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Event Calendar ~ Get on that Bicycle!

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If you have additional events, please send title, day, date, time, concise description (if needed), and email contact and/or URL to – lorenzworden@gmail.com

APRIL

*** Smart Cycling Class – The League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling program can help you get all the benefits of bicycling and stay safe while doing it. Whether you are just returning to riding, getting in shape for a charity ride, or hoping for a “riding skills tune up,” you will find information and advice in the Smart Cycling program. This 9-hour class incorporates classroom, parking lot skill drills, and a group ride. Cost is $25. Bring check/cash to first class. Three Wednesdays, 4/26, 5/3, and 5/10, 6-9 PM. Location: University at Albany, Downtown Campus, Draper Hall, Room 246, Robin St., Albany. Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/R3sZVcERLAt7jQcf2 Contact: Ken Crandall, Education Director, NY Bicycling Coalition, 518-335-3931, ken@nybc.net, www.nybc.net

ABC Meeting – Thr, 4/27, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

MAY ~ IS BIKE MONTH!

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PAL Bike Rodeo –– Sat, 5/6. TOAST Elementary School Delaware Ave./Lincoln Park – Pop-up bicycle Protected Bicycle Lanes demo using park roads and a section of Delaware Ave. Details to follow: http://www.capitalroots.org/

*** CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee – Tue, 5/9, 9:00 AM. Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail (not at CDTC office) – exact location TBA. Contact: jceponis@cdtcmpo.org, 458-216. http://www.cdtcmpo.org/

Bike to School – Wed, 5/10. Register at the “Register Here” link on this page: http://capitalmoves.org/b2w518/ Schools only need to register an organizing teacher, tumblr_minvtsPPBr1qaji9ao1_500staff, or parent and may participate the week of the official Bike to School Day, Thr, 5/4, or during Bike to Work Week, ending on 5/19. Trophy for the school with the most participants in each county. http://www.cdtcmpo.org/***

BikeFest at Troy Bike Rescue – Sat, 5/13. Sanctuary for independent Media, 3361 6th Ave. (between Glen Ave. and 101st St.), N. Troy. Fund raising celebration. Games, music, prizes, burritos, beer, and cake. $20 or sliding scale. http://troybikerescue.com/

Bike the Bridge at Hudson Crossing Park! (Near Schuylerville) – Sun, 5/14, 1:00 – 4:00 PM For cyclists of all ages. www.HudsonCrossingPark.org

Spring 2017 Bicycle Count – 5/15 and 5/17, 7:00-9:00 AM and 3:30-5:30 PM. Volunteer by emailing Lauren Alpert at lalpert@albanyny.gov with both your preferred time(s) and location(s). The counts will be at these intersections: Broadway/Clinton, Delaware/Holland/Morton, Lark/Washington, Madison/South Pearl, Madison/New Scotland, Madison/Western/Allen, and Quail/Washington.

Ride of Silence – Wed, 5/17, 6:00 and 6:30 PM. Your participation honors cyclists killed or injured in collisions with automobiles. Our silence during the ride promotes safety awareness and mutual respect on the road. We will visit the ghost bike sites in the City of Albany and Colonie. Two Starting Points – Boat Launch area, Corning Riverfront Park, 6:00 PM and W. Capitol Park & Washington Ave. & State St., 6:30 PDiva with Dog COMPM. Anyone with a bicycle and helmet is welcome to this slow-pace and quiet ride. If you prefer not to ride, please meet at Diva De Loayza’s (photo) ghost bike site at the corner of Western Ave., Homestead, and University Place (near SUNOCO station, the University Plaza, and All Saints Catholic Church. Church).http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php

Unity Ride in Troy – Thr, 5/18. Monthly community ride. Starting point – TBA 5:30 PM, depart at 6:00 PM. http://troybikerescue.com/

