Getting To & From FANY 2019

Almost all FANY Riders will gather on SATURDAY, July 20, 2019 at our starting location in Plattsburgh.  You can park your car at either the start or end of FANY, and take an optional bus (see below).  But if you plan to arrive on Sunday, 7/21/19 the day we really start riding, please arrive by 7:00am.  Airports are near either end, with local transportation.  Amtrak connections are best suited for folding bikes.

Want to join FANY mid route?  We'd love it, but you have to get yourself there & back.

Where does FANY start?

We start biking near the very top the  of NY  in Plattsburgh - & bike south to Poughkeepsie.  Most people will travel to the start on SAT, 7/20/19 ( FANY will officially begin riding the next day, Sunday.)  Maps to the starting location in Plattsburgh will be included in your Riders Packet.   (Yes!  We have camping arrangements for Saturday night before FANY officially begins.)

Flying to FANY

Please contact FANY Ride if you wish to pre-ship your bike to FANY.

 

 

Plattsburgh Int’l Airport allows for easy travel to FANY from FL, Wash D.C.,  and Myrtle Beach, SC

 

http://flyplattsburgh.com/Passenger-Services/Airline-Information 

 

 

After FANY, Stewart International Airport is 45-60 min from Poughkeepsie.  Jet Blue to Ft. Lauderdale & others  https://www.swfny.com/flight-tracker?view=VIEW_DEPARTURE&apt=SWF

 

Driving/ Bus option

You can drive to the start in Plattsburgh, leave your car there for free during the FANY Ride, and take an optional bus back after the FANY Ride, - or - you can drive before FANY to Poughkeepsie (where we end) and leave your car there for the week, and take an optional bus up to the start. Use the Sign-up Form to reserve a bus seat for the right day (up from Poughkeepsie SAT 7/20/19, return back to where we started on Plattsburgh FRI 7/26/19)!  ALSO - NEW FOR 2019 - shuttles for the 4 Day and 2 Day options.

(NOTE: We apologize that the return bus after FANY is more than the initial bus going up, however it's a math thing.  Traditionally more than four times as many people take the initial bus.) 

Does a "bus seat" include my bike & luggage?

YES!  Luggage goes under the bus, and bikes are stood inside the big truck that will become our gear truck for the week (above). FANY rents moving blankets to throw over the bikes, and tie each row of bikes in place. Some bikers also buy foam pipe insulation at any home supply store, and cut it to length to slip over their bike frame and fork for extra protection. (see below)

Amtrak

If you take Amtrak, you will possibly need to pre-ship your full size bike since some Amtrak trains don't accept bikes.  (Contact FANY if you plan to pre-ship your bike.)   Thankfully NYBC is working hard to lobby for bikes on trains!  

 

Amtrak can take folding bikes all the way to Plattsburgh, OR full sized bikes to Poughkeepsie (also full sized on Metro North).  Be sure to allow time to arrive in Poughkeepsie & get to the optional bus to Plattsburgh.  Scroll down for appropriate details & schedule.

 

Amtrak – NYC – Plattsburgh:  - per Amtrak  limited to true FOLDING BIKES”

 

Amtrak #69, dep NYP 8:15am – arr Plattsburgh 3:20pm  - per Amtrak “limited to true FOLDING BIKES which will be treated as Carry-On Luggage, and must be folded prior to boarding the train.”  Be sure to ask and confirm your folding bike when booking your Amtrak ticket.  NOTE: FANY Ride has NOT made any travel arrangements with Amtrak.  This information is presented for travel consideration, and should not be considered a recommendation or firm booking. Biker is solely responsible to confirm all plans directly with Amtrak    https://www.amtrak.com/onboard/bring-your-bicycle-onboard/bike-faqs.html.

 

·         Is my folding bike allowed?

 

 

 

Amtrak – NYC – Poughkeepsie: - - per Amtrak  limited to true FOLDING BIKES  NOTE: bikers need local connection to optional FANY bus 7/20/19

 

Amtrak # 250, Amtrak #63, Amtrak # 260 – all  limited to “folding bikes which will be treated as Carry-On Luggage, and must be folded prior to boarding the train.”  Be sure to ask and confirm folding bike when booking your Amtrak ticket.  NOTE: FANY Ride has NOT made any travel arrangements with Amtrak.  This information is presented for travel consideration only, and should not be considered a recommendation or firm booking. Biker is solely responsible to confirm all plans directly with Amtrak. Be sure to allow enough time to arrive at optional FANY bus in Poughkeepsie.  The optional bus creates the chance to meet other FANY bikers on the bus from Poughkeepsie to Plattsburgh.  Be sure to add the correct optional bus on the FANY sign-up form.

 

 

 

Metro North – NYC - Poughkeepsie:  – FULL SIZED or E-BIKES need permit, true FOLDING BIKES do not need a bike permit.  NOTE: bikers need connection to optional FANY bus 7/20/19

 

Dep Grand Central dep either 6:45am arr 8:45am, or 7:45am arr 9:44am.  Be sure to allow enough time to arrive at optional FANY bus departing Poughkeepsie at 10:30am.  In addition to ticket, Metro North requires a  $5. Life Time Bicycle Permit for full sized bikes.  Limit to 8 full sized bikes/train on weekends, 4 full sized bikes/train returning to NYC on Fri. 7/26/19.    http://web.mta.info/bike/      and http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways/bikerule.htm  Per Metro North, tickets may not be purchased more than 60 days in advance.  Metro North 212-532-4900

 

NOTE: FANY Ride has NOT made any travel arrangements with Metro North or local bus service.  Biker is solely responsible to confirm all plans directly with Metro North.  This information is presented for travel consideration, and should not be considered a recommendation or firm booking.  Biker is solely responsible to confirm all plans directly with Metro North and local bus service.   Be sure to allow enough time to arrive at optional FANY bus in Poughkeepsie.  The optional bus creates the chance to meet other FANY bikers on the bus from Poughkeepsie to Plattsburgh.  Be sure to add the correct  optional bus on the FANY sign-up form.

 

Poughkeepsie local bus service from Poughkeepsie Metro North Station   845-473-8424   NOTE:  FANY is not responsible for 2 bikes/bus limit or delays caused by 2 bike limit.

 

 

 

 

 

Amtrak Vermonter = Wash DC – NYC – Springfield, MA  - Burlington, VT,   NOTE: must either bike or Uber from Burlington, VT to Plattsburgh, NY

 

https://www.amtrak.com/content/dam/projects/dotcom/english/public/documents/timetables/Vermonter-Schedule-P55-060918.pdf

 

Amtrak Vermonter will arrive in Burlington, VT at sunset in July.  Either Uber from Burlington to Plattsburgh, or perhaps best to Amtrak to Burlington, VT on Fri. 7/19/19, and bike approx. 30 miles from Burlington to Plattsburgh - including a ferry ride (check ferry schedule) on Sat. 7/20/19 to join FANY.  http://ferries.com/vt-ny-ferry-routes/grand-isle-vt-to-plattsburgh-ny/schedules/

 

https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/usa/burlington?month=7&year=2019

 

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2014/10/09/uber-officially-comes-burlington/16966319/