The best way to celebrate spring is to get outside and enjoy it. And one of the best ways to do that is to hop on a bike. Pick the right route and you’ll get fresh air, scenic views and plenty of exercise. Even an easy ride with friends or family counts toward your recommended 150 minutes of moderate activity per week; if you pick up the intensity you’ll rack up even more heart-healthy benefits.

Finding safe and enjoyable biking spots can be a challenge, though, especially if you’re new to the sport or want to introduce your kids to it. So we asked cycling experts in the New York metro area for their favorite family-friendly routes in our backyards. Here are some great trails to try­ this month (it’s Bike Month, after all!) or all summer long.

Westchester

Rides recommended by the Westchester Cycle Club

North County and South County Trailways: These paved but car-free trails connect to run all the way from Van Cortlandt Park in Yonkers to the town of Somers. (You can keep riding past Somers, where the trail becomes the Putnam Trailway). Near the Croton Reservoir, pedal over the old train bridge and feel the wooden tracks under your tires.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail: Part of the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park, this 22-mile path offers a flat, easy ride for mountain or hybrid bikes. (Skinny-tire road bikes aren’t recommended.) You’ll get a history lesson while you’re at it: The aqueduct carried water to New York City from 1842 to 1955.

Blue Mountain Reservation: Partial to mountain biking, or want to try a new off-road challenge? Head to Blue Mountain in Peekskill for 20 miles of rolling hills and technical trails. Follow the markers based on your skill level: yellow for beginners, orange for intermediate, and red for advanced.

Long Island

Rides recommended by Long Island Bicycle Tours

Bethpage Bikeway: This 13-mile trail from Woodbury to Massapequa is flat and scenic, offering views of ponds, forests, and wildlife. You’ll have to cross a few busy streets, but the intersections are clearly marked with stoplights and crossing lanes.

Jones Beach Bike Path: This paved path (also known as the Ellen Farrant Memorial Bikeway) runs 5 miles along Wantagh Parkway in Nassau County. You can stroll the Jones Beach boardwalk or cool off with a swim in the ocean after your ride.

Heckscher State Park: More than 20 miles of trails -- including a dedicated bike loop -- can be found at this Suffolk County park. You’ll pass through shady dense woods and catch gorgeous views of the Great South Bay.

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Everymonth we have experts to talk on a range of parenting-related subjects. Wealways look for topics that are of interest for parents living in Singapore and for speakers who are familiarwith the challenges of being a parent and with the quirks of parenting inSingapore. 

Thedetails of the upcoming talk are available below - please register your attendancewith us via Meetup.

When?

SecondMonday of every month.

Talksstart at 10am, registration from 9.45am.

​​Where?

International Medical Clinic’s Function Room

OneOrchard Boulevard (Camden Medical Centre), Level 9

Singapore248649

Venuegenerously provided by International Medical Clinic

Organiser

VanessaContumelias

SoniaDivekar

LauraEdge

Next Monthly Talk: 14November

Topic: Travel Tips

Cost: $10

Witha large number of public holidays, great travel connections and short journeytimes, we will give you insights of great weekend destinations, how to get themost out of living in the region and where to find the best deals. .

FayAshworth moved to Singapore in September 2012 and has worked as a consultantwith Singapore Expat Solutions since January 2015.  Fay is a qualified teacher and was a directorof a City broking house in London prior to moving to Singapore.  She is the mother of two young children andchairs the nůmama choir in her spare time.

You are welcome to bring your child(ren) to the monthly talks.

There is a selection of baby toys to play with while you sit andenjoy the morning as well as digital baby weighing scales, information leaflets,tea and coffee. ​As space is often limited at our events, we respectfullyremind you that helpers are not admitted.

Entrance is $10 for members (please bring your cards) andnon-members are welcome to join on the door. 

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Have you ever thought howrestaurants started? Restaurants, as we know it today, have been around in oneform or another for many years. This kind of business significantly influencesthe economicsystem of the world and revolutionize industrialization.

In the early civilization,inhabitants practically raise crops and livestock for their own food. Theemergence of city-states changed human culture over time. The old method ofexchange - barter system has been replaced as people learned various skills toearn a living. Eventually, they designate a person or enterprise to cook foodfor them too.

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