At the Albany Bicycle Coalition’s October monthly meeting, participants jointly signed the attached letter to Major Jerry Jennings in recognition of the Delaware Ave. project – Albany’s first major street rehabilitation to include shared lanes for bicyclists.
The Honorable Gerald D Jennings
Mayor, City of Albany
24 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207
Dear Mayor Jennings:
We in Albany’s bicycling community note with great pleasure the results of the soon-to-be-completed Delaware Avenue refurbishment. The new-shared lane markings and the “bicycles may use full lane” signs pave the way for a new dawn in Albany as a bicycle-friendly community. These bicycle amenities on Delaware open up the city to the suburbs with the promise of even more cyclists taking to the road. These changes support the resurgence of Delaware Avenue as an Albany Gateway and residential and commercial success.
The other bicycle-related changes in the city – shared lanes and signs on Washington and New Scotland Avenues, bike lanes on Clinton, the new bicycle racks throughout the city, and the Capital Coexist educational program – reinforce what has been done on Delaware. Hopefully, these are but the first steps toward a citywide network of bicycle routes as outlined in the December 2009 Albany Bicycle Master Plan.
We commend you, the various city officials and departments, the design consultants, the Delaware Area Neighborhood Association, the merchants, and the Common Council for all your efforts on our behalf and behalf of those who desire a livable community.
Albany Bicycle Coalition