- Troy Bike Rescue Anniversary Gathering – Sat, 5/7, 5:00 PM (Sanctuary for Independent Media) http://troybikerescue.tk/
- Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail Ride (Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club) – Sat, 5/7, 9:30 am http://www.mohawkhudsoncyclingclub.org/calendar/rides/2016/05/07/helderberg-hudson-rail-trail-bike-nature
- CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee – Tue, 5/10, 9:00-11:30 AM, Saratoga Springs City Hall. http://www.cdtcmpo.org/
- City of Albany 2016 Spring Bicycle Count – Tue, 5/10 and Thr, 5/12. Two shifts/day – 7:00-9:00 AM and 3:30-5:30 PM. Email Mary Brady firstname.lastname@example.org with preferred date(s), time(s), and location(s). http://www.albanysustainability.org/
- Bicycle Fixit Stations at Albany Public Libraries – Press Conference/Ribbon Cutting, Fri, 5/13, 9:30 AM. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/
- Ride of Silence – Wed, 5/18, (national date). Two Starting Points: 6:00 PM – Boat launch, Corning Riverfront Park and 6:30 PM – W. Capitol Park & Washington Ave. Non-riding supporters meet at the corner of Western Ave., Homestead, and University Pl. Contact Claire – email@example.com, http://www.rideofsilence.org/locations-domestic.php?s=NY#NY
- Bike to Work Day Challenge and Bike to Work Day – Friday, May 20. http://capitalmoves.org/b2w518/ Registration form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kPSJbdb03Lc4QHsEM_pfrf5EwKkYF3lX3fo6hcRlD60/viewform
- “Cycle the Sam” Troy Community Bicycle Ride – Sun, 5/22, 12:00 PM, Capital Roots, 594 River St., Troy. All skill levels are welcome. http://www.capitalroots.org/ , http://www.transporttroy.com/ , or contact Erin – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Northeastern New York Regional Bike Conference – Sun, 5/22, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. http://nybc.net/
- ABC Meeting – Thr, 5/26, 7:00 PM, LaSalle School Dining Hall. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/
- Uncle Sam Trail Historical and Nature Walk – Sat, 6/4, Troy. www.transporttroy.com and http://www.capitalroots.org/
- Hudson Valley Regional Bike Conference – Sat, 6/4, Kingston. http://nybc.net/
- Tour de Cure – Ride Marshalls and Techs Needed – Sun, 6/5, 2,500 riders. The ride needs Route Marshalls to guide the five rides and for “mechanics” to perform basic, simple adjustments. (Bicycle shop staff will handle complex issues.) Contact Brent – email@example.com
- Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail Ride (Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club) – Sat, 6/11, 9:30 am. http://www.mohawkhudsoncyclingclub.org/calendar/rides/2016/06/11/helderberg-hudson-rail-trail-bethlehem-waterfront
- Grafton Rocks MTB – 6/11, Grafton State Park (Saratoga Mountain Biking Association) (http://saratogamtb.org/) – mountain biking festival, family friendly, group rides, demos, classes. ABC will have a booth – can you help? Contact Rob – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cycle the Sam Community Bike ride with the Collar City Ramble – Sat, 9/24. www.transporttroy.com, http://www.capitalroots.org/ or contact Erin – email@example.com
Tag Archives: Bike Month
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Filed under Bike Month, Comings and Goings, Events, Rides
Bicycle Parade – 2016
The Earth Day Expo & Bicycle Parade – 2016 scheduled for Sunday, April 17, 11 AM to 4 Pm will feature a 12-mile “Bicycle Parade.” The ride will assemble at the Washington Park Lake House at 9:00 AM.
Taking advantage of our early spring, the ride’s planners did a preliminary assessment of the route and made some final adjustments to ensure that its attractiveness to riders.
From the Lake House, the Parade will feature low-stress cycling on a flat, lightly trafficked route and will stop at two sites with a strong Earth Day presence.
“All Cars All the Time” ~ Albany Bike Count, 5/20/15, 3:30-5:30 PM, Delaware & Morton
Even though Delaware, Morton, and Holland Avenues all technically have bicycle “accommodations” (shared lanes), 62 percent of the adults riding through the intersection were on the sidewalk and crosswalks. Perhaps here is why (based on the “Bike Count Location Feedback Form” responses):
- Where there an obstacles/negative conditions effecting bicycle travel? – Absence of any bicycle infrastructure.
