Delaware County, New York, in the foothills of the Western
Catskills, is great cycling country.
It's beautiful (as you see, that's an understatement) and the roads are
generally in pretty nice shape, with lots of inviting bends
that open up into new and lovely vistas. There's water
everywhere - a brook or river along nearly every
road, plus a couple of long, serpentine reservoirs for good
measure. There's a refreshing lack of heavy auto
traffic - the area as a whole is sparsely populated - and
the air is noticeably cleaner & great-smelling. There
are hills aplenty to challenge you, but flatter routes are
easy enough to plan, especially around the reservoirs.
Then factor in a great little gourmet/natural foods
store (that would be us) to keep you fueled, and
Cinder Track Bicycles,
a cycle &
repair shop in nearby Livingston Manor, to keep your
ride going strong and provide whatever you may have
forgotten to bring. Or, heck, make their day and
forget some stuff on purpose. The bike shop team
leads rides most summer and fall weekends. There are B&Bs in every
little town, and plenty of campgrounds, both private and
New York State-run, if you like roughing it. Want
Cinder Track's site and/or
Area resources include:
Bear Spring Mountain Campground
Sullivan County Bike Club
||Left to right, Stefan and Jesse of
Pepacton Natural Foods & Virginia of Cinder
Track Bicycles at the start of a June 2007
Saturday a.m. ride.
To all you fraidy-cats who didn't show:
The weather cleared! It turned into a
beautiful day and a 50-plus mile ride to the
Margaretville end of the Pepacton reservoir
and back...plus you missed all the great
gourmet snacking and yummy fresh hot coffee
Make sure to check Cinder Track's site
frequently for the rides schedule.
|Mile 77! Left to right,
Virginia of Cinder Track Bicycles, & Brian,
Steve, and Thomas riding with the Sullivan
County Bike Club, taking a well-deserved
break on the deck at Pepacton Natural Foods,
before the last leg of their 116-mile ride.
August 11, 2007.
Fellow cyclists always welcome! In
fact, we cater to cyclists: there's
always free chilled water from our Brita
pitcher, bathroom facilities, plus the deck
to take a break and eat your lunch or snack
on, overlooking the sparkling Downs Brook
||October 20, 2007 - Jesse staffs our
table at LibertyBikeTrail.org's Family
Bicycling Day at Walnut Mountain in Liberty. If you missed it, ya shoulda
been there: it was a beautiful day -
free admission, great mountain biking,
amazing scenery (and FREE
knock-your-socks-off organic fair trade coffee and
intense, creamy organic hot chocolate donated by Pepacton Natural Foods and
There were also hot mulled cider and lots of
tasty snacks at reasonable prices to keep
everyone riding hard. And Virginia &
Charlie of Cinder Track Bicycles were there
with bikes to rent and on-site tech help.
are knocking themselves out here in the
Catskills to promote all kinds of cycling
for everyone. Visit their site, and
please set aside the day for their next
an issue close to many cyclists' hearts and in need of
ongoing support: The Bigger Better Bottle Bill (see
below for background).
It's Spring again:
date for the NYS Budget approval is April 1st, 2008!
Joe Stelling of NYPIRG in a 3/21 e-mail:
"The Bigger Better Bottle Bill is moving forward in
the budget process. The Assembly has included the bottle
bill expansion in their version of the budget and the
new Governor is a big supporter of this legislation. In
fact, he spoke out publicly in support of the Bigger
Better Bottle Bill at a BBBB citizen lobby day in Albany
on February 26th.
"As expected, the Senate has once again excluded the
bill from their budget, and the issue will be resolved
during the budget negotiation process. We've been
getting closer every year, and now our Senators need to
hear from you about how they should support the BBBB in
the budget this year. All indications are that the
budget will be resolved within the next few weeks.
Technically it is due April 1, but will likely take a
few days or possibly weeks longer than that considering
all the recent upheaval in Albany. Calling your Senator
now could make a real difference on this issue.
To find out who represents you, go to:
Updating New York’s Bottle Bill requires a three-way agreement
between New York’s Governor, Senate, and
Assembly. Governor Spitzer has proposed
including the Bigger Better Bottle Bill in
the 2008-09 State Budget. State
legislators, especially in the State Senate,
need to hear from citizens between
now and April 1st,
when the State Budget is supposed to be
Contact Your State
Call, write or visit your State Senator
and Assemblymember now and urge him or her
to include the Bigger Better Bottle Bill in
the 2008-09 state budget.
To find out who represents you in Albany,
call your county Board of Elections, or
visit the Board of Elections website at:
To get your legislator’s address, e-mail,
or phone number, contact:
|New York State Senate
518-455-2800 (main switchboard)
|New York State
518-455-4100 or 212-312-1550 (main
(Legislator’s Full Name)
(Legislator's Full Name
|New York State Senate
||New York State Assembly
|(Room #) Legislative
||(Room #) Legislative
|Albany, NY 12247
||Albany, NY 12248
We all share responsibility for
keeping our communities clean and
healthy. It is time for the State
Legislature to stop ignoring strong
public support for this common-sense
measure and act in the best
interests of the public and our
environment. Please do your part by
including the Bigger Better Bottle
Bill in the 2008-09 state budget.
