On a balmy fall day, the Lark St. Business Improvement District (BID), in conjunction with the Aurora Foundation of NorthEast and the Albany’s Office of Energy and Sustainability, announced installation of 32 new bicycle racks on Lark St. from Washington Ave. to Price Chopper on Delaware Ave. Federal tax dollars paid for the racks through the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and the Capital District Transportation Committee.
Cafe Hollywood, 275 Lark, hosted the ribbon cutting with dignitaries from the Common Council, city, BID, County, and CDTA in attendance reinforced by a elbow-room-only (see photo) crowd of cyclists and onlookers. Council Members Conti and Konev, enthusiastic supporters of bicycling, presented a resolution (see photo) from the Council to the BID’s executive director, president, and board chairman. (The un-cut green ribbon is just in front of the Café Hollywood’s door.)
Eric Whalen of the Downtube set up a repair stand to assist cyclists. The Albany Police Department Community Policing Unit had a table display of related literature as well as information on its bicycle registry.