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BikeShare in Albany – August 9-15

5 Boulder BikeShare COMPOn June 20, 2014, the Capital District Transportation Committee announced its CAPITAL REGION BIKESHARE MONTH.  This will include short-term BikeShare pilots in Albany, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, and Troy.  There will be 25 bicycles for use between 10 am and 8 pm at one or more locations announced by the cities.  The Albany BikeShare will be in Washington Park in Albany from Saturday, August 9 through Friday, August 15.  There is no cost to participants, although a credit card will need to be on file as security for the bikes.  More information and updates will be available here.

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Other City Dates were/are as follows: Schenectady Thursday July 10 – Wednesday July 16, TroySunday July 20 – Saturday July 26, and Saratoga Springs Wednesday July 30 – Tuesday August 5.

The signature program in New York State is CitiBike.  Here are some statistics on NYC followed by global data.

The Cold, Hard Facts  . . . on CitiBike in New York City (as of May 2014)

Trips – 9 million+
Avg. Trip – 14 min, 16 sec
Miles – 16 million+
Annual Memberships – 10,700
Casual Use Passes – 400,000
Fleet – 6,200 bicycles
Crash Reports – 100
Carbon Offset – 5,832,377 lbs.
Flats per Month – 511

(Source: NYC Bicycle Share., LLC as reported in Bicycling, July 2014)

Global Bicycle Share

Percentage of world population in cities – 50
Fleet Size (52 countries, 600 cities; early 2014) – 570,000
China Fleet (82 programs) 380,000
World’s Largest Program Fleet (Wuhan, China; 9 million people) – 90,000
Programs in USA – 36
Predicted USA Fleet (late 2014) – 37,000
Paris Fleet – 24,000+
Paris Stations – 1,700+
Paris’s Increase in People on Bicycles in the Streets (2007-14) – 41%
Average Annual AAA Cost to Own a Car and Drive 10,000 Miles/Year – $7,800
Bike Share Annual Membership – less than $100
London Fleet – 9,000+ (launched 2010, 6,000 bicycles)
Programs in Spain – 132
Programs in Italia – 104
Programs in Deutschland – 43
Weight Loss Going from Driving to Cycle Commuting – 10 lb/year

(Source: Bicycle Times, September 2014)

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Make Big Bucks With Your Bicycle

Free Delivery TNY 6-2-14 001 COMP Alert reader Frank forwarded an article from the Sierra Club journal under its “green biz” section on people pumping their pedals to provide services. tumblr_md5rz9QcHn1qakvm6o1_1280 Ruthy Woodring of Pedal People hauls away trash and recyclables in Northampton, Massachusetts (which seems to not have curbside collection).  Her company is a cooperative of 16 workers who collect trash and recyclables for 600 customers.  The longest distance between a customer and the transfer station is 3 miles with a typical route requiring 3 trips averaging 15 to 20 miles on trailers with 300 pound capacity.  Their biggest customer is the city – the Pedal People has 80 trash and recycling bins in the downtown.   Further north, Julien Myette founded a bike-and-trailer moving company, Demenagement Myette, in Montreal and has been in operation since 2008.  Demenagement Myette has about 500 customers per year, employs 15 people (during peak season), and uses 4-wheel trailers holding 600 pounds.  Loads include beds, washing machines, armoires – all but pianos.  Since Montreal is densely urban, the average move is less than 2 miles.  Myette notes that driving a truck cost half an hour trying to park. tumblr_n35qi9fBxT1t1f3c0o1_400 Locally, there was a bread delivery service in the Delaware Ave. area and a compost pickup in Troy.  Anyone knowing of someone operating a bicycle-powered service is encouraged to comment.

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Albany Ride of Silence – 5/21/14

A group of 18 riders toured the sites of the local ghost bikes to commemorate the 2014 Ride of Silence.

We visited Jose Perez (August 3, 2006 – age 60; killed by SUV, Broadway at Quay St., Albany), Diva De Loayza (June 6, 2007 – age 40; killed by car, Western Ave. at Homestead, Albany), Nicholas Richichi (October 19, 2007 – age 53, killed by motor coach, Fuller Rd., Colonie), and Paul J. Merges, Jr. (November 24, 2012 – age 45, killed by pickup truck/drunk driver, Manning and Roosevelt, Albany). The placement of decorations at each site is depicted in the photos (with the lead photo being Paul and Diva’s ghost bikes that accompanied the ride).
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Albany Public Library & Bethlehem Public Libraries Embrace Bike Month 2014

Thanks to hard work by an Albany Bicycle Coalition member, there are topical displays in both the Albany (Main Branch, 161 Washington Ave.) and Bethlehem (451 Delaware Ave.) public libraries.

APL went a step further with a Bike Month 2014 flyer promoting their new “Zinio Digital Magazine” service – as a way of accessing literature remotely. So far, the collection on cycling is limited to Bicycling.APL Bike Month Flyer 5-1-14 001

If you check out the Bethlehem homepage, you can select some of the cycling books featured – including “Just Ride” by Grant Petersen. This read is well worth the time, and you can have it shipped by interlibrary loan to your nearest branch.

