Category Archives: Support the Cause

Articles dealing with bicycle advocacy and what people can do about it.

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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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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A Trike, A Trailer, and A Tiger

Cleaning the Uncle Sam Trial in Troy – 4/23/26 – The photo says it all – Albany Bicycle Coalition member David with a trailer of trash from the trail

Eight hours of work produced five bags of trash and an additional bag left behind on the trail. Two more bags resulted from a return visit on the following day. It’s all good …

Uncle Sam Trail Clean Up 4-23-16

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What’s YOUR Biggest Challenge When Riding?

“’The role of our women is to obey their husbands and prepare food for them inside the house, not to imitate men and ride bikes in the streets,’ said the man, 33, who refused to give his name but echoed the view of many Gaza men interviewed, and of multiple comments on social networks, after news of the cycling group reached the Palestinian news media.”

If you thbik you sometimes get a rough time riding you bicycle, check this New York Times article “In Gaza, Bicycles Are a Battleground for Women Who Dare to Ride” from 2/23/16 forwarded by Alert Rider Frank.WomenBikes_main_

A woman in the Gaza Strip is trying to encourage younger women to join in an actively she likes – riding her bicycle. In one exchange, the leader says “’But you are young. I want you, when you get married, to make riding your bikes a condition of marriage.’ The younger women erupted in laughter at the suggestion. ‘He’ll give me a beating!’ exclaimed Asala, 21, who spoke on the condition her last name not be used.”

“Many Palestinians frown at the idea of women bicycling in public because men might inappropriately leer at their legs moving up and down or ogle their bottoms. Female cyclists are a fairly unusual sight throughout the Arab world, though women participate in group rides in Cairo and Amman, and in Beirut, women pedal rented bikes on the Corniche, the pedestrian strip along the Mediterranean.”

And a couple supporting quotes:

“Nearby, a fighter in the militant group Islamic Jihad who was waiting for a friend described the women as ‘detestable and ugly.’”

“Ahmad Muheisin, assistant undersecretary in Gaza’s youth and sports ministry office, said that women riding in public represented a ‘violation’ of Gaza values, but that he would not try to stop them unless religious leaders addressed the matter with a fatwa.”

“For the daring adventure …, Ms. Salibi wore a 1970s-style blue-and-black track suit, her hair poking out from a wool hat she had halfheartedly pushed on her head. In contrast, Ms. Suleiman, who teaches the Quran to children and volunteers in an orphanage, dressed modestly in a red Islamic head scarf, long red coat, wide black pants and spotted red socks.”

So, the next time someone honks or yells “get on the sidewalk,” count your blessings.

We Should Worry COMP

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