For bikers and walkers in Westchester, Bicycle Sundays offer a safe and welcoming space to get fit and have fun with friends and family.
Bicycle Sundays are back in Westchester!
Sunday, May 1 marked the kickoff of Westchester County’s 48th annual Bicycle Sundays program, which sees the Bronx River Parkway closed to motor vehicles and opened for the enjoyment of bicyclists, joggers, skaters, pedestrians, pets, and more.
Since its inception in 1974, Bicycle Sundays has been immensely popular among Westchester residents looking to get outdoors and stretch their legs while staying close to home. The Bronx River Pathway, a trail enjoyed year-round by cyclists and pedestrians, runs alongside the Parkway, but Bicycle Sundays allows for a more inclusive experience perfect for kids and casual bikers.
The 6.5-mile stretch of the Bronx River Parkway reserved for the program reaches from Yonkers to White Plains and will be open every Sunday in May, June, and September (except for Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends).
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Westchester Parks Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and preserving the County’s parks, and the Westchester County Parks Department co-administer the program, with financial support from New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and Con Edison.
At the program’s official kickoff ceremony on April 29, Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said, “Support from the Westchester Parks Foundation and its sponsors has helped sustain our longest running, most-loved program – Bicycle Sundays – for the past decade; it brings in participants from across the county to utilize the open space of the Bronx River Parkway without the interruption of vehicles to hone in on their cycling skills or to enjoy time with family.”
The Bronx River Parkway runs parallel to the Bronx River Parkway Reservation, an 807-acre park that is the oldest in Westchester and a picturesque backdrop for a day of outdoor fun.
The Parkway itself is similarly historic, being the oldest parkway in not just Westchester but the United States. This year, it will celebrate its 100th birthday.
Bicycle Sundays began May 1 and will run Sundays this summer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.