Do you like to cycle, do you fear the roads? The Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club is hosting Rail Trail Rides this spring. The first takes place this Wednesday on the new Maybrook Trail in Brewster. Meet lovely people, spin your legs, get some fresh air.
Walks open to all … you can find out more and register here.
Details of the hike:
Cycling Friends: Rail rides, where 90-100% of the journey is on a dedicated off-road trail, have long been a staple of the club’s group riding program. The North and South County Trails, the Dutchess County Trail, the Harlem Valley Trail, the Farmington Canal Trail, to name a few, have all been used for treks in the club and individual members.
The growing popularity of these trails is easy to understand. Rail trails are generally fairly safe, with no vehicular traffic, few people, good surfaces and flat terrain. Scenery is often an added bonus —- in many cases rail lines have been pushed through underdeveloped areas and sometimes over old trestle bridges. Therefore, many rail trails today pass through areas of great natural beauty e.g. Walkway over the Hudson, Maybrook Trail (Pond & Lake, Great Swamp, Trestle Bridge).
This growing interest in Rail Trail riding has generated commensurate activity in improving and adding new trails. Just across the border in New York City, the 750 mile Empire State Trail has officially been completed, including the beautiful Maybrook Trail originating from Brewster and going all the way to Hopewell Junction and the Hudson Valley, connecting to several other trails and opening up vast new areas for cycling.
The Harlem Valley Rail Trail has recently been extended from Wassaic, NY to Copake, and closer to home it is now possible to ride seamlessly on the Rail Trails from the Goldens Bridge / Somers area to Van Cortlandt Park in the northern New York. Closer still, there is continued progress on the Norwalk Valley Trail, which will eventually connect Norwalk and Danbury.