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Articles on events that are going on around Albany.

Earth Day Ride 2017 – Afterglow

The Albany Bicycle Coalition held the Earth Day Ride from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Earth Day – Saturday, 4/22/17. The ride started and ended at the Lake House in Albany’s Washington Park.

For more exciting photos by Bert, go here.

Corning Riverfront Park 4-22-17 ~ PHOTO by Bert

 

  • Riders – 26
  • Nice spread of genders and ages.
  • Donations for the BikeAlbanyMap$27.00
  • Albany Police Department Bicycle Officers – 6
  • Miles – 6
  • Highlights of the ride:
    • Briefing on the BikeAlbanyMap at the ride start
    • Ride protocol briefing by the ride leader
    • Use of the BikeAlbanyMap routes for much of the ride
    • Orientation on the need for and status of the South End Bikeway Link – at Island Creek Park (where there is neither an island nor a creek – but it’s a hidden Albany gem and a great feature of the South End Bikeway Link )
    • Orientation on the Corning Riverfront Park redesign with emphasis on the new green path – at the pedestrian/bicycle bridge
  • Glitches – none except for a slight chill in the air.

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Event Calendar ~ Get on that Bicycle!

Upcoming Key Dates – New/updated entries preceded by “***”

If you have additional events, please send title, day, date, time, concise description (if needed), and email contact and/or URL to – lorenzworden@gmail.com

APRIL

*** Smart Cycling Class – The League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling program can help you get all the benefits of bicycling and stay safe while doing it. Whether you are just returning to riding, getting in shape for a charity ride, or hoping for a “riding skills tune up,” you will find information and advice in the Smart Cycling program. This 9-hour class incorporates classroom, parking lot skill drills, and a group ride. Cost is $25. Bring check/cash to first class. Three Wednesdays, 4/26, 5/3, and 5/10, 6-9 PM. Location: University at Albany, Downtown Campus, Draper Hall, Room 246, Robin St., Albany. Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/R3sZVcERLAt7jQcf2 Contact: Ken Crandall, Education Director, NY Bicycling Coalition, 518-335-3931, ken@nybc.net, www.nybc.net

ABC Meeting – Thr, 4/27, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

MAY ~ IS BIKE MONTH!

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PAL Bike Rodeo –– Sat, 5/6. TOAST Elementary School Delaware Ave./Lincoln Park – Pop-up bicycle Protected Bicycle Lanes demo using park roads and a section of Delaware Ave. Details to follow: http://www.capitalroots.org/

*** CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee – Tue, 5/9, 9:00 AM. Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail (not at CDTC office) – exact location TBA. Contact: jceponis@cdtcmpo.org, 458-216. http://www.cdtcmpo.org/

Bike to School – Wed, 5/10. Register at the “Register Here” link on this page: http://capitalmoves.org/b2w518/ Schools only need to register an organizing teacher, tumblr_minvtsPPBr1qaji9ao1_500staff, or parent and may participate the week of the official Bike to School Day, Thr, 5/4, or during Bike to Work Week, ending on 5/19. Trophy for the school with the most participants in each county. http://www.cdtcmpo.org/***

BikeFest at Troy Bike Rescue – Sat, 5/13. Sanctuary for independent Media, 3361 6th Ave. (between Glen Ave. and 101st St.), N. Troy. Fund raising celebration. Games, music, prizes, burritos, beer, and cake. $20 or sliding scale. http://troybikerescue.com/

Bike the Bridge at Hudson Crossing Park! (Near Schuylerville) – Sun, 5/14, 1:00 – 4:00 PM For cyclists of all ages. www.HudsonCrossingPark.org

Spring 2017 Bicycle Count – 5/15 and 5/17, 7:00-9:00 AM and 3:30-5:30 PM. Volunteer by emailing Lauren Alpert at lalpert@albanyny.gov with both your preferred time(s) and location(s). The counts will be at these intersections: Broadway/Clinton, Delaware/Holland/Morton, Lark/Washington, Madison/South Pearl, Madison/New Scotland, Madison/Western/Allen, and Quail/Washington.

