WELCOME to our Discussion Forum
We will post bicycle (and sometimes pedestrian too) education and safety related material that will hopefully promote healthy discussion and build awareness to both cyclists and motorists. It’s a great way to be involved and participate in coexisting on our roadways.
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October 27, 2011
As New York City gears up to launch their bikeshare program they are considering whether or not helmets would be required when using a rented bike. Check out this New York Times article with some of the details. This brings up an interesting debate. Should helmets be required? Is it reasonable for the person that [...]
June 21, 2011
New York State has passed legislation that will bring about better access to public roadways for all road users—pedestrians, bicyclists, people of all ages and abilities including children, the elderly, and the disabled, and, of course, motorists. Policies of this type are collectively known as “Complete Streets” policies. It’s a movement that has been gaining [...]
June 15, 2011
Thursday June 16th is National Dump the Pump Day and the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), joined by transit agencies from across the country, wants to encourage more people to ditch their cars, if only occasionally, and use transit and other alternatives like bicycling and walking to get around. The event’s slogan is Dump the [...]
June 7, 2011
A group of Capital District parents, family members, medical professionals, and care givers are banding together to launch the BRAIN2 Project—that’s “Brain Squared Project”— or Bike Riders Avoiding Injuries to Noggins. The group aims to educate school-age children in the region about the dangers of head injuries and to get more children to wear a helmet [...]
May 27, 2011
Formerly the Bicycle Program Manager for the City of Portland and a current principal with Alta Planning and Design , Mia Birk is a preeminent figure in bicycle and pedestrian planning in the US. As part of a tour promoting the release of her new book, Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, Birk spoke to [...]
April 18, 2011
If you’re looking to integrate several travel modes to get around the Capital District, why not try combining biking with riding the bus? All CDTA buses have bike racks, so all of CDTA’s bus routes offer the option to bus and bike. Every bus holds up to 2 bikes (excluding tricycles and tandem bikes). If [...]
April 5, 2011
With roundabouts popping up across the Capital District, many cyclists may be left wondering just how to navigate this unfamiliar intersection type. The following tips should help clarify how to safely move through roundabouts on a bike: Cyclists may either enter the roundabout as a vehicle or dismount and use the pathway/sidewalk around the perimeter of [...]
March 23, 2011
We’ve had the sharrows on Washington Ave, New Scotland Ave and Delaware Ave for a while now. There are still a lot of questions about what they are and the message they are supposed to give. In short, sharrows are pavement markings that improve cycling safety on streets that are too narrow for traditional bike [...]
March 17, 2011
When it comes to ‘Share the Road’ versus ‘Bikes May Use Full Lane’ signs, which do you prefer and why? We’re interested in hearing from both drivers and cyclists!