Bike to Work Day – Fri, 5/19. Register at the orange tab on the bottom of this link: www.capitalmoves.org/b2w518. Contact: Carrie Ward cward@cdtcmpo.org Your ride counts if it is on any day the week of 5/14-19. For “safety green” T-shirts, see registration for info. http://www.cdtcmpo.org/

Bike to Work

Bike to Retirement Day – Fri, 5/19. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

Safe Passing Promotional Ride – 5/19, 12 PM. West Capitol Park, State St., Albany. Join ABC, MHCC, NYBC, representatives from bicycle shops and other organizations, and concerned cyclists for a ride around the State Capitol to support the 3′ Safe Passing Legislation. Wear your 3′ Safe Passing Jersey. Info paul@nybc.net

Cohoes Heritage Day Pop-Up Bike Demo – Sun, 5/21. As part of Cohoes Complete Streets effort, Capital Roots and Albany County Department of Health are working with the City of Cohoes to plan and construct a downtown “pop-up bicycle infrastructure network.” Details to follow: http://www.capitalroots.org/

ABC Meeting – Thr, 5/25, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

JUNE and Beyond

Tour de Cure – Saratoga Springs – 6/4. diabetes.org/saratoga

Explore the Erie Canalway Trail Ride – Sat-Sun (9 days), 7/8-16. http://www.ptny.org/cycle-the-erie-canaldid-you-ride-your-bike-today

*** Unity Ride in Troy – Thr, 6/15. Monthly community ride. Starting point – TBA 5:30 PM, depart at 6:00 PM. :http://troybikerescue.com/

 

ABC Meeting – Thr, 6/29, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

Bike Travel Weekend – Fri – Sun, 6/2-4. Go on a bike overnight to your favorite campground, B&B, or friend’s house during Bike Travel Weekend. Experience the joy of bicycle travel with thousands of other cyclists throughout the world on the same OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAweekend. Sign up for a chance to win a bike. https://www.adventurecycling.org/about-us/calendar-of-events-adventure-cycling-association/bike-travel-weekend/

Creative Crosswalks Installation – Mon, 7/17. Pine Hills Elementary School., Allen St., Details, graphics, and recruitment in May. Details to follow: http://www.capitalroots.org/

*** Unity Rides in Troy – Thr, 7/20. Monthly community ride. Starting point – TBA 5:30 PM, depart at 6:00 PM. :http://troybikerescue.com/

ABC Meeting – Thr, 7/27, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

Daily Grind-to-Daily Grind Sponsored Ride – 10th Annual – Sat, 8/12, 10 AM, Albany Daily Grind Café, 204 Lark St. ABC Meeting – Thr, 7/27, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

*** Unity Ride in Troy – Thr, 8/17. Monthly community ride. Starting point – TBA 5:30 PM, depart at 6:00 PM. :http://troybikerescue.com/

ABC Meeting – Thr, 8/31, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

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. http://www.nybc.net/action/ny-state-bike-summit/?utm_source=NOVEMBER+2016+LIST&utm_campaign=c5deb871ef-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_01_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c439bddc4a-c5deb871ef-435991629

Parking Day – Fri., 9/15. People who care about parks and open space take over parking spaces in cities around the world and turn them into temporary public parks and other spaces for people to enjoy. http://parkingday.org/about-parking-day/

BikeShare – Late Summer. Installation planned for BikeShare in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs. http://www.cdta.org/news/bike-share-moves-forward

World Canal Conference – Syracuse, 9/23-28, http://chittenangolanding.com/events/

National Bike Your Park Day – Nationally – Sat, 9/30. Join Parks & Trails New York or the Albany Bicycle Coalition rides on Sun, 10/1  (not 9/30) http://ptny.org/events/bike-your-park-day (see below) or find another ride here: https://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/bike-your-park-day/find-a-ride/Albany

