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Articles on events that are going on around Albany.

Mayor Sheehan Ride to Work Day

Friday, 5/18, 8:00 AM – Mayor Sheehan Ride to Work Day – A group of riders, guarded by a phalanx of Albany Police Department Bicycle Officers, joined Mayor Sheehan for a “ride to work.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe commute began at 8 AM at the corner of Ontario St. and Clinton Ave. (across from Albany Fire Department #7) and went down Albany’s paramount bicycle lanes on Clinton Ave. and then go right on Broadway to Stacks Espresso Bar, where  Mayor Sheehan generously treated us to coffee, tea, and other beverages.

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The Mayor and several others road CDPHP Cycle! BikeShare bicycles – a great way to promote the service that features 40 racks in the City of Albany and with 160 new bicycles slated for installation in June.

 

 

 

Plan  your own ride around the city at https://bikealbanymap.com/

For other bicycle events, go here – https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/resources/events/

 

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Earth Day Ride 2018

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEarth Day Ride 2018 – Sun, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Washington Park Lake House, InsectAlbany (near New Scotland Ave. / Madison Ave. entrance). 9-mile round trip on mostly flat, low-traffic streets, bike lanes, and bike paths. Helmets required. Under 18 must be accompanied by adult. $3:00 donation (children with adult – free).

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Black Bridge Revisited – A New Beginning

At the recent Capital District Transportation Committee Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting, Barton & Loguidice – the project engineers for the “Black Bridge Project” – briefed the group on plans for its completion. Those who have taken the bridge as part of a wonderful ride from Albany, Watervaliet, Green Island, or Cohoes to Waterford and beyond can attest to for the final changes on this project.

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For background and information on this riding opportunity, see also –

Here is a summary of what is done and planned to complete of the original $499,000 project by April 2018:

  • Pave the stone portion of the trail south of and leading up to the bridge
  • Install a half-way-point shelter/rest stop
  • Add a Cannon St. trailhead in Green Island with a shelter, motor vehicle parking, and info kiosk
  • Install security cameras linked to local police
  • Modernize and enhance the existing lighting
  • Open up views of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers at the northbound approach to the bridge (ED: why removing the trees was needed, is a mystery. There never was a problem finding either river)

If you want to plan a nice ride with major off-road portions, check the referenced links  so you can include the Black Bridge in your 2018 riding plans.

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650 Riders Cycle the Erie Canal

The 2017 ride ended on July 16 for which some closing scenes appear below.

Mark your calendar for Parks & Trails NY 20th anniversary edition of the Cycle the Erie Canal tour.  It leaves Buffalo on Sunday, July 8, 2018 and arrives in Albany eight days later on Sunday, July 15.  See more about 2018 at https://www.ptny.org/events/annual-bike-tour    Registration opens January 2018.

To get an idea of each day’s opportunity, see the maps and cue sheets from 2017.

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Cranksgiving 11/18/17

Link – https://www.facebook.com/events/128978647873699/

This ride is a lot of fun – don’t miss it!

See mesg from Jay, your leader, and sign up info below.

Cranksgiving 11-18-17

YOU MUST REGISTER deerintheheadlights@rocketmail.com

Tis that time of year again! Racing/riding our bikes to have fun and do something good for our community. Here is the ad copy for Cranksgiving, featured below. Can I have lots of RSVP’s and can you help me spread the word by posting Cranksgiving XI anywhere fellow riders may see it. There will be manifest and maps, take home spoke cards and goodies from J and Stacy to say thanks for playing!! Thank you all for considering to come out and playing. Details are below!

Here is the info on Cranksgiving! Please feel free to forward this to everyone who might be interested. Thank you. This is the official media write up.

About “A charity race for freedom from want”. Saturday November 18th @ 7pm.

Need more incentive? More information? This is the eleventh Albany Cranksgiving (obviously with the XI). So, even more the reason to make it out this weekend! This “event” 100% DIRECTLY benefits the Homeless Action Network of Albany.

How does it work? You meet other like minded cyclists that want to give back & help the community. You get a manifest (a small shopping list). Every cyclist gets a different manifest. Some will be riding to the same grocery store, but for different items. You lock your bike. Find and purchase the items from the list. Then ride to the next store for other items on your manifest (keep your receipts so we know you didn’t do a one-stop-shop). And even if you do – your UCI license will not get pulled! Continue this until thoroughly cooked! Think of it as speed-grocery-shopping by bike. Some people ride fast, and can’t shop. Or get stuck behind a dozen people buying cases of beer (my excuse for being slow). Point being, there’s no points. There’s only one winner, and that’s the people HAC help. That warm feeling you get as you’re loading a volunteer’s car full of food? That’s second place, which means you still podium-ed! YEAH YOU! Your mom will be proud! And you can tell her you made new friends too! And your non-riding significant other won’t be mad, because you’re helping others, even though you’re out “riding around”. Awesome!

“How can I play?!” Easy, meet at the monument in Washington Park (by Henry Johnson & State) at 6:30pm. Manifests will be handed out. Depart at 7:00 pm. IT’S FREE! But you’ll be purchasing about $20 of groceries. Plus any money for food and drinks afterwards – you did burn some calories! It should last about two hours, so check with your parents on the curfew thing, AND DRESS WARM! Remember what mom says about fingers & toes & your head.

What else? Your bike (obviously). $20 in cash or plastic. A bag/backpack to carry everything. A lock, unless you like walking back with bags of groceries. Lights/blinkies, helmet, and COMMON SENSE are ALWAYS recommended. And a caring attitude and a sense of fun help. No UCI officials. No entry fee.. You can have bar ends. Any tire width is legal. No governing body. We’re gonna ride bikes and feed people, and have fun doing it!

Need more incentive?

  1. Buy more than what’s on your manifest & impress everyone with your hauling abilities….
  2. Show up late, and still beat people with a 15-20 minute lead… seems to happen each year.
  3. Hope that J and Stacy show up with a big bag of goodies, and you ride home with something you didn’t realize you wanted (bonus!). Goodies guaranteed!
  4. Super cool spoke card to give your bike that extra flair!
  5. Finish a good night of riding with some hot pizza & a well deserved beverage.
  6. Do something new! Easy enough.

Pre-registration via email to J at Deerintheheadlights@rocketmail.com is encouraged for planning purposes. Dear god help me make a better guess at how many of these spoke cards I gotta make.

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