Rails to Bikes to Beer Bike Tour

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 8:15 a.m. - 7 p.m.
CM | 9.50
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You'll learn about:

  • Regulatory rules/zoning for micro-breweries and micro-distilleries

  • Bicycle tourism as a growing segment of the tourism marketplace

  • Successful bike-on-transit programs

  • How to leverage transportation and CDBG grant funding to create a sense of place around rail trails

The conversion of the former New York Central’s Putnam Division rail line to a bike path has been one of the most successful rail-trail conversions in the Northeast, connecting NYC’s northern-most suburbs with the Bronx. Ride a 35-mile portion of this trail while learning more about how it has benefited the communities along it. Presentations throughout the ride will provide background on the grant programs and funding streams necessary for the trailway’s success, the economic development gains inspired by the trailway, the trailway's ability to leverage bicycle tourism, the role of bike-on-transit programs as a key component of regional non-motororized mobility, and the Hudson Valley’s exploding “localvore” movement,  which has included many new micro-breweries and micro-distilleries. You will also learn about the regulatory framework that the region had to develop to help these businesses thrive.

This all-day event will include a train ride from Grand Central to Brewster followed by 18 miles of riding before lunch and 17 miles after it. The ride ends at the regionally famous Captain Lawrence Brewery, where a tasting of up to 10 beers is included in the  tour before transportation is provided back to NYC. 


Lukas Herbert , AICP , , Bronx , NY (see bio)
Jesica Youngblood , City of Peekskill , Peekskill , NY (see bio)
Robyn Steinberg , AICP , Town of Yorktown , Yorktown Heights , NY
John Tegeder , Town of Yorktown Plng Dept. , Yorktown Heights , NY
William Brady , AICP , White Plains , NY
Bruce Lozito , AICP , Potrero , 03