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Articles on events that are going on around Albany.

Champlain Canalway Bicycle Tour – Sun, 8/14 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

5th Champlain Canalway Trail Bicycle Tour REGISTRATION OPEN!

Sunday, August 14 – Start: 9:00 am – Return: 4:00 pm – This year’s tour will begin at Hudson Crossing Park near Lock 5 just north of Schuylerville. It will then proceed through villages and countryside to Saratoga National Historical Park, with stops at selected significant historical landmarks related to the 1777 Revolutionary War campaign. Expert historians at each stop will introduce cyclists to local historical events that led to the Battles of Saratoga and changed the course of the war and our nation’s destiny.

Riders may return via the Caldwell Belle on the Hudson River or simply bicycle back to the start.

 Info and registration, here.

CCTour 2012 ~ 7-18-16

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The annual ride is presented by the Champlain Canalway Trail (CCT) Working Group in collaboration with the Saratoga National Historical Park, Hudson Crossing Park, Lakes to Locks Passage, Mohawk Maiden Cruises, and Akiba Travel. The ride shows the efforts to complete the Champlain Canalway Trail, a 62-mile multi-use path along the Hudson River and old or current Champlain Canal. The canal links the Erie Canal in Waterford with Lake Champlain in Whitehall and connects the communities in between. The trail is presently about 25 percent open for use. The CCT Working Group is a coalition of municipalities, counties, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations promoting the development and enjoyment of the trail. A percentage of the proceeds will go to Hudson Crossing Park to be used to advance the building of the Champlain Canalway Trail.

CCTour Talk 7-18-16

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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 Goin’ On?

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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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Every Day is a Good Day

What better way to recover from a hot day of doing user counts on the Erie Canalway Trail/Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail than a hot coffee and a snicker doodle at the Brakes on Lark?

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Trail Count & Survey

After the sun shifts a little, the outdoor seating is a perfect spot to (see earlier post) to capture some images for Albany Bicycle Coalition’s“riding in Albany” scrapbook.

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Patio at Brakes

But wait – just when leaving Brakes, who should appear but Natalie, the owner/chef at Tapasia – an Asian tapas soon to open on the lower level in the Brakes building. Natalie described her riding experiences in Chicago where she lived for some time – and contrasted them with the scary situation she found in Albany – riding to the HWFC, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and so on. Natalie was enthusiastic about the Madison Avenue Traffic Calming Protected Bicycle Lanes project, as it will help her new venture.

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Never idle, Natalie and husband – who has extensive experience riding in Burlington with its pedestrian “mall” on Church St. and who asked when Lark St. would be car free – stopped at the Protected Bicycle Lane Coalition sign-up table in front of Upstate Artists Guild on 1st Friday.

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Protected Lane Sign Up – Have You?

UAG hosted the Protected Bicycle Lane Coalition booth on both the 7/3 and 7/7 1st Fridays as part of its community support mission and to enhance walk ability of the City of Albany.

But wait again – Brakes is now complemented by the new Healthy on Lark vegan restaurant (in the old ‘Lil Buddha spot). At both spots, you’ll find great food and a pleasant atmosphere.

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Healthy on Lark

Sharon, the owner/chef at Healthy on Lark is no newcomer to healthy living with this expansive mission: “Healthy In A Hurry” motivates and supports clients to define a personal vision of optimum health and begin living the life they truly crave. We assist you to turn off auto-pilot and make conscious daily choices that impact your health: food choices, exercise routines, self-care choices, and sleep habits.”

But wait some more – The well-established Hudson River Coffee House at Quail and Hudson is now branching to Delaware Ave. in the former Tierra/Ultra Violet site next to one of Albany’s gems, the Spectrum 8 Theater. Once again, a nice dinner with a movie to follow will make a nice “evening out.” Hudson River Coffee House opened in 2010. Owner/operator Anton Pasquill, who expressed enthusiasm about coming to Delaware, will bring his years of experience to remodel and operate the new location. He even bought a motor vehicle!

It’s just too much to absorb . . .

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