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Cranksgiving 11/18/17

Link – https://www.facebook.com/events/128978647873699/

This ride is a lot of fun – don’t miss it!

See mesg from Jay, your leader, and sign up info below.

Cranksgiving 11-18-17

YOU MUST REGISTER deerintheheadlights@rocketmail.com

Tis that time of year again! Racing/riding our bikes to have fun and do something good for our community. Here is the ad copy for Cranksgiving, featured below. Can I have lots of RSVP’s and can you help me spread the word by posting Cranksgiving XI anywhere fellow riders may see it. There will be manifest and maps, take home spoke cards and goodies from J and Stacy to say thanks for playing!! Thank you all for considering to come out and playing. Details are below!

Here is the info on Cranksgiving! Please feel free to forward this to everyone who might be interested. Thank you. This is the official media write up.

About “A charity race for freedom from want”. Saturday November 18th @ 7pm.

Need more incentive? More information? This is the eleventh Albany Cranksgiving (obviously with the XI). So, even more the reason to make it out this weekend! This “event” 100% DIRECTLY benefits the Homeless Action Network of Albany.

How does it work? You meet other like minded cyclists that want to give back & help the community. You get a manifest (a small shopping list). Every cyclist gets a different manifest. Some will be riding to the same grocery store, but for different items. You lock your bike. Find and purchase the items from the list. Then ride to the next store for other items on your manifest (keep your receipts so we know you didn’t do a one-stop-shop). And even if you do – your UCI license will not get pulled! Continue this until thoroughly cooked! Think of it as speed-grocery-shopping by bike. Some people ride fast, and can’t shop. Or get stuck behind a dozen people buying cases of beer (my excuse for being slow). Point being, there’s no points. There’s only one winner, and that’s the people HAC help. That warm feeling you get as you’re loading a volunteer’s car full of food? That’s second place, which means you still podium-ed! YEAH YOU! Your mom will be proud! And you can tell her you made new friends too! And your non-riding significant other won’t be mad, because you’re helping others, even though you’re out “riding around”. Awesome!

“How can I play?!” Easy, meet at the monument in Washington Park (by Henry Johnson & State) at 6:30pm. Manifests will be handed out. Depart at 7:00 pm. IT’S FREE! But you’ll be purchasing about $20 of groceries. Plus any money for food and drinks afterwards – you did burn some calories! It should last about two hours, so check with your parents on the curfew thing, AND DRESS WARM! Remember what mom says about fingers & toes & your head.

What else? Your bike (obviously). $20 in cash or plastic. A bag/backpack to carry everything. A lock, unless you like walking back with bags of groceries. Lights/blinkies, helmet, and COMMON SENSE are ALWAYS recommended. And a caring attitude and a sense of fun help. No UCI officials. No entry fee.. You can have bar ends. Any tire width is legal. No governing body. We’re gonna ride bikes and feed people, and have fun doing it!

Need more incentive?

  1. Buy more than what’s on your manifest & impress everyone with your hauling abilities….
  2. Show up late, and still beat people with a 15-20 minute lead… seems to happen each year.
  3. Hope that J and Stacy show up with a big bag of goodies, and you ride home with something you didn’t realize you wanted (bonus!). Goodies guaranteed!
  4. Super cool spoke card to give your bike that extra flair!
  5. Finish a good night of riding with some hot pizza & a well deserved beverage.
  6. Do something new! Easy enough.

Pre-registration via email to J at Deerintheheadlights@rocketmail.com is encouraged for planning purposes. Dear god help me make a better guess at how many of these spoke cards I gotta make.

