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Albany Ride of Silence – 5/15/19

Twenty-one riders commemorated the deaths of bicycle riders in the area by participating in Albany Bicycle Coalition’s 12th annual Ride of Silence.

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As in years past, we stopped for a remembrance at each of the area ghost bike sites. At each site, we had a sign with the first name, a bicycle symbol, and year. We affixed a bouquet of flowers at each site.

When we arrived at the Diva (Diva De Loayza, June 6, 2007, age 40, killed by car) ghost bike site at Western and Homestead Aves., we stopped to acknowledge all the deceased area riders. DSCF9955

 

We were honored to be joined by the family of Roger Sawyer (October 19, 2017, age 30, run down by SUV, Washington Ave. Ext.). DSCF9969Rodger’s mother relayed her frustrations in attempting to gather data from local agencies on the death of her son. Contrary to Albany Police Department and Times Union reports, the motor vehicle operator behaved and had background issues that contributed to Roger’s death and that were not known beforehand.

Susan, daughter of Alan Fairbanks (October 29, 2006, age 72, hit by car/died, Rt. 5-S at bicycle path, Rotterdam) and her friend joined us as they have for many years. A rider spoke in honor of Robert F. Zayhowski (July 16, 2000, age 43, killed by drunken driver/SUV, Rt. 66, Sand Lake). Another spoke in honor of his friend who was struck, paralyzed, and eventually died of his injuries. We took turns reading off the names of the other area fatalities with a few words on the circumstances of their deaths.

We also visited the sites of the deaths of Edston J. Kirnon (July 22, 2017, age 42, collided with side of CDTA bus, N. Pearl St.), Nicholas Richichi (October 19, 2007, age 53, killed by motor coach, Fuller Rd., Colonie), Jose Perez (August 3, 2006, age 60, killed by SUV, Broadway at Quay St., Albany), and Paul J. Merges, Jr. (November 24, 2012, age 45, killed by drunken driver, Manning Blvd. & Roosevelt St.).

What is the Ride of Silence? – This ride commemorates those who were killed or injured while riding their bicycles. The ride reminds all road users to be careful and considerate of their fellow travelers. The Ride of Silence is an international movement that the Albany Bicycle Coalition has supported by hosting the Albany ride since 2007. See – http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php .

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Mr. Face Plant or It Pays to Pay Attention

Down the street and oh so slow,

Riding to a place I know.

 

Going for a coffee and a croissant,

What more could anyone want?

 

Street repairs not yet made,

What happens to taxes I paid?

 

A bump, a rut, and then a lump,

And all at once, I go thump.

 

Face and elbows on the ground,

Pieces of my glasses spread around.

 

Whoops, wham … damn!

 

I go straight as the bike flies right,

Flat on my face with all my might – what a fright!

 

Bloody helmet, clothes, and nose,

This is not the plan I chose.

 

Off to St. Pete’s fine ER,

Good thing it’s not too far.

 

OMG – why look at you,

What the hell did you do?

 

Catskan, x-ray, poke, and prod

Have some morphine then you’ll nod

 

Nose is broken, elbows busted, cuts galore,

Bruises, tears, and some more.

 

Here, have a couple nice new slings,

Radial fractures are bad things.

 

Tooth is loose but not too bad

Oh my goodness, this is sad.

 

After all that I’m told,

The Erie Canal ride goes on hold.

 

Can’t fix you here, get off that bed,

Here you go to Albany Med.

 

Mohawk Ambulance for ride,

With an EMT at my side.

 

To ask me for more revelations,

Date of birth, height, weight, and explanations!

 

Here we have a center for trauma

I guess I qualify for all this drama

 

You’ll need some stitches in every place,

In your mouth and on your face.

 

Needles here and over there,

In your mouth and through your hair.

 

You’ll not feel a thing or so I’m told,

Maybe cause you way too old.

 

Now this will pinch,

As I sew another inch.

 

Cheek is done and now some more,

When I stitch that it’ll sure be sore!

 

Hope that nose comes back to center,

If not, we’ll re-stitch and bend ‘er.

 

Drugs you’ll get ‘til you can’t stop,

Amox/K Clav and Chlorhexidine at one pop.

 

And then Tramadol and Gabaoentin,

With some Bacitracin thrown in the bin.

 

As much as I love my bike.

Maybe I should get a trike

 

Peace!

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Earth Day Ride 2019 – Photo Array

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The late Mr. Rapp …

The Late Mr. Rapp 4-27-19

 

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Spring 2019 City-Wide Bike Count

Bike Count  – 5/21 & 5/23 – Volunteers Needed ~ Spring BIKE COUNT Dennis,

CONTACT FOR BIKE COUNT  – Dennis Gaffney, dgaffney@albanyny.gov

The Albany Mayor’s Office of Energy & Sustainability will be conducting the 2019 spring bicycle count at strategic intersections within the City of Albany on Tuesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 23. In order to have a successful count, we need volunteers.

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Our semi-annual bike counts provide the City with information about existing cycling demand and activity. By comparing bike counts over the years, the City is able to make more informed choices regarding future transportation projects and complete streets implementation. Please help us keep track of cycling trends in Albany by volunteering for the Spring 2019 BIKE COUNT.

The Spring 2019 BIKE COUNT will take place on Tuesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 23. There will be two shifts per day – 7:00-9:00 AM and 3:30-5:30 PM to capture cyclists commuting to and from work and school. The counts will be at these same strategic locations:

  1. Broadway and Clinton Ave.
  2. Delaware / Holland / Morton Aves.
  3. Lark St. and Washington Ave.
  4. Madison Ave. and South Pearl St.
  5. Madison Ave. and New Scotland Ave.
  6. Madison Ave. and Western Ave. (the Point)
  7. Quail St. and Washington Ave.

If you would like to participate in the spring bike count, please email Dennis Gaffney at dgaffney@albanyny.gov with your preferred time(s) and location(s), and phone number. Please also indicate if you can volunteer for more than one shift/location. 

Dennis Gaffney –  dgaffney@albanyny.gov – 518-434-5164 (office) or 518-281-7252 (cell)

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Six Mile Trail – Signage Coming!

Amy, Nicki, and Kate from the Albany Water Department (owner of the Six Mile Park and Trail) joined ABC staff on a walk through of the trail on February 28, 2019 to locate the signs and maps. These will be installed when the ground thaws.

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