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ABC Response to Bethlehem Delaware Avenue Traffic Calming Project

November 30, 2017

We in the Albany Bicycle Coalition are pleased to learn of progress on the Delaware Avenue Traffic Calming project in Bethlehem and appreciate your efforts in presenting information on its evolution.

Speaking not only as cyclists, but also in consideration of all users of Delaware Ave. – pedestrians, motorists, and local businesses – we fully endorse a complete streets/road diet approach. We believe two motor vehicle lanes, a central turn lane, superior bicycle lanes, and appropriate and supportive signalization and signage is the only proper treatment for this road.

Our reservations are two fold and we hope that you and the town officials will find a way to address them in the final plan as follows.

#1 – Delaware Ave. and a Major Commuter Route – The Albany Bicycle Coalition has developed its interactive BikeAlbanyMap.com to lead people on bicycles safely from/to the I-90 bridge on Delaware Ave. in Albany. The Delaware Avenue Traffic Calming in Bethlehem will take them from/to the Normanskill from/to the town center. What remains is the connection over the Normanskill and I-90. We recommend that the final plan include provisions for Bethlehem and the City of Albany to coordinate on an appropriate treatment for this gap. While a complete redesign would be ideal, we believe that a stopgap measure would be low-cost signage and pavement markings that would include a 20-30 mph speed limit.

#2 – Connections with the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail – Since the new Delaware Avenue Traffic Calming project area and the rail trail are key features of the town, we encourage your including comprehensive two-way wayfinding signage to connect the two routes at appropriate points. When the South End Bikeway Link is finished, the rail trail will serve as a full-scale commuter route and recreational facility. Connection to Delaware Ave. can only enhance the value of these two projects.

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People on Bicycles and in Cars Doing Dumb Things and Paying the Price

Recently, people on bicycles have “paid the price” for not obeying simple “rules of the road” (or even using common sense). This was compounded by people in cars doing the same dumb things.

Case 1 – On 7/23/17, a rider apparently blasted down the very steep Wilson St. in Albany, through the stop sign, and smack into the side of a Capital District Transportation Authority bus. Wilson St. is one block north of the Palace Theater at Clinton Ave. and intersects S. Pearl St. where there is a bus stop. It is a hill so steep that one would be well advised to walk his bicycle down it.

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The 42-year old rider died instantly. Regardless of one’s attitude about helmets, the rider chose not to wear one.

Sadly, the Times Union report also noted, “the bus driver was  …. could be seen crying as she got into a car.” See: http://www.timesunion.com/7dayarchive/article/Albany-police-on-scene-at-bicycle-vs-bus-accident-11307576.php#photo-13283511

As always, everyone loses …

Case 2 – On 11/18/17, a 24-year old bicyclist rode through stop sign in Queensbury and plowed into a car – the rider damaged the car, suffered non-life threatening injuries, and ended up with traffic tickets.

See: http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Bicyclist-ticketed-after-Queensbury-crash-12365126.php

So here, to save a second on two (or through plain obliviousness/stupid), we have a person on a bicycle hurting himself, probably ruining his bicycle, getting a ticket, and probably scaring the person in the car out of her wits and then having to get her car repaired.

And so … the next time you think about “blowing off” that stop sign or red light, better think again about “blowing off” that stop sign or red light.

As always, everyone loses …

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Case 3 – On 11/14/17 in Queensbury a driver from Gansevoort crashed into cyclist Anthony J. Larmon, 29, of Queensbury who then went to the Glens Falls Hospital ER for non-life threatening injuries. Warren County sheriff’s deputies ticketed Kristopher T. Demars, 46, of Gansevoort. Demars pulled on to Route 9 from a parking lot near Firestone Auto Care without stopping for a flashing red traffic signal. Deputies did not provide the specific charge.

See – http://poststar.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/bicyclist-brought-to-hospital-after-being-struck-by-car/article_d7b5aa7f-ef1e-50cf-80aa-e62185809a77.htmlhttp://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/AlbanyTimesUnion/Default.aspx

As always, everyone loses …

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Toward Better Connections in Troy

An enthusiastic audience came to the interesting Tech Valley Center of Gravity facility to learn all about the big plans to build new bicycle routes and to connect up those that already exist.

The City of Troy, the Capital District Transportation Committee, and Parks & Trails NY held a public meeting on 11/8/17 to give an overview of the “Troy Trail Connections Plan.”  Mayor Madden opened the meeting with a statement of commitment by the city to move forward as rapidly as possible to make Troy a bike-able city.  The project director from CDTC wisely provided a brief overview of the nature of her organization and its mission in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties – something that is a mystery to many.   We then got down to business with a presentation by the Executive Director and Project Leader from PTNY.

To comment on the plan, go to – http://troytrailconnections.weebly.com/draft-plan.html

Those who were on this Fall’s Collar City Ramble will recall the “pop up” bicycle facilities planned and installed by PTNY and the city.  (We should also recall he Mayor and Mrs. Madden road the Ramble – a good example for other local officials.)

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Engaged!

 

 

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Presenting the BIG Plan

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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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