Fall Foliage: Bronx River Parkway Bicycle Sundays - Recap

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - Recap

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Ride has concluded.

A beautiful, relaxed, mostly car-free ride…

~43 miles

Sunday, October 25, 2020


Every summer the Westchester County government does "Bicycle Sundays" where they close down a portion of the Bronx River Parkway for a few hours every Sunday so it can be used by cyclists and pedestrians. Thanks to COVID and the need for local outdoor recreation, they've extended that program and this Sunday is the last Sunday that they'll be doing it this year.

 

Sunday should also be a pretty decent day for fall foliage along that section of the Bronx River Parkway. This past Sunday I rode MetroNorth up along the parkway and some places were just changing while others were already at the midpoint for fall color. So there will be decent fall color much of the way, with pockets of really great fall color. 

 

We'll go up the Old Putnam / South County Trail (it's finally reopened in Van Cortlandt Park), ride across Palmer Road to the Bronx River Trail and take that up to where the parkway has been closed in Tuckahoe. We'll then ride the full length of the closed section of the parkway up to White Plains. At that point we can either turn around and go back down the parkway or change over to the Bronx River Trail for something different. We'll then continue down the Bronx River Trail to Bronxville, do surface streets through Mount Vernon, and pick the Bronx River Trail back up in the Bronx and ride it down to Concrete Plant Park at which point there's about 3 miles of riding on surface streets to get to Wards & Randalls Island. The 2 train and the 6 train are an option in the Bronx for people who want to cut the ride a little short.

 

Click here to see the route

 

There is a small section of relatively pristine gravel that is skinny tire friendly. Otherwise all the trails are paved. The pace will be 15± mph, though we'll often be going slower on multi-use trails.

 

The weather on Sunday will be significantly colder than Saturday. Dress for feels like temps in the mid to upper 40s for much of the ride, with the feels like temp getting up to the low 50s as we get back into the City. There are MetroNorth and subway stations every few miles along the route in the event you're cold and want to cut the ride short.

Ride Details

Distance ~43 miles
Start Location Sent to registered members
Date Sunday, October 25, 2020
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Level B - Steady Eddy
Speed ~15 mph
Ride Organizer Jay H.

Riders

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Jay H.

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Peter E.

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Jonathan S.

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Ride Reviews

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Another great route by Jay. Another fantastic ride with a great group of people. Another Sunday well spent.

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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.