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Bike the Branches Ride in Living Color

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Heading Out from Arbor Hill ~ 9/16/17

 

 

 

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The Big Sweep


 

 

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Waiting for the Riders

At Delaware Branch …

 

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The Full Ride Assembles at Delaware Branch

 

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On the Hackett Blvd. Path

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Lots of Families

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Determination

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Albany’s Finest

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The Finish at Pine Hills

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Trusty Escorts from APD

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A Beautiful Day in Albany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ABC Lights Up the Energy Fair

Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair – Sat, 10/28

10 AM – 4 PM, Doane Stuart School

Energy 2017 - PROGRAMAlbany Bicycle Coalition members Margaret, Theo, Ed, and Rob lit up the Energy Fair with a display of ABC products and accomplishments augmented by information from Parks & Trails New York on the Erie Canalway Trail and on the new Albany-Hudson Electric Trail. The display (see photo) included a live demo of the BikeAlbanyMap. Serval visitors to our booth expressed appreciation for the work of the Coalition – always nice to hear.

By 11:00 AM, the exhibit, activity, and presentation areas were full with an energetic and engaged audience. The Fair featured an electric vehicle show, a tour of Doane Stuart’s green roof, exhibitors and displays for solar, wind and geothermal energy, net-zero building and insulation, solar phone chargers, LED bulbs and other energy efficiency products and services. There was a Radix Ecological Sustainability Center exhibit on composting, and others on community gardens, bicycling initiatives, bees/pesticide use, Earth-friendly and sustainably sourced products, and crafts.

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Full Road Diet for Delaware Ave. – Elsmere Ave. to the Normanskill Bridge

[Ed Note – Two letters were sent to the Town of Bethlehem]

ABC Logo SMALL 2011#1 – 10/17/17

Mr. Robert Leslie

Director of Planning

Town of Bethlehem

Dear Mr. Leslie:

I am writing on behalf of the Albany Bicycle Coalition in support of the Full Road Diet proposal for Delaware Avenue from Elsmere Avenue to the Normanskill Bridge.  The Albany Bicycle Coalition promotes cycling and cycling safety throughout the Capital Region.  We have reviewed the Delaware Avenue Complete Streets Feasibility Study and several of our members were able to attend the recent presentations. We are familiar with this busy section of road as both cyclists and drivers.

The lack of bike lanes, narrow shoulders (if any) and the speed of cars make cycling on this section of Delaware Avenue especially hazardous. The four lanes of traffic make the road difficult to cross except in the two widely separated places that have crosswalks. We agree that slower speeds, two motor vehicle traffic lanes with a turning lane and bike lanes will vastly improve the safety and appeal of this area.

One especially bothersome complaint opposing the plan is that walkers and cyclists have the new and popular Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail so should not need bike lanes and pedestrian improvements on Delaware Avenue.  Pedestrians and cyclists are not just participating in these activities for the sake of walking or cycling.  They are going somewhere. There should be a safe way to walk and cycle to the many businesses and other destinations along the Delaware Avenue corridor.  People in cars are not “giving up something” for people on busses, on foot or on bicycles – these latter groups are merely demanding their fair and proper share of the road space.  Improving and increasing foot and bike traffic is not only good for pedestrians and cyclists, it is good for businesses and good for building an appealing community.

It is also important to remember that for many Delaware Avenue is the only practical connection between Albany and the southwest communities of Delmar and Elsmere.  The rail trail has no designated access between Elsmere and South Pearl Street in Albany.  For walkers and cyclists wanting to go anywhere in between the rail trail is not a solution.  Delaware Avenue is the only route for many people that commute to work by bicycle and for many people that commute by bus who must then walk from bus stops to their destinations.  These people must be able to get to and from work safely.

Lastly, if the success of the Rail Trail has shown anything, it has shown how so many people in this community want to get out of their cars to walk and bicycle.  While the rail trail is a safe place to walk and bicycle, it is hazardous to get to the Rail Trail if your route follows Delaware Avenue.  We urge the Town Board to approve the Full Road Diet plan and to see that this plan is carried out without delay.

Thank you for your efforts and consideration.

Sincerely,

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#2 – 10/24/17

Dear Mr. Leslie,

As a member of the Albany Bicycle Coalition. I am writing to express my support of the Full Road Diet proposal for Delaware Avenue from Elsmere Avenue to the Normanskill Bridge. I have biked on Delaware Ave and am  familiar with this busy section of road as both a cyclist and driver.