I would like to know your position
on this issue.
Dear Senator______________ (or
I urge you to update New York’s
Bottle Bill to make our communities
cleaner and improve recycling in New
The Bottle Bill is New York’s most
effective litter control and
recycling program. However, times
have changed since 1982 when the
original Bottle Bill was passed, and
the law needs to be updated to
reflect that change. Bottled water
and other non-carbonated beverages
are now more visible than ever, both
in our stores and in our litter.
Adding a deposit would not only
prevent litter, but also boost
recycling. This would reduce both
the volume of waste going into our
landfills and the demand on energy
and petroleum used to make these
The Bigger Better Bottle Bill would
also provide much needed revenue for
environmental protection by
requiring beverage companies to
transfer unclaimed deposits to the
state. This money would boost
recycling and many other
environmental initiatives here in
New York without costing taxpayers a
(Add personal note here)
Also, please send a copy of your
letter to the leaders of the Senate and the
|Hon. Joseph L. Bruno
New York State Senate
909 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
New York State Assembly
932 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
Other things you can do to help pass the
Bigger Better Bottle Bill:
- ask your local municipality to pass
resolution in support of the
Bigger Better Bottle Bill
- sign your organization or business
up as an
endorser of the Bigger Better
- submit a letter to the editor to
your local paper
- host an event in your community,
such as a litter cleanup or bottle
drive, and invite the local media
For more information about the BBBB
Laura Haight, 518-436-0876
Joseph Stelling, 518-436-0876, ext. 276
Joe Stelling of NYPIRG in a February 11th e-mail:
evidence grows stronger and stronger that New York needs
an updated bottle bill. While practically non-existent a
quarter-century ago when the original bottle bill was
passed, non-carbonated beverage containers currently
make up about 30% of the beverage market. A recent
survey of litter in New York conducted by the New York
Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) showed that
these containers make up nearly 2/3 of beverage
container litter, and over 1/5 of New York's total
litter volume. Clearly, including these containers in
our deposit system could have a significant impact on
litter and boost recycling in New York.
"As supporters had been hoping, Governor Spitzer once
again included the Bigger Better Bottle Bill in his
Executive Budget Proposal last month. The bill took
largely the same form as last year, calling for
expansion of the current nickel deposit system to
include non-carbonated beverages such as bottled water,
iced-teas, and sports drinks. The bill would also return
unclaimed nickels to the state for use in the
Environmental Protection Fund. It is expected that this
law will generate $200,000,000 annually in environmental
funding without costing taxpayers a dime!
"The Assembly has been fairly supportive of this
recycling and litter prevention measure in the past,
while the Senate, led by Majority Leader Joseph Bruno
(R-Saratoga Springs), has been the major political road
block to this common-sense legislation. Facing upcoming
elections and huge budget shortfalls, we are hopeful
that the Senate will do the right thing this year and
update our deposit system. However, they still need
convincing. Please write your local Senator and
Majority Leader Bruno and tell them to support the
Bigger Better Bottle Bill in this year's budget."
this page for contact links
Joe Stelling of NYPIRG in a November 15th e-mail:
campaign is gearing up in preparation for the start of
the legislative session in 2008. It still looks
like the best chance to win on this issue is in the
budget process. We are working to ensure that the
bill is included in Governor Spitzer's 2008-09 executive
budget proposal. Because the process starts so
early in the year (proposal comes out mid-January), it
is important to gain momentum now so that this issue is
in the front of the minds of legislators. As in
previous years, the biggest opposition stems from the
Senate and majority leader Bruno. Therefore, the
best thing people can do right now is to write state
legislators and encourage them to pass the BBBB in the
upcoming budget (especially Senators Bruno and
Marcellino, but local representatives in the Senate and
Assembly are important too).
"Hundreds of groups and endorsers from around the state
stay committed to this issue and more supporters are
signing on all the time. With legislators all too aware
of upcoming elections and the current dysfunction in
Albany, anything can happen. We remain very optimistic
about the campaign, but must stay vigilant in our
efforts to let legislators know how important this issue
is to New Yorkers.
"Thanks so much for your support on this issue."
Find your assemblyperson:
Scan down the
page for more information on how to reach those who
represent you in state government, and facts you can
include in your comments.
was the last chance for the bill to pass in 2007:
Michael Behrmann of NYPIRG in a July 5th e-mail,
regarding this year's effort to pass the Bigger Better
Bottle Bill here in New York State:
"The hour for passage came and went without either
house passing the bill this session. In the Senate,
which has always been the trouble spot, we did see the
most movement that we have ever seen, no doubt a result
of the enormous pressure put on them by all the public
support. But in the end it didn't amount to passage.
