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Parking Day in the City of Albany ~ PBLs Forever!

Green Lane in Albany – Fri, 9/18/15, 11 AM – 4 PM

The Protected Bicycle Lane Coalition and Albany Bicycle Coalition coordinated on a Protected Bicycle Lanes demonstration project as part of “Parking Day” in the City of Albany. Our exhibit was coordinated with Parks & Trails New York that had a campsite set up just at the end of the PBL green lane. This suggests that acceptable in-city facilities for people on bicycles will enhance there access to parks and trails that surround our urban areas.  PTNY was also promoting its “Close the Gaps” initiative to have all on-road portions of the Erie Canalway Trail replace by trails for by the time of the bicentennial of the beginning of Erie Canal construction – July 4, 2017.

“Parking Day” is to illustrate alternative uses for street space – uses other than as a tax-subsidized, frequently free place for people to store their motor vehicles.

The Details:

Thanks to Jim’s inventive genius and Rossana’s artistry with sidewalk chalk, ABC+PBLC had a credible full-scale Protected Bicycle Lane demonstration project on Washington Ave. on Parking Day, 9/18/15.

From 11 AM until around 3:30 PM, Claire, Jim, and Rossana were on duty to greet the visitors and explain how PBLs “work.” We were impressed with the number of positive comments – “way to go,” “I agree with this,” “good idea,” “when are we going to have these in Albany,” and so on from the many passersby.

We also noted several questions about the new Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail and how it will be accessed from Delmar, Voorheesville, and Albany.

Photos Below –

Official schedule:

  • Friday
  • September 18
  • Event: 11 am – 4 pm

#1 – Jim demonstrating his “Mark I – Corn Starch Lane Builder.” We experimented with different exit hole sizes in the trough. Several passes were need followed by a gentle brooming to get the material spread evenly and into the surface depressions.

Mark I – Corn Starch Lane Builder

Mark I – Corn Starch Lane Builder

#2 – The full lane covering three parking spaces of about 20 ft each.

5-ft lane with buffer

5-ft lane with buffer

#3 – Rossana tries out the PBL – so secure that she felt no need for a helmet. Note entryway. The lane is “NATCO-regulation” 5 ft wide with a 3 ft buffer consisting of paint (chalk) and PVC delimiters. (As a result, we are just outside the 7 ft. Albany standard parking lane.


Trail Run!

#4 – After a relaxed, safe ride, Rossana arrives at her camping place, courtesy of Parks & Trails New York and just in time for the ever-vigilant Time Warner Cable News reporter to record this first-time event in Albany.


Safe Arrival at Camp

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PBLs Forever!

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Albany Bicycle Coalition, Inc.
127 S. Pine Ave.
Albany, NY 12208

August 14, 2015

The Honorable Kathy Sheehantumblr_l3fmm8IrTN1qzl4rno1_500
Office of the Mayor
City Hall, Rm. 102
24 Eagle St.
Albany, NY 12207

Dear Mayor Sheehan:

On behalf of people on bicycles (and those who want to be), thank you, the city officials, and the city’s contractors for developing the plans for Madison Avenue Traffic Calming. Your opening words at the July 29 “design meeting” made clear your commitment to the project and the development of a bicycle friendly Albany.

The only sustainable option for bicycle facilities that will get people on bicycles and on the street remains Protected Bicycle Lanes. These lanes on Madison Ave. will propel the City of Albany into the future and hone our competitive edge. Experience of other cities across the USA and the updated Federal design standards support this position.

In resolving the issue of maintenance cost, we urge you to look beyond this immediate cost to what will be the best long term investment through increased business and property values, improved health, reduced traffic and parking congestion, improved safety for all street users, and increased number of people moving (or returning) to Albany. Short term, the City can cover maintenance costs by reallocating DGS services within its current budget. By redirecting cleaning tasks from streets not requiring a 7-day cycle (e.g., many residential streets), we can maintain the new, redesigned Madison Ave.

Mayor Sheehan, we are faced with a decision with a 15 to 20-year future impact. The only option that will get the maximum number of people out of cars and onto bicycles remains Protected Bicycle Lanes. I urge you to embrace Protected Bicycle Lanes as proposed.


Lorenz M. Worden
Albany Bicycle Coalition, Inc.

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“Alternative D is the Plan for Me” – Protected (Separated) Bicycle Lanes on Madison Ave.

RE: “Alternative D is the Plan for Me” – Protected (Separated) Bicycle Lanes on Madison Ave.

The City of Albany has presented 5 alternative designs for Madison Ave. The Protected Bicycle Lane Coalition and those who want to ride the streets of Albany need you to weigh in favor of “One-Way Separated Bicycle Lanes – Alternative D.” (Here “separated” means “protected.”)

