There are plenty of opportunities for some nice riding whether for recreation/exercise or errands/work. Here are a few riding tips to keep in mind during the fall season:
- Check your lights front and rear. Too many lights are just right in the low-light fall conditions. Your lights are to make you visible (both day and night), not necessarily to light the path ahead.
- Replace the batteries. Keep your chargeables charged.
- Have someone view your bicycle from behind in the dark with the lights “on” to ensure that their beams are not blocked by gear or clothing and that they aim toward following vehicles.
- Watch other people on bicycles and judge their visibility index as a guide to improving your own.
- Add a blinky light front and rear and use them both as nighttime supplements and as “daytime running lights.”
- You’ll probably ride safer and smarter if you are comfortable – so plan your riding gear accordingly. Think layers.
- As you bundle up, look at your outer layer. If it’s dark in color, either choose something that isn’t or pick up a cheepy reflective vest from your local big box home center.
- Wet leaves and snow are slippery so anticipate stops and turns.
- Pay special attention to puddles of water or clumps of leaves as they can mask potholes and craters in the paved surface.
- Recall that some pavement markings can also be slippery when wet or extra slippery when covered with wet leaves, snow, or ice.
- Keep your chain clean and lubricated.
- Plan your braking to avoid a spill.
- Be mindful of slippery metal surfaces (such as utility covers and grates).
- Fall and winter is a good time to with a tune up from one of our local bicycle shops. This is a good time to support your local shop and to help them over the slower winter season. November through March is good time to get that special attention from your bicycle mechanic. Find out where at – https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/resources/
Other winter riding tips –
To plan for low stress, safe cycling, plan you route with the Albany Bicycle Coalition BikeAlbanyMap – https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/albany_bike_map/
To find out about bicycle-related events, go to – https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/resources/events/
South End Bikeway inkHook up your canoe or kayak trailer to your 10 speed and get ready for fun on the road and water on your way to the new Springer’s Marina on southern Broadway in Albany. The Marina is a key attraction of the proposed South End Bikeway ink.
Here are a couple construction shots of the newest amenity for our waterfront …
- New boat storage/shop taken from Broadway
- Hudson in the background – south end of marina
- North end of marina with dock/boat slip segments ready to “launch”
South end of marina
North end of marina
Box Score = 7
- 1/14/16 – Colleen A. Burke, 69, of Saratoga Springs used her Mini Cooper to strike Damon E. Hinchcliff, 40 of Clifton Park who was crossing Rt. 9 near the Saratoga Springs city line at 8:41 pm.
- 1/8/16 – Motor vehicle hit and killed a 79-year-old man who was crossing State St. and Veeder Ave., Schenectady.
- 1/4/16 – Car traveling west on Columbia Tpk. left the roadway, ran over road signs, and killed Paul Greene, 50, of Rensselaer who was standing on the shoulder.
- 12/14/15 – Van hit and caused fatal injuries to Paul Williman, 75, of Troy, who was crossing Hoosick St., Troy.
May the Force Be With You
- 12/9/15 – Motor vehicle struck and killed Jodey Farrell, 81, as she made her way to a bus stop on Van Rensselaer Blvd., Menands.
- 12/6/15 – Motor vehicle fatally hit Marine Corps veteran Zachary Unser, 2009 graduate of Colonie Central High, who was walking across Central Ave., Colonie at Osborne Rd.
- 12/6/15 – Maria Lentini of Saratoga Springs struck and killed Patrick Duff with her SUV. Duff, 30, of Clifton Park, died on Rt. 9, Halfmoon. Lentini, 30, was charged with leaving the scene of the accident and first-degree reckless endangerment, both felonies.
SOURCES: Albany Times Union with special thanks to columnist Chris Churchill who seems to be the singular voice supporting roadway sanity.
Ed Note – Of the three “Es” of traffic safety – Engineering, Education, and Enforcement – only the first is of real consequence. The roads and streets we have where people get run down and killed or injured did not land here from Mars – they were proposed, approved, designed, and built by the New York State Department of Transportation and by county and city highway departments. The excessive lane widths, absence of pedestrian “bump outs” and refuges, poor signalization, and obliterated markings are all planned conscious acts and decisions. You can “educate” and “enforce” all day long but if the streets are planned to encourage speeding, lane changing, right (and even left and straight) after pause, and so on, these efforts will be of momentary effect. Passing out flyers and posting signs or telling pedestrians to wear reflective clothing are all nice but not a solution.
If you are content with this, just change the channel.
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