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Raw Talent . . .



This year’s gift idea comes from the talented hands and mind of local artisan, Oliver. You can see and purchase this handsome tree ornament (jacket pull, or necklace) at the Downtube Bicycle Works.

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Bread & Honey and Traffic Calming Too

The new Bread and Honey bagel, bread, and coffee shop at 809 Madison Ave. hosted a recent meeting on Madison Avenue Traffic Calming. Bread & Honey 4-18-14 COMPThe proprietor, Naomi, having had a near-death experience in the “Bermuda Triangle” (intersection of Quail and Madison Ave.), was very interested in the proposed re-do of Madison Ave.

This is an expected response from small business owners who can only benefit from slower traffic, more bicycles, and more pedestrians. Her interest was amplified by having been one of many with a bad Madison Ave. experience.

A delicious Bread and Honey bagel and coffee suggests that there will be many more visits. One authoritative member of the group also attested to the baguettes’ deliciousness.

The staff says that a bicycle rack is in the plans (a convenient fence is just east of the shop) and that a shop sign will be installed soon.

Gimme Coffee rectangle 4-19-14 COMPAs a bonus, Bread and Honey is the exclusive local vendor for Gimme! coffee, a roaster and wholesaler with retail outlets in Ithaca, Brooklyn, Trumansburg, and Manhattan – and now Albany. Here’s a little promo from their website: “Gimme! espresso bars are found in New York City and Upstate New York. We served our first shot of “world-class neighborhood coffee to go” in 2000 at our Cayuga Street [Ithaca] location. Since then, we’ve opened a few small cafes, usually favoring worn spaces that call for a little revitalization. Each place feels “like a Gimme!” while showing its own local style. We’ve been amazed and inspired by how neighborhoods come alive and people come together when there’s a new gathering place on the block.”

Bread and Honey is just west of Quail St. on the north side of Madison so stop in a support your local business.

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Barry Wins Bicycle

Long-time Albany Bicycle Coalition member Barry Trachtenberg of Albany won a Raleigh MISCEO 2.0 in the Bicycle Times “mega sweepstakes” as announced in the March 2014 issue. Other winners were in NYS, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Texas.

Raleigh MISCEO 2.0 -- 2-17-14 COMP

(As I recall, to enter the sweepstakes, one has to complete an on-line survey. From the website, it seems a 2014 contest is yet to be announced.)

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Right Turn of Death – Revisited

In the past three weeks, I’ve had four distinct “Right Turn of Death” experiences. Also known as the “Red Light of Death,” this is when a motor vehicle pulls alongside (or the cyclist pulls alongside the motor vehicle) and the motor vehicle then turns right cutting off or hitting the cyclist.

These instances are precipitated by one of two behaviors or their combination – motor vehicle operators who are simply not conscious of what they are doing and/or cyclists who have not learned from their own observations or from those of others – that being to the right of any motor vehicle at any intersection puts them at risk.

Here’s my recent score:

Case #1 – Forgot that she passed me about 60 feet back and pulled alongside at the red light.
Case #2 – Totally clueless (in moving traffic)
Case #3 – SUV rudeness (in moving traffic)
Case #4 – See #2 above (pulled alongside at a 4-way stop sign – then looked everywhere except at me)

All were on 2-lane streets in Albany.

Aside from being careful and mindful of your own surroundings, here are a couple suggestions when coming to an intersection at which you must stop and there are motor vehicles following you.

1. Take the lane
2. Take enough of the lane so that those following can see you but still get by – just angle your bicycle to the left as you put your foot on the pavement
3. Put a little wiggle in your ride as you come to a stop – they will think you are either nuts or going to fall over and will avoid you (trust me, it works)
4. Make eye contact with the driver next to you (so you are seen)

If you are moving and the motor vehicle operator passes and then turns into or in front of you and you cannot stop, execute a “quick turn” that will result in a miss or, at worst, a glancing collision with the side of the car.


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APD Chief Krokoff’s Traffic Safety Initiative.

A Moment of Silence - BLOG 8-3-13 Albany Bicycle Coalition calls for safe cycling and offers support for APD Chief Krokoff’s “Traffic Safety” initiative.

August 3, 2013

Steven Krokoff, Chief
Albany Police Department
165 Henry Johnson Blvd.
Albany, New York 12210

Dear Chief Krokoff:

Thank you for your briefing at the July 17, 2013 meeting of the Safety Committee of the Albany Common Council. We found your planned approach to be both enlightening and encouraging. We are most interested in your plans and in working with the Albany Police Department to help on them.

We in the Albany Bicycle Coalition are concerned about cyclist behavior as it relates to their safety and to that of transit riders, pedestrians, motor vehicle operators, and, in fact, other cyclists. Our observations and those of other experienced cyclists suggest that much of the flagrant behavior is not malicious or intentional but rather derives from ignorance, lack of training, and a lack of appreciation of the impact on other road users. Our particular concerns are these:

– Riding against traffic – that is, on the left side (usually in the erroneous belief that this is safer)
– Racing (as opposed to coasting) through red lights and stop signs
– Riding on the sidewalk by those 10 years of age and older
– Riding the wrong way on one-way streets

As cycling increases in the city, and as more and more untrained or inexperienced cyclists take to the streets, we can expect an increase in the incidence of these adverse behaviors. As mentioned, we look to the Albany Police Department to develop a non-punitive way of addressing these issues.

We in the Albany Bicycle Coalition would like to support and, in fact, participate in this effort. To that end, would you consider meeting with the leadership of ABC this coming fall to brief us on your ideas and to outline how we might contribute?


Albany Bicycle Coalition

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