Category Archives: Bike Month

Mayor Sheehan Leads the Ride to Work

The Mayor invited people on bicycles to join her on National Ride to Work Day on Frdiay, May 20, 2016. Riders assembled on New Scotland Ave., rode to the new Bicycle Fixit Stations at the Bach Branch of the Albany Public Library, and then on to City Hall where the Mayor treated us all to bagels and beverages.

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Getting Ready to Ride

When we stopped at the Bicycle Fixit Station, Albany Public Library Executive Director Scott Jarzombek used the Dero Fixit stand to illustrate how the collection of cable-mounted tools and air pump could be used to keep the Mayor Sheehan’s bicycle in top shape. Other Fixit stands are located at Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch (148 Henry Johnson Blvd.) and the Delaware Branch (331 Delaware Ave.)

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These stands are GREAT!

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Need an escort?

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Get Active – What’s Goin’ On?

Albany Bicycle Coalition Event Listing (UPDATED 5-23-16)

  •  ACHHRT & South End Bikeway Link – Thursday, 6/2, Howe Library, 105 Schuyler St. – Alta Planning + Design – Public workshop to gather comments on the South End Bikeway Link. Visit: albanywaterfrontconnector.weebly.com.: Open house – 5:00 – 5:30, Project Overview – 5:30 – 6:00, and: Open house (cont’d) – 6:00 – 7:00.
  • Uncle Sam Trail Historical and Nature Walk – Sat, 6/4, Troy. www.transporttroy.com and http://www.capitalroots.org/
  • Hudson Valley Regional Bike Conference – Sat, 6/4, Kingston. http://nybc.net/
  • Tour de CureRide Marshalls and Techs Needed – Sun, 6/5, 2,500 riders. The ride needs Route Marshalls to guide the five rides and for “mechanics” to perform basic, simple adjustments. (Bicycle shop staff will handle complex issues.) Contact Brent – bmp4sw@gmail.com
  • Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail Ride (Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club) – Sat, 6/11, 9:30 am. http://www.mohawkhudsoncyclingclub.org/calendar/rides/2016/06/11/helderberg-hudson-rail-trail-bethlehem-waterfront
  • Grafton Rocks MTB – 6/11, Grafton State Park (Saratoga Mountain Biking Association) (http://saratogamtb.org/) – mountain biking festival, family friendly, group rides, demos, classes. ABC will have a booth – can you help? Contact Rob – rc9043@gmail.com
  • Cycle the Sam Community Bike ride with the Collar City Ramble – Sat, 9/24. www.transporttroy.com, http://www.capitalroots.org/ or contact Erin – healthycommunities@capitalroots.org

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Earth Day EXPO & Bicycle PARADE – Sunday, April 17, 11 AM-4 PM – Washington Park Lake House

CALL FOR Earth Day Expo 2016 VOLUNTEERS ~ Be part of the fun and help your neighbors “go green.”

  • Escorted EARTH DAY bike ride – Join us for a 12-mile escorted bicycle ride to award-winning “green” buildings on city streets. Ride begins at the Lake House at 9 AM and returns to Washington Park at 11:30 AM where “tykes on trikes” can join in the fun. Helmet required. Riders under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Live Music
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Children’s Activities
  • Solar Energy Display
  • Vendors featuring Earth-Friendly Products and Services
  • Event will be held rain or shine!

JOB OPENINGS: We need people for the following jobs. If interested, send an email, and we’ll contact you to discuss specifics.

 Prior to the event:

  • Sign/Banner making – design and produce banners and signs. Imagination reigns!
  • Announcements Coordinator – Arrange sponsorship and key event announcements for our high school MCs
  • Compost/recycling/landfill bin design – help create the bins for the event
  • Need large water coolers for event & paper cups
  • Need people with first aid training to be on call at event
  • Projector & Screen for Speakers’ Corner – Can you provide a projector and screen for a small audience set up in the Lake House? We need you!
  • We need old lawn signs and metal stands to repurpose for the Expo
  • Loan us easels and music stands for holding signs

During the event (2-hour shifts):

  • Children’s booth volunteers – Assist youngsters in their activities
  • Education Exhibits volunteers – Greet guests and assist with exhibit
  • Composting & Recycling volunteers – Remind guests to sort their waste
  • Set-Up and Break-Down Crew – Help with Parking, Move tables and chairs, assist vendors, and clean up
  • Earth Day Ambassadors to monitor activities during the event (show up and volunteer).

To Volunteer, Contact: earthdayalbany@gmail.com

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Sponsored by: Sierra Club Hudson-Mohawk Group, Albany Bicycle Coalition, People of Albany United for Safe Energy (PAUSE), City of Albany and the City’s Sustainablity Advisory Committee, and Solarize Albany.

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Resolutions for People on Bicycles

Resolutions for people on bicycles who want to promote a positive image of cycling are probably best left for when the weather is more conducive for getting out on the streets.tumblr_mt3biqgEoE1qblohxo1_1280

So, here goes –

 I will –

  1.  Obey the law – stop for signs and signals especially when setting an example for people in cars or on foot . . .  and stay off the sidewalks
  2. Lube my chain and check my tires
  3. Check that my brakes work
  4. Be deferential to all pedestrians no matter how crazily they act
  5. Smile and say “good morning,” “good afternoon,” etc. to everyone I meet while riding
  6. Shop locally at locally owned businesses who hire local people and pay a fair wage
  7. Speak out on behalf of people on bicycles in a polite and non-confrontational manner
  8. Signal my stops, scan and signal my turns, and make eye contact with people in cars and on foot
  9. Support my local bike rescue and bicycle shops
  10. 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.)

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