Implementation of the Albany Bicycle Master Plan recently took a step forward with the installation of Shared Lane pavement markings on the repaved section of Western Ave. from N. Allen (“The Point”) to S. Main Ave. The makings also continue south of S. Main’s new surface. One might assume that the repaved S. Main from Manning/Bradford/Kent to Western Ave. will also get the markings. This is in line with Albany’s marking road surfaces as it repaves them. Marking about 0.8 miles might seem a small step except that the four involved heavily trafficked intersections – Allen/Madison/Western, Western/W. Lawrence, Western/S. Main, and S. Main/Madison – will benefit from these helpful warnings to both cyclists and motorists. These markings also pave the way for the planned reconfiguration of Madison Ave. into Albany’s premier east-west bicycle corridor – 2 bicycle lanes, 2 parking lanes, 2 driving lanes, and 1 turning lane).
So, get off that couch and take a self-guided tour of Albany’s bicycle amenities!