On Saturday, August 24, the Walkway Over the Hudson will be closed to pedestrians until 1 p.m. to allow Hudson Valley motorcyclists to cross over, starting on the Highland side, and proceed through Poughkeepsie and then down to the Motorcyclepedia Museum at 250 Lake St. in Newburgh.
There they will enjoy food, live music, vendors and tours of the museum’s vintage collection of more than 600 motorcycles, such as Indian, Harley Davidson and Chopper City, from their earliest gem, circa 1897, right on up to the present.
Registration/Check-In for this “once in a lifetime” event will take place from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot at 101 New Paltz Road in Highland. A welcome ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. at the western gate of the Walkway, followed by a blessing of the bikes at 9:15 a.m. Kickstands are up at 9:30 a.m., with a celebration at the Motorcycle Museum beginning at noon and running to 5 p.m.
Early Bird registration costs $40 per driver and $10 per/passenger and spectator tickets are $20 per/person and children under 10 are free but they must be accompanied by a paid adult. There is a limit of 400 spectators who will be assigned to the plaza at the Ulster Welcome Center on the Highland side of the Walkway.
A raffle to win a 2019 Harley Davidson Iron 883, valued at $17,000, will be held at the museum. Raffle tickets are $25 and can be obtained at Moroney’s Harley Davidson at 883 Union Avenue in New Windsor or by calling 845-564-5400 or by emailing email@example.com. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Walkway Over the Hudson and the winner does not have to be present at the event.
In a press release the SkyRide is being held to recognize and celebrate the Walkway Over the Hudson’s 10th anniversary in 2019.
The event is also led by local chapters of the Blue Knights and Red Knights, groups of motorcyclists representing 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 veteran programs.