Making Inroads: From Canyons to Sculpture Parks, Biking is Everywhere

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In the woodsy hamlet of Orange County, New York, Storm King Art Center has something new in store for visitors this summer. Known for luring city folks seeking verdurous calm, the 500-acre Mountainville destination plans to offer bike rentals beginning in July, a source tells offMetro, as a transportation alternative to walking when touring the art-dappled grounds.

The outdoor museum celebrating 50 years in 2010 is keeping mum on many of the details, saying only that the bike program is under construction. We called Lightsey Cycles, the shop providing the hybrid bikes, for comment. “Bikes will create an even greater experience, making it easier to get from location to location,” said Kirk Lightsey. “There are some trams running every 30 minutes, but they are always maxed out.”

Although it is bike month in New York City, biking has been making news across the country this spring—from the Grand Canyon to talk of a nationwide interstate biking system. It will be interesting to see where biking makes headlines next. Perhaps a photo of President Obama (in full bulletproof garb) biking to and from meetings?

At least for now, we have leisurely long rides at Storm King to look forward to.

How to get there: Coach USA (formerly Short Line Bus) offers a day tour package leaving from Port Authority with direct drop-off at the park. For a bus schedule and to purchase tickets visit coachusa.com. Storm King Hours: April 1 to October 31, 2009, Wednesday through Sunday (10am-5:30pm). November 1 to November 15, 2009, Wednesday through Sunday (10am-5pm). Saturdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, open until 8 pm. Holiday Mondays (10am-5:30pm). Closed to public from November 16 to March 31. Fees: Roundtrip bus transportation and museum admission for adults—$44.00, Children ages five to eleven—$22.00.

(Storm King Art Center, Old Pleasant Hill Road, Mountainville, New York. 845.534.3115, stormking.org)

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