Ride of Silence – Wed, 5/17, 6:00 and 6:30 PM. Your participation honors cyclists killed or injured in collisions with automobiles. Our silence during the ride promotes safety awareness and mutual respect on the road. We will visit the ghost bike sites in the City of Albany and Colonie. Two Starting Points – Boat Launch area, Corning Riverfront Park, 6:00 PM and W. Capitol Park & Washington Ave. & State St., 6:30 PDiva with Dog COMPM. Anyone with a bicycle and helmet is welcome to this slow-pace and quiet ride. If you prefer not to ride, please meet at Diva De Loayza’s (photo) ghost bike site at the corner of Western Ave., Homestead, and University Place (near SUNOCO station, the University Plaza, and All Saints Catholic Church. Church).http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php

Unity Ride in Troy – Thr, 5/18. Monthly community ride. Starting point – TBA 5:30 PM, depart at 6:00 PM. http://troybikerescue.com/

Bike to Work Day – Fri, 5/19. Register at the orange tab on the bottom of this link: www.capitalmoves.org/b2w518. Contact: Carrie Ward cward@cdtcmpo.org Your ride counts if it is on any day the week of 5/14-19. For “safety green” T-shirts, see registration for info. http://www.cdtcmpo.org/

Bike to Work

Bike to Retirement Day – Fri, 5/19. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

Safe Passing Promotional Ride – 5/19, 12 PM. West Capitol Park, State St., Albany. Join ABC, MHCC, NYBC, representatives from bicycle shops and other organizations, and concerned cyclists for a ride around the State Capitol to support the 3′ Safe Passing Legislation. Wear your 3′ Safe Passing Jersey. Info paul@nybc.net

Cohoes Heritage Day Pop-Up Bike Demo – Sun, 5/21. As part of Cohoes Complete Streets effort, Capital Roots and Albany County Department of Health are working with the City of Cohoes to plan and construct a downtown “pop-up bicycle infrastructure network.” Details to follow: http://www.capitalroots.org/

ABC Meeting – Thr, 5/25, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

JUNE and Beyond

Tour de Cure – Saratoga Springs – 6/4. diabetes.org/saratoga

Explore the Erie Canalway Trail Ride – Sat-Sun (9 days), 7/8-16. http://www.ptny.org/cycle-the-erie-canaldid-you-ride-your-bike-today

*** Unity Ride in Troy – Thr, 6/15. Monthly community ride. Starting point – TBA 5:30 PM, depart at 6:00 PM. :http://troybikerescue.com/

 

ABC Meeting – Thr, 6/29, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

Bike Travel Weekend – Fri – Sun, 6/2-4. Go on a bike overnight to your favorite campground, B&B, or friend’s house during Bike Travel Weekend. Experience the joy of bicycle travel with thousands of other cyclists throughout the world on the same OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAweekend. Sign up for a chance to win a bike. https://www.adventurecycling.org/about-us/calendar-of-events-adventure-cycling-association/bike-travel-weekend/

Creative Crosswalks Installation – Mon, 7/17. Pine Hills Elementary School., Allen St., Details, graphics, and recruitment in May. Details to follow: http://www.capitalroots.org/

*** Unity Rides in Troy – Thr, 7/20. Monthly community ride. Starting point – TBA 5:30 PM, depart at 6:00 PM. :http://troybikerescue.com/

ABC Meeting – Thr, 7/27, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

Daily Grind-to-Daily Grind Sponsored Ride – 10th Annual – Sat, 8/12, 10 AM, Albany Daily Grind Café, 204 Lark St. ABC Meeting – Thr, 7/27, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

*** Unity Ride in Troy – Thr, 8/17. Monthly community ride. Starting point – TBA 5:30 PM, depart at 6:00 PM. :http://troybikerescue.com/

