Resolutions for people on bicycles who want to make cycling safer for all by promoting a positive image of cycling …
- I will – Smile and say “good morning,” “good afternoon,” etc. to everyone I meet while riding.
- I will – Remember that the one certain way to increase safety for people on bicycles is to ride my bicycle as often as I can. All the bicycle lanes, tickets, smart traffic lights, “share the road signs,” blinkie lights, and reflective clothing will do little if not accompanied by MORE PEOPLE riding MORE OFTEN – so that all road users get used to each other being on the street.
- I will – Shop locally at locally owned businesses who hire local people and pay a fair wage.
- I will – Obey the traffic law. I will stop for signs and signals especially when people in cars or on foot can see me, and I will stay off the sidewalks.
- I will – Lube my chain and check my tires (for wear and correct air pressure).
- I will – Check that my brakes work (lever is a thumb’s distance or more from the handle bars when full “on”) and the pads contact the wheel rim braking surface.
- I will – Be deferential to all pedestrians no matter how crazily they act
- I will – Speak out on behalf of people on bicycles in a polite and non-confrontational manner.
- I will – Signal my stops, scan and signal my turns, and make eye contact with people in cars and on foot.
- I will – Speak out and write in on issues facing cycling. I will keep up to date on developments that affect safe use of the streets by people on bicycles.
- I will – Support my local bike rescue and bicycle shops. I will buy on the internet only when my bicycle shop does not stock or cannot order what I need.
- I will – Wave and smile to those in cars who are bothered by my presence on a bicycle on my streets (no “one finger waves,” s.v.p.)
- I will – Be Kind.
Alert Cyclist Mark informs us as follows:
The State’s Regional Economic Development Council Awards for 2016 includes (page 81, middle of the page, project #627184) $325,000 toward design and construction of the South End Bikeway Link. It is described as a “two-way, Separated Bike Lane, also known as a cycle track, extending along the east (ED: river/port/RR) side of South Pearl Street where sidewalks exist.” The Times Union story is here.
The full project (with editorial corrections) is as follows: The City of Albany will design and construct the South End Multi-Use Trail, located in the South Waterfront District, that will link the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail to the Mohawk-Hudson Hike-Bike Trail/Erie Canalway Trail, filling a gap in a more than 360-mile multi-use trail network. The proposed treatment is a two-way, Separated Bike Lane, also known as a cycle track, extending along the east side of South Pearl Street where sidewalks exist.
The funding of the South End Bikeway Link is perfectly timed with the pending completion of the Corning Riverfront Park Protected Bicycle Lanes and the other amenities as well as with completion of ABC’s BikeAlbanyMap. The three projects now provide people on bicycles with many options for safely and efficiently transporting themselves around the city and region.
Building the ACHHRT
- Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail (Albany to Slingerlands)
- Northern Blvd. bicycle lanes
- Clinton Ave. bicycle lanes from Ten Broeck to Manning
- Bicycle Fixit Stations at six Albany Public Library branches
- Bike Barn MeetUp Rides (“Towpath Tuesdays”)
- Mayor Sheehan’s “Mayor Ride to Work group ride”
- Earth Day Expo 2016
- Corning Riverfront Park – Protected Bicycle Lanes/green path + racks and kiosks
- 9th Annual Daily Grind Ride
- Capital District Transportation Committee “bike-ped $1,000,000 annual set aside” funding
- Lights in the Park Ride
- Madison Ave. bicycle lanes from Allen St. to Partridge St.
- Bike Counts (spring and fall)
- Halloween “Crypt” Ride
- Earth Day Ride
- Cranksgiving Ride for Food
- Collar City Ramble
- BikeAlbanyMap at https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/
- South End Bikeway Link Design Study
Alert cyclist Brent noted that the bicycle ramps have had a entry ramp added – see picture:
Back-story – The revitalization of the Corning Riverfront Park proceeds apace. The “finishing touches” are nearing completion. The new “green path” is open or will be soon so that people on bicycles can ride from the Slater to the Barge/DGS building without having to navigate amongst the walkers, joggers, and strollers. At Colonie/Water Sts., a second segment helps riders get clear of the Corning Riverfront Park and across the I-787 exit ramp. [Ed: Be careful here!]