PBLs in Action

PBLs in Action

One-Way Separated Bicycle Lanes – Alternative D is the safest because

  • Alternative D protects people on bicycles from parked cars pulling out and removes cyclists from riding in the door zone.  The only other option that does that is C (two-way separated bicycle lanes).
  • Alternative C, though modeled after Protected Bicycle Lane Coalition ideas, is not ideal because it will make it difficult for people on bicycles to transition into and out of the Protected Bike Lane at intersections and at the eastern and western entrances. There are also concerns with non-standard lane widths in this alternative.

Let the Mayor know you’re in support of Alternative D by submitting your comments to here before August 15.

Just complete this sentence: “I want Protected (Separated) Bicycle Lanes on Madison Ave. because . . . “

To see the alternatives, go to the “road diet” site and click “Madison Ave Road Diet Renderings

Just remember – “Alternative D is the Plan for Me!”


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PUBLIC MEETING – Madison Avenue Traffic Calming – Wed., July 29, 2015 – 6 PM

PUBLIC MEETING – Madison Avenue Traffic Calming – Wed., July 29, 2015 – 6 PM


Latest Update on Albany’s Protected/Separated Bicycle Lanes AlbertStMelbourne

1.PUBLIC MEETING – Madison Avenue Traffic Calming (new date)

 Wed., July 29, 2015 – 6:00 to 8:00 PM

The City of Albany is progressing on Madison Avenue Traffic Calming from South Allen St. to Lark St. The project will reduce the number of travel lanes, while improving bicycle accommodations and completing all work between the existing curbs. Public comments are being solicited, and you are invited to join the City’s design team at this meeting to hear an overview of the project and to provide input on the alternatives.

Meeting Location: College of Saint Rose, Touhey Forum, Lally School of Education, 1009 Madison Ave. (on north side, just east of Main Ave.), Wednesday, July 29 – 6:00 PM

For additional information or questions, contact: Bill Trudeau Jr., Coordinator of Traffic Engineering, 434-5791,

2. Sign the Protected Bicycle Lanes petition here.  Join the parade of people who demand this change for the City of Albany.

3. Facebook – Please continue to send this Protected Bicycle Lanes link to your e-contacts. If each person receiving this e-mail got ONE ADDITIONLAL PERSON to sign up, we’d more than double the number of “likes.” Also, there’s a lot of info on Protected Bicycle Lane on this FB page.


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Time is Running Out – Protected Bicycle Lanes Needed in Albany

tumblr_mbppcbAY5g1qz7afco1_1280If we want protected and/or separated bicycle lanes, we need to push for them. Remember, if you are getting this e-mail, it is likely that you are already interested in cycling or in supporting cycling. However, please recall that protected bicycle lanes may not be for YOU but they are for those who want to ride but who are unaware of this campaign.

Please support your desire for progressive bicycle facilities by writing to the mayor (or the addressee you prefer).

       The Honorable Kathy Sheehan

             Office of the Mayor

             City Hall, Rm. 102

             24 Eagle St.

             Albany, NY 12207

If you live, work, or do business in the City of Albany, you should feel more than comfortable writing to the mayor. If not, write to your town supervisor or other official instead.

Author a to-the-point letter on why you want safe protected or separated cycling facilities in the City of Albany. Your request could be in general or specifically for both Madison Ave. AND the link connecting the new Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail to the re-built Quay St. protected bicycle lanes at the Albany Corning Preserve.

Use your own arguments or chose from the following Protected Bicycle Lane benefits:

  1. Protected Bicycle Lanes shield people on bicycles with a physical barrier. They are the safest, most inviting way to ride.
  2. Local business benefit from Protected Bicycle Lanes.
  3. Safer for all – 40-50% fewer crashes for people on bicycles, on foot, or in cars.
  4. Protect people on bicycles with a physical barrier. Ordinary bike lanes not protected from traffic.
  5. Less pollution and wear and tear on streets.


If you want a sample letter to get you started, go here.

If you want to review and use other points, go here.

Sign and mail your letter.

If you have additional addresses (e.g., town supervisor, Common Council member, NYS Assembly or Senate member, neighborhood association) who you think need to get behind Protected Bicycle Lanes, send then each a similar letter/e-mail.

If you do not feel that protected bicycle lanes are a good fit for part of Albany’s bicycle route system, would you write to support your own ideas for making a better place for people on bicycles? How about: education about on bicycles for people in cars, way finding signage, conventional bicycle lanes, re-engineered roadways and intersections, bike boxes at some intersections, advance green lights for people on bicycles, maintenance of existing bicycle and shared lanes (e.g., Clinton Ave. and Western Ave. in Guilderland), special training for police officers on investigating crashes involving people on bicycles hit by cars, removing pejorative laws that impeded cycling, adding “no bicycles” signage on sidewalks, city-sponsored League of American Bicyclists “smart cycling” classes, or whatever else you think will help.

After you’re done and if you have not done so already, “like” both of these Facebook sites:

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