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Upcoming Key Dates

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Empire State Trail Day – Thursday, March 2, 2017

Empire State Trail Day Thursday, March 2, 2017

Join us for Empire State Trail Day, Thursday, March 2, 2017, Albany Register Now! – Join Parks & Trails New York and trail supporters from across New York for a day of advocacy in Albany in support of the Empire State Trail vision.  What is the Empire State Trail? – Governor Andrew Cuomo has included funding for a fully-connected, statewide multi-use trail system, called the Empire State Trail, in his Executive Budget Proposal. By finishing the Buffalo to Albany Erie Canalway Trail, and connecting New York City to the North Country, the Empire State Trail will create the nation’s premier multi-use trail network – a full 750 miles of off-road trail and road connections.  The Empire State Trail will secure New York’s place as a national and international destination for outdoor recreation and heritage tourism. But first, we have to make sure that proposed funding for the multi-year project makes it into the final state budget.    This is where you come in – Join us for Empire State Trail Day on March 2.

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The Mighty Mohawk/Barge Canal

Here are some details: 

  1. A day of legislative advocacy in support of the Empire State Trail vision
  2. Morning program in Albany Room, Concourse of Empire State Plaza, 8:30 AM
  3. Legislative visits from 10 AM – 2 PM
  4. Empire State Trail display in the Well of Legislative Office Building, “Between the Glass Doors” area

Register here

On Empire State Trail Day, you’ll join a team led by experienced advocates. As you arrive, we’ll introduce you to your team members and review the day’s schedule over coffee and light refreshments. Then it’s off to make your voice heard. Team leaders will assist you in making the case for the Empire State Trail vision and funding.  There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. Prior to Empire State Trail Day we will email you information and talking points.   ++++++

Share your #NYTrailTales Lending your voice in support of the Empire State Trail vision will help ensure that it become a reality. That’s why PTNY is introducing #NYTrailTales, a movement calling for all trail users and lovers to tell us how they use the state’s trails.

What is your favorite trail activity? What trail plans do you have for the coming year? Where will you go when new sections of the Empire State Trail are done? Share your #NYTrailTales, or post your trail story to social media and include the hashtag #NYTrailTales. Your enthusiasm can make a difference. You’ll also be entered to win some cool Erie Canalway Trail bike swag!

Want to do more? – In addition to sharing your #NYTrailTales story, expressing your support to your state legislator in a phone call or letter, or sending a letter to your local paper will help to ensure that funding for the Empire State Trail is included in the final state budget.  PTNY will be providing virtual advocacy resources in the coming weeks.

Check the Empire State Trail Day registration page for updates.  Let’s get rolling on the nation’s longest connected trail network – the Empire State Trail! Register for Empire State Trail Day.

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Upcoming Key Dates

  • decades-of-mistakesCDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee – Tue, 2/14/17, 9:00 AM, 1 Park Place, Albany NY 12205.
  • ABC Meeting – Thr, 2/23, 7:00 PM.

  • Empire State Trail Conference – Thr, 3/2 – More information to follow.

  • Earth Day Canal Clean Sweep – Fri-Sun, 4/21-23. Info here.

  • Explore the Erie Canalway Trail – Sat-Sun (9 days), 7/8-16. Info here.

  • NYBC “New York Bike Summit-Albany” – Fri, 9/15. Inaugural New York Bike Summit. One-day event on accelerating progress on bicycle, pedestrian, and active transportation activity. Call for workshop proposals.  Info here.

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What’s Hot, What’s Not?

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  • IN – City bike
    • OUT – Hybrid bike
  • IN – Step-through frame
    • OUT – Ladies bike
  • IN – “Twenty (i.e., mph) is plenty”
    • OUT – All cars-all the time
  • IN – Balance bike
    • OUT – Training wheels
  • IN – Everyday rider, transit rider
    • OUT – Avid “cyclist”
  • IN – “Good morning,” “good afternoon,” “good evening”
    • OUT – “ON YOUR LEFT!!!”
  • IN – Civilized cycling
    • OUT – Vehicular cyclists and John Foster’s unfounded theories.
  • IN – No right on red when people walking have the “walk light” in any direction
    • OUT – Rolling right on red anywhere
  • IN – Fenders
    • OUT – Fixed gear
  • IN – People on bicycles, people walking, people in cars
    • OUT – “Cyclist,” “pedestrian,” “drivers”
  • IN – Panniers, baskets
    • OUT – Messenger bags
  • IN – Chatting, paying attention
    • OUT – Texting
  • IN – Comfort
    • OUT – Spandex, Lycra
  • IN – Upright position
    • OUT – In the “drops”
  • IN – Hats
    • OUT – Helmets (but wear one)
  • IN – Protected bike lanes
    • OUT – “Sharrows”
  • IN – Supple, wide tires
    • OUT – 25X700C
  • IN – [Bicycles] “May use full lane”
    • OUT – [Bicycles] “In lane”

 

Mostly courtesy “Momentum,” Aug-Sep 2013

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Resolutions for People on Bicycles

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.bicycle-friendly-america-fall-2016-001

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