The lack of bike lanes, narrow shoulders (if any) and the speed of cars make cycling on this section of Delaware Avenue especially hazardous. The four lanes of traffic make the road difficult to cross except in the two widely separated places that have crosswalks.  Lower speeds, two motor vehicle traffic lanes with a turning lane and bike lanes will vastly improve the safety and appeal of this area.

An invalid complaint by those opposing the plan is that walkers and cyclists have the new and popular Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail so they should not need bike lanes and pedestrian improvements on Delaware Avenue.  Pedestrians and cyclists are not just participating in these activities for the sake of walking or cycling.  They are going somewhere. There should be a safe way to walk and cycle to the many businesses and other destinations along the Delaware Avenue corridor.

The Rail Trail has shown that many people want to get out of their cars to walk and bicycle.  While the rail trail is a safe place to walk and bicycle, it is hazardous to get to the Rail Trail if your route follows Delaware Avenue.  I urge the Town Board to approve the Full Road Diet plan and to see that this plan is carried out without delay.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

Albany Bicycle Coalition

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Van Rensselaer Blvd. and Tips from the Times Union

The summer “road diet” project for Van Rensselaer Blvd. is complete. The $1 million project re-striped the former four-lane corridor between Northern Blvd. and Menand Rd. (Rt. 378) into one motor vehicle lane in each direction with a center turn lane. The shoulders are widened to include six-foot bicycle lanes on each side and seven-foot shoulders. The speed limit is now 45 mph (down from 55 mph posted).

Affected area, 1.5 miles – https://www.google.com/maps/dir/42.6772786,-73.7436492/42.6983906,-73.7388047/@42.6866889,-73.7459224,15.37z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e1

For background and in-process photos, see – https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2017/07/08/89398/ .

As noted there, those who use the BikeAlbanyMap to get around the City of Albany and Parks & Trails New York Erie Canalway Trail map to travel along the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail will note that one can ride the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail from Rotterdam Junction (with a few on-street portions in Schenectady, Cohoes, and Watervaliet), leave the MHBHT at the (hidden and bumpy) Schuyler Flats Trail near Passano Paints and the I-787 underpass at Broadway and 4th Sts. to Schuyler flats, go a short “traffic calmed” half mile south on Broadway, crawl up the hill through Albany Rural Cemetery, join the above described new bicycle lanes on Van Rensselaer/Rt. 377, enjoy the “calmed” Northern Blvd. to McCrossin and Thornton Sts. at the old Livingston Middle School, and then wind through a quiet residential neighborhood to the bicycle lanes on Clinton Ave. It’s almost a network!

Delaware Ave. Traffic Calming – In other news on 10/16/17, the Times Union recommended adoption of Bethlehem’s “Delaware Avenue diet.” See http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Editorials-Long-story-short-12278566.php . This proposal – to go from four lanes to three makes room for bicycle lanes as well as improving safety FOR ALL along the busy road with a minimal impact on automobile traffic. This project is modeled after the Madison Avenue Traffic Calming project now moving rapidly to completion.

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Editorial Note – While one cannot be anything but pleased at this Van Rensselaer Blvd. project, it does exploit bicycle facilities as a way to calm motor vehicle traffic – not a bad thing, but, in this case, the end at Menand/Osborne Rd. (Rt. 378) leaves something to be desired. For people on bicycles who NEED bicycle lanes, Menand/Osborne Rd. would not be a travel choice they would make. As noted, one can use the Albany Rural Cemetery Rd. to get to Broadway and the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail. Further, the redesign of Van Rensselaer Blvd. still leaves it looking like a high-speed road much as I-787 looks entering/leaving Cohoes, much of Central Ave., and Washington Ave. (where the posted speed limits have been reduced on a road that looks and feels like a higher speed is appropriate).

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