Champlain Canalway Bicycle Tour – Sun, 8/14 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

5th Champlain Canalway Trail Bicycle Tour REGISTRATION OPEN!

Sunday, August 14 – Start: 9:00 am – Return: 4:00 pm – This year’s tour will begin at Hudson Crossing Park near Lock 5 just north of Schuylerville. It will then proceed through villages and countryside to Saratoga National Historical Park, with stops at selected significant historical landmarks related to the 1777 Revolutionary War campaign. Expert historians at each stop will introduce cyclists to local historical events that led to the Battles of Saratoga and changed the course of the war and our nation’s destiny.

Riders may return via the Caldwell Belle on the Hudson River or simply bicycle back to the start.

 Info and registration, here.

CCTour 2012 ~ 7-18-16


The annual ride is presented by the Champlain Canalway Trail (CCT) Working Group in collaboration with the Saratoga National Historical Park, Hudson Crossing Park, Lakes to Locks Passage, Mohawk Maiden Cruises, and Akiba Travel. The ride shows the efforts to complete the Champlain Canalway Trail, a 62-mile multi-use path along the Hudson River and old or current Champlain Canal. The canal links the Erie Canal in Waterford with Lake Champlain in Whitehall and connects the communities in between. The trail is presently about 25 percent open for use. The CCT Working Group is a coalition of municipalities, counties, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations promoting the development and enjoyment of the trail. A percentage of the proceeds will go to Hudson Crossing Park to be used to advance the building of the Champlain Canalway Trail.

CCTour Talk 7-18-16

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With a Name Like That, It Has To Do Everything

SERFAS ST-13i CO2 Inflator Tool 



Features (N=13):

  • 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1.5 mm hex (check your bicycle and fixtures for sizing)
  • Phillips* screwdriver (roughly a #1 tip)
  • Flathead screwdriver (approx. 5/16”)
  • 25 and 30 Torx (hexalobular internal**) (check your bicycle and fixtures for sizing)
  • Bottle opener
  • CO2 Presta Compatible Inflator (for the pump challenged who would rather pump more CO2 into the atmosphere, generously support their bicycle shop/Amazon, and add empty CO2 canisters to the dump.)
  • 3.3 oz (94 gr)
  • Gender: Unisex (per vendor)
  • Cost: $27-$36 + S&H, Tax
  • Origin: Taiwan



* Invented by American Henry F. Phillips.

** Torx, developed in 1967 by Camcar Textron, is the trademark for a screw head with a 6-point star-shaped pattern. Popular generic name for the drive is “star,” as in “star screwdriver” or “star bits.” The official International Organization for Standardization (ISO) name is “10664,” “hexalobular internal.”

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Protected Bicycle Lanes in Albany?

Protected Bicycle Lanes in Albany?

You saw it here first – under construction (photo #1). Hopefully those “Jersey Barriers” are an indication of the final Quay St. configuration (looking north just north of the USS Slater).


#1 – PBL in Albany?

The Corning Riverfront Park Project will include the following according to the City of Albany:

  • Repaving and widening some areas of the multi-use path along the riverfront to accommodate two-way cycling as well as people walking.
  • Extending the multi-use path south to the Quay St. /Broadway intersection near the USS Slater (The Jose Perez Memorial Plaza) and north to Erie Blvd. (ed: Now if we can just build that South End Bikeway Link … )
  • Building a new two-way bicycle lane along the backside (west side) of the tidal ponds to bypass the amphitheater during events (photo #2 – tiptoe around the tidal pool looking south from near park HQ) .

    #2 – Path for People on Bicycles West of the Main Park Area

  • Making the riverfront more accessible with new crosswalk signals at three intersections on Quay St. at Broadway, the Broadway Connector, and Water St.
  • Calming Quay Street to make it a “complete street.” Quay St. will go from two motor vehicle lanes to one to accommodate people on bicycles and people walking as well as motor vehicles (photo # 3 – Quay St. gets a shave – looking north from just past the pump station/former Aqua Duck HQ).


