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Biking in Rochester
There are some very nice recreational trails in Rochester. I'll be showcasing my favorite bike rides on this page.














Here's are some examples:
Biking in Rochester
  • Rochester Bicycle Boulevards Project: Rochester is planning a network of bicycle boulevards external link to connect destinations throughout the city and give residents a safer bike commute. The plan is being developed by the City of Rochester, in partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation, Monroe County, Rochester Cycling Alliance, and Genesee Transportation Council. Website
Rochester Bike Week 
 May 10-18, 2014

One of the neat things about bikng along the Genesee Riverway Trail is getting a chance to stop every now and then to read about the area's history. For example the historical marker shown in this photo points out that Union soldiers trained in this area during the Civil War.:

CAMP FITZ-JOHN PORTER
On this site in 1862 was erected Camp Fitz-John Porter as a recruit camp for Civil War soldiers. Named after a Union general, it was the initial training ground for Monroe County's 108th and140th New York infantry regiments and Mack's 18th Independent "Black Horse" artillery battery. The camp stretched southwest along Cottage Street between Magnolia and Utica Streets.

Other camps were at the former county fairgrounds nest to what is now Strong Memorial Hospital, just across the river, and at what is now the Rose Garden at Maplewood Park.

From Camp Fitz-John Porter soldiers departed for different theaters of the war: The 108th and 140th to the Army of the Potomac to fight against Lee; Mack's battery to Louisiana.

The 108th for example, had its baptism of fire at the Sunken Road at Antietam, charged up Marye's Heights at Fredericksburg, fought near the Chancellor House at Chancellorsville, helped repel Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, was caught up in the savage fighting in the Wilderness, and participated in the siege at Petersburg before pusuing Lee to Appomattox.

The 140th helped turn the tide at the Little Round Top during the second day of fighting at Gettysburg, lost half of its men killed, wounded or lost more men in an equally futile charge at Spotsylvania, fought in the trenches at Petersburg, then helped overwhelm the enemy at Five Forks. It, too, was present at Lee's surrender.

Mack's Battery endured stifling heat and enemy snipers during the siege at Port Hudson and later helped capture Spanish Fort outside Mobile in the last days of the war. 

Monroe County sent 10,372 soldiers into the Union ranks. 1,374 of them died of wounds or disease.

Site of Camp Fitz-John Porter
Rochester Bike Week Kick-off at Yellow Haus Bicycle
987 Monroe, Avenue
 May 10-18, 2014
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BELOW: There's another bike shope on Monroe Ave: Towners Bike Shop (190 Monroe Avenue, formerly on University Ave) .