On May 13, 2016, staff from the Albany Public Library, the Capital District Transportation Authority, Capital Roots, Capital Region Complete Streets, and the Albany Bicycle Coalition celebrated the installation of three Dero-brand Bicycle Fixit Stations at branches of the Albany Public Library. The photos tell the whole story:
- Mike of the Albany Public Library who installed all the stands. He appears here with his handiwork at the Arbor Hill Branch
- The first “customer” – Albany Police Department Police Officer re-attaches his toe clip.
- Executive directors Amy Klein of Capital Roots and Michael Franchini of Capital District Transportation Committee confer
- Riders at the stand at the New Scotland Ave. Branch
- Riders at the stand at the Delaware Ave. BranchThe Albany Public Library and Albany Bicycle Coalition successfully applied to the Capital District Transportation Authority for funding under its Traffic Safety Ambassador Program. Each service area of the Albany Public Library now has a repair stand conveniently located near the front of each host branch.
A Press Conference was held at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch (148 Henry Johnson Blvd.) followed by a group ride to the Bach Branch fixit station (455 New Scotland Ave.) and to the Delaware Branch fixit station (331 Delaware Ave.)
The Traffic Safety Ambassador Program made $20,000 in Federal funding available for capacity building projects designed to assist public, private, and non‐profit organizations in the Capital Region in providing bicycle and pedestrian safety education and training. This program works to achieve the following New Visions 2040 goals: 1. Improve bicycle and pedestrian safety by reducing the number of vehicle crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians and 2. Increase the number of bicycle and pedestrian trips (especially commuting trips) in the Capital Region.