Bicycling in Rockland County

Ken Roberts and Sharon Marsh Roberts

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Routes for bicycling -- Other Peoples

Since we do not ride lots in Rockland County ourselves, we'll start with some links to some routes by other people who are here more often: 

Routes for bicycling -- Ours

  • George Washington Bridge to Piermont -- 30 miles round trip, moderate.  Start with the GWB, go up the West side of the river through New Jersey into New York to a food stop down by the Hudson River.  See lots of fellow cyclists, enjoy cruising the long rolling grades of Route 9W.  1400 vertical feet, hill index 3.2.  Start points Manhattan, Fort Lee NJ, Piermont NY. [ Description | Maps + GPS ] 
  • GWB and River Road to Nyack -- 44 miles, hilly.  The most popular ride from Manhattan.  Start at the George Washington Bridge, go up the West side of the river through New Jersey into New York.  Views of the Hudson River, lots of fellow cyclists, cruising the long rolling grades of Route 9W.  2300 vertical feet, hill index 5.0.  Start points Manhattan and Fort Lee NJ, also Piermont and Nyack NY. [ Description | Maps + GPS ] 
  • NYC to Bear Mountain Adventure -- 101 miles, hilly.  The great (non-train-supported) bicycling adventure from Manhattan -- lakes with islands, river views, classic descents.  But some vehicle traffic situations requiring advanced traffic-handling skills.  One section on dirt.  Start points Manhattan and Fort Lee NJ; also Allendale NJ, Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks, Stony Point, Nyack.  6400 vertical feet, hill index 4.2. [ Details | Map | GPS | Cue sheet ] 

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River Routes -- Bridge to Bridge

Rockland County has a bridge across the Hudson River -- the Tappan Zee.  Unfortunately, bicycling or walking across it is normally not permitted -- except once a year with the Great Tappan Zee Bike Tour for MS.

But there is a bridge-to-bridge loop which passes through this county: 

  • GWB to Bear Mountain Bridge Loop, on both sides of the Hudson river -- 92 miles (or 83 miles), hilly.  A great accomplishment, several pretty views of the River, and a great variety of riding.  Lots of motor vehicle traffic, requiring advanced traffic-handling skills.  At least two sections on dirt.  7200 vertical feet, hill index over 5.0. [ Description | Map | Photos ] 

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Taxi services

Calling a taxi services can be very helpful for bicycling: 

  • when your bicycle gets messed up bad enough so you cannot ride it -- or weather turns real bad -- and you still need to get home or back to your car.
  • to get to and from train stations.
  • to set up one-way tours.

It's usually easier to call a taxi if you have some phone numbers of taxi services in the area you're riding. A way to get a list is to do a search for "taxi" on a directory of business phone numbers such as -- Here's some towns and cities in this county on which might be helpful to search:

Nyack, Piermont, Tappan, Haverstraw, Spring Valley, Monsey, Suffern (all in New York state)

Here's some taxi services we found in phone directories around 2003:

  • A A Taxi, Nyack, NY
  • West Nyack Car Service, Nyack, NY
  • Nyack Taxi Service, Nyack, NY
  • Orange Eights Taxi, Piermont, NY
  • Marathon Car Service, Tappan, NY
  • A A A Taxi, Haverstraw, NY
  • Apple Taxi, Haverstraw, NY
  • SOS Taxi Service, Spring Valley, NY
  • Pyramid Taxi, Spring Valley, NY
  • LA Courtoisie Taxi, Spring Valley, NY
  • Pouche Taxi, Spring Valley, NY
  • J N Taxi, Spring Valley, NY
  • Air Rocklanders Taxicab, Spring Valley, NY
  • Getrex Taxi, Spring Valley, NY
  • Zamer Car Service, Monsey, NY
  • Sammy's Taxi, Suffern, NY
  • Brothers Taxi, Suffern, NY

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