- Were there any incidents or close calls between bicyclists/pedestrians/motorists? –
- Yes, between bicyclists and pedestrians – Due to people on bicycles riding on the sidewalks/crosswalks who were weaving through people walking and waiting for buses.
- Yes, between bicyclists and motorists – Many people on bicycles had difficulty wending their way through the motor vehicle congestion in the intersection without some quick avoidance maneuvers. This was by those riding the correct way in the roadway. For those riding on the sidewalk/crosswalks, they were the source of their own problem.
- Were there any cases of bicyclists disobeying traffic laws? – Yes. Adults riding on the sidewalk in conflict with local law – apparently to avoid the heavy motor vehicle traffic on Delaware Ave. and Morton/Holland Aves.
- Based on your observations (and experiences), do you have any additional feedback regarding bicycling in Albany? – The City of Albany has to get serious about implementing its 2009 Albany Bicycle Master Plan. Since the plan was approved, only two sections (totaling one mile) of bicycle lanes have been installed. There are no Protected Bicycle Lanes.
Filed under Bike Lanes, City Review, Editorial
Albany COMMON COUNCIL Proclaims Bike Month 2015
Albany COMMON COUNCIL Proclaims Bike Month 2015 – Once again, the Common Council of the City of Albany has promoted Albany as the place for people on bicycles by proclaiming May as Bike Month 20. The resolution follows:
Council Member Golby introduced the following:
Resolution Number 21.42.15R
RESOLUTION OF THE COMMON COUNCIL PROCLAIMING MAY 2015 AS BIKE MONTH IN THE CITY OF ALBANY
WHEREAS, in 2009, the City of Albany, in partnership with the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) completed a Bicycle Master Plan identifying a network of bicycle routes to improve cycling as a viable mode of transportation throughout the City; and
WHEREAS, in April 2012, the Albany Common Council adopted the “Albany 2030” Comprehensive Plan which supports promoting and implementing the Bicycle Master Plan; and
WHEREAS, the growing network supports a safe and healthy transportation alternative that is paramount to achieving sustainability and enhancing the quality of life in the City; and
WHEREAS, in 2013 the Albany Common Council adopted a Complete Streets Ordinance and the Albany Police Department convened a Traffic Safety Stakeholders’ Committee that is continuing to work and focus on Engineering, Education and Enforcement efforts to promote safer streets for all users of the road; and
WHEREAS, in partnership with CDTC a Complete Streets Guidebook is being drafted, as required by the Complete Streets ordinance; and
WHEREAS, since the inception of the Bicycle Master Plan in 2008, the City of Albany has added or improved 17.4 miles of bicycle infrastructure, which includes multi-use paths, shared use markings (sharrows), signage, and bike lanes throughout the City of Albany; and
WHEREAS, the number of bike racks in Albany have increased to 344 throughout the city with an estimated total of 1446 bicycle parking spaces, all regular route Capital District Transportation Authority buses are equipped with bike racks; and
WHEREAS, each year the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) recognizes bicycle friendly communities with Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze level awards, and recognizes communities that are on the right track with Honorable Mention. The City of Albany received Honorable Mention in 2012 as a “Bicycle Friendly Community” from LAB for efforts to become more bicycle friendly. LAB feedback report stated that they were, “…impressed with the growing commitment to make Albany, NY a great place for bicyclists. The Honorable Mention given by the reviewers reflects their view that some of the key building blocks of creating a Bicycle Friendly Community are in place…;” and
WHEREAS, the LAB feedback report provided numerous recommendations to the City of Albany to make the city more bicycle friendly such as promoting active transportation by reducing traffic speeds, providing “protected bicycle infrastructure, such as cycle tracks, buffered bike lanes or parallel shared use paths” along arterial and collector roads, making intersections safer for bicyclists, and more; and
