The YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County

(845) 338-3810
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507 Broadway
Kingston NY 12401
(845) 338-3810

Facility Hours

Monday – Friday5:00am – 7:00am & 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday7:00am – 10:00am
Sunday 9:00am – 1:00pm

Holiday Hours

If holiday falls on a Sunday we open at 9am.

New Years DayClosed
Good Friday5:00am – Noon
Easter SundayClosed
4th of July5:00am – Noon
Memorial Day5:00am – Noon
Labor Day5:00am – Noon
ThanksgivingClosed
Christmas EveNormal* – Noon
ChristmasClosed
New Years EveNormal* – Noon

*Normal Start – depends on the day of the week on which the holiday falls.

Bicycle Programs

Programs

Community Bike Repair

The Y and Bike Friendly Kingston are joining forces free bike repair clinics on alternate Wednesdays, starting on March 24th.  Additional clinics will be held on April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16 and June 30.  Clinics will be held from 3 to 5pm outdoors in the YMCA Parking Lot, 507 Broadway (entrance on Pine Grove Avenue).  

If your bike is making noises, or you have a flat tire, or if you just want to get it checked over, bring it to the Repair Clinic.  No advance registration required.  The event is free, but donations are welcome!  Be sure to bring your bike and wear a mask or other face covering when you come! 

In case of bad weather, the rain date is the following day (March 25, April 22, May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17 and July 1.

Lend-A-Wheel Bicycle Donation and Reuse Program

GOT A BIKE?

Then check out the Lend-A-Wheel Program!                             

The YMCA accepts donated bikes and recycles them! If an old bike is cluttering up your garage, the Y could use it.  Or if your child has outgrown a bike, it may be great for another child.  Your bike will make a difference in the life of an adult or youth in our community!

OR NEED A BIKE?

Then check out the Lend-A-Wheel Program!                             

If you need a bike to get to work, school, appointments or errands, you can request one.  As bikes get donated and fixed, we will contact you with just the right one!

Bike It! Youth Bicycle Education Program

Bike It! is open to kids aged 10 and up, and consists of eight sessions held on Saturdays, from 9am to noon.  Our spring 2021 season starts on April 17th and runs through June 15th (no ride Memorial Day weekend).  Each session includes instruction and a bike ride.  All participants receive a T-shirt, water bottle, patch kit and bike multi-tool.  Bikes and helmets are provided, or bring your own.  Signup online at http://bit.do/springbike or at the YMCA.  Registration is $50 for YMCA Members and $75 for Non-members. 

Midtown Mechanics Bike Repair Class

Midtown Mechanics is a program that offers youth from 14 to 24 the opportunity to learn bike mechanics and earn their own bicycle.  The eight week program is led by professional bike mechanics and each session will focus on a different bike component so that by the end of the course, the whole bike will be completely rebuilt and ready to ride.

No classes are currently scheduled.  Check back for updates!

The 16th Annual Tour de Kingston and Ulster

Join Us in Kingston October 3rd

The Tour de Kingston is back for an in-person, on-bike event once again!  Once again, we’ll be meeting at the Forsyth Park Pavilion in historic Uptown Kingston. The rides start from 8:30 to 11 a.m.  There are six to choose from:

The Tour’s Free Family Fun Ride is a flat, five-mile course that starts at 11 a.m. and travels through Uptown and Midtown Kingston. Riders are escorted by volunteer Ride Marshals and the Kingston Police Department.

The Hurley Rail Trail is the centerpiece of the Road and Trail Rides, which start at 10 a.m. and offer beginning and intermediate riders distances of 8 to 16 miles on roads and the flat, paved Hurley trail. 

Starting at 9 a.m. are the ever-popular 25- and 50-mile road rides for intermediate and experienced riders.

The mostly off-road Gravel Grinder Ride, suitable only for the most experienced riders, will start at 8:30 a.m. The route features dirt roads, rail trails and some pavement riding with challenging terrain and lots of hills. 

Register online at https://www.bikereg.com/tdk21 Event registration fees include a hamburger and hot dog barbecue lunch, a raffle ticket, a ride map, rest stops and mechanical support.  Discount registration, available through September 26th, is $40 for adults and $10 for youth under age 18. After that date, registration is $50 for adults but remains $10 for youth. The five-mile Family Fun Ride is free of charge, but registration is suggested.

Proceeds from the Tour support community bike repair, safety education for youth and the Tour De Kingston Community Scholarships.  Applications are available by contacting Tom Polk at tpolk@ymcaulster.org

Bicycle Education Programs

Smart Cycling Group Classes

No classes are currently scheduled.  Check back for updates!

  

Learn To Ride Private Bicycle Education Lessons

For kids and adults who never learned to ride a bike, we offer one-on-one private lessons with Bicycle Educator Tom Polk!  With our safe, easy, effective method, you’ll learn how to balance, start, stop and steer a bike, as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit.  Cost: $25.00/hour. Location: YMCA. Contact us to schedule your lesson!

  

School and Summer Programs

The Y Bike Education staff work with schools and summer camps across Ulster County. We have programs for kids in grades K – 8. Contact us for more details, or to start a program at your location.

Meet Bicycle Educator, Tom Polk

The Bicycle Program is directed by Tom Polk, Bicycle Educator for the YMCA. He is a life-long cyclist and has been leading rides and instructing youth and adults for the past 10 years. Tom holds certification from the League of American Bicyclists as a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) and is certified as a Ride Guide by the International Mountain Bike Association.

Community Biking Events

Bike Friendly Kingston Slow Rides

The YMCA partners with our local bike advocacy and education group, Bike Friendly Kingston, to hold weekly “Slow Rides,” which are great for families and beginner riders.   Slow Rides leave from the YMCA parking lot at 6pm every Thursday starting in May.  For ride details and possible cancellations due to weather, check the Bike Friendly Kingston Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/bikefriendlykingstonny/

O+ Festival

Details have not been announced for the 2021 Festival, but we hope there will be bike rides again!  Look for updates here or on the O+ website https://opositivefestival.org/kingston/

Other Community Bicycling Activities

We also participate in public events such as farmers’ markets, street fairs and outdoor festivals.  Depending on the setting and audience, education activities can include helmet fitting and giveaways, presentations on traffic safety, distribution of safety literature, bike skills demonstrations, bike rodeos, bicycle safety checks and repairs.  The focus is on underserved and disadvantaged populations, who are also some of the most vulnerable to traffic injuries and fatalities.  Contact us with details of your event!

Tom Polk

845.338.3810, x 102

845.338.0423 (Fax)