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Bronx River Parkway a Fun Place to Ride on Bicycle Sundays

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Joggers, roller bladders, but mostly cyclists of all ages are biking along a popular Westchester scenic route. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Leaning back on two wheels, or maybe you just have one wheel, but it really doesn't matter what kind of bike you have when you hit the Bronx River Parkway in Westchester County.

"It is a great place to come, I have been doing it since I'm a kid, so to kind of repeat the circle of life, this is what it is all about," says Andrew Handwerger, a Westchester resident.

Now he brings his boys out to Bicycle Sundays.

This is the 40th year the Bronx River Parkway is closed to traffic on Sundays in May, June and September. Bikers are allowed to take over a 13 mile round trip stretch from Yonkers to White Plains.

"It's healthy, we are seeing friends out here. I hope they don't hear too much about this in the city because this is our little treat," says Handwerger.

Friends of Westchester Parks, which sponsors the event, says people from several counties travel to the event.

"Rockland, Putnam Valley, a lot of city folks. It is just a really great way to spend your day. And if your kids just learned how to bike ride, this is a perfect place to practice," says Sharon Douglas of friends of Westchester Parks.

And the children are so adorable to see. Then, there are couples pedaling to their hearts content. Charlie Cruz is from the Bronx, his biking partner is from New Rochelle.

"Came through here one time on a Sunday and saw everybody biking. Came by, got a little information and ever since then I have been riding. I got my girlfriend into it," says Cruz.

Cruising along the parkway on a beautiful Sunday is definitely a lot of fun, but don't be fooled as it can also be very challenging because there are quite a few hills along the way.

There are also pathways that bikers can hit even when the parkway is open to traffic that offer the same gorgeous views.

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