They’re Here – BikeShare Arrives

CDPHP Cycle! BikeShare officially started on 7/27/17 in the four pilot cities. In the first two weeks, 750 signed up for membership with 82 of them being “Founding Members” (90 minutes ride time each day). By 8/7, riders completed around 1,500 trips.

Bike Share MAP 7-7-17

Find your CDPHP Cycle! BikeShare bicycle here

 

 

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One keypad to rule them all, one keypad to find them, one keypad to bring them all …

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Plenty of room for lunch

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No stealing these parts!

The bell

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                   Three speeds for easy city cruising

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Follow the instructions

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Lock it up

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A happy rider returns to the hub

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See your ride?

 

Find out more at the CDPHP Cycle! BikeShare site.  Learn how easy it is to become part of the success of BikeShare in the Capital Region. Even if you are not likely to be a BikeShare user, you will be ready to guide your friends, family, and clients – and even visitors to our area.

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Champlain Canalway Trail Annual Bicycle Ride – 8/20/17

The Champlain Canalway Trail Working Group is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Champlain Canalway Trail Annual Bicycle Ride to be held on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

For details and to register, please visit https://www.bikereg.com/champlain-canalway-trail-annual-bicycle-ride. CCT Ride 8-20-17 A

The ride will begin at Hudson Crossing Park near Schuylerville, cross the Hudson River via the historic Dix Bridge, and proceed north to Fort Edward. There, the tour will pick up the Feeder Canal Trail to Murray Park in Hudson Falls, where lunch will be provided by Forged restaurant. Murray Park is adjacent to Jack & Jill’s Ice Cream.

After lunch, riders will backtrack to Lock 7 at Fort Edward, where they have the option of boarding the paddle-wheeler Caldwell Belle of Mohawk Maiden Cruises for the return to Hudson Crossing Park or biking back to the start.

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Along the way, the group will stop at various sites of historic interest, such as an old mule barn and the five combination locks on the Feeder Canal. The total distance of the basic daylong tour will be 20 to 30 miles depending on the option chosen. There also will be a 45- to 50-mile ride, with or without the cruise aboard Mohawk Maiden Cruises.

Lunch is included for those who register before August 15, and the first 30 registrants will receive a token from Common Roots Brewing Company for a beverage on a future visit.

For details and to register, please visit https://www.bikereg.com/champlain-canalway-trail-annual-bicycle-ride.

 

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A Ride in the Woods

We are all indebted to the Friends of the Rail Trail volunteers, the staff and volunteers in the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, and the Albany County leadership and staff for the design and construction of Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail.

Here is a nice ride one can take that uses the entire paved portion of the trail. Starting in the Pine Hills area it’s, about 3.5 miles to the trailhead on South Pearl Street at Old South Pearl Street. The ride to the trailhead will always be tedious until the South End Bikeway Link is completed. However, in the meantime, using the BikeAlbanyMap – an interactive device that lets you plan your trips through the city of Albany on low-traffic low-stress roadways – you can get most of the way to the trailhead with only a minimum of hassle.

Once on the rail trail, the smooth surface takes you through the beautiful Normanskill Gorge in an idyllic setting. The only traffic noise is while going under Route 9 and the New York State Thruway. Trail is far enough below them that the noise can easily be ignored. Then it is up the gentle but uniform grade across the Normanskill until eventually one ends up cruising past the backyards of suburban Bethlehem. Once there, the trail levels off and it has a pleasant hop across Delaware Ave. to the terminus of the paved section is Slingerlands by the old railroad station at 5.75 from the trail head at South Pearl St.

An alternative route back to the City of Albany is to take the trail until just after it crosses Elsmere Ave., take one of the trail exits to Ellsworth Ave., and follow around on Plymouth until Delaware Ave. From there, it is a short hop to Jim’s Tastee-Freez ($3 for a small cone) and then across the Normanskill to Delaware Ave. in Albany. Remember that, just after crossing the Thruway Bridge reentering the city of Albany, to refer to the BikeAlbanyMap to find a pleasant way to avoid the car-centric design of Delaware Ave.

From Pine Hills and return it is about 16 miles – a nice day trip.

Better than reading about the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail, just go ride on it!

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Bicycle Lanes (and Traffic Calming) on Van Rensselaer Blvd./Rt. 377

Van Rensselaer/Rt. 377 Bicycle Lanes – There soon will be two lanes for motor vehicles, left turn bays, and bicycle lanes on Van Rensselaer. These are a great tie-in with Northern Blvd.’s bicycle lanes.

The first photo shows the start of the new lanes (as yet uncompleted) at Northern Blvd.

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NYSDOT is completing this recent project in consultation with the City of Albany on project scope. It builds on the 2015 bicycle lanes/traffic calming installation on Northern Blvd. The city will expand the bicycle lane project on Northern Blvd from the I-90 bridge north toward Albany-Shaker Road later this summer. Notably the lane treatment at the southern end of Northern Blvd. is one of the best designs you will find in the region. Note the bottom photo with a nice buffer.

Those who use the BikeAlbanyMap and Parks & Trails New York Erie Canalway Trail map will note that one can ride the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail from Rotterdam Junction (with a few on-street portions in Schenectady, Cohoes, and Watervaliet), leave the MHBHT at the (hidden and bumpy) Schuyler Flats Trail near Passano Paints and the I-787 underpass at Broadway and 4th Sts. to Schuyler flats, go a short half mile south on Broadway, crawl up the hill through Albany Rural Cemetery, join the above described new bicycle lanes on Van Rensselaer/Rt. 377, enjoy the “calmed” Northern Blvd. to McCrossin and Thornton Sts. at the old Livingston Middle School, and then wind through a quiet residential neighborhood to the bicycle lanes on Clinton Ave.

It’s almost a network!

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What’s Going on With Madison Ave.?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor the past several weeks and probably for several more, there has been and will be extensive street work on Madison Ave. You’ll see a lot of traffic cones, heavy equipment, workers in hard hats, dust and dirt, pipes, re-paved strips, and so on. This is in preparation for the final phase of the Madison Avenue Traffic Calming project – Partridge St. to Lark St. This “below surface work” must be done before the repaving and re-striping of the roadway. It appears that these last phases will be done in this fall with installation of traffic control signals to follow.

Completion will mean 1-1/2 miles of sane motor vehicle traffic with left turn lanes, cross walks, and new traffic control devices and signs. It will also mean that people in cars can go no faster than the car ahead of them – hopefully, the posted 30 mph or less. No more crazy passing on the right or using the parking lane as a through lane.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The continuation of the bicycle lanes from Allen-Partridge to Lark St. will provide people on bicycles with a smooth, safe ride Pine Hills Neighborhood Association to “downtown.”

It remains for people who want better bicycle facilities in the City of Albany (this would mean YOU) to start pushing for continuing the lanes past Manning Blvd. to connect to the current bicycle lanes in Guilderland and then on to Crosse Gates. Accompanying this must be mapping of cross town and downtown routes from Lark St./Delaware Ave. For suggested routes, see the BikeAlbanyMap.

None of this will happen unless there is a big and sustained push from those who want a livable Albany.

So get cracking!

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