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Bicycles in the Main “Stream”

The September 2017 city water bill mailed to metered customers includes a flyer from the City of Albany Sustainability Advisory Committee. The flyer promotes bicycle safety and targets people in cars. The flyer refers to the Albany Bicycle Master Plan but a more helpful link is to the Albany Bicycle Coalition’s BikeAlbanyMap .

In any case, bicycle awareness seems to be creeping into the main “stream.”

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Ramble in Troy – A Great Day

The Schedule

L: Jim registers the Mayor

R: Transport Troy is more than bicycles

“Ride Leader for Life” organizes the ride

 

I need one of those …

Parks & Trails NY and the City of Troy set up a Bikeway, a protected bile lane/cycle track, and a bile lane to show what can be done.

Forget your bicycle?  No problem!

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Truly “Albany’s Finest”

Photos from the “Bike the Branches ride” of Sat, 9/16/17

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Urban Tribe Cargo Bicycles Opens for Business

Cargo Bike startup Urban Tribe Cargo Bicycles officially launched their website www.urbantribecargobicycles.com on 7/12/17. Urban Tribe will be building cargo bikes locally in Denton, TX to ship nationwide. The Danish-inspired family cargo bike design is one of the first of its kind to be sold in the United States.

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The idea for the business came during a family trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. Commonly known as the Bicycle Capital of the World, where 50 percent of residents commute daily by bicycle on 250 miles of bicycle lanes. Aaron Powell, Urban Tribe founder observed, “Not only were there no SUVs on the road, there were large 3-wheeled cargo bikes everywhere that were transporting children to school, grocery stores, and playgrounds. I knew our family needed to get one when we came back home! We found that no one was selling a bike like this anywhere in the country, so Urban Tribe was born.”

Urban Tribe’s flagship cargo bike model “The Gatherer”, stands out from typical bike trailers and child bicycle seats with the following features:

  • Cargo box is in front of the handlebars, allowing parents to talk to their children
  • Can carry up to 4 children and 220 pounds
  • Equipped with an electric assist motor for with hills and heavy loads.
  • Shipped assembled and ready to ride.

On launching the website, Urban Tribe founder Aaron Powell commented: “Our cargo bikes are going to change how the American family travels with their kids. For those living in the city, it is a true car-killer. After months of preparation, I am thrilled to finally show off our bikes to the world!”

About Urban Tribe Cargo Bicycles:

  • Founded in 2017 to make cargo bicycle for urban families.
  • The first batch are in production and are available for pre-order at www.urbantribecargobicycles.com .
  • The bikes will be ready to ship, and be available for local pickup in Denton, TX at the end of September 2017.

Press release here: https://urbantribecargobicycles.com/pages/denton-tx-based-cargo-bike-company-opens-for-business

The Albany Bicycle Coalition provides the above information solely as a service to our members and the public.

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The Bicycle Beautiful – DIY

Author Kathy McGee provides comprehensive instructions for making your own bicycle accessories in her book “The Happy Bicycle – Make Fifteen Stylish Bicycle Accessories,” Stash Books, © 2014 ($5 – used, $18 – new).

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While several projects are suitable for construction pre-teens or scout troops, serval require at least moderate sewing skills. In this former category lie saddle covers, flower, bumblebee and ladybug bicycle bells (a glue together project), handlebar streamers, and a jeans “clincher.”

More advanced projects include several panniers/bags – all with apparent attention to functionality while not sacrificing attractive styles. There are cold weather knitted and sewn rainy-day helmet covers and a skirt guard for commuting. There is even a picnic basket for a relaxed visit to the Corning Riverfront Park and a ride on the CDPHP Cycle! BikeShare bicycles.

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The book leads with some helpful hints on the techniques, fabrics and supplies/equipment needed for the projects. Templates or patterns are included for some of the projects.

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Kathy McGee graduated from the (NY’s) Rhode Island School of Design. She has designed apparel and accessories for large retail companies but her love of textiles, handicrafts, and bicycling led her to start her own sewing pattern and fabric design company, Hemma Design. She is passionate about creating functional-yet-fun accessories and draws her inspiration from Scandinavian design and the contrasting seasons of the northern climate. Kathy lives … with … an ever expanding collection of bicycles. For more information, visit www.hemmadesign.com .

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