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Sample Letter Promoting Protected Bicycle Lanes

Dear Advocate:

This is a sample letter to elected officials asking them to embrace and implement Protected Bicycle Lanes in the City of Albany.

If you live, work, or do business in the City of Albany, you should write to the mayor. If not, write to your town supervisor or other official. Adjust the letter as you see fit. Use your own arguments or chose from these following benefits: Protected Bicycle Lanes shield people on bicycles with a physical barrier; they are the safest, most inviting way to ride; local business benefit from Protected Bicycle Lanes; they are safer for all – 40-50% fewer crashes for people on bicycles, on foot, or in cars; they protect people on bicycles with a physical barrier; and they lower less pollution and wear and tear on streets.

If you want to review and use other points, go here.  (Follow these additional links for info on Protected Bicycle Lanes or on the South End Bikeway Link )

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The Honorable Kathy Sheehan

Office of the Mayor

City Hall, Rm. 102

24 Eagle St.
Albany, NY 12207

 Dear Mayor Sheehan:

I am writing to ask that you support installation of Protected Bicycle Lanes as part of the Madison Avenue Traffic Calming project and include them in the design of the proposed South End Bikeway Link.

In studying this issue, I am convinced that installation of protected/separated facilities for people on bicycles will be a great benefit to the City of Albany in terms of economics, livability, and safety. Other cities across the US have installed Protected Bicycle Lanes and report that they have paid off handsomely.

Both of the projects cited simply will not reach their potential without your administration’s aggressive action. Madison Ave. can become a major bikeway linking the downtown with many venues on Madison Ave. and, ultimately, out Western Ave. to Guilderland’s bicycle lanes. The street will be safer for all users – without a reduction in parking, drive time, or expense. The South End Bikeway Link linking the new Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail to the revamped Albany Corning Preserve “bike way” and the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail/Erie Canalway Trail can only work if there are facilities to help people work their way through this heavily traveled area. In both cases, we have the space and the need.

I hope that you will give these projects you utmost attention.

Sincerely,

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“The Joy of Bicycle Travel”

??????????????????????This was one of the main points by Jim Sayer, ED of Adventure Cycling, during his talk in Saratoga Springs on 1/26/15. As is his custom, Jim was taking a swing through part of the US to drum up bicycle touring but also, of course, to promote Adventure Cycling as the lead bicycle touring organization in the US and as an international leader. He highlighted the many different types of tours offered ranging from van supported, inn-to-inn, family fun, and self contained.

Jim covered the Adventure Cycling program and urged attendees to support their local advocacy groupLeague of American Bicyclists, New York Bicycling Coalition, Albany Bicycle Coalition, Parks & Trails New York,  Bike Toga, and so on. He made a big push for the United States Bike Route System which, when realized, will be the world’s largest. An audience of about 50-60, including at least 6 ABC members, also heard about touring initiatives and routes around the world and in Canada.

One of the major points raised – and of interest to local advocates for the Erie Canalway Trail “close the gap” push, the Madison Avenue Traffic Calming/Protected Bicycle Lanes initiative, and the multi-sponsor South End Bikeway Link was the many economic impact studies that demonstrate how bicycle tourism generates BILLIONS in states like Oregon, Montana,  Michigan, and Arizona.

Jim’s enthusiastic presentation and the programs he described were quite inspirational. We were all grateful to Bike Toga for hosting the event including a nice spread of beverages, fruits, and snacks.

 

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Rally for Albany’s South End Bikeway Link – Urgency and Benefits

Rally For Albany’s South End Bikeway Link  – Urgency and Benefits

  1. Wednesday, January 21, 2015
  2. 6:00 to 8:00 pm
  3. Albany Public Library – Main Branch
  4. 161 Washington Ave.
  5. Parking lot in rear of library on Elk Street and on the street (street meters go “off” at 6 PM).

