The New York Bicycling Coalition recently appointed Josh Wilson as its Executive Director. Josh is a resident of sunny Saranac Lake although his new duties will place him in Albany and at locations around the state.
Under the category of “you can run, but you cannot hide,” here is a picture of Josh sent in by an alert Adirondack reader.
Josh has a rich experiential background working on healthy living through cycling and walking and on mountain bicycle trails and uses his leisure time snowboarding, climbing, paddling and, of course, riding.
For those interested in supporting the New York Bicycling Coalition or in helping Josh in his new role, contact him at email@example.com.
The June 6, 2013 Times Union had columnist Chris Churchill (the TU’s “Advocate”) covering a subject one would expect to have found in Tim O’Brien’s “Getting There” feature – the redesign of the Congress Street/Route 2 Bridge connecting Troy and Watervliet. Always a consumer watchdog, we have Mr. Churchill aggressively addressing a “complete streets” topic based on citizen complaints about how the bridge is being reconfigured by NYS DOT.
Having just used this bridge a few days ago – a 4-lane mega bridge connecting 30 mph, 2-lane zones – one gets the sensation of being on the entry ramp to a 6-lane turnpike. It’s an overbuilt connector between two downtown urban areas both of which have ride-able (and walk-able) features. The latest rebuild moves the guard rails from the roadside edge of the sidewalk to the extreme outside of the sidewalk against the chain link fence. The explanation as gleaned by Mr. Churchill from his DOT contact is that this provides better protection for motor vehicles and not for pedestrians. Even given that New York State’s complete streets legislation did not go into effect until 2/15/12 and considering that this project probably was well past the design stage at that time, it still would have been neat to see some consideration for cyclists, wheel chair users, and walkers.
And Mr. Churchill has the solution – an alternate vision for the span that would make the placement of the guard rails irrelevant. “Why,” he asks, “does the bridge need four lanes of traffic? It isn’t that heavily trafficked. Why not devote one lane on the north side of the bridge to bikes and other non-motorized traffic — a move that would also separate pedestrians from cars and help link downtown Troy to the Corning Preserve?”
Now there’s a simple “complete streets” solution!
The photos say it all – a new pair of Schwalbe Delta Cruiser Rlx Tire-Wire Bead, Cream, 26 x 1 3/8-Inch Sports tyres (at $58.86 pair delivered) installed on a 1974 Raleigh Sports . . . and they glow in the dark. Even our local Tweed Ride Leader was rendered speechless.
(If you’re also green about that 11.5-inch Sunlite mirror, check it out.)
A small group “met up” on a soon-to-be-sizzling Saturday at 9 AM in Washington Park to ride the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail to Troy’s outstanding Farmers Market. After cruising around the wide selection of goodies and groceries, a couple of us stopped in at the Fence Show at the Arts Center of the Capital Region to see the 555 entries. Don’t wait – the salon style show will end on 6/16 to be followed with the chosen 50 pieces to be exhibited in the “Fence Select.” While the “select” show is nice, seeing all the varied entries in many media displayed wall to wall and ceiling to floor is a real treat.
Following our visit to the Famers Market, we rode a couple blocks over to the Troy Daily Grind to present a framed photograph of last year’s Daily Grind-Daily Grind ride (see photo from 2012). The owner, Barrye, our host in years past and again for the to-be-announced 2013 ride, graciously asked the on-duty counter staff to pose for the presentation with ride leader Keith and rider Roberta. The “5th Annual” 2012 ride was a family first with young participants Indiana (pictured) and Theo (aged two at the time) who met up with us in Troy.
The 2013 Daily Grind ride will be in early-mid August.
We had a nice cruise back to Albany on a shady bicycle trail followed by a slow climb up the hill to Washington Park.
After Sandy wiped out much of the equipment and with much complaining about the placement of the pick-up/drop-off stations, New York City’s bicycle share is off to a good start with thousands already signed up. Initially, there are to be 10,000 bicycle and 600 stations located in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.
Every cyclist’s heroine, Janette Sadik-Khan, transportation commissioner, stated for the NY Times, “We have the A train, and we have yellow cabs, and we have the Staten Island Ferry, and today, Citi Bike joins the ranks of the transportation icon family in New York City” (see the article for some good photos of Day #1).
NYC’s program is easily the largest in the country and undoubtedly will enhance the city’s chances of moving up in the bicycle friendly community standings. It is currently designated by the League of American Bicyclists as “silver” (with “gold” and platinum” as next steps). While Albany is in the “honorable mention” bicycle friendly community category (and there may be others in the state at this level), the only other city in NYS in the official list is Rochester.
If you haven’t heard enough already, check out the “commuter challenge” conducted by the NY Times on Monday.