"We really appreciate the hard work and effort that
all of our citizen activists have put into this
campaign, despite the rather disappointing outcome. But
as usual, we plan to continue this fight until the bill
is passed. It took about 10 years to get the original
bill passed, so it's not over. As for next steps, we are
looking to continue our outreach and build our support
base. So if you know any other businesses who might be
interested in becoming an endorser that would be great."
to Michael Behrmann of NYPIRG, the current status of the
"At this point we are still asking people to continue writing
to their representative and place calls into their offices
expressing support for the BBBB... I might suggest writing to Senator Bruno and Senator Marcellino expressing
your support, since they are in leadership positions.
Finally, we are also writing thank you letters to Governor
Spitzer to express our appreciation for putting it in the
budget and for still remaining behind it outside of the
- Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno blocked the BBBB
from going through in the budget (he has historically
been the road block), but Senator Marcellino, Chairman
of the Environmental Conservation Committee, has
committed to work on the BBBB outside of the budget.
- Senator LaValle has introduced the BBBB in the
- We expect the Assembly to be introducing the bill in
their house shortly
- Governor Spitzer is still very behind it and it is
still one of his top environmental priorities.
- Was cut from the budget because it was one of the
larger issues blocking an "on time" budget, so as a
result they removed it.
Want to help reduce litter, increase recycling rates,
conserve landfill space, and recover money for us, the
taxpayers of New York? Scan down the page for
background info as well as links that will make it easy to
write your legislators.
Every day in
the United States, 100,000,000 aluminum
cans are buried in landfills.
We throw out enough aluminum cans in the form
of beer and soda cans to rebuild an entire
commercial air fleet every three months.
Extracting the raw materials to make these cans,
as well as the energy used to process the raw
materials, is enormous[ly energy - intensive].
Each can we recycle saves the equivalent of a
cup of fossil fuel, or enough electricity to
power a television for 3 hours.
Recycling aluminum uses 95 percent less energy
than making new aluminum. There is
no limit to the number of times aluminum can be
recycled. We have to wonder why we are
throwing away so much money and resources.
Magazine, Jan/Feb 2008
e-cycling, freecycling, freesharing,
freeswapping - no matter what you call it, it's
a way to clean up your clutter
by finding a
good home for it rather than
putting it in the
Delaware County eCycle
how to get here
in the Town of Colchester
on a seriously gorgeous planet
summer evening rides:
Meet on the back deck at
Tuesday evenings, 6:15 pm
May 6, 2008 -
September 23, 2008
No fancy equipment
wear comfortable clothes, bring a water bottle and any bike with a
seat you like and two wheels that spin, (check
your tires before you come),
and we'll go out for an hour or two of gentle exercise
and fun on bikes!
All skill levels and riding paces accommodated -
no rider left behind!
Fall 2008: with shorter hours of daylight, after-work ride season is over. See you next year!
Recycle that plastic bottle!
What Do The Numbers Mean?
1 -- PET (Polyethylene terephthalate)
PET is used in the production of soft drink bottles, peanut butter jars...and can be recycled into fiberfill for sleeping bags, carpet fibers, rope, pillows...
2 -- HDPE (High-density polyethylene)
HDPE is found in milk jugs, butter tubs, detergent bottles, motor oil bottles...and can be recycled into flower pots, trash cans, traffic barrier cones, detergent bottles...
3 -- V (Polyvinyl chloride)
PVC is used in shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, fast food service items...and can be recycled into drainage and irrigation pipes...
4 -- LDPE (Low-density polyethylene)
LDPE is found in grocery bags, bread bags, shrink wrap, margarine tub tops...and can be recycled into new grocery bags...
5 -- PP (Polypropylene)
PP is used in most yogurt containers, straws, pancake syrup bottles, bottle caps....and can be recycled into plastic lumber, car battery cases, manhole steps...
6 -- PS (Polystyrene)
PS is found in disposable hot cups, packaging materials (peanuts), and meat trays...and can be recycled into plastic lumber, cassette tape boxes, flower pots...
7 -- Other
This is usually a mixture of various plastics, like squeeze ketchup bottles, "microwaveable" dishes...
There are two methods for making plastic containers -- blow-molding and injection molding. Blow-molding produces necked bottles (shampoo bottles), while injection molding produces tubs (margarine tubs).
Your recycling program may be based on the number system or on how the plastic was made. Check with your local recycling coordinator to find out which types of plastics are recyclable in your community. Please be sure to recycle only those plastics collected in your recycling program!
And for those not accepted:
|Best option: R E D U C E !|
- Buy a good reusable bottle & refill it from your tap or filter pitcher.
- Don't buy products that utilize single-use plastics, e.g. microwaveable meals. Use your own bowl instead.
- When choosing among similar products, favor the one that uses the least packaging.
- Bring your own bags to stores.