Category Archives: Activisim

Earth Day Ride 2018

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEarth Day Ride 2018 – Sun, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Washington Park Lake House, InsectAlbany (near New Scotland Ave. / Madison Ave. entrance). 9-mile round trip on mostly flat, low-traffic streets, bike lanes, and bike paths. Helmets required. Under 18 must be accompanied by adult. $3:00 donation (children with adult – free).

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6-Mile Park Trail – Signage

Albany Bicycle Coalition, Inc.
127 S. Pine Ave.
Albany, NY 12208
April 9, 2018

RE: Signage at the 6-Mile Park Multiuse Path

Daniel Mirabile,Commissioner, Department of General Services

Joseph E. Coffey, Jr., PE, Commissioner, Albany Department of Water and Water Supply

Dear Commissioners:

This is to ask that you coordinate on installing wayfinding signage at the two entrances to the “6-Mile Park Multiuse Path.”

The multiuse path/bikeway – connecting the 6-Mile Park with Rapp Rd. at the Solid Waste Management Facility – needs signage to direct users to the path. The route is for recreation by people on bicycles and walking. It is a critical “low stress” bicycle connector between the city and Central Ave. with connections to Sand Creek Rd. and beyond. This avoids the death-defying portion of Central Ave. around I-87 and the shopping mall complex on Central Ave./Wolf Rd. We also suggest adding signage to direct both walkers and cyclists to the University at Albany “Purple Path” and the connection to it along the “nano complex” on Fuller Rd.

The Capital District Transportation Committee staff can advise on the style of signage that will be compatible with the overall trail network in the four-county region as well as with the developing Empire State Trail. You could do the requested work with in-house resources on an “as-time-permits” basis.

We in the Albany Bicycle Coalition would be pleased to meet with you or staff to include site visits to explain better our objectives for enhancing the value of the 6-Mile Multiuse Path.

Special Notes:

  • DGS: In addition to wayfinding signage, we suggest warning signs on both the trail and the Rapp Rd. facility entrance to alert people to the heavy truck traffic.
  • WATER AND WATER SUPPLY: We suggest a modifying the paved entry road lying between the park and Washington Ave. Extension and which joins to the lake path at the maintenance building. Pedestrian and bicycle access can be made without defeating the motor vehicle lift gate barrier. You should perhaps change the gate sign from “posted” to “no unauthorized motor vehicles beyond this point.” A little cleanup of the path to the south of the gatepost would also help.

cc:

  • Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor City of Albany
  • Michael V. Franchini, Executive Director Capital District Transportation Committee
  • Daniel W. DiLillo, Deputy Commissioner – DGS

Photos: Entrance to trail at Rapp Rd., Gate on access road from Fuller Rd., paved access path around gate (two views)

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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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Presenting the BIG Plan

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