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

ABC at the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair

On Saturday, 10/20/18, the Albany Bicycle Coalition returned to the Energy Fair to promote bicycling and the environmental advantages of bicycles. The Fair ran from 10 AM – 4 PM at Doane Stuart in Rensselaer and featured “alternative energy” vendors, healthy food vendors, multiple presentations, and advocacy groups.

The ABC staff – representing many years of riding experience in the Catskills, Hudson Valley, the Erie Canalway Trail, NYC, Washington, and all over the Capital Region as well as many years advocating for bicycle interests with organizations, elected officials, and governmental agencies – were able to welcome guests to our display with knowledge, encouragement, and advice. The ABC booth featured the interactive BikeAlbanyMap projected on a large format monitor, a large map of the proposed Albany-Hudson Electric Trail map, “See and Be Seen” literature, and an array of handouts on the Coalition, Parks & Trails New York, and the Erie Canalway Trail.

As one might expect, we were warmly received by the Fair organizers, other exhibitors, and – most importantly – by those who stopped at or passed by our booth.

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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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NYS 3’ Ride

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Many Mohawk-Hudson Cycling Club and Albany Bicycle Coalition members joined a ride to promote changing NYS’s safe passing law. We need to specify a minimum passing distance (e.g., 3 feet) – see: https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2016/02/22/3-foot-passing-law/ ) Currently, NYS essentially says, “pass safely” which – as any person on a bicycle knows – can mean anything from 4 inches up.

The New York Bicycling Coalition organized the ride as part of its long-standing effort to bring New York State’s law up to date.

Go here for more on the law, go HERE.

Many riders wore special “3-foot jerseys” and then rode the loop around the Capitol once for each foot. We noted the relationship to the proposed “Felony Reckless Driving and Vulnerable Users of the Public Highway (Creto/Kade) Law” – see: https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2015/11/09/felony-reckless-driving-and-vulnerable-users-of-the-public-highway/

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What’s Hot, What’s Not?

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  • IN – City bike
    • OUT – Hybrid bike
  • IN – Step-through frame
    • OUT – Ladies bike
  • IN – “Twenty (i.e., mph) is plenty”
    • OUT – All cars-all the time
  • IN – Balance bike
    • OUT – Training wheels
  • IN – Everyday rider, transit rider
    • OUT – Avid “cyclist”
  • IN – “Good morning,” “good afternoon,” “good evening”
    • OUT – “ON YOUR LEFT!!!”
  • IN – Civilized cycling
    • OUT – Vehicular cyclists and John Foster’s unfounded theories.
  • IN – No right on red when people walking have the “walk light” in any direction
    • OUT – Rolling right on red anywhere
  • IN – Fenders
    • OUT – Fixed gear
  • IN – People on bicycles, people walking, people in cars
    • OUT – “Cyclist,” “pedestrian,” “drivers”
  • IN – Panniers, baskets
    • OUT – Messenger bags
  • IN – Chatting, paying attention
    • OUT – Texting
  • IN – Comfort
    • OUT – Spandex, Lycra
  • IN – Upright position
    • OUT – In the “drops”
  • IN – Hats
    • OUT – Helmets (but wear one)
  • IN – Protected bike lanes
    • OUT – “Sharrows”
  • IN – Supple, wide tires
    • OUT – 25X700C
  • IN – [Bicycles] “May use full lane”
    • OUT – [Bicycles] “In lane”

 

Mostly courtesy “Momentum,” Aug-Sep 2013

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Resolutions for People on Bicycles

Resolutions for people on bicycles who want to make cycling safer for all by promoting a positive image of cycling …

  • I will – Smile and say “good morning,” “good afternoon,” etc. to everyone I meet while riding.
  • I will – Remember that the one certain way to increase safety for people on bicycles is to ride my bicycle as often as I can. All the bicycle lanes, tickets, smart traffic lights, “share the road signs,” blinkie lights, and reflective clothing will do little if not accompanied by MORE PEOPLE riding MORE OFTEN – so that all road users get used to each other being on the street.
  • I will – Shop locally at locally owned businesses who hire local people and pay a fair wage.
  • I will – Obey the traffic law. I will stop for signs and signals especially when people in cars or on foot can see me, and I will stay off the sidewalks.
  • I will – Lube my chain and check my tires (for wear and correct air pressure).
  • I will – Check that my brakes work (lever is a thumb’s distance or more from the handle bars when full “on”) and the pads contact the wheel rim braking surface.
  • I will – Be deferential to all pedestrians no matter how crazily they act
  • I will – Speak out on behalf of people on bicycles in a polite and non-confrontational manner.
  • I will – Signal my stops, scan and signal my turns, and make eye contact with people in cars and on foot.
  • I will – Speak out and write in on issues facing cycling. I will keep up to date on developments that affect safe use of the streets by people on bicycles.
  • I will – Support my local bike rescue and bicycle shops. I will buy on the internet only when my bicycle shop does not stock or cannot order what I need.
  • I will – 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.)
  • I will – Be Kind.bicycle-friendly-america-fall-2016-001

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