“Alternative D is the Plan for Me” – Protected (Separated) Bicycle Lanes on Madison Ave.

RE: “Alternative D is the Plan for Me” – Protected (Separated) Bicycle Lanes on Madison Ave.

The City of Albany has presented 5 alternative designs for Madison Ave. The Protected Bicycle Lane Coalition and those who want to ride the streets of Albany need you to weigh in favor of “One-Way Separated Bicycle Lanes – Alternative D.” (Here “separated” means “protected.”)

PBLs in Action

PBLs in Action

One-Way Separated Bicycle Lanes – Alternative D is the safest because

  • Alternative D protects people on bicycles from parked cars pulling out and removes cyclists from riding in the door zone.  The only other option that does that is C (two-way separated bicycle lanes).
  • Alternative C, though modeled after Protected Bicycle Lane Coalition ideas, is not ideal because it will make it difficult for people on bicycles to transition into and out of the Protected Bike Lane at intersections and at the eastern and western entrances. There are also concerns with non-standard lane widths in this alternative.

Let the Mayor know you’re in support of Alternative D by submitting your comments to MadisonAveStudy@albany-ny.org here before August 15.

Just complete this sentence: “I want Protected (Separated) Bicycle Lanes on Madison Ave. because . . . “

To see the alternatives, go to the “road diet” site and click “Madison Ave Road Diet Renderings

Just remember – “Alternative D is the Plan for Me!”

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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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Parked

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Eight Reasons to Cycle to Work

1.You’ll save a load of money – The average cycle commuter saves a whopping £285 (US$444) per month. Think of all of the gorgeous bike accessories you could buy with that. Save up over a couple of months and you could even head abroad on a cycling holiday!

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Home from Work

2. Improve your skills – Your commute offers a great way to improve certain skills on the bike. You can even use your commute for some interval training. Believe us, you’ll start to notice the differences on your weekly club ride!

3. It’ll help keep stress at bay – Cycling to work reduces stress levels considerably. Riding your bike to and from work gives you the chance to get some fresh air and gives you the space to think clearly about your day ahead or leave behind the stress of the day. By the time you return home from work the endorphins from the exercise will have you in flying form, making you a much more pleasant person to be around!

4. You’ll keep fit AND save time! – It is an excellent use of time. If like many women you are trying to juggle a million different things at once, it is understandable that exercise often gets relegated to the bottom of the list. Cycling to work will ensure you get exercise every day and is often quicker than taking public transport so you may actually end up saving time!

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5. You’ll always be one step ahead – There is no doubt that you will be wide awake by the time you reach the office. Your cheeks will have a rosy glow and you will be ready for action, unlike your colleagues who’ll be slumped by the coffee machine in an attempt to face the day ahead!

Those who cycle to work are even said to take less sick days than their colleagues, a point that can be raised with your boss when you are negotiating your next pay rise.

6. Save the planet – Global warming is a serious problem. And there is no better way to save the planet than to actively reduce your personal C02 emissions.

7. Fair-weather commuter? No problem! – Don’t be put off by the thought of commuting in the rain. It is perfectly acceptable to be a fair-weather commuter: the majority of cyclists ride in to work 3 times a week. Although if you do decide to brave it in any weather, fear not, there are some really incredible winter warmers and waterproof options out there which will ensure a more comfortable ride.

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8. Cycling does not mean you have to sacrifice style – Cycling a bike and style go hand in hand. If you don’t believe us then check out the style sections of Total Women’s Cycling. We have covered everything to the most stylish commuter shoes, helmets and pannier bags on the market to make-up options and helmet friendly hairstyles. You’ll be hot to trot as soon as you hop off the bike.

Source: Here.

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Sunny, Not Too Hot, Slight Breeze . . .

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Coming . . . Northbound

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Going . . .  Southbound

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Walkin’ and Yakin’

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You Take the Street and I’ll Take the Sidewalk

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APL Main Branch

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Locking up . . .

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. . .  and secured

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Sign Me Up!

Albany Bicycle Coalition members assisted the Protected Bicycle Lane Coalition in promoting protected bicycle lanes for the Madison Avenue Traffic Calming project at the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association evening concert on 7/20/15. Held at the Elks’ Lodge on Yates and Allen Sts., the objectives were to educate concertgoers on the benefits of protected bicycle lanes, to get them to sign a supporting petition, fill out a postcard, and pose for a photo expressing their position on protected bicycle lanes.

There was an enthusiastic response by all who stopped by the table, several of whom related their support for protected bicycle lanes to their parenting responsibilities and goals.

The photos speak for themselves . . .

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Father & Son

Father & Son

Day Care and Work

Day Care and Work

Promotional Booth

Promotional Booth

The Staff Arrives!

The Staff Arrives!

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