Rails to Bikes to Beer Bike Tour
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.
Confirmed SpeakerLukas Herbert, AICP has worked for the Westchester County Planning Department for 15 years on a variety of land use, transportation, and bike-ped initiatives. In recent years he has lead the division in charge of reviewing all planning and zoning applications before the County Planning Board. In 2014 he launched Gotham Bicycle Tours which is the only bicycle touring company in the U.S. that is 100% integrated with public transportation.
, City of Peekskill
Confirmed SpeakerJesica Youngblood currently serves as City Planner for the City of Peekskill, NY. Prior to, Jesica was a Project Planner with a private planning consulting firm and previously appointed as Assistant Director of Planning and Development for the Village of Port Chester, NY after sequentially serving as their Planner. Jesica has an undergraduate degree in Geography with an emphasis in spatial relations from Texas Christian University and earned her Master of City & Regional Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Jesica's professional training and certifications include the National Form Based Code Institute, National Complete Streets Coalition, and Esri. She is active in APA as well as in local academic and business-development groups.
, Town of Yorktown
, Yorktown Heights
, Town of Yorktown Plng Dept.
, Yorktown Heights
, White Plains