Bike the Hudson Valley
Your one-stop resource about where to bicycle in the Hudson Valley, and how to get there!
How to get to a ride on public transit
Maybe you are from New York City and you are looking to check out one of these rides in the Hudson Valley, but you don't have a car. One of the best things about bicycling in the Hudson Valley is its robust, bike-friendly transit system. In many cases,  you can access a great bike path or bike route from a train station or bus stop.  This opens up many great places to ride for people who do not have access to a car. It can also allow you to do a ride "one way" where you park (or take transit) to a starting point, do a your ride, and then take a train or bus back.  Check out the information below:

Metro-North Railroad
 Metro-North Railroad has an excellent bike-on-board program that allows you to take your bicycle with you on all trains, except during the peak rush hour periods. Each train has areas where you can store your bike. While you do not need to buy an extra ticket for your bike or make a reservation for it, Metro-North requires you to obtain a bike permit. The permit costs $5 and is a lifetime permit.  For full information on Metro-North’s bike policy go to: http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways/bikerule.htm

Please be advised that the Metro-North bike policy only applies to the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines. The Pascack Valley Line and the Port Jervis Lines are actually operated by NJ Tranit, under a contract with Metro-North.  So to bring your bike on those lines, you will need to follow the NJ Transit bike policy, which can be found at this link: http://www.njtransit.com/rg/rg_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=BikeProgramTo

Metro-North also has a select number of bike tour pacakges, which can be found at:   http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/outbound.htm

Check out the map below to see where Metro-North can take you. Below the map is a list of bike paths/routes that you can access from certain stations.
Get there by train!

O ld Croton Aqueduct Trail This trail parallels the Hudson Line and can be accessed from the following stations:  Glenwood, Greystone, Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley-on-Hudson, Irvington, Tarrytown, Philipse Manor, Scarborough, Ossining and Croton-Harmon.
  
Bronx River Pathway This trail parallels the Harlem Line and can be accessed from the following stations:  Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Crestwood, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, White Plains, North White Plains, Valhalla (via Kensico Dam Plaza)
    
Putnam Trailway   Access from Harlem Line at Brewster station
  
Walkway-Over-the-Hudson , Hudson Valley Rail Trail , Dutchess Rail Trail  Access from Hudson Line at Poughkeepsie station
    
Harlem Valley Rail Trail  Access from Harlem Line at Wassaic station

East Coast Greenway Bike Route   This trail parallels the New Haven Line and can be accessed from the following stations:  New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Harrison, Rye and Port Chester

NYS Bike Route 9  This state bicycle route parallels the Hudson Line north of the Bear Mountain Bridge. Access it from the following stations: Manitou, Garrison, Cold Spring, Breakneck Ridge, Beacon, New Hamburg and Poughkeepsie

NYS Bike Route 17 Access from the Hudson Line at Beacon or the Port Jervis Line at Campbell Hall or Port Jervis.
  
Amtrak

Amtrak does not currently allow bicycles on any of their trains in New York State. 

Bus service

There are a number of bus systems in the Hudson Valley that have bike racks to carry your bike.  Some of these bus services can take you to some great bike trails or bike routes. 

Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT)  Ulster County's buses can take you throughout the county on buses that all have bike racks. These buses connect with the Poughkeepsie train station and can take you to both the Walkill Valley Rail Trail and the  O&W Rail Trail

Transit of Rockland  Most of the buses service Rockland County have bike racks, but not all. So while you might get a bus with a rack, you might not.  All Tappan Zee Express buses running between Rockland and Westchester Counties can take bikes.  See this webpage for more information:  http://rocklandgov.com/departments/public-transportation/environmental-initiatives/

Capital District Transporation Authority serves Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Saratoga Counties. All buses have bike racks. 


Not sure how to use a bus bike rack?
Click on the video below to find out!