. Spend the extra 5-15 seconds it will probably take to handle the situation most safely.
  • Choose routes that are as safe as possible and as uncrowded as possible (see list below for suggestions).
  • Avoid taking the subway or a train to the start or from the end of the route.
  • Try to stay 8 feet from other people when stopped (since you may underestimate how close you are). If you can both stretch out your arms and have your fingers touch, you’re definitely too close.
  • Stay 20+ feet behind other riders except to pass. 
  • If you pass another rider on a roadway, use the entire lane to get distance between the two of you.
  • If you pass another person on a trail, go to the far edge of the trail and pass as quickly as you (safely) can (most trails are only 6-8 feet wide).
  • Check out Bicycling.com’s suggestions for cycling safely during the pandemic. 

RIDES AND EVENTS CALENDAR

THU

26

MAR

THU

30

APR

Social Distance Cycling - recap
Is it safe to ride outside?

MON

11

MAY

Voguing 101 - recap
Come support the Fearless Flyers Virtual Voguing 101

MON

25

MAY

WED

27

MAY

Evening Ride - recap
25 miles

SUN

31

MAY

SUN

07

JUN

Market Diner Ride - recap
30 miles

SUN

21

JUN

Tarrytown & Cuomo Bridge - recap
50 miles

TUE

23

JUN

ABC News - B roll video ride - recap
Couple of miles in Central Park

SUN

28

JUN

SAT

11

JUL

SAT

11

JUL

Summer Series Brunch
Summer Series Brunch - cancelled

FRI

17

JUL

Nutrition/Hydration Webinar - recap
FUEL YOUR RIDE LIKE A PRO!

SAT

18

JUL

SAT

18

JUL

SAT

18

JUL

SAT

18

JUL

SAT

18

JUL

SAT

18

JUL

SAT

25

JUL

SAT

25

JUL

SAT

25

JUL

SAT

01

AUG

SAT

01

AUG

SAT

08

AUG

SAT

08

AUG

SAT

15

AUG

SAT

15

AUG

SAT

15

AUG

SAT

15

AUG

SAT

15

AUG

SAT

22

AUG

SAT

22

AUG

SAT

22

AUG

SAT

22

AUG

MON

24

AUG

Fire Island Adventure Cycling - recap
10 - 20 miles

SAT

29

AUG

WED

09

SEP

Midweek Spin - recap
App. 20 miles

SUN

13

SEP

NYC Pride Ride 2020 presented by Colavita - recap
#cyclinginsolidarity

TUE

22

SEP

Montauk Ride - recap
Multiple Distances

FRI

09

OCT

Kingston Trip - Bag Transport - recap
SAG Vehicle Payment

SAT

10

OCT

Fall Foliage Ride - Upstate and Chill - recap
30 - 60 miles per day

SUN

18

OCT

Fall Ride - recap
50 miles

SAT

24

OCT

Open Streets Bike Ride - recap
10 miles

SAT

31

OCT

Hallowheel 🎃 - recap
Under 20 miles

SAT

28

NOV

Throgs Neck & Glen Island - recap
~40 miles (or 16 🚇, 30+ 🚇 miles)

TUE

01

DEC

Hudson Valley Tour - recap
30 - 60 miles per day

SUN

06

DEC

Dobbs Ferry SoCo/OCA Ride Team Ride - recap
~37 miles

THU

10

DEC

Midweek Nooner - recap
app. 12 miles

SAT

12

DEC

Festive Holiday Lights Ride - recap
20 Round Trip

SUN

13

DEC

Brooklyn & Jamaica Bay Team Ride - recap
41 miles (or less w/ 🚇)

THU

24

DEC

REINDEER RIDE - recap
app. 12 miles

SUN

27

DEC

Northern Queens Loop Team Ride - recap
37 or 41 miles (or less with 🚇)

SAT

02

JAN

50º Ride To The Croton Reservoir Team Ride - recap
62 miles (or 23, 40 w/ 🚆)

SUN

10

JAN

River Road Ride Team Ride - recap
25 miles

WED

20

JAN

INFO SESSION - Group Nutrition Coaching! - recap
Peak Performance Doesn't Happen By Magic!

THU

04

FEB

Central Park Laps Team Ride - recap
6, 12, 18, 24 miles

WED

03

MAR

Round the Bronx Team Ride - recap
35 miles

SAT

20

MAR

Brooklyn-Queens Greenway Ride Team Ride - recap
36 miles (or 50+)

SUN

21

MAR

SAT

27

MAR

Early Season - 9W Out and Back! - recap
20 - 30 miles

SUN

04

APR

Spring Ride - recap
40 +/-

SAT

10

APR

SAT

10

APR

Spring Series Brunch - recap
Spring Series Brunch

WED

14

APR

OC Travel Club Zoom - recap
Cycling Travel and Tours

SAT

17

APR

STS1 – Market Diner & Piermont - recap
36 miles (or 29 miles)

SAT

17

APR

SAT

17

APR

STS 1 – Rockland Lake (or Blauvelt ⛰) + Nyack - recap
56 miles (or 47-55 ⛰ miles)

SAT

17

APR

STS1 – Multi-Surface – Nyack & The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail - recap
63 🚆 miles (or 45, 49 🚆, 59 miles)

SAT

17

APR

TUE

20

APR

Nutrition for Cycling! - recap
Fuel your ride!

