Albany Bicycle Coalition members assisted the Protected Bicycle Lane Coalition in promoting protected bicycle lanes for the Madison Avenue Traffic Calming project at the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association evening concert on 7/20/15. Held at the Elks’ Lodge on Yates and Allen Sts., the objectives were to educate concertgoers on the benefits of protected bicycle lanes, to get them to sign a supporting petition, fill out a postcard, and pose for a photo expressing their position on protected bicycle lanes.
There was an enthusiastic response by all who stopped by the table, several of whom related their support for protected bicycle lanes to their parenting responsibilities and goals.
The photos speak for themselves . . .
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Father & Son
Day Care and Work
The Staff Arrives!
Rally For Albany’s South End Bikeway Link – Urgency and Benefits
- Wednesday, January 21, 2015
- 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Albany Public Library – Main Branch
- 161 Washington Ave.
- 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.
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.
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.”
The manager of Broadway Bicycle Co. also agreed to host a “stand.”
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.
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.
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.
After a mandatory stop at the Troy Famers Market for a chocolate croissant and the Daily Grind for a mug of coffee, it was off to see what Troy Bike Rescue and “Transport Troy” were up to with “PreRamble II.”
Like all Troy cycling events, this had a wide range of activities – rides, walking tours, tune-up clinics, food, and entertainment. Always a grand time!
Starting from the repair clinic on River St. and the TBR/Collar City Ramble info table, there was a series of short but inspiring orientation rides on a segment of the proposed “Collar City Ramble,” which, when done, will be an all-access network of multi-use trails, walkways, and bikeways.
During the dark hours the night before, a group of Transport Troy volunteers installed bicycle lanes, shared lanes, and a 12-foot wide protected bicycle lane (cycle track) on city streets going south from Monument Square. Although a short sample route, it clearly showed that (1) the streets used have ample space for the different proposed treatments, (2) shared lane were property used as a connector between bicycle facilities, and (3) installation can be done at reasonable cost without the need for years of planning and deliberation – just the application of some common sense. What a joy to ride! Riding on the two-way cycle track on a two-way street illustrated that what is planned for Madison Ave. in Albany is do-able.
All in all a great day and great testimony to the energy of our colleagues in Troy.