WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The cloudy morning weather in White Plains didn’t drive away bicycling dads and their families on Father’s Day, one of the last Bicycle Sundays of Spring.
“I’m absolutely happy to spend the day with my son and, later on, my daughter,” cyclist Victor Nardulli of Harrison said, standing next to his teenage son.
Westchester County has hosted Bicycle Sundays for 38 years and allows bicyclists, in-line skaters and joggers to own the road for a four-hour window on certain Sundays. During those times, cars are forbidden on the Bronx River Parkway from the Westchester County Center in White Plains to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers.
“It’s a fabulous place to ride,” Catherine Goff of Greenwich, Conn., said while gearing up with her daughter, Julie. “We love that there’s no traffic, it’s relatively flat, with a few hills, but nothing too challenging. It’s a great length so that we can get really good exercise.”
The Goff family usually rides together on Sundays, but, Catherine explained, “It’s only the two of us today because it is Father’s Day; Dad’s at home getting peace and quiet.”
Cyclist Tom Gallin thought Bicycle Sunday would be a great opportunity to spend time with his son, Jake Gallin, who is a recipient of the New York Life Youth Award given by the Volunteer Center of the United Way. At 10 years old, Jake has founded an organization called Stars for Cars, which sells car decal stickers, and has raised more than $5,000 for military families.
“He’s sold around 600 stars. He’s got Mercedes Benz selling them, and Audi, and a bunch of other businesses in New Rochelle,” said Tom. “It’s the best Father’s Day gift I could ever get.”
Next weekend, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is the last Bicycle Sundays ride until September. During July and August, cyclists, joggers and in-line skaters will have to stick to paths, sidewalks and lesser-traveled roadways until the event starts up again in September.