- IN – City bike
- IN – Step-through frame
- IN – “Twenty (i.e., mph) is plenty”
- OUT – All cars-all the time
- IN – Balance bike
- IN – Everyday rider, transit rider
- IN – “Good morning,” “good afternoon,” “good evening”
- IN – Civilized cycling
- OUT – Vehicular cyclists and John Foster’s unfounded theories.
- IN – No right on red when people walking have the “walk light” in any direction
- OUT – Rolling right on red anywhere
- IN – Fenders
- IN – People on bicycles, people walking, people in cars
- OUT – “Cyclist,” “pedestrian,” “drivers”
- IN – Panniers, baskets
- IN – Chatting, paying attention
- IN – Comfort
- IN – Upright position
- IN – Hats
- OUT – Helmets (but wear one)
- IN – Protected bike lanes
- IN – Supple, wide tires
- IN – [Bicycles] “May use full lane”
- OUT – [Bicycles] “In lane”
Mostly courtesy “Momentum,” Aug-Sep 2013
Everyone knows the “ABC Quick Check” – Air (tread or sidewall damage), brakes (pads and cables adjusted), Cranks (loose?)/Chain (lubed?)/Cassette (worn?), and QUICK Releases (both wheels and brakes). The ABC Quick Check can come in many variations, but the preceding is pretty much it.
But time passes, wear occurs, the mind wanders, the B-12 wears off, etc.
Standing around one day, a fortunate glance showed that the “A” in “A,B,C” was totally overlooked when it came to the rear tire. In two places, the tread was worn through and cracked with the tire casing fabric showing through. YIKES! In the case of this particular bicycle, there was not even the excuse of fenders blocking view of the tread…
Resolutions for people on bicycles who want to make cycling safer for all by promoting a positive image of cycling …
- I will – Smile and say “good morning,” “good afternoon,” etc. to everyone I meet while riding.
- I will – Remember that the one certain way to increase safety for people on bicycles is to ride my bicycle as often as I can. All the bicycle lanes, tickets, smart traffic lights, “share the road signs,” blinkie lights, and reflective clothing will do little if not accompanied by MORE PEOPLE riding MORE OFTEN – so that all road users get used to each other being on the street.
- I will – Shop locally at locally owned businesses who hire local people and pay a fair wage.
- I will – Obey the traffic law. I will stop for signs and signals especially when people in cars or on foot can see me, and I will stay off the sidewalks.
- I will – Lube my chain and check my tires (for wear and correct air pressure).
- I will – Check that my brakes work (lever is a thumb’s distance or more from the handle bars when full “on”) and the pads contact the wheel rim braking surface.
- I will – Be deferential to all pedestrians no matter how crazily they act
- I will – Speak out on behalf of people on bicycles in a polite and non-confrontational manner.
- I will – Signal my stops, scan and signal my turns, and make eye contact with people in cars and on foot.
- I will – Speak out and write in on issues facing cycling. I will keep up to date on developments that affect safe use of the streets by people on bicycles.
- I will – Support my local bike rescue and bicycle shops. I will buy on the internet only when my bicycle shop does not stock or cannot order what I need.
- I will – Wave and smile to those in cars who are bothered by my presence on a bicycle on my streets (no “one finger waves,” s.v.p.)
- I will – Be Kind.
Alert Cyclist Mark informs us as follows:
The State’s Regional Economic Development Council Awards for 2016 includes (page 81, middle of the page, project #627184) $325,000 toward design and construction of the South End Bikeway Link. It is described as a “two-way, Separated Bike Lane, also known as a cycle track, extending along the east (ED: river/port/RR) side of South Pearl Street where sidewalks exist.” The Times Union story is here.
The full project (with editorial corrections) is as follows: The City of Albany will design and construct the South End Multi-Use Trail, located in the South Waterfront District, that will link the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail to the Mohawk-Hudson Hike-Bike Trail/Erie Canalway Trail, filling a gap in a more than 360-mile multi-use trail network. The proposed treatment is a two-way, Separated Bike Lane, also known as a cycle track, extending along the east side of South Pearl Street where sidewalks exist.
The funding of the South End Bikeway Link is perfectly timed with the pending completion of the Corning Riverfront Park Protected Bicycle Lanes and the other amenities as well as with completion of ABC’s BikeAlbanyMap. The three projects now provide people on bicycles with many options for safely and efficiently transporting themselves around the city and region.
Building the ACHHRT
- Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail (Albany to Slingerlands)
- Northern Blvd. bicycle lanes
- Clinton Ave. bicycle lanes from Ten Broeck to Manning
- Bicycle Fixit Stations at six Albany Public Library branches
- Bike Barn MeetUp Rides (“Towpath Tuesdays”)
- Mayor Sheehan’s “Mayor Ride to Work group ride”
- Earth Day Expo 2016
- Corning Riverfront Park – Protected Bicycle Lanes/green path + racks and kiosks
- 9th Annual Daily Grind Ride
- Capital District Transportation Committee “bike-ped $1,000,000 annual set aside” funding
- Lights in the Park Ride
- Madison Ave. bicycle lanes from Allen St. to Partridge St.
- Bike Counts (spring and fall)
- Halloween “Crypt” Ride
- Earth Day Ride
- Cranksgiving Ride for Food
- Collar City Ramble
- BikeAlbanyMap at https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/
- South End Bikeway Link Design Study