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Protected Bicycle Lanes in Albany?

Protected Bicycle Lanes in Albany?

You saw it here first – under construction (photo #1). Hopefully those “Jersey Barriers” are an indication of the final Quay St. configuration (looking north just north of the USS Slater).


#1 – PBL in Albany?

The Corning Riverfront Park Project will include the following according to the City of Albany:

  • Repaving and widening some areas of the multi-use path along the riverfront to accommodate two-way cycling as well as people walking.
  • Extending the multi-use path south to the Quay St. /Broadway intersection near the USS Slater (The Jose Perez Memorial Plaza) and north to Erie Blvd. (ed: Now if we can just build that South End Bikeway Link … )
  • Building a new two-way bicycle lane along the backside (west side) of the tidal ponds to bypass the amphitheater during events (photo #2 – tiptoe around the tidal pool looking south from near park HQ) .

    #2 – Path for People on Bicycles West of the Main Park Area

  • Making the riverfront more accessible with new crosswalk signals at three intersections on Quay St. at Broadway, the Broadway Connector, and Water St.
  • Calming Quay Street to make it a “complete street.” Quay St. will go from two motor vehicle lanes to one to accommodate people on bicycles and people walking as well as motor vehicles (photo # 3 – Quay St. gets a shave – looking north from just past the pump station/former Aqua Duck HQ).


    #3 – Quay St. Gives Up a Motor Vehicle Lane to People

  • Adding nearly 50 parking spots on Quay St. to make it easier for people in cars to visit the riverfront.
  • Enhancing lighting along the new multi-use paths and along Quay St.
  • Providing benches, bicycle racks, and trashcans (ed.: recycling too?) along the paths.
  • Providing informational kiosks to promote Albany events and activities.
  • Adding trees to the park so that there will be more trees than before the project began.

Moving on (after a visit to the Corning Riverfront Park) – photo #4 shows markings for the return of Conventional Bicycle Lanes on the repaved Clinton Ave. Maybe the bicycle lanes can at least begin continued beyond Lexington to the intersection of Clinton and Central Aves. per the original plan.   As of 7/11, the lanes are re-marked from Ten Broeck to the western end of the re-paving project – you’ll notice the lane marking bicycles are now rider less.  Hmmmmm…


Markings for Bicycle Lanes – looking west

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Celebrating Trails in the Area – Not Once But Twice in the Same Issue of the Times Union!

South End Bikeway LinkCelebrating Trails in the Area – Not Once But Twice in the Same Issue of the Times Union!

Letters in the Albany Times Union – 4/17/16

#1 – Erin Walsh wrote about the Uncle Sam 3.1-mile paved rail-trail that runs through North Troy and Lansingburgh. She reported renewed interest in the trail, highlighting its value to the immediate community and the greater Capital Region. She noted that Capital Roots, Transport Troy, the National Park Service, Troy Bike Rescue, and Troy city have all taken an interest in the trail’s renewal.

You’ll have a chance to –

  • do trail cleanup on 4/23
  • join a community bike ride on 5/22
  • take a historical and nature walk on 6/4
  • join a community bike ride on 9/24 – the famous “Collar City Ramble”

Erin is an enthusiastic supporter of complete streets and other pro-pedestrian/cyclist initiatives in Troy and the Capital Region. Contact


#2 – For those who choose not to read the paper paper, you’ll miss the wonderful map of the South End Bikeway Link created by local artist and bon vivant, Frank Smith. I hope that you’ll soon be seeing this map elsewhere in the City of Albany.

In any case, the illustrative map highlights better than words the essence of this second letter – a call for immediate completion of a safe and protected connecting link between the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail trailhead on S. Pearl St. and the \southern terminus of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail at the Slater/Dutch Apple moorings.

Under city contract, Alta Planning + Design is conducting a feasibility/design study of this critical 1.3-mile link. Stay alert for meetings hosted by the city and Alta.

Just think – Voorheesville to Buffalo on an (almost) continuous trail!

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Bikes ‘n’ Boats?

South End Bikeway inkHook up your canoe or kayak trailer to your 10 speed and get ready for fun on the road and water on your way to the new Springer’s Marina on southern Broadway in Albany. The Marina is a key attraction of the proposed South End Bikeway ink.