Join other stakeholders to discuss the recreational and economic benefits “the link” offers to connect local residents and neighboring communities. Together, our voices can be heard to build a safer path to the Hudson River/downtown Albany.??????????????????????

Advocates and stakeholders will meet on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 6-8 pm, Albany Public Library Main Branch, Auditorium, 161 Washington Ave., Albany.

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By mid October, the 128-year-old Albany Susquehanna coal hauling rail line re-opens as a multi-use path for people on bicycles, walking, or running. It will stretch 9.3 scenic miles from Albany’s Port at Rt. 32/South Pearl St through Delmar to the Village of Voorheesville. While from Western New York, the 360-mile Erie Canalway/Mohawk-Hudson Bike Hike Trail abruptly stops at Albany’s waterfront Corning Preserve. Between the trails lay a 1.5-mile gap — one that forces cyclists onto rushing car commuters on Route 32 and neighborhood streets that are lacking any facilities for people on bicycles except for a few shared lane markings on S. Pearl St.

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Bicycle Shops Support Push for Protected Bicycle Lanes on Madison Ave.

Two bicycle shops in the City of Albany are using their business goodwill to encourage customer support of Protected Bicycle Lanes as a key element in the Madison Avenue Traffic Calming project.

At the invitation of the owner, the Protected Bicycle Lane Coalition placed a petition “stand” at the Downtube Bicycle Works.??????????????????????????????? The petition reads: “We, the undersigned, urge the City of Albany to include protected bicycle lanes in the upcoming infrastructure and traffic calming improvements on Madison Avenue. Protected Bicycle Lanes will welcome people on bicycles to Madison Avenue. They will make the street safer for all who use it – those in cars, on foot, in buses, and on bicycles.”

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The manager of Broadway Bicycle Co. also agreed to host a “stand.”

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The Protected Bicycle Lane Coalition appreciates greatly the support of these shops, if you are interested in signing the petition, why not stop in for a visit? At this time of year, you will find a more relaxed pace in the shops giving you an opportunity to assess their wares and get answers to your questions and service needs.

You are also encouraging to “friend” Protected Bicycle Lanes on Madison Ave. on Facebook.

Madison Avenue Traffic Calming is the only major bicycle infrastructure improvement in the city that is funded – it’s going to happen. Your support to make Protected Bicycle Lanes integral to this project is essential to make this critical uptown/downtown link a reality.

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Photos

Counter view – Petition Stand at the Downtube Bicycle Works

Close up of Petition Stand at the Downtube Bicycle Works

Counter view of Petition Stand at Broadway Bicycle Co.

Close up of Petition Stand at Broadway Bicycle Co.

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Upper Madison Street Fair and Protected Bicycle Lanes – Winners!

Staff from the Albany Bicycle Coalition was on duty at this year’s Upper Madison Street Fair (9/21) with a special mission – to educate the public on how Protected Bicycle Lanes can be integrated into the Madison Ave. streetscape.

Using a 1:87 scale model and an accompanying handout, ABCers were able to show how removing two of the current travel lanes for people in cars provides room for a 2-way protected cycle track on the north (Washington Park, College of St. Rose) side of the street. ???????????????????????????????This 3-lane configuration – a downtown motor vehicle lane, and uptown lane, and a left turn/emergency lane seems to have gained universal acceptance.  The issue of accommodation for people on bicycles seems to have settled on the 2-way Protected Bicycle Lane model with parked cars providing a physical barrier between the bicycle lanes and people traveling in cars.

In the re-design, there will still be motor vehicle parking on both sides of Madison Ave. and travel lanes that are the same width as currently. The bicycle lanes will each be 4.5’ wide with a 3’ painted buffer separating them from the parked cars.  Incidences of “dooring” will decrease or disappear.  The protection afforded by a row of parked cars will entice hesitant riders to use Madison Ave. as their “go-to” cycling route.???????????????????????????????

Find our more at the Madison Avenue Traffic Calming Facebook page.???????????????????????????????

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