Area Bike Your Park Day – Sun, 10/1 (not 9/30). Join Bike Your Park Day to explore parks and other public lands with thousands of other people. Parks & Trails New York is hosting a Bike Your Park Day event. The ride will go from Albany’s Corning Riverfront Park to Peebles Island State Park (with tour of the Matton Shipyard) (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Matton-Shipyard/193192907359050 ) and return.. http://ptny.org/events/bike-your-park-day

*** ABC Bike Your Park Day – Sun, 10/1 (not 9/30). Time – TBA. The Albany Bicycle Coalition will join the above Parks & Trails New York event. ABC will form up at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Washington Park, Albany and then ride to Albany’s Corning Riverfront Park for the meet up and then to Peebles Peebles Island State Park (with tour of the Matton Shipyard) (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Matton-Shipyard/193192907359050 ) and return. http://ptny.org/events/bike-your-park-day

Bicyclists Bring Business Roundtables and Bike-a-Rounds – October TBA. Parks & Trails New York’s Bicyclists Bring Business Roundtables and Bike-a-Rounds bring participants together in communities along the NYS Canal System to learn more about the cyclists that travel the corridor and how businesses and communities can attract, market to, and profit from cycling tourism. http://ptny.org/

 

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What’s Happening for People on Bicycles?

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Madonna del Ghisallo – Patroness of Cyclists

madonna-del-ghisallo-large-14kt-gold-medal-5986lgMadonna del Ghisallo (Patroness of Cyclists – Madonna del Ghisallo (Ghee-SAL-low) also known as Our Lady of Ghisallo or Madonna of Ghisallo)

The legend is that in late Middle Ages in the Lombardy District of Central Italy (see map) in the hill above Lake Cuomo, Our Lady appeared to Count Ghisallo who was being robbed by highway men. He was praying for help when he saw the apparition. Count Ghisallo ran to it and was miraculously saved.  An alternative legend is that Count Ghisallo was near the village of Magréglio when attacked. Spotting an image of the Virgin Mary in a roadside shrine, he broke away from his attackers and ran to it. There he took refuge, pled for Our Lady‘s protection – and miraculously the vision of the Blessed Virgin scared off the highwaymen. In gratitude, the count started praying to her for protection and told the story to anyone who would listen. He instituted a roadside shrine with flowers and candles.

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The Virgin Mary under this title was originally prayed to for the protection of local travelers. As the story gained credibility among the locals, the count eventually replaced the makeshift shrine with a small chapel he funded. Through the years the legend grew. Once the chapel was built, clergy were assigned officially to maintain it. The patronage of Our Lady of Ghisallo evolved from humble foot travelers to recreational bicyclists. These recreational cyclists passed the idea of the protection from robbers to bicycle racers looking for safety from crashes and injury. They must have documented these cases (i.e., official miracles ascribed the intersession of the Madonna del Ghisallo) because Pope Pius XII established Our Lady of Ghisallo as the patroness of cyclists on October 13, 1949. This was at the request of Father Ermelindo Vigano, pastor at the shrine. There is an eternal flame that burns in memory of the cyclists who are no longer with us, and services are held each Christmas Eve and the Feast of All Souls to commemorate them.

The chapel is fitting because the Giro di Lombardia (Tour of Lombardy), bicycle race goes past the shrine built by Count Ghisallo at the top of the Ghisallo climb (the Passo del Ghisallo). The chapel is the finish line for the annual, one-day classic Giro di Lombardi race, and is a regular feature (once every two or three years) stage route of the Giro d’Italia. The shrine includes a cycling museum and a memorial to cyclists who have died.

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The Chapel

The chapel gathered a collection of cycling memorabilia. Bicycle frames, whole bicycles, and jerseys festooned its walls. Over the years, great champions such as Felice Gimondi, Gianni Motta, Francesco Moser, Gino Bartali, Eddy Merckx, Alfredo Binda, Guiseppe Saronni, Mario Cipollini, Gilberto Simoni, and Stefano Garzelli contributed race-worn gear to the chapel. It was believed that one could not be considered a serious champion or potential champion until one donated a jersey or bicycle for display in the chapel. The memorabilia eventually overran the space, and cheapened the spiritual intent of the chapel. In 2000, construction was started 200 yards from the chapel for a Museum of Cycling with the blessing of Pope John Paul II. When the museum was near completion, Pope John Paul′s successor, Pope Benedict XVI, blessed the corner stone on May 31, 2006.

