Category Archives: City Review

Corning Riverfront Park – Movin’ Along

Work progresses on the revitalization of the Corning Riverfront Park (formerly “Preserve”) and the accompanying facilities for people on bicycles. Here are several photos to convey the magnitude of the project.

For an update from the Times Union, go here and for a review of the master plan for the area, here.

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Albany’s Own “Big Dig”

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Near the “Tidal Ponds”

 

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Check Out the Tank Bombs!

 

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Basic Infrastructure Work Progresses

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The New Protected Bicycle Lane – Quay St.

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Where the South End Bike Link Will Join the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail

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D&H Rail Trails are Not Just in Albany!

If you’re cruising north through Vermont and end up in Poultney, you’ll be pleased to find one segment of another D&H rail trail. If you also have your Brompton in the trunk, you can enjoy an arrow-straight ride starting in Poultney and running south to the NY border or north to Castleton, VT. There’s also a second (unconnected) segment running between West Rupert and West Pawlet. The section south of Poultney has a surface more suited to walking/jogging and mountain/fat tire biking. Thin-tire people will not be amused. In any case, the ride is pleasant and the scenery great.

History buffs will recall the D&H billed itself as the “bridge route” to connect northern Pennsylvania and Eastern NY to Canada and had its start hauling the “tank bombs” of yesteryear from the anthracite coalfields around Honesdale, PA.

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NY Bound

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That’s a Lotta Slate!

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Just a short time ago …

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Along the Trail

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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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Finally ! Ribbon Cutting for Rail Trail

Ribbon Cutting for the Albany County Rail Trail from Albany to Delmar – Mon, 5/23, 10:30 AM

  • Monday
  • May 23
  • 10:30 am
  • Where? – On the trail at Stewart’s, 309 Delaware Ave. Delmar.

Albany County will hold a ribbon cutting and celebration of the completion of the latest phase of the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail. County Executive McCoy, Bethlehem Town Supervisor Clarkson, and Executive Director of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy King will mark the opening of the three-mile trail between Delmar and South Pearl St.

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Bliss!

What’s Next?

  • There is a cooperative effort to pave the four miles of trail from Adams St. to Firefighters’ Park in Slingerlands to be completed this year. The Delmar-Voorheesville portion is scheduled for 2017.
  •  At the other end of the trail in Albany, under city contract, Alta Planning + Design are conducting a feasibility/design study of this critical 1.3-mile connection between the S. Pearl trailhead and the Corning Riverfront Park/Albany waterfront. See the preferred route here.
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$5,000,000 Project at the Waterfront

 

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A Visit Out West – Bicycle Lanes in Olean

In an on-going search for New York State cities where bicycles are welcome on the “main drag,” a recent review of Union St. in sunny Olean (300 miles west of Albany), reveals a four-lane superhighway with diagonal parking and multiple traffic lights being reduced to two motor vehicle travel lanes, two bicycle lanes, diagonal parking, and several roundabouts. The “under construction” photo tells it all. Traffic calming!

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Traffic Calming in Olean

For more on New York State cities who want people on bicycles on their main streets, go here.

What else is there to see? The 6.2-mile “Allegheny River Valley Trail” is a paved route along its eponymous river. It circles around and through the St. Bonaventure University campus and then passes along the north side of town back to the city center.

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Allegheny River Valley Trail

For selected trips, this trail – although intended primarily for recreation – would constitute a great commuter route. While the trail does not completely circumnavigate the city, it connects to some attractive low-traffic streets so that a complete circle can be enjoyed.

Regrettably and like many other similar trails, you have to KNOW that it exists and you have to KNOW the entry points. Why spend 1,000s on a trail and not 100s on some simple signage?

Not to be out done by the City of Albany, Olean is proud of its own extensive “tank bomb” marshaling yard where the black tankers stretch as far as one can see. The photos taken while stopping at the Twist and Shake soft ice cream store show nicely how the tankers can be appreciated from the River Valley Trail. Neat! North of Olean, there is an endless stream of tankers (full? empty?) sitting in Haskell Valley along I-86.

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Tank Bombs and Ice Cream

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More Tank Bombs and Ice Cream

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Valley Bomb Train

Heading back toward Metroland, the Village of Waterloo (birthplace of Memorial Day and just west of that of the Women’s Movement in Seneca Falls), sports bicycle lanes on its main street through town – which is also Rts. 5 and 20.

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Waterloo Welcomes People on Bicycles!

And where is Albany? With the exception of 0.8 miles of bicycle lanes on Clinton Ave. and another 700-1,00 feet on Northern Blvd, nada. At this rate, the City of Albany will have a whopping 3 or so bicycle-lane miles when its Bicycle Master Plan reaches its planned 20-year completion date.

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