WHEREAS, in 2014, CDTC implemented the first region-wide “Bike to Work Day Workplace Challenge” where 350 people registered for bike to work day across the region, amounting to over 3,500 bicycle miles, replacing about 148 gallons of fuel, 2,900 lbs. of CO₂, and burning about 159,000 calorie. And, the City of Albany Employees team won in Albany County for having the most riders participate; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor’s Office of Energy & Sustainability was established in 2010 to coordinate energy conservation and efficiency initiatives among the municipal departments and to drive community wide efforts to become a more livable and sustainable city, which includes promoting and supporting bicycling and other active transportation. The office’s website is http://www.albanysustainability.org; and
WHEREAS, in 2011, the Albany Common Council, recognizing the Livingston Avenue Bridge’s potential to connect a growing network of statewide multi-use trails, including the New York State Canalway Trail, the Albany County Rail Trail, and the proposed Rensselaer County Trail, passed a resolution urging State and Federal partners to re-establish the Livingston Avenue Bridge walkway at such time that the bridge is replaced and
WHEREAS, the League of American Bicyclists, the New York Bicycling Coalition, Capital Coexist, the Albany Police Department, the Albany Bicycling Coalition, and others are promoting greater public awareness of bicycle operation and safety education in an effort to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities for all; and
WHEREAS, the Albany Police Department will participate in “Bike to School Day” and bike rodeos across the city along with the Police Athletic League; and
WHEREAS, Section 152 of the New York State Traffic Law defines “traffic” as “Pedestrians…vehicles, bicycles and other conveyances either singly or together while using any highway for the purpose of travel;” and
WHEREAS, in summary, three key components of the New York State Traffic Law that relate to bicycling are:
- Bicyclists must ride with traffic and thus travel in the same direction as motor vehicles.
- A bicycle is a vehicle and as such must observe all traffic laws and obey all signals, signs, and pavement markings.
- Bicyclists must signal to turn on a roadway, a bike lane or bike path; and
WHEREAS, there are numerous events to promote bicycling, including: The Earth Day lunch time bike parade on April 22nd, The CDTC “Commuter Workshop” on Thursday April 30th, The Albany Bike Expo 2015 on Sunday, May 3rd, Bike to School Day on May 6th, National Bike-to-Work Day and the Capital Moves Bike to Work Challenge on May 15th, and The Ride of Silence on May 20th;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Albany Common Council hereby proclaims May 2015 as Bike Month in the City of Albany, urges all motorists and bicyclists to follow New York State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law, and share the road respectfully and responsibly.
To: Mr. Nala Woodard, City Clerk
From: Leah Golby, Council Member
Re: Request for Common Council Legislation
Date: April 20, 2015
RESOLUTION NUMBER 21.42.15R
RESOLUTION OF THE COMMON COUNCIL PROCLAIMING MAY 2015 AS BIKE MONTH IN THE CITY OF ALBANY
GENERAL PURPOSE OF LEGISLATION
To promote bicycle safety and awareness for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists, and to promote the environmental and health benefits of bicycle riding during bike month and throughout the year.
NECESSITY FOR LEGISLATION AND ANY CHANGE TO EXISTING LAW
It is important that members of the public understand bicycle safety. No change to existing law.
EXPLANATION OF DEADLINE OR REQUESTED TIME FRAME FOR PASSAGE
It is requested that this be passed prior to May to provide ample time to promote May as Bike Month.
Filed under Bike Month
Big Weekend – #1 Tour the South End Bikeway Link and #2 Bike EXPO 2015
#1. Albany’s Past and Present ~ Bicycle Tour of the South End Bikeway Link and Area
Saturday, May 2 – 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
START: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center –Broadway and Clinton Ave. Free parking in lot behind the Pump Station (Enter on Spencer St. off Broadway). Free event followed by on-your-own social gathering at the Pump Station.
Tour the South End Bikeway Link and some interesting historic sites. In October, the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail will connect Delmar with the South Albany – reaching statewide via the Corning Preserve Bike Path, the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail, and the Erie and Champlain Canalways. Except for a 1.5-mile gap in the south end. How will all the cyclists/walkers, neighbors/tourists, and south enders/suburbanites connect to this network?
#2. 5th Annual Albany Bike EXPO 2015
Sunday, May 3 – 10 AM – 4 PM
Raffles and Prizes – Vendors – Entertainment
Lakehouse – Washington Park – Albany
Filed under City Review