 

One of the great talisman for both professional and amateur bike racers and for cycling enthusiasts all over the world is the Madonna del Ghisallo bicycle medallion. The medal incorporates a crank ring, and the Madonna and Child are framed by a bicycle chain. Even Pope Benedict was the recipient of a custom wooden bicycle with a Madonna del Ghisallo badge affixed.italy_bike

If you are a cyclist or know someone who is, you can purchase a small medal as a reminder of Our Lady’s protection.

Legend – http://saints.sqpn.com/madonna-del-ghisallo/

Museum – http://museodelghisallo.it/

Passo del Ghisallo – Bellagio –

The Climb – http://www.climbbybike.com/climb.asp?Col=Passo%20del%20Ghisallo%20&qryMountainID=2905

See also – Notre Dame des Cyclistes – The chapel of Notre-Dame des Cyclistes is situated in the commune of Labastide-d’Armagnac in Les Landes département in Aquitaine, France. The chapel is all that remains of a 12th-century fortress of the Knights Templar. The Château de Géou was razed by the Black Prince in 1355. It was listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture on 27 February 1996. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notre_Dame_des_Cyclistes

See also – http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=748190

The (Motor)cyclist’s Prayer [SOURCE: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=2115] – O, dear Father, I ask for you to watch over me as I ride from Point A to Point B. Help all other motorists to see me clearly and help me to stay out of their way. Bring me back to my family in one-piece dear God, these things I pray. Amen.

Blessing of a Wagon or other Vehicle [SOURCE: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=368] – Be gracious, O Lord God, to our prayers and bless this vehicle with Thy right hand. Send Thy holy angels to accompany it that they may keep from all evils those who ride in it; and as once Thou didst grant faith and grace through Thy deacon Philip to the Ethiopian riding in his chariot and reading the word of God, so now show the way of salvation to Thy servants that, always given to good works, they attain to everlasting joys after the vicissitudes of the journey and of this life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Translated by Most Reverend J. H. Schlarman Bishop of Peoria)

madonnaBlessing of the Bicycles – Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible, we come to you in prayer and thanksgiving. In a world burdened by motorized transportation and consumption, we give you gracious thanks for the wondrous bicycle, on which we enjoy the goodness and beauty of your creation while improving our fitness and health. We ask you to protect the children who ride or who are learning to ride. We ask you to keep all riders, leisure riders to elite athletes, safe from accidents. We ask you to protect all riders from anger and theft. We ask you to give us skill to ride in all sort of conditions, and to help us forgive those who are negligent and mean. We ask you, in thanksgiving for those who build or repair bicycles, that you will guide them to be diligent and competent in their work. Heavenly Father, be with us now and bless us as we dedicate these bicycles and their use to the preservation of lives to your honor and praise. Grant us faith to know your gracious purpose in all things. Give us joy in them and lead us to use all your gifts, including our bikes, with wisdom, compassion, patience and love. We ask this in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Fr. Michael Gorchov, Rector, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 58 Third St. Troy, NY 12180
8/13/16 ~ http://stpaulstroy.org/

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Upcoming Key Dates

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Where’d it come from … ?

  • 130,000,000 bicycles produced worldwide (2007)
  • 67% of the worldwide production of bicycles comes from China
  • 56,000 bicycles were produced in the USA (2014)
  • 99% of the bicycles sold in the USA were imported (16.2 million bicycles)(2013)
  • Top global producers of bicycles:

1 – China

2 – India

3 – EU

4 – Taiwan

5 – Japan

SOURCE: Momentum, May-Jun 2015

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