Events

Get on that Bicycle!

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APRIL
Earth Day Canal Clean Sweep – Fri-Sun, 4/21-23. Volunteer clean up across the Canalway Trail system. Locally, the Erie Canalway and Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trails from the Corning Riverfront Park to Amsterdam. Info – http://www.ptny.org/events/canal-clean-sweep
Capital Roots Earth Day Uncle Sam Trail Clean Up – Sat., 4/22, 9 AM – 2 PM (not required to stay the entire period). Meet at Gurley Ave. parking lot. Two to three teams of six to eight volunteers to sweep pavement, shovel dirt and soil, rake leaves, collect trash, and pick up rubbish from the 3.1-mile trail. Expect a day of physical activity using standard gardening tools. No heavy or overhead lifting. Capital Roots will provide equipment and refreshments. Wear adequate clothing for the day’s activities and weather conditions. http://www.capitalroots.org/
Earth Day Ride 2017 – Sat, 4/22 (Earth Day). Casual 6-mile bicycle ride through the streets of Albany. Meet at 10:30 AM at the Lake House, Madison Ave./Washington Park. Helmet and waiver required. An adult must accompany those under 18. Ride will feature us of the BikeAlbanyMap. Go here –
https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/albany_bike_map/earth_day/
*** Smart Cycling Class – The League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling program can help you get all the benefits of bicycling and stay safe while doing it. Whether you are just returning to riding, getting in shape for a charity ride, or hoping for a “riding skills tune up,” you will find information and advice in the Smart Cycling program. This 9-hour class incorporates classroom, parking lot skill drills, and a group ride. Cost is $25. Bring check/cash to first class. Three Wednesdays, 4/26, 5/3, and 5/10, 6-9 PM. Location: University at Albany, Downtown Campus, Draper Hall, Room 246, Robin St., Albany. Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/R3sZVcERLAt7jQcf2 Contact: Ken Crandall, Education Director, NY Bicycling Coalition, 518-335-3931, ken@nybc.net, http://www.nybc.net
ABC Meeting – Thr, 4/27, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

MAY ~ IS BIKE MONTH!
Cohoes Heritage Day Pop-Up Bike Demo – Sun, 5/2. As part of Cohoes Complete Streets effort, Capital Roots and Albany County Department of Health are working with the City of Cohoes to plan and construct a downtown “pop-up bicycle infrastructure network.” Details to follow: http://www.capitalroots.org/
PAL Bike Rodeo –– Sat, 5/6. TOAST Elementary School Delaware Ave./Lincoln Park – Pop-up bicycle Protected Bicycle Lanes demo using park roads and a section of Delaware Ave. Details to follow: http://www.capitalroots.org/
CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee – Tue, 5/9, 9:00 AM. Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail – exact location TBA. Contact: jceponis@cdtcmpo.org, 458-216. http://www.cdtcmpo.org/
Bike to School – Wed, 5/10. Register at the “Register Here” link on this page: http://capitalmoves.org/b2w518/ Schools only need to register an organizing teacher, staff, or parent and may participate the week of the official Bike to School Day, Thr, 5/4, or during Bike to Work Week, ending on 5/19. Trophy for the school with the most participants in each county. http://www.cdtcmpo.org/***
BikeFest at Troy Bike Rescue – Sat, 5/13. Games, music, prizes, burritos, beer, and cake. http://troybikerescue.com/
Bike the Bridge at Hudson Crossing Park! (Near Schuylerville) – Sun, 5/14, 1:00 – 4:00 PM For cyclists of all ages. http://www.HudsonCrossingPark.org
Spring 2017 Bicycle Count – 5/15 and 5/17, 7:00-9:00 AM and 3:30-5:30 PM. Volunteer by emailing Lauren Alpert at lalpert@albanyny.gov with both your preferred time(s) and location(s). The counts will be at these intersections: Broadway/Clinton, Delaware/Holland/Morton, Lark/Washington, Madison/South Pearl, Madison/New Scotland, Madison/Western/Allen, and Quail/Washington.
Ride of Silence – Wed, 5/17, 6:00 and 6:30 PM. Your participation honors cyclists killed or injured in collisions with automobiles. Our silence during the ride promotes safety awareness and mutual respect on the road. We will visit the ghost bike sites in the City of Albany and Colonie. Two Starting Points – Boat Launch area, Corning Riverfront Park, 6:00 PM and W. Capitol Park & Washington Ave. & State St., 6:30 PM. Anyone with a bicycle and helmet is welcome to this slow-pace and quiet ride. If you prefer not to ride, please meet at Diva De Loayza’s ghost bike site at the corner of Western Ave., Homestead, and University Place (near Sunoco station, the University Plaza, and All Saints RC Church).http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php
Bike to Work Day – Fri, 5/19. Register at the orange tab on the bottom of this link: http://www.capitalmoves.org/b2w518. Contact: Carrie Ward cward@cdtcmpo.org Your ride counts if it is on any day the week of 5/14-19. For “safety green” T-shirts, see registration for info. http://www.cdtcmpo.org/
Bike to Retirement Day – Fri, 5/19. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/
Safe Passing Promotional Ride – 5/19, 12 PM. West Capitol Park, State St., Albany. Join ABC, MHCC, NYBC, representatives from bicycle shops and other organizations, and concerned cyclists for a ride around the State Capitol to support the 3′ Safe Passing Legislation. Wear your 3′ Safe Passing Jersey. Info paul@nybc.net
ABC Meeting – Thr, 5/25, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/