Alert cyclist Brent reported that bicycle ramps are installed on the stairs leading to and from the Corning Riverfront Park over the bridge that crosses I-787 at Pine St. on Broadway. Now, instead of carrying one’s bicycle up or down the stairs, one can walk it up or down the ramp. As a cautionary note, lean your bicycle away from the hand railing to prevent interference with the pedals.
The ramps help those whose bicycle weight or degree of fitness makes climbing/descending the stairs a chore. In addition, those who want to enter the Corning Riverfront Park WITHOUT risking the Jose Perez Memorial Plaza (at the Slater entrance) or the I-787 off ramp (at Colonie St.) or who are in midtown, can now use the pedestrian bridge (with ramps) as a good alternative. Notabley, people on bicycles can access the Corning Riverfront Park from either end by using the BikeAlbanyMap.
The ramps are a good idea. Nevertheless, check the motorized “bicycle lift” in Trondheim – a good idea for the State or Morton St. hills?
A Century of Riding Bliss
As another step toward exploring all the bicycle paths in New York State, cyclist Ed set out over the 2016 Labor Day Weekend to complete the following Century.
Summary – Home in the New Scotland Ave. area of Albany – to Slingerlands, Albany, Mechanicville, Ballston Spa, Amsterdam, Niskayuna, and back to home. Total per Google maps – 107.6 miles and with various diversions – 115.0 miles.
- 2.2 miles Home to Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail
- 7.0 miles Albany County Rail Trail to Corning Riverfront Park/Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail
- 5.0 miles to Watervliet
- 5.8 miles through Watervliet/Green Island to Black Bridge and the Delaware Ave. Trail through Van Schaick Island and Peebles Island, Cohoes, to Waterford.
- 9.0 miles Rt. 4 from Waterford to Brookwood Rd. to Old Champlain Canal Trail (gravel) Upper Newton Rd. to Rt. 4 to Mechanicville/Main St.
- 4.1 miles South St. /Pruyn Hill Rd. climbs to Johnson Rd., right onto Staniak Rd., to Coons Crossing Rd., to Zim Smith Mid-County Trail
- 9.1 miles Zim Smith Mid-County Trail to Ballston Spa
- 0.8 miles left E. High St. right Low St. to Ballston Spa Front Street Park
- 3.6 miles Rt. 67/Rt. 50 South from Ballston Spa to left Outlet Rd.
- 4.0 miles outlet Rd., right on Ballston Bicycle Path to Ballston Lake, right on 146A
- Few yards north on 146A, left on Lake Hill Rd.
- 15.2 miles Lake Hill Rd. becoming Stage Rd. in Charlton, jog left to Maple Ave. Left on Packer Rd. to EaSt.ern Ave. becoming WeSt.ern Ave. in West Charlton. Right Westline Rd. Left Waite Rd. to Rt. 67 north of Amsterdam
- 4.8 miles Left Rt. 67 to Amsterdam to roof of Riverfront Center parking lot (this included about 2 extra miles looping around downtown Amsterdam looking for the route to cross to the Riverfront Park/Gateway Overlook Bridge.
- 0.5 mile bridge/elevator from roof of Riverfront to “Riverlink Park.” Over the new (August 2016) Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge to Erie Canalway Trail just past Erie St.
- 29.0 miles Canalway Trail/5S thru Pattersonville, Rotterdam Junction, Schenectady over to Scotia – on a (nasty, nameless) trail at end of Collins Park to Freemans Bridge
- Back to Schenectady/Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail to Lions Park, Niskayuna
- 3.2 miles Left Old River Rd., Right Rosendale Rd., Left Rt. 7, right British American Blvd (bike lanes) to Cornell Rd., to Shaker Trail (paved), and to left on Airline Dr
- 2.3 miles Airline Dr that becomes S. Family Drive to left on Sand Creek. Sand Creek to right Morello Drive – left on Central 1 block, to Lincoln Ave.
- 3.2 miles Lincoln to the City Dump and Six Mile Waterworks Trail, Rt. on Multi-Use Trail along Fuller to Circle by UAlbany, Tricentennial Dr.
- 4.6 miles UALBANY Bike Path to WeSt.ern Ave., left on WeSt.ern to HomeSt.ead, left on Hazlehurst which becomes Berkshire to Right on Ormond becomes Friebel Rd. / left on Krumkill to New Scotland, Right on New Scotland, and back home.
This is a good ride to gain an appreciation of the touring opportunities in the area. The ride could be broken up into two or three segments for those wanting to commit to a “century” ride. [Ed.]