ABC Meeting – Thr, 8/31, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

NYBC “New York Bike Summit-Albany” – Fri, 9/15. Inaugural New York Bike Summit. One-day event on accelerating progress on bicycle, pedestrian, and active transportation activity. http://www.nybc.net/action/ny-state-bike-summit/?utm_source=NOVEMBER+2016+LIST&utm_campaign=c5deb871ef-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_01_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c439bddc4a-c5deb871ef-435991629

Parking Day – Fri., 9/15. People who care about parks and open space take over parking spaces in cities around the world and turn them into temporary public parks and other spaces for people to enjoy. http://parkingday.org/about-parking-day/

BikeShare – Late Summer. Installation planned for BikeShare in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs. http://www.cdta.org/news/bike-share-moves-forward

World Canal Conference – Syracuse, 9/23-28, http://chittenangolanding.com/events/

National Bike Your Park Day – Nationally – Sat, 9/30. Join Parks & Trails New York or the Albany Bicycle Coalition rides on Sun, 10/1  (not 9/30) http://ptny.org/events/bike-your-park-day (see below) or find another ride here: https://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/bike-your-park-day/find-a-ride/Albany

Area Bike Your Park Day – Sun, 10/1 (not 9/30). Join Bike Your Park Day to explore parks and other public lands with thousands of other people. Parks & Trails New York is hosting a Bike Your Park Day event. The ride will go from Albany’s Corning Riverfront Park to Peebles Island State Park (with tour of the Matton Shipyard) (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Matton-Shipyard/193192907359050 ) and return.. http://ptny.org/events/bike-your-park-day

*** ABC Bike Your Park Day – Sun, 10/1 (not 9/30). Time – TBA. The Albany Bicycle Coalition will join the above Parks & Trails New York event. ABC will form up at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Washington Park, Albany and then ride to Albany’s Corning Riverfront Park for the meet up and then to Peebles Peebles Island State Park (with tour of the Matton Shipyard) (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Matton-Shipyard/193192907359050 ) and return. http://ptny.org/events/bike-your-park-day

Bicyclists Bring Business Roundtables and Bike-a-Rounds – October TBA. Parks & Trails New York’s Bicyclists Bring Business Roundtables and Bike-a-Rounds bring participants together in communities along the NYS Canal System to learn more about the cyclists that travel the corridor and how businesses and communities can attract, market to, and profit from cycling tourism. http://ptny.org/

 

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“Towpath Tuesday” Pedals Off for 2017

After being rained out on its planned inaugural 2017 ride, the Bike Barn’s Meetup Group met on 4/11 for the “Towpath Tuesday’s” classic ride. The group met on Van Schaik Island Park and then headed north on the multiuse path toward Waterford. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We skirted the Barge Canal and then cut over to the Old Champlain Canal Trail and towpath. This beautiful, quiet path along original canal features ends at the old Lock#4 just across the canal from the Waterford Historical Society. (One can walk to the Society from this spot.)

Here the group paused for socializing and looking out over the expanse of the Mohawk River /Barge Canal toward Cohoes with views of the new Cohoes-Waterford Rt 32 bridge.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom here, it was back through Waterford, over the gates at Barge Canal lock #2 and then north along the Champlain Canal Trail. This area is filled with remnants and sites of the canal including the Weighlock and Lock #5. We turned around at the landfill at Momentive. (For those seeking an added reward, the trail continues on to Upper Newton Road in Mechanicsville. See https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2016/08/04/the-black-bridge-isnt/ and https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2016/08/04/the-black-bridge-isnt/ .

As darkness approached, we rode back along the canal, through Waterford, behind the Visitors Center and over the Bridge to Peoples Island and back to the Park. A highlight of this route is the new “pedestrian priority” traffic signals on the ever-busy Delaware Ave./Ontario St. (Rt 470 – Troy’s 112th St. ) intersection, Rather than making pedestrians wait for unending “all cars-all the time” light cycles, the walk light comes on as soon as the light changes from its current setting. Wouldn’t these be great on Central (Death) Ave.!

