Motorcycle Ride Across the Walkway Over the Hudson!
In celebration of the Walkway's ten-year anniversary, Hudson Valley motorcyclists are invited to participate in a special one-time-only ride over the iconic span, the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world!
Please Note:On Saturday, August 24, the Walkway Over the Hudson will be closed to the general public until 1 p.m. and Hudson Valley Rail Trail will be closed to the general public until 12 p.m.
About The SkyRide
Registered bikers and their passengers will check-in and assemble on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail in Highland. After crossing the Walkway Over the Hudson, all riders will proceed through the City of Poughkeepsie and over the Mid-Hudson Bridge to Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh where they will enjoy food, live music, vendors, and tours of Motorcyclepedia's vintage bike collection.
Registration/Check-In:8-9:30 a.m. at Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot (101 New Paltz Road, Highland)
Welcome Ceremony:10 a.m. at Walkway Over the Hudson West Gate
Blessing of the Bikes:10:15 a.m.
Kickstands Up:10:20 a.m.
Motorcyclepedia Celebration:12-5 p.m.
Early Bird Registration: $40 per driver, $10 per passenger
* SkyRide is strictly limited to 1,500 motorcycles
**All participating motorcycles will be "drip-tested" to ensure no fluid leaks onto the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and Walkway Over the Hudson. Any bike leaking oil will be asked to park atop a cardboard square until the ride proceeds.
Spectator tickets: $20 per person
Children 10 and under are free (must be accompanied by paid adult).
* SkyRide is strictly limited to 400 spectators. For their safety, all spectators will be limited to designated viewing areas only.
All spectators gain access to both the Walkway Over the Hudson's designated viewing areas and the post-ride celebration at Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh.
Win a 2019 Harley-Davidson Iron 883
Jim Moroney’s Harley-Davidson, O’Connor & Partners, and Orange County Powder Coating are raffling off a fully-customized Harley-Davidson Iron 883 and choosing the winner at SkyRide’s official post-ride celebration at Motorcyclepedia. Orange County Powder Coating is adding custom brass finishes, and Moroney’s is including pieces from Harley-Davidson’s brass collection. This one-of-a-kind motorcycle is valued at over $17,000. Raffle tickets cost $25 and are available at Moroney’s Harley-Davidson (833 Union Avenue, New Windsor), by calling 845-564-5400, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Walkway Over the Hudson nonprofit organization. The winner does not have to be present at the event.
Why The SkyRide?
In recognition of the Walkway Over the Hudson's ten-year anniversary in October 2019, the Friends of the Walkway are hosting unique events and celebrations that call back to memorable moments from the bridge's first ten years. This once-in-a-lifetime motorcycle ride recalls the unifying parades of opening weekend.
SkyRide also celebrates the Walkway's important role in the safety and security of the Hudson Valley. Much of the state and federal funding that allowed the dream of the Walkway to become a reality was received because the span can be crossed by vehicles in the event of an emergency. The event is also led by local chapters of the Blue Knights and Red Knights, groups of motorcyclists representing the law enforcement officers, firefighters, and first responders that have kept the Walkway and our community safe throughout the past ten years.
SkyRide proceeds will be used to improve accessibility to the Walkway Over the Hudson for people including veterans, seniors, and those with mobility challenges. Event revenue will also support local veterans programs.
All SkyRide participants are invited to continue the celebration at Motorcyclepedia in Newburgh from 12-5 p.m., where they will enjoy food, live music, vendors, and tours of Motorcyclepedia's vintage bike collection.
Town of Lloyd
City of Poughkeepsie
New York State Bridge Authority
Red Knights of Ulster and Dutchess Counties
Blue Knights of Ulster and Dutchess Counties