Here are a couple construction shots of the newest amenity for our waterfront

  1. New boat storage/shop taken from Broadway
  2. Hudson in the background – south end of marina
  3. North end of marina with dock/boat slip segments ready to “launch”

Boat storage/shop



South end of marina




North end of marina

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John J. Cummings, Bicyclist, Run Down from Behind and Killed

Richard Whalen, 75, of Amsterdam, driving a 2008 Subaru, ran down from behind and killed bicyclist John J. Cummings in Glenville as he rode his bike along Amsterdam Rd., on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Go here.John Cummings 1-27-16

And here’s the full list of area people killed while on their bicycles (note causes) –

John J. Cummings – January 27, 2016 (age 65) Bicyclist run down from behind and killed, Amsterdam Rd., Glenville

Robert Agne, DVM – September 7, 2015 (age 54) Bicyclist killed by sleeping driver who crossed centerline, Rt. 30 Pawlet, VT)

Stephen Nolan – June 2, 2014 (age 53) Bicyclist killed by car, King & Federal Sts., Troy)

Brian Bailey – March 11, 2014 (age 37) Bicyclist killed by truck, Route 9W, Ravena)

Matthew Ratelle – December 20, 2012 (age 40) Bicyclist killed by impaired driver, Rt. 22, Petersburg)

Paul J. Merges, Jr. – November 24, 2012 (age 45) Bicyclist killed by drunken driver/pickup truck, Manning Blvd. & Roosevelt St., Albany)

Nicholas Richichi – October 19, 2007 (age 53), Bicyclist killed by motor coach, Fuller Rd., Colonie)

Diva De Loayza – June 6, 2007 (age 40) Bicyclist killed by car, Western Ave. at Homestead Ave., Albany)Diva with Dog COMP

Alan R. Fairbanks – October 29, 2006 (age 72) Bicyclist hit by car/died, Rt. 5-S at bicycle path, Rotterdam)Fairbanks 6 (Susan + Patrick Briggs)  5-9-08

Jose Perez – August 3, 2006 (age 60) Bicyclist killed by SUV, Broadway at Quay St., Albany.)

Joel Melnikoff – July 3, 2006 (age 49) Bicyclist killed by drunken driver, Rt. 32, Bethlehem)

David Ryan – June 29, 2004 (age 32) Bicyclist killed by reckless driver, Riverview Rd., Rexford)

Robert F. Zayhowski – July 16, 2000 (age 43) Bicyclist killed by drunken driver/SUV, Rt. 66, Sand Lake)


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Whack the Walker …

Box Score = 7

  1. 1/14/16 – Colleen A. Burke, 69, of Saratoga Springs used her Mini Cooper to strike Damon E. Hinchcliff, 40 of Clifton Park who was crossing Rt. 9 near the Saratoga Springs city line at 8:41 pm.
  2. 1/8/16 – Motor vehicle hit and killed a 79-year-old man who was crossing State St. and Veeder Ave., Schenectady.
  3. 1/4/16 – Car traveling west on Columbia Tpk. left the roadway, ran over road signs, and killed Paul Greene, 50, of Rensselaer who was standing on the shoulder.
  4. 12/14/15 – Van hit and caused fatal injuries to Paul Williman, 75, of Troy, who was crossing Hoosick St., Troy.

    The Force Be With You

    May the Force Be With You

  5. 12/9/15 – Motor vehicle struck and killed Jodey Farrell, 81, as she made her way to a bus stop on Van Rensselaer Blvd., Menands.
  6. 12/6/15 – Motor vehicle fatally hit Marine Corps veteran Zachary Unser, 2009 graduate of Colonie Central High, who was walking across Central Ave., Colonie at Osborne Rd.
  7. 12/6/15 – Maria Lentini of Saratoga Springs struck and killed Patrick Duff with her SUV. Duff, 30, of Clifton Park, died on Rt. 9, Halfmoon. Lentini, 30, was charged with leaving the scene of the accident and first-degree reckless endangerment, both felonies.

SOURCES: Albany Times Union with special thanks to columnist Chris Churchill who seems to be the singular voice supporting roadway sanity.

Ed Note – Of the three “Es” of traffic safety – Engineering, Education, and Enforcement – only the first is of real consequence. The roads and streets we have where people get run down and killed or injured did not land here from Mars – they were proposed, approved, designed, and built by the New York State Department of Transportation and by county and city highway departments. The excessive lane widths, absence of pedestrian “bump outs” and refuges, poor signalization, and obliterated markings are all planned conscious acts and decisions. You can “educate” and “enforce” all day long but if the streets are planned to encourage speeding, lane changing, right (and even left and straight) after pause, and so on, these efforts will be of momentary effect. Passing out flyers and posting signs or telling pedestrians to wear reflective clothing are all nice but not a solution.

 If you are content with this, just change the channel.

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