JUNE and Beyond
Tour de Cure – Saratoga Springs – 6/4. diabetes.org/saratoga
Explore the Erie Canalway Trail Ride – Sat-Sun (9 days), 7/8-16. http://www.ptny.org/cycle-the-erie-canal
ABC Meeting – Thr, 6/29, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/
Bike Travel Weekend – Fri – Sun, 6/2-4. Go on a bike overnight to your favorite campground, B&B, or friend’s house during Bike Travel Weekend. Experience the joy of bicycle travel with thousands of other cyclists throughout the world on the same weekend. Sign up for a chance to win a bike. https://www.adventurecycling.org/about-us/calendar-of-events-adventure-cycling-association/bike-travel-weekend/
Creative Crosswalks Installation – Mon, 7/17. Pine Hills Elementary School., Allen St., Details, graphics, and recruitment in May. Details to follow: http://www.capitalroots.org/
ABC Meeting – Thr, 7/27, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/
Daily Grind-to-Daily Grind Sponsored Ride – 10th Annual – Sat, 8/12, 10 AM, Albany Daily Grind Café, 204 Lark St. ABC Meeting – Thr, 7/27, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/
ABC Meeting – Thr, 8/31, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School, Western Ave. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/
NYBC “New York Bike Summit-Albany” – Fri, 9/15. Inaugural New York Bike Summit. One-day event on accelerating progress on bicycle, pedestrian, and active transportation activity. http://www.nybc.net/action/ny-state-bike-summit/?utm_source=NOVEMBER+2016+LIST&utm_campaign=c5deb871ef-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_01_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c439bddc4a-c5deb871ef-435991629
Parking Day – Fri., 9/15. People who care about parks and open space take over parking spaces in cities around the world and turn them into temporary public parks and other spaces for people to enjoy. http://parkingday.org/about-parking-day/
BikeShare – Late Summer. Installation planned for BikeShare in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs. http://www.cdta.org/news/bike-share-moves-forward
World Canal Conference – Syracuse, 9/23-28, http://chittenangolanding.com/events/
Bike Your Park Day – Sat, 9/30. Join in for Bike Your Park Day to explore by bicycle parks and other public lands with thousands of other people. Parks & Trails New York is hosting a Bike Your Park Day event in Albany on 9/30. The ride will go from Albany’s Corning Riverfront Park to Peebles Island State Park and back. https://www.adventurecycling.org/about-us/calendar-of-events-adventure-cycling-association/bike-your-park-day1/
Bicyclists Bring Business Roundtables and Bike-a-Rounds – October TBA. Parks & Trails New York’s Bicyclists Bring Business Roundtables and Bike-a-Rounds bring participants together in communities along the NYS Canal System to learn more about the cyclists that travel the corridor and how businesses and communities can attract, market to, and profit from cycling tourism. http://ptny.org/