The City of Albany designated the area in Washington Park just east of the Lake House as the “official sponsored site” for Bicycle Expo 2013. With just three weeks remaining before the BIG EVENT, the site planning committee “met under the tree” on a chilly day to map out vendor sites.
“Headquarters” will be just to the right of the bicycle in the photo (check the mirror) with prime spots around the tree going to lead sponsors.
BE-13 guests will be mindful of the pictured sign on the Lake House by not taking their bicycles (or dogs) into the rest rooms.
Vintage bicycles and “tweed” attire. All welcome. Start at All Good Bakers and ride on, ending up at a pub.
On Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (postponed from March 25) there will be two public meetings to discuss the findings of the Madison Avenue Traffic Study/Road Diet Feasibility Study. 3 25 13 Madison Public Mtg Flyer There will be a meeting at 11:00 AM and another at 6:30 PM. They will be held at the Touhey Forum in the Lally School of Education at the College of Saint Rose, 1009 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY. The content is the same for both meeting times, so please plan on attending only one.
The City of Albany has prepared a draft traffic study that evaluates the feasibility of implementing a road diet along Madison Avenue from Lark Street to South Allen Street and along Western Avenue from South Allen Street to Manning Boulevard. Madison DRAFT Report 2 15 13
Public comments are being solicited, and you are invited to join the City’s study team at either meeting time to hear an overview of the study and to provide your input on the draft findings.
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If you have any questions, please contact Bill Trudeau, Coordinator of Traffic Engineering, at (518) 434-5791 or MadisonAveStudy@albany-ny.org
Kate Lawrence, Planner
Department of Development and Planning
City of Albany
21 Lodge Street, Albany, NY 12207
(518) 434-2532 x 17
Thirty-two people attended the dedication of Paul Merges’ ghost bike. His cousin Mike and Laurie, Mikes’s wife started the ceremony by lighting a candle and speaking on behalf of the Merges family. Several others made comments about the need for safety on the roads or in sympathy for the family. Two members of Albany’s Common Council attended and one of them spoke. Twelve bicycle riders then rode silently from the ghost bike on Washington Ave. and Manning Blvd to Washington Park.
Merges was struck down by a drunken driver on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
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Bunny on a Bicycle
The featured exhibit at the Upper Madison Street Fair was Albany’s first Exotic Bicycle Exhibit. The fair’s “low carbon footprint” theme was supported admirably by the various entries.
Three in particular promoted utilitarian use of bicycles – a F. van Buuren & Co. Dutch “city bike,” a Brompton folder, and a set of two “bicycles for a small family” – one fitted with a child seat and the other pulling a tag-along. Nonetheless, the “people’s choice” awards went to more exotic fair – a Sun Spider AT “fat bike,” a 1930s Schwinn Debutante, and a souped-up Schwinn Stingray. The fair sponsors provided cash awards for each winning owner.
1st Prize – Sun Spider AT Fat Bike
2nd Prize – Schwinn Debutante 1930s
There were 23 entries including tall bikes, hand-made cargo carriers, recumbents, a folder, a vintage Raleigh, a rare Zeus, and a host of others – many of which had received lavish attention by their builders or owners. Over 85 percent of the ballots distributed to the fair guests were cast to in selecting the three winners as evidence of the crowd’s enthusiastic support for the exhibit.
3rd Prize – Custom Schwinn Stingray
2nd Prize – Schwinn Debutante 1930s