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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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ABC at the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair

On Saturday, 10/20/18, the Albany Bicycle Coalition returned to the Energy Fair to promote bicycling and the environmental advantages of bicycles. The Fair ran from 10 AM – 4 PM at Doane Stuart in Rensselaer and featured “alternative energy” vendors, healthy food vendors, multiple presentations, and advocacy groups.

The ABC staff – representing many years of riding experience in the Catskills, Hudson Valley, the Erie Canalway Trail, NYC, Washington, and all over the Capital Region as well as many years advocating for bicycle interests with organizations, elected officials, and governmental agencies – were able to welcome guests to our display with knowledge, encouragement, and advice. The ABC booth featured the interactive BikeAlbanyMap projected on a large format monitor, a large map of the proposed Albany-Hudson Electric Trail map, “See and Be Seen” literature, and an array of handouts on the Coalition, Parks & Trails New York, and the Erie Canalway Trail.

As one might expect, we were warmly received by the Fair organizers, other exhibitors, and – most importantly – by those who stopped at or passed by our booth.

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Colonie Village Connector

The Colonie Village Connector is an element in the overall Albany-Colonie Connector. The following letter calls for the Village of Colonie to install bicycle lanes through its industrial park to connect Rapp Rd./Lincoln Ave. to the Central Ave. to Locust Pk. And other routes leading to the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail near RT. 7. See also – https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2018/09/03/washington-ave-flyover-a-call-for-change/

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September 13, 2018 – RE: Colonie Village Connector

 Hon. Frank Leak, Mayor, Village of Colonie, 2 Thunder Road, Albany, NY 12205

Dear Mayor Leak:

This is to ask your leadership in creating a new bicycle-friendly route through the Village of Colonie – the Colonie Village Connector. We in the Albany Bicycle Coalition believe that this will help establish the Village as a sea of calm in a motor vehicle dominated area and provide substantial benefits to your walking and riding citizens – as well as those people in cars who would appreciate “calmed traffic.”

Our proposal is that the Village of Colonie build on the routes leading to and from it by the simple and inexpensive installation of one mile of bicycle lanes on the Petra Lane/Walker Way/Jupiter Lane Clark Industrial park corridor. Such an improvement will connect the Village to the University at Albany, to Guilderland and to the City of Albany via the proposed “Industrial Park Bikeway” consisting of Rapp Rd., the Six-Mile Trail, the Washington Ave. Corridor and the University at Albany Purple Path. It will also go north and west via Locust Park and Hunting streets to Sand Creek Rd. and the Shaker Multiuse Path leading past the airport to Route 7 and the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail/Empire State Trail. (An annotated list of the connecting routes is enclosed.)

A major safety benefit that would derive from the proposed Colonie Village Connector would be diverting bicycle traffic from the Central Ave./I-87/Wolf Rd. danger zone.

John Gillivan, village resident and bicycle advocate, obtained a grant to conduct a family bicycle rodeo in Thunder Park with a “pop-up” bicycle lane on Locust Park – one of the linking roads. This event demonstrated to enthusiasm and support that would derive from the Village of Colonie expanding its bicycle facilities.

Mayor Leak, while we recognize that segments of the proposed linkage have a project life of their own and that some segments – notably Rapp Rd. – are barely rideable, action by you and the Village of Colonie to install bicycle lanes on Petra/Walker/Jupiter may wellPeds Rapp Rd 9-1-18 (1).JPG encourage other officials to take steps to hasten improvement of these interconnecting segments.

Sincerely yours, Albany Bicycle Coalition, Inc.

cc: Edward Sim, Deputy Mayor, Frank Prevratil, Traffic Committee

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(Annotated list of the connecting routes) – September 13, 2018

Industrial Park Bikeway – Addition of bicycle lanes on Petra Ln., Walker Way, and Jupiter Ln. (1.1 miles). Map – https://www.google.com/maps/dir/42.7093357,-73.8412039/42.7201327,-73.8357653/@42.7114468,-73.8381526,1466m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e1

Rapp Road – The section from the railroad tracks at Petra Ln. and Lincoln Ave. to the Six-Mile Trail (0.7 miles). This road is narrow, winding and in terrible condition with no accommodation for people walking or riding. The Albany Bicycle Coalition has a separate campaign to address this situation.

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Six-Mile Trail – The Six-Mile Trail joins Fuller Rd. at the roundabouts to Rapp Rd. at the Solid Waste Management Facility. This multiuse path falls under the Albany Department of Water and Water Supply. The Albany Bicycle Coalition has worked successfully with that water department and with Albany’s Department of General Services to have signs installed at the ends of the multiuse path to guide route access (in process – 1.3 miles).

Washington Avenue – Patroon Creek Corridor – This project covers Washington Ave., between Brevator St. and the Eastbound I-90 on-ramp (Exit 2), across from the University at Albany. This is a major arterial connecting residential and commercial properties. Modifications will improve safety and reduce roadway conflicts to complement the reduced 30-mph speed limit. Project Updates – https://washingtonpatrooncorridor.weebly.com/project-updates.html , Map – https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1bjlrEiOrM9sEeYbUpRfM37Dv1bNWS4KQ&ll=42.68690102151503%2C-73.81502894183347&z=14 , and specifications on the study: https://washingtonpatrooncorridor.weebly.com/ The Albany Bicycle Coalition has a separate campaign to address the “all cars-all the time” road design on the Washington Ave. Extension Flyover and the traffic circles on Fuller Rd. See – https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2018/09/03/washington-ave-flyover-a-call-for-change/

Purple Path – As original envisioned by the late University at Albany President, Kermit Hall, the “Purple Path” would connect the University to the surrounding communities. Currently, this multiuse path falls somewhat short of this goal in that it is primarily an on-campus facility with the connections either in rudimentary form or nonexistent. The Albany Bicycle Coalition will initiate discussions with the university to seek resolution of these conditions. See – whttps://www.albany.edu/campusrecreation/pedestrian_bikepaths.php

Locust Park and the Short Section of Hunting Rd. Heading North to Sand Creek that Begins at the Bridle Path – Suburban style streets on which appropriate signage and pavement markings are need to provide safe passage for people on bicycles and on foot/wheelchairs/etc. Map – https://www.google.com/maps/dir/42.7209216,-73.8344883/42.7399445,-73.8190363/@42.7266339,-73.8260425,1367m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e1

Sand Creek Road – Major suburban arteirlal. No plans at present to add bicycle- or pedestrian-friendly facilities.

Shaker Multiuse Path – Flat, 2.4-mile multiuse path (paved – 1.3 miles, paved with bicycle lane – 1.1 miles). Starting from Troy-Schenectady Rd. (Route 7), a multiuse path runs south along British American Blvd. through an office park to a bridge crossing Rt. 155. The trail follows Rt. 155 south and then continues on road on Airline Dr. and S. Family Rd. to Sand Creek Rd., and then to Hunting St. and Locust Park. Description – http://bikeitorhikeit.org/shaker_multi_use_trail.htm

Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail/Empire State Trail – The Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail is the Capital Regions premier trail running from the Albany Riverfront Park to Rotterdam Junction. It will be part of the Empire State Trail. See – https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/mohawk-hudson-bike-hike-trail

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