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Riding in Albany – a Sunny Day in August

Cruisin'

Cruisin’

Out and About

Out and About

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It’s a “walkway” not a “bikeway”

Secure?

Secure?

Safe on the Sidewalk

Safe on the Sidewalk

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Sittin’ with Kindle

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Riding in Albany – Why We Need Protected Bicycle Lanes

Happy Rider

Happy Rider

Young Mom

Young Mom

Must be from the ‘Burbs

Must be from the ‘Burbs

Sidewalk is Safer than Shared Lanes

Sidewalk is Safer than Shared Lanes

Big Red on Call

Big Red on Call

The Next Generation -1

The Next Generation -1

The Next Generation - 2

The Next Generation – 2

People of All Ages Ride

People of All Ages Ride

On Patrol

On Patrol

Well - It’s a Start

Well – It’s a Start

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Weedsport Has ‘Em . . .

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Across the state, towns and cities have bicycle lanes on their main streets – Syracuse, Albion, Medina, Palmyra, Albion, Little Falls, and even Weedsport. And Albany? 

“People on Bikes” says: 

  • 53% of American adults would like to bike more
  • 34% of adults who want to ride more are dissatisfied with current bike infrastructure
  • 64% of people who would like to bike more want protected bicycle lanes

Source: Momentum May-Jun 2015

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Ride of Silence 2105 – Wed, 5/20, 6:00 and 6:30 PM

Please attend the annual and national Ride of Silence on this Wednesday, May 20. Your participation honors cyclists killed or injured in collisions with automobiles. Our silence during the ride promotes safety awareness and mutual respect on the road. We will visit the ghost bike sites in the City of Albany and Colonie.

There are two Starting Points – Boat Launch area, Albany Corning Preserve, 6:00 PM and W. Capitol Park & Washington Ave. & State St., 6:30 PM.

Anyone with a bicycle and helmet is welcome to this slow-pace and quiet ride. If you prefer not to ride, please meet at Diva De Loayza’s site at the corner of Western Ave., Homestead, and University Place (near Sunoco station, the Uncommon Grounds plaza, and All Saints RC Church).

Diva with Dog COMPFairbanks 6 (Susan + Patrick Briggs)  5-9-08Please remember your fellow riders:

  • Stephen Nolan – June 2, 2014 (age 53, killed by car, King & Federal Sts., Troy)
  • Brian Bailey – March 11, 2014 (age 37, bicyclist killed by truck, Route 9W, Ravena)
  • Matthew Ratelle – December 20, 2012 (age 40, bicyclist killed by impaired driver, Rt. 22, Petersburg)Matthew Ratelle 10-26-72 -- 12-20-12 C
  • Paul J. Merges, Jr. – November 24, 2012 (age 45, bicyclist killed by pickup truck/drunk driver, Manning and Roosevelt, Albany)

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  • Nicholas Richichi – October 19, 2007 (age 53, bicyclist killed by motor coach, Fuller Rd., Colonie)
  • Diva De Loayza – June 6, 2007 (age 40; bicyclist killed by car, Western Ave. at Homestead, Albany)
  • Alan R. Fairbanks – October 29, 2006 (age 72; bicyclist died after being hit by car, Rt. 5-S at bicycle path, Rotterdam)
  • Jose Perez – August 3, 2006 (age 60; bicyclist killed by SUV, Broadway at Quay St., Albany.)
  • Joel Melnikoff – July 3, 2006 (age 49; bicyclist killed by car/drunk, Rt. 32, Bethlehem)
  • David Ryan – June 29, 2004 (age 32; bicyclist killed by car/reckless driver, Riverview Rd., Rexford)
  • Robert F. Zayhowski – July 16, 2000 (age 43; bicyclist killed by SUV/drunk driver, Rt. 66, Sand Lake)

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People on Bicycles – Welcome to Albany!

The City of Albany recently installed bicycle lanes on Northern Blvd. at Rt. 377/Van Rensselaer Blvd.  This is one of the major entries to the city.  The new lanes run from Van Rensselaer Blvd. to the Rt. 9 overpass.  The understanding from Albany Police Department’s Division of Traffic Safety is that, at some point, the lanes will be extended on into the city passing Memorial Hospital, a couple charter schools, and the (former) Livingston Middle School (being converted into residences).

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Installation of the new lanes comes after a long dry spell since lanes were put in on Clinton Ave. (from Ten Brock to Lexington).  The Northern Blvd. area has always been a challenging ride.  The presence of the bicycle lanes should cause some traffic calming and may encourage more people to commute on bicycles.???????????????????????????????

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