For more info, go to: food-cycle-building-soil-with-pedal-power
What we want to do: Food Cycle, a project of Troy Bike Rescue
Troy Bike Rescue
and Collard City Growers, is a bicycle compost delivery project employing neighborhood youth. It diverts household and restaurant food and yard waste back into the ground on our urban farm all by way of the transportation of the future: The bicycle!
Food Cycle will create a hyper-local compost network that lays the groundwork for a self-sustaining, scalable enterprise. We need the help of financial backers for initial investment.
How we’ll do it:
- Build cargo bikes and trailers from recycled bikes and parts
- Grow food in the garden
- Collect food scraps and other organic material from neighborhood households and businesses by bicycle
- Pedal the loads to the large compost bins at our garden site
- Use the finished compost to build more soil in our garden
- Bikes and trailers will also be used to deliver fresh produce to people in the neighborhood and beyond
Who we are: Collard City Growers is a grassroots demonstration garden and composting project located in North Central Troy. We turned a vacant lot located in a brown fields-designated area into an urban garden, drawing upon resources from the community and the Upstate New York region to grow produce and the next generation of growers.
Troy Bike Rescue is a collective of bicycle enthusiasts committed to removing bikes from the waste stream and putting them back into use. TBR operates a volunteer-run community bike space where we organize:
We help to build bicycle community in the capital region through hands-on education.
Bike Expo 2012 – Vendor Area
The organizers of Bicycle Expo 2012 extend a big THANK YOU to all our vendors, co-sponsors, and supporters. We are particularly grateful to the hundreds of visitors who attended the event and supported the vendors.
As we look back over the past four months of preparation, we are pleased with the help from our friends both in the cycling community and in the city government. The mayor, the director of special events, the city clerk, the chief and officers of Albany Police Department, the Department of General Services staff, the Mayor’s Office of Energy and Sustainability, the Albany Common Council, the print news media, and several radio and television stations all supported us in presenting the second annual Bicycle Expo to the Capital Region. Several major sponsors provided the funding and in-kind services to expand promotion throughout the community.
Our auction prize donors provided an invigorating aspect of Bicycle Expo 2012. With our “you-do-not-have-to-be-present-to-win” policy, we had great participation from our guests. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward Albany Bicycle Coalition’s programs in the community.
The Crowd Enjoys Expo
The Albany Bicycle Coalition is proud to have presented such a worthwhile event. This event could be the springboard for advancing bicyclists’ rights, policies, and amenities in Albany. Albany Bicycle Coalition’s objective remains that of having the Capital District declared “Bicycle Friendly.”
When you come to be Bicycle Expo 2012 this coming Sunday, May 6, visit our vendor/sponsors. A partial list includes the following:
- Albany Bike Rescue
- Albany Office of Energy and Sustainability
- Albany Police Department
- Ama’zin Ladeez Jewelry
- Bettie’s Cakes
- Broadway Bicycle Company
- Capital Bicycle Racing Team
- Capital District Transportation Authority/ipool2
- Capital Car Share
- Catskill Cycles
- Crafts of Egypt by Albert Barsoum
- Downtube Bicycle Works
- Eastern Mountain Sports
- L.L. Bean
- Leanna’s Designs
- National Intercollegiate Cycling Associations
- New York Bicycling Coalition
- Pine Hills Neighborhood Association
- Tierra Coffee Roasters
- Troy Bike Rescue
- Waddell & Reid
- WAMC Radio
- Windham World Cup
. . . and, of course, the Albany Bicycle Coalition
It was a little chilly, but clear and dry for February’s 1st Friday Gallery Spin bicycle ride. Lark Street was humming with lots of walkers and gawkers and some great exhibits. Albany Bicycle Coalition’s own Bob Anderson was the featured artist at the Upstate Artists Guild gallery with his photography exhibit of rescued puppies and dogs. UAG generously made this a 50/50 benefit split between Out of the Pits and the gallery. Bob had some captivating photos of the dogs and it was great to see his efforts in supporting the cause. If you haven’t had a chance to see the Call of the Wild exhibit at UAG, try to catch it (Thr & Fri – 5:30-8:00, Sat & Sun – 2:00-6:00, 247 Lark St.).
Every day we fight for influence, respect, and money for bikes, but why should people give us any of that? Is it worth it? Does bicycling really have a positive effect on the macro world that is not contained in our little corner of it? Luckly the good people at Bikes Belong are here to help?
To help advocates communicate the value of biking to federal policymakers, we developed a series of 10 case studies on U.S. bike facilities with success stories.
This project, titled “The Federal Investment in Bicycling: 10 Success Stories,” describes a geographically diverse group of bike facilities — ranging from bike lanes to singletrack trails –that were built at least in part with federal funding. It aims to pinpoint what federal spending in bicycling can buy, and show bicycling as a cost-effective investment.
For the full article click here.
Written by Chris Belsole