SAT

24

APR

STS2 – Larchmont & The Bronx - recap
42 miles (or 32+ 🚇 miles)

SAT

24

APR

STS2– Larchmont & Throgs Neck - recap
47 miles (or 33+ 🚇 miles)

SAT

24

APR

STS2 - Larchmont & Scarsdale - recap
61 miles (or 31 🚆, 49 🚇 miles)

SAT

24

APR

STS2 – Larchmont & Rye - recap
77 miles (or 48 🚆, 67 🚇 miles)

SAT

24

APR

SAT

01

MAY

SAT

01

MAY

SAT

01

MAY

STS3 – Multi-Surface – Rockland Lake, Hudson River Greenway - recap
64 miles (or 57, 48+ 🚆 miles)

SAT

01

MAY

STS3 – Saddle River - recap
64 miles (or 25 🚆, 41 🚆 miles)

SAT

01

MAY

STS3 – Rockland Lake & Saddle River - recap
83 miles (or 30, 60 🚆 miles)

SAT

01

MAY

THU

06

MAY

OC Travel Team Happy Hour and Bag Drop Team Event - recap
Happy Hour and Hudson Valley Tour Kick-off

FRI

07

MAY

HVBT Single Supplement - recap
Single Room for 2 nights

FRI

07

MAY

Hudson Valley Bike Tour - recap
app. 100 miles over 3 days

SUN

09

MAY

STS4 – Saddle River Pathway - recap
42 miles (or 25 🚆 miles)

SUN

09

MAY

STS4 – Saddle River - recap
59 miles (or 35 🚆, 51 ⛰, 52, 75 ⛰ miles)

SAT

15

MAY

STS5 – Valhalla & Purchase - recap
56 miles (or 12-23 🚆, 45 🚇 miles)

SAT

15

MAY

STS5 – Multi-Surface – Bronx River Trail & Dirt Roads - recap
59 🚆 miles (or 55 🚆 miles)

SAT

15

MAY

STS5 – Valhalla & Armonk - recap
68 miles (or 58 🚇 miles)

SAT

15

MAY

STS5 – Valhalla & Bedford - recap
83 miles (or 64 🚇, 74 🚇, 77 miles)

SAT

15

MAY

STS5 – Valhalla & Pound Ridge - recap
106 miles (or 42🚆, 67🚆, 71🚆, 76🚆, 98 🚇 miles)

SAT

22

MAY

STS6 – Tarrytown - recap
51 miles

SAT

22

MAY

STS6 – Chappaqua & Tarrytown - recap
61 miles (or 66 ⛰, 70 miles)

SAT

22

MAY

STS6 - Just the Picnic - recap
Join us for a picnic even if you're unable to join us for the ride!

SAT

29

MAY

THU

03

JUN

Winter 2022 - Tucson Cycling House - Info Session - recap
5 Days of cycling and good times!

FRI

04

JUN

Pride Ride Kickoff Happy Hour - recap
Pride Ride Kickoff Happy Hour

SAT

05

JUN

STS7 – Oyster Bay (NEW!) - recap
50 miles (or 24 🚆, 31 🚆, 38 🚆, 45 🚆 miles)

SAT

05

JUN

STS7 – Oyster Bay & Locust Valley (NEW!) - recap
61 miles (or 27 🚆, 36 🚆, 48 🚆, 58 miles)

SAT

12

JUN

Pride Ride Challenge - recap
175 miles

SUN

13

JUN

OC Pride Ride 2021 presented by Colavita - recap
#cyclinginsolidarity

SAT

19

JUN

GrNY - The Full OCA Team Ride - recap
47 miles (or less)

SUN

20

JUN

Saddle River Pathway - recap
40 miles

SAT

26

JUN

FLAX POND BEACH
65 M - cancelled

SAT

26

JUN

THU

01

JUL

Morning Central Park loops - recap
12-18 miles

SAT

03

JUL

BABYLON TO FLAX POND
65 M - cancelled

TUE

06

JUL

Morning Central Park loops - recap
12-18 miles

THU

08

JUL

Morning Central Park loops - recap
12-18 miles

SUN

11

JUL

Nyack Twirlin - recap
58.5

THU

15

JUL

Winter 2022 - Tucson Cycling House - Info Session - recap
Arizona Winter Cycling Getaway — March 15-20, 2022

THU

15

JUL

Morning Central Park laps
12-18 miles - cancelled

TUE

20

JUL

Morning Central Park laps
12-18 miles - cancelled

THU

22

JUL

Morning Central Park laps - recap
12-18 miles

SAT

24

JUL

Cold Spring to Poughkeepsie / New Paltz Team Ride - recap
36, 54 or 64 miles

SUN

25

JUL

Orchards of Concklin Loop
70 miles - cancelled

TUE

27

JUL

SAT

25

SEP

FRI

15

OCT

Berkshires Fall Foliage Weekend
3 days up to XX miles
Speed Freak Fast paceline ride Steady Eddy Moderate paced ride Easy Rider Gentle paced ride


RIDE LEVEL KEY

A - Speed Freak - Fast paceline ride

B - Steady Eddy - Moderately paced ride

C - Easy Rider - Gentle paced ride

The 'Ride Speed' indicates the target cruising speed on flat roads.