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Tulips and Tweed Ride – 5/9/2015 – hosted by the Mohawk-Hudson Cycling Club

Tulips and Tweed Ride – Hosted by the Mohawk-Hudson Cycling Club

Distance: 10 miles, city ride

tweed_ride_2013_20Date:  5/9/2015 

Time:  9:00 am

A civilized early morning ride through Albany’s quiet neighborhoods to Washington Park. Flat bars, fenders, tweed jackets, cardigans, and pearls strongly encouraged. Bring your camera.Tweed

Ride Contact Jonathan Benn albanybenn@aol.com. Day of ride call 577-5943. Rain cancels ride

Location:  North Bethlehem Park, 564 Russell Rd., Albany, near intersection of Krumkill and Russell Rds. and the North Bethlehem Fire Department.

Ride Category:  Really Casual

Pace range: 10-12 mph

Terrain: Generally flat, city streets

See also:  http://www.mohawkhudsoncyclingclub.org

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“The Joy of Bicycle Travel”

??????????????????????This was one of the main points by Jim Sayer, ED of Adventure Cycling, during his talk in Saratoga Springs on 1/26/15. As is his custom, Jim was taking a swing through part of the US to drum up bicycle touring but also, of course, to promote Adventure Cycling as the lead bicycle touring organization in the US and as an international leader. He highlighted the many different types of tours offered ranging from van supported, inn-to-inn, family fun, and self contained.

Jim covered the Adventure Cycling program and urged attendees to support their local advocacy groupLeague of American Bicyclists, New York Bicycling Coalition, Albany Bicycle Coalition, Parks & Trails New York,  Bike Toga, and so on. He made a big push for the United States Bike Route System which, when realized, will be the world’s largest. An audience of about 50-60, including at least 6 ABC members, also heard about touring initiatives and routes around the world and in Canada.

One of the major points raised – and of interest to local advocates for the Erie Canalway Trail “close the gap” push, the Madison Avenue Traffic Calming/Protected Bicycle Lanes initiative, and the multi-sponsor South End Bikeway Link was the many economic impact studies that demonstrate how bicycle tourism generates BILLIONS in states like Oregon, Montana,  Michigan, and Arizona.

Jim’s enthusiastic presentation and the programs he described were quite inspirational. We were all grateful to Bike Toga for hosting the event including a nice spread of beverages, fruits, and snacks.



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Capital Holiday Lights Bicycle Ride – Sunday, December 16, 4:45 – 5:45 pm

Capital Lights in the Park 2012

Capital Lights in the Park 2012

The “Capital Holiday Lights in the Park” bicycle ride in Albany will be Sunday, December 16, 4:45 to 5:45 pm.  This is a special time just for bicycles with no cars.  Ride the loop as many times as you want.Donation – $5/bike and $10/family.  Proceeds benefit Albany PAL’s bicycle helmet program.  For more information about the Albany Police Athletic League and the Capital Holiday Lights, visit www.albanypal.org and www.albanycapitalholidaylights.com.

If you want to warm up beforehand, the Park View Pub is on the corner of Madison and New Scotland and the Stewarts’ is a little south on New Scotland.  We may stop afterward, so bring a lock, lights, and cold-weather gear.

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Spring Events Calendar

April 8, 2011

On Going: March, April, May – Every Tuesday, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. –
Tune Up Your Bike Night and Repair Clinic at Albany Bike Rescue, 15 Trinity Place, Albany, NY 12202. Call 518-489-0393 or use contact form at http://albanybicyclecoalition.com/albanybikerescue/

April 1, 2011 Friday, 6 pm – 8 pm –
1st Friday Gallery Spin Bike Ride, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, Washington Park, Albany. Urban ride around Albany, stopping at various galleries, especially those outside of the typical Lark St. cluster. For directions, see: http://bit.ly/9trvx9 http://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

April 8-10 and May 13-15 –
L.L.Bean’s Spring Sports Weekend, Visit any of retail stores for an event that outdoor enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy. L.L.Bean experts will host free clinics and demonstrations on paddling, hiking, camping, and other spring sports. Special discounts on springtime gear throughout the weekend.

April 13, Wednesday, 6 pm – 9 pm –
Traffic Skills 101 Refresher. This three-hour class is for graduates of TS 101 who plan to take the LCI Training in May. Both the Refresher and the LCI Training at Draper Hall, UA Downtown Campus. Contact Claire – 518-209-6477, cbnolou@yahoo.com or go to the League of American Bicyclists website.

April 14, Thursday, 11 am to 2 pm –
Spring Awakening event at the University of Albany. Be Green, Be Healthy, and Be Well. Contact Mary Ellen Mallia, Director of Environmental Sustainability UA 518-956-8120

April 22, Friday – 12 pm –
Earth Day Bike/Walk/Bus to Work Day, Lunch Hour Bicycle Parade Academy Park (in front of City Hall) Mayor’s Office of Energy and Sustainability http://www.albanysustainability.orgChris Franklin 518-522-2127 http://ualbanyplanners.org/christopherfranklin.as. Lunch Hour Bicycle Parade, contact Sandra Steubing at ssteub@yahoo.com.

April 28, Thursday –
NYBC Bike Summit –Bicycle advocates, coalition partners, and allies to gather in the State Capital to show that bicycling is important for human health, the environment, our economy, and our communities. We want investment to enable people of all ages and skill levels to ride safely on the road. Well of the Legislative Office Building, State St. Calling for passage of “Complete Streets Bill”. Contact Brian Kehoe, Program Manager to participate, brian@nybc.net, 518-436-0889, http://www.nybc.net/

April 29, Friday – 5:15 pm – 9:00 pm –
Friday Critical Mass (Community Bicycle Ride) – Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, Washington Park, Albany. Join an urban bike ride around the city of Albany in a group to help promote biking in our city. Riders of all skill levels are welcome. http://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

May 1, Sunday, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm –
Bike Expo 2011 – Corning Preserve, Albany NY Three Rides –10 mi (casual), 25 mi (casual), 50 mi (quick). John Vendetti, hardworkinjohn@aol.com, 225-4209, http://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

May 18, Wednesday, 6:00PM –
Ride of Silence – Start locations: 6:00 pm – Corning Preserve boat launch parking under I-787, and 6:30 pm – State Education Building, Washington Ave. Distance – 12 miles. Claire Nolan cbnolou@yahoo.com, http://www.rideofsilence.org/locations-domestic.php?s=NY#NY.

May 20-22, Friday-Sunday –
LCI Training – Pre-requisite Traffic Skills 101. Draper Hall, Downtown UA Campus. Claire Nolan cbnolou@yahoo.com or League of American Bicyclists website: https://members.bikeleague.org/members_online/members/findit.asp?action=search

Written by Lorenz Warden

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