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Student Climate Strike – Friday, 9/20/19

Panic March 9-20-19 (29).JPGThe PANIC rally and march started at 11:00 AM, at 79 Sheridan Ave., the state-owned, natural gas plant that heats/cools the Capitol/State Plaza Complex. Sheridan Ave., The march will stopped at sites along the way including DEC , NYS State Comptroller’s office, banks, and the Public Service Commission. Other marches begin from several sites including Albany High School and the downtown University at Albany downtown campus culminating in a rally at the State Capitol.th8AK20ODN

From observation, the march brought out some of the same people one would expect at any such “protest” but with the welcome addition of hundreds of high school-age participants many with ingenious signs stating their positions. See the young lady with the two-sided sign in the these photos.

Groups urged Governor Cuomo to declare a climate emergency. Specific demands included the following:

  • Ban on all new fossil fuel projects.
  • Halt to all New York State subsidies for fossil fuels.
  • Increase in funding to $10 billion for renewable energy/green initiatives in the 2020-21 budget with 40% of targeting “disadvantaged communities.”
  • Convert all public buildings and vehicles to zero “greenhouse gas” emissions by 2023.
  • Amend building codes to require all new buildings be carbon emission free by 2023.

[Ed Note: Sadly, none of these demands addresses taking direct and immediate action to reduce energy use. The demands focused on an assumption of continued energy usage but substituting non-carbon sources. This is a completely unrealistic and unattainable goal. This approach echoes the much vaunted, so-called “Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act” which pushes action off to 2030 and 2050. It calls for studies, not action. And joke of jokes, yet another state panel: The New York State Climate Action Council. Oh please! This will be a dithering group of political appointees with minimal qualifications and no pressure to do anything.

A valid approach would include proposals such as the following:

  • Adopt the California’s motor vehicle emission standards.
  • Progressively reduce speed limits from the current 55 mph to an eventual 40 mph (and from 65 to 50 on 4-lanes roads). Enforce the speed limit with vehicle confiscation after so many violations (e.g., 1 month for each mph over the limit for, say, the third violation).
  • Immedicte 40 mph limit for large trucks (“semis”) on secondary roads and 50 mph on 4-lane limited access roads.
  • Increase the sales tax for new vehicles based on EPA mileage ratings. Have a scale of so much percentage for EPA 20-30 mpg, 15-20 mpg, etc. There might be no sales tax for new vehicles in the 40-50 mpg range.
  • Progressively increase the fuel, tire, and related taxes (with provisions that the politicos not squander the increased revenue).
  • Progressively (but aggressively), increase all tolls.
  • Mandate bus pull-offs with bus operator controlled signalization to give buses priority to get back into the traffic flow.
  • Mandate that towns and cities (a) progressively eliminate parking and (b) meter all on-street parking.
  • … and on and on …

Sadly and in response to the march, the governor could only come up with a weak statement blaming the federal government for inaction while it is clearly in his power to lead NYS on climate action. From the Times Union, “Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised the climate marchers. In a prepared statement he said, ‘I commend the thousands of students who are participating in the Global Climate Strike today and demanding solutions to this crisis before it gets worse. This next generation of Americans will pay the price if the federal administration’s inaction continues.’”]

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Bicycle Warning Signs at Washington Ave. and Fuller Rd.

Bicycle Warning Signs – NYS Department of Transportation at Washington Ave. and Fuller Rd. ~ Photos 6/21/19 vs. Google Street View, Various Dates. 

Sign Present – Checked with Google Maps Street View July 2018

  • DOT Signs Flyover NORTH BOUND on Fuller Rd South of Wash Ave Rd 6-21-19 (1) – Wide View OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • DOT Signs Flyover NORTH BOUND on Fuller Rd South of Wash Ave Rd 6-21-19 (2) – Close up OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sign Present – Checked with Google Maps Street View August 2018

  • DOT Signs Flyover NORTHBOUND Fuller Rd at exit from Wash Ave 6-21-19 (1) – Going under I-90
  • DOT Signs Flyover NORTHBOUND Fuller Rd at exit from Wash Ave 6-21-19 (2) – Going under I-90
  • DOT Signs Flyover NORTHBOUND Fuller Rd at exit from Wash Ave 6-21-19 (3) – Going under I-90

Sign Absent – Checked with Google Maps Street View September 2016

  • DOT Signs Flyover WESTBOUND TO WASH AVE EXT from Fuller Rd 6-21-19 (1)
  • DOT Signs Flyover WESTBOUND TO WASH AVE EXT from Fuller Rd 6-21-19 (2)
  • DOT Signs Flyover WESTBOUND TO WASH AVE EXT from Fuller Rd 6-21-19 (3)

Sign Absent – Checked with Google Maps Street View August 2018

  • DOT Signs Flyover WESTBOUND Wash Ave at I-90 on-off ramp 6-21-19 (1)
  • DOT Signs Flyover WESTBOUND Wash Ave at I-90 on-off ramp 6-21-19 (2)
  • DOT Signs Flyover WESTBOUND Wash Ave at I-90 on-off ramp 6-21-19 (3)

 

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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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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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