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Albany Common Council Declares BIKE MONTH 2014 IN THE CITY OF ALBANY

RESOLUTION OF THE COMMON COUNCIL PROCLAIMING MAY 2014 AS
BIKE MONTH IN THE CITY OF ALBANY

Passed Unanimously by the Common Council
April 21, 2014

Council Member Golby introduced the following:

Resolution Number 36.42.14R

RESOLUTION OF THE COMMON COUNCIL PROCLAIMING MAY 2014 AS BIKE MONTH IN THE CITY OF ALBANY

WHEREAS, in 2009, the City of Albany, in partnership with the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) completed a Bicycle Master Plan identifying a network of bicycle routes to improve cycling as a viable mode of transportation throughout the City; and

WHEREAS, in April 2012, the Albany Common Council adopted the “Albany 2030” Comprehensive Plan which supports promoting and implementing the Bicycle Master Plan; and

WHEREAS, the growing network supports a safe and healthy transportation alternative that is paramount to achieving sustainability and enhancing the quality of life in the City; and

WHEREAS, in 2013 the Albany Common Council adopted a Complete Streets Ordinance and the Albany Police Department convened a Traffic Safety Stakeholders’ Committee that is continuing to work and focus on Engineering, Education and Enforcement efforts to promote safer streets for all users of the road; and

WHEREAS, since the inception of the Bicycle Master Plan in 2008, the City of Albany has added or improved 16.3 miles of bicycle infrastructure, which includes multi-use paths, shared use markings (sharrows), signage, and bike lanes throughout the City of Albany; and

WHEREAS, the number of bike racks in Albany have increased to 344 throughout the city with an estimated total of 1446 bicycle parking spaces, all regular route Capital District Transportation Authority buses are equipped with bike racks; and

WHEREAS, each year the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) recognizes bicycle friendly communities with Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze level awards, and recognizes communities that are on the right track with Honorable Mention. The City of Albany received Honorable Mention in 2012 as a “Bicycle Friendly Community” from LAB for efforts to become more bicycle friendly. LAB feedback report stated that they were, “…impressed with the growing commitment to make Albany, NY a great place for bicyclists. The Honorable Mention given by the reviewers reflects their view that some of the key building blocks of creating a Bicycle Friendly Community are in place…;” and

WHEREAS, the LAB feedback report provided numerous recommendations to the City of Albany to make the city more bicycle friendly such as promoting active transportation by reducing traffic speeds, providing “protected bicycle infrastructure, such as cycle tracks, buffered bike lanes or parallel shared use paths” along arterial and collector roads, making intersections safer for bicyclists, and more; and

WHEREAS, in April 2010 the CAPITAL COEXIST website (www.capitalcoexist.org) was launched. This localized education campaign is geared towards cyclists and motorists safely coexisting when using the region’s roadways. Capital Coexist was developed by the CDTC in response to the Albany Bicycle Master Plan and public requests for bicycle education and safety information; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor’s Office of Energy & Sustainability was established in 2010 to coordinate energy conservation and efficiency initiatives among the municipal departments and to drive community wide efforts to become a more livable and sustainable city, which includes promoting and supporting bicycling and other active transportation. The office’s website is http://www.albanysustainability.org; and

WHEREAS, in 2007, the world’s foremost authority on climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), declared that the “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global average sea level” and that “human influence is very likely the leading cause of global warming;” and

WHEREAS, the City of Albany’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions inventory, available on the Office of Energy and Sustainability, website found that 21% of total community GHG emissions are generated from transportation. This percentage can be reduced by community members making the choice to walk, bike or ride the bus more frequently; and

WHEREAS, the League of American Bicyclists, the New York Bicycling Coalition, Capital Coexist, the Albany Police Department, the Albany Bicycling Coalition, and others are promoting greater public awareness of bicycle operation and safety education in an effort to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities for all; and

WHEREAS, the Albany Police Department will be conducting a public outreach campaign throughout Bike Month that will include a “Share the Road” announcement on message boards in key locations and directed enforcement of Vehicle and Traffic Laws pertaining to bicycle and pedestrian safety; and

WHEREAS, Section 152 of the New York State Traffic Law defines “traffic” as “Pedestrians…vehicles, bicycles and other conveyances either singly or together while using any highway for the purpose of travel;” and

WHEREAS, in summary, three key components of the New York State Traffic Law that
relate to bicycling are:

• Bicyclists must ride with traffic and thus travel in the same direction as motor vehicles.
• A bicycle is a vehicle and as such must observe all traffic laws and obey all signals, signs, and pavement markings.
• Bicyclists must signal to turn on a roadway, a bike lane or bike path; and

WHEREAS, there are numerous events to promote bicycling, including: The Earth Day lunch time bike parade on April 22nd, 3rd Annual Albany Tweed Ride on April 27th. The Albany Bike Expo 2014 on Sunday, May 4th, National Bike-to-Work Day and the Capital Moves Bike to Work Challenge on May 16th, the Albany Police Department and PAL 2014 Bike Rodeo on May 17th, The Ride of Silence on May 21st and the Capital Moves and NY Bicycling Coalition Traffic Skills 101 training on May 23rd and 24th.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Albany Common Council hereby proclaims May 2014 as Bike Month in the City of Albany, urges all motorists and bicyclists to follow New York State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law, and share the road respectfully and responsibly.

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