    #3 – Quay St. Gives Up a Motor Vehicle Lane to People

  • Adding nearly 50 parking spots on Quay St. to make it easier for people in cars to visit the riverfront.
  • Enhancing lighting along the new multi-use paths and along Quay St.
  • Providing benches, bicycle racks, and trashcans (ed.: recycling too?) along the paths.
  • Providing informational kiosks to promote Albany events and activities.
  • Adding trees to the park so that there will be more trees than before the project began.

Moving on (after a visit to the Corning Riverfront Park) – photo #4 shows markings for the return of Conventional Bicycle Lanes on the repaved Clinton Ave. Maybe the bicycle lanes can at least begin continued beyond Lexington to the intersection of Clinton and Central Aves. per the original plan.   As of 7/11, the lanes are re-marked from Ten Broeck to the western end of the re-paving project – you’ll notice the lane marking bicycles are now rider less.  Hmmmmm…


Markings for Bicycle Lanes – looking west

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Cycle the Erie Canal Finish Line Volunteers

Parks & Trails NY is looking for VOLUNTEERS for this year’s Cycle the Erie Canal Finish Line Celebration – Sunday, July 17, Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Quackenbush Square. Arrive at 9:00 AM – instructions and setup. If possible, please stay until at least 1:30 PM. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know by July 5.


The Erie Canalway Trail is a cycling destination that spans New York State, following one of the world’s most famous manmade waterways. Cycle the Erie Canal is an annual 8-day bike tour from Buffalo to Albany. Riders of all ages, from all over the country, travel across New York for a one-of-a-kind experience. And they all finish in Downtown Albany!

Be a part of a major Downtown event, welcome and celebrate with visitors coming to our City, support and promote ridership in Albany, and have some fun with your friends, neighbors, and guests.

Don’t forget, YOU help make this Finish Line a celebration… enjoy area restaurants (Albany Pump Station, the Olde English Pub), local food trucks, and live music!

Please arrive at 9:00 AM for instructions and setup. We understand you may not be able to stay all day, but it would be helpful if volunteers could stay until at least 1:30 PM.

If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know by July 5.

More about the Tour – here.

PTNY has the following volunteer needs for this year’s Cycle the Erie Canal Finish Line Celebration, which will occur on Sunday, July 17 at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at Quackenbush Square. Undoubtedly, we’ll have a few riders who come in early, but the finish line doesn’t officially open until after 10 AM. However, we’d like all volunteers there at 9:00 AM to help setup. It would be helpful if volunteers could stay until at least 1:30.

Interested volunteers should let us know by July 5.

Primary Volunteer Needs:

Bike Parking Assistant: NEED 1  (Description: Assist riders in parking bikes in bike corral; monitor corral)

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Shuttle Registration Assistant: NEED 1   (Description: Assist PTNY staff with shuttle registration, handing out shuttle tickets, and directing riders to bike loading and shuttle luggage staging areas)

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

 Information Table Assistant: NEED 1  (Description: Assist PTNY staff in distributing general information – including directions for shuttle, bike shipping, shower and train station locations, and other services)

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Route Assistants: NEED 5  (Description: Direct riders from the terminus of the Erie Canalway Trail at the boat launch in Corning Riverfront Park to the finish line at Quackenbush Square via an on-road connection; volunteers will be placed at multiple intersections and turns along the road route; volunteers may want to arrive on bike to be able to be able to reach their locations more quickly)

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Parking Lot Assistant: NEED 1  (Description: Assist PTNY in managing traffic flow through parking area at rear of Visitor’s Center) 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Floater: NEED 1  (Description: Various tasks as needed in coordination with PTNY staff) 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Other Volunteer Needs:

Welcome/Cheer Section: NEED 5  (Description: Welcome and cheer cyclists and they approach finish line at Albany Visitor Center at Quackenbush Square) 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

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Corning Riverfront Park – Movin’ Along

Work progresses on the revitalization of the Corning Riverfront Park (formerly “Preserve”) and the accompanying facilities for people on bicycles. Here are several photos to convey the magnitude of the project.

For an update from the Times Union, go here and for a review of the master plan for the area, here.


Albany’s Own “Big Dig”


Near the “Tidal Ponds”



Check Out the Tank Bombs!



Basic Infrastructure Work Progresses


The New Protected Bicycle Lane – Quay St.


Where the South End Bike Link Will Join the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail

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