Sunday September 30, 2007
Bronxville train station
Come skate on the traffic-free Bronx River Parkway in southern Westchester.
This is our last chance of the year to skate through southern Westchester on the traffic-free Bronx River Parkway (BRP). This is a curvy, rolling 7-mile stretch of a 4-lane parkway that is reserved for cycling and skating for 4 hours every Sunday in the spring and fall. The road is smooth, the bike traffic is light, and the hills are 'just right'.
We'll meet at the Bronxville train station (Metro North Harlem Line) at 11AM and plan to get rolling at 11:15. From the train station, we'll skate through a park for a couple of miles until we reach the beginning of the traffic-free zone. Then we'll take the parkway to White Plains, skate a path to the Kensico Dam, and return to Bronxville for lunch. Total distance will be about 22 miles.
If you're traveling by train, take the 10:23 from Grand Central (get your ticket and meet up with fellow skaters at the information booth at 10:10). It's a 35-minute ride, and round trip off-peak fare is $11.50. The train also stops at 125 St. (Park Avenue) at 10:33. We'll be done in time to catch the 2:22 or 3:22 back to NYC.
If you're driving, check maps.google.com for directions. Note that they usually close off the Bronx River Parkway exit off the Cross County Parkway, so you may have to take some local roads to Bronxville (see map).
Bring your helmet and wrist guards, and some water as well (or buy some in Bronxville before we take off), plus some lunch money.
Check out the following links for some background on the BRP: