Building a Bike-Friendly Community

NYBC’s Executive Director Resigns

Posted by Steve Reiter on February 11, 2015

New York Bicycling Coalition announces the resignation of our Executive Director, Josh Wilson, who has served in the position since 2013.

Under his tenure Josh built the financial and political strength of the organization, and from day one he sought new and more effective ways of achieving progress toward NYBC’s mission.  Mr. Wilson worked to equip the Coalition with the resources necessary to deliver statewide programs and campaigns aimed at addressing issues with statewide implications for all cyclists. Thanks to his efforts, NYBC has developed stronger relationships with state government, fellow advocacy organizations, tourism agencies and bicycle-related businesses.

“On behalf of NYBC’s Board of Directors we want to thank Josh Wilson for his past two year’s of extraordinary service and leadership to our organization – and to the bike movement in New York State,” says Paul Winkeller, Board President of New York Bicycling Coalition.  “Josh has worked successfully on numerous fronts at the local, regional and statewide level here in New York – and on national issues in his role helping to lead the NYS delegation at the annual National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.  His efforts have ranged from innovative bike safety related programming with our partners at the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee; leading a demonstration project that we are confident will lead to bikes on board Amtrak;  smart and realistic legislative advocacy in our State Capitol; and providing support and technical assistance to dozens of projects and partners across New York State.

Josh will step-down as Executive Director at the end of March, but will continue working for NYBC as a legislative advocate on a part-time basis.  In April he will assume leadership of a local trails organization which advocates for, builds, and maintains a network of community-based trails for mountain biking and skiing in the Adirondack High Peaks region, where he currently resides.

“I want to thank the people I’ve worked with across the state for sharing your knowledge and passion for bicycling with me over the past two years.  Working for New York Bicycling Coalition and its members has been a great honor for me as a cyclist and as a New Yorker,” says Mr. Wilson.  “I am so fortunate to have served as a voice for people who are simply seeking safe, accessible, and fun places to ride bikes in New York State.  My involvement in the bicycle advocacy at the state and national level will not end here, and I look forward to staying involved with NYBC in the years to come.”

NYBC will look to fill the position as soon as possible and will post a job announcement in the coming days.  

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Agenda for Upcoming BikeCNY Meeting – February 17, 2015

Posted by Steve Reiter on February 10, 2015

Please join us in one week, on Tuesday February 17th at 7pm for the monthly BikeCNY meeting. 

Topics up for discussion include:
  • Review the 1/28/2015 Common Council DPW Committee meeting on the University Hill Bike Network Project.
  • Work on press release for public Service regarding bike safety in April or May.
  • Progress on Portable temporary bike racks for events?
  • Update on opening the University Avenue cycle-track in the bookstore block.
  • What can be done to move the Euclid Bike infrastructure forward.
  • Report on Moving DeWitt meeting on Feb 11.
  • Report on Active Transportation Advocacy Day in Albany on Feb 2.

We will be meeting at Mello Velo Cafe.  Click here for directions to Mello Velo.

We look forward to having you join us.

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Sustainability and the Interstate 81 Challenge

Posted by Steve Reiter on February 4, 2015

Green Bag Lunch

Date & Time: March 6; Noon – 1:30 pm

Location: Syracuse Center of Excellence
727 East Washington Street, Room 203

Confirmed Panelists to date:
Robert Haley, AIA, Architect, Urban Design Center
Peter Sarver, Moving People Transportation Coalition

This Event is Free.
Attendees are welcome to bring their Green Bag Lunch!
Seating is limited. Registration Required

GreeningUSA and the Syracuse Center of Excellence Center for Sustainable Community Solutions invite community members and experts to participate and be recognized for their contributions to any of the 12 Traits of Sustainability!

You will help our community move toward sustainability, while helping to create a model for communities across the country to use!

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Tomorrow: Advocates Ask Albany to Guarantee Bike/Ped Funds | Streetsblog New York City

Posted by Steve Reiter on February 2, 2015

Two BikeCNY members are hoping to make it to this event. May the snow and wind stop.

Tomorrow: Advocates Ask Albany to Guarantee Bike/Ped Funds | Streetsblog New York City.

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Upstate NY Mayor: People Who Bike in the Winter “Should Be Arrested” | Streetsblog USA

Posted by Steve Reiter on January 29, 2015

And now for the opposite way of dealing with it from our previous post.

Upstate NY Mayor: People Who Bike in the Winter “Should Be Arrested” | Streetsblog USA.

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Article: Winter Cycling in Wisconsin

Posted by Steve Reiter on January 29, 2015

An article about Winter Cycling in the Wisconsin and beyond.

Read This If You’re Thinking About Riding Your Bike in the Snow – Next City.

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Moving DeWitt

Posted by Steve Reiter on January 29, 2015

Moving DeWitt is hosting discussions that began in January to gather information about ways to make the Town more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.  Bike CNY and other Syracuse groups are planning to contribute to the process.

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Bike Boxes in Rochester – YouTube

Posted by Steve Reiter on January 29, 2015

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Advocacy Day

Posted by Steve Reiter on January 28, 2015

Active Transportation Advocacy Day

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Concourse – Empire State Plaza

Registration Ends Today!!

Join the New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) coalition in meetings with our state senators and assembly members to tell them all New Yorkers, regardless of age or ability, need access to trails and community infrastructure that supports safe and healthy biking and walking.

Just REGISTER and then show up at the Concourse at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Tuesday, February 3 at 9:00 a.m. for bagels and coffee. (We’ll send a more detailed agenda and a room location as we approach February 3.)

Begin with a morning briefing with experienced active transportation advocates, legislators, and staff from State transportation agencies. Following the morning program, you’ll join a team of fellow active transportation supporters in meetings with legislators throughout the day.

There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. Prior to Advocacy Day, we will email you your legislative appointments, team assignments, background information and talking points.

Stand Up for Biking and Walking in New York!
Register Today!

New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) is a coalition dedicated to achieving equitable funding and policy for non-motorized transportation, including complete streets, community multi-use trails, and safer and increased levels of bicycling and walking in New York’s cities, villages, and towns. The coalition is coordinated by New York Bicycling Coalition, Tri State Transportation Campaign and Parks and Trails New York.

If you have questions about this campaign, please contact NYBC by phone at 518-436-0889 or email at

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Hearing on University Hill Bike Lanes Project

Posted by Steve Reiter on January 27, 2015

Many of us already know that there is a hearing scheduled by the Syracuse Common Council Public Works Committee for Wednesday, January 28 at 5:30pm in the Common Council Chambers to hear comments from the public. We have the following additional information about the current funding in question and the full scope of the project. Here it is:

Authorize – Consultant Agreement with C&S Companies for Scoping and Preliminary Design Services for University Hill Bike Network Implementation Project, PIN 3755.26, in an amount not to exceed $141,000 from Account #107.01043.0.000. To be paid on a time and expense basis for all services required. City is to incur all initial costs with subsequent 80% reimbursement from the Federal government.

PIN 3755.26 – The University Hill Bike Network Implementation Project will reduce the number of vehicles lanes and incorporate a cycle track or road diets along South Crouse Ave, Waverly Ave and Comstock Ave from East Genesee St to Euclid Ave. It is currently scheduled for a February 2016 Contract Award and Construction is set to be completed by June of 2016. The programmed construction cost is nearly $1 million. Most of its cost will come from Federal and State Funds.

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