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A sad note at both the beginning and end of the trip was the removal of a copse of trees and the view of the Hudson replaced by an ugly apartment/condo complex – yuck!

 

 

Bike Barn Data – For your future reference:

  • 109 Remsen St.
  • Cohoes, NY 12047
  • bikebarncycles@gmail.com
  • (518)238-2453

Hours

  • Tuesday, Wednesday 10-6
  • Thursday, Friday 10-7
  • Saturday 10-5
  • Sunday, Monday CLOSED

Meetup group members receive a 5% store discount off regularly priced merchandise at Bike Barn Cycling & Fitness. Just mention that you are a Meetup.com member of this group. Riders can also have their bikes checked over at no charge up to 30 minutes prior to any ride. As always, helmets are required.

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What’s Happening for People on Bicycles?

Go here – https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2017/04/21/88801/

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Why Are You Waiting? – Ride the Erie Canalway Trail

Thanks to the New York Bicycle Coalition, Adventure Cycling Association featured the proposed Empire State Trail in its March 2017 Adventure Cyclist magazine. When the trail is completed, it will be probably be the longest, contiguous off-road bicycle facility in the United States. Out-of-state and out-of-country riders will flock to enjoy the Erie Canalway Trail and the Champlain Canalway Trail to Canada.

Notably, Adventure Cycling represents itself as the country’s largest cycling membership non-profit organization (three times larger than the League of American Bicyclists), and all its members are focused on touring by bicycle. With the Governor’s recent Empire State Trail announcement and 2017 marking the first year of the eight-year Erie Canal Bicentennial Celebration, there’s no better time to head out on the Erie Canalway Trail than now. (Construction began on July 4, 1817 at Rome NY.)ptny-ect-jul-7-16-2017-card-blog-2-27-17

If you’re interested in experiencing the Erie Canalway Trail, consider participating in Parks & Trails New York’s 19th annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour. This eight-day, fully-supported bicycle tour is a great option for cyclists looking to accomplishment a long-distance tour without the effort of carrying gear and preparing meals.

If you are hesitant about the on-road portions (most of which are not overly intimidating), you can analyze the entire trail on Parks & Trails New York’s interactive map .  This map uses the same technology as the Albany Bicycle Coalition’s BikeAlbanyMap.  On both of these, your recommended route will consist of Google Maps’s bicycle-preferred routes (when there are no trail or recommended street routes nearby) and segments of the trail or the recommended street routes.  You’ll always be “pulled onto” the best route for people on bicycles.

On the Parks & Trails New York map, look for the red (paved), magenta (stone dust) or purple (natural – packed earth) portions.  On these portions, you’ll enjoy the bliss of car-free travel – no horns, no hassle, no histrionics.  Thus you can select portions of the Erie Canalway Trail that are mostly or exclusively “off road.”  In all probability, the bicycle you now own is suited to the Trail.

If you are up for the full, 400-mile Cycle the Erie Canal tour between Buffalo-Albany on July 9-16, 2017, go to Parks & Trails New York’s website to register .  There are also two- and four-day options if you can’t do the entire eight days.

If you elect to ride all or some of the trail on a do-it-yourself tour, you’ll want to get the latest “Cycling the Erie Canal Guidebook” to use in addition to the (free) interactive Erie Canalway Trail map. The guide has 42 full-color maps, tips on planning your trip, information on lodging, attractions, and annual fairs, and festivals. Order from Parks & Trails New York for $24.95 plus tax & shipping or pick one up at your locally-owned book store.  While recently opened sections and improvements to the trial that are being made each year by the NYS Canal Corporation and local communities are not in the guidebook,  Parks & Trails New York’s online map is updated regularly.

Go to the Parks & Trails New York website to view the two-minute motivational video. You won’t regret taking the Erie Canalway Trail!

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