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Advocacy Day in Albany – August 22

Midmorning, Mayor Sheehan and other dignitaries introduced CarShare in Albany in front of City Hall. ???????????????????????????????The CarShare staff presented the Mayor with an honorary key fob device that allowed her to try out on of the six cars currently available.  In her comments, Mayor Sheehan cited the advent if CarShare as one example of “ . . . the beginning of a transformation to a livable, walkable, bikeable Albany.  To find out if CarShare is for you, go to Capital Car Share. ???????????????????????????????

Under an ever-increasing rainfall, staff from Parks & Trails New York delivered hundreds of postcards from supporters of PTNY’s “Close the Gap” program. Cards came from riders of this year’s Erie Canalway Trail ride who came from NYS, other states, and several foreign countries.  PTNY Postcards 8-22-14 C COMP TU PhotoThese were augmented by cards from the public – all calling for New York State to complete the entire trail by “closing the gaps” – the 80 some miles that currently are on roads and highways.  The wisdom of completing the trail is justified on several levels not the least of which is the economic benefit to communities along the trail

Photos: Mayor Sheehan Tries CarShare, A nice new, red CarShare Ride, Close That Gap!

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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).

 A closer look shows 5+ foot paved shoulders, 6 foot bicycle lanes, and 11-12-foot lanes for motor vehicles.  Unlike the bicycle lanes on Clinton Ave. and the shared lane symbols elsewhere in the city, these on Northern Blvd. are spayed “epoxy” paint???????????????????????????????

 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 calm traffic and encourage more people to commute on bicycles.???????????????????????????????

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Daily Grind – 7 Years of Bliss

Thanks to our loyal sponsors, the Daily Grind Coffee Shops, we had the 7th Annual Daily Grind Ride was on Saturday, 8/16/14.  After a photo op at the Albany café, we cruised down State St. to the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail.  Riders

 ??????????????????????Ali and Adam, Amanda and Derrick, Amy and Ken, David, Indiana and Perry, Jim, Joe, John, Lorenz, Margaret, and Mike paused at the boat launch to meet up with two more riders and for another pic.  The weather could not have been better and the path was well use by joggers, people on bicycles, and walkers.

???????????????????????????????On the way through sunny Watervaliet, Bert joined us and did Rob and Theo later on in Troy.  For the first time ever, after leaving the Sovereign and Independent Nation of Green Island, we were stopped by the lift bridge (after which we all felt guilty sliding by the long line of stopped cars).??????????????????????

The Daily Grind staff in Troy rolled out the welcome mat and the food with a generous discount for all who partook.  At both the Albany and Troy shops, we presented the staff with a framed picture of the 2013 riders posed in front of the respective café.

 After lunch, some went to the Troy Farmers Market while others headed back to Albany by the bike path.  Three riders went to the SOBI BikeShare hub in Washington Park.  The share bicycles were so popular that only one was there (and it was “grounded”).  Nonetheless, one of our number took a short test ride and expressed her satisfaction with the BikeShare bicycle.

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Overall, a good time was had by all sixteen who participated with our youngest rider, Indiana, lending her special charm to the event.  She was later joined by Theo who helped keep us smiling.

PHOTOS: Albany Café, Boat Launch, “Stop” – the Bridge is “Up,” Troy Café, Après Ride

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BikeShare in Albany – August 9-15

On 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.

2 CitiBike New Yoker & Intro of NYC Bike Share 6-3-13 COMP

 

4 Paris COMP

5 Boulder BikeShare COMP

 

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 España – 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)

1 CitiBike TU 3-22-14 COMP

3 Capital Bike Share DC COMP

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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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The ghost bikes within the Albany city limits have been removed.)

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