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Funds Available for Extending Lake Trail and Creekwalk, and enhance the Connective Corridor

Posted by Steve Reiter on September 23, 2016

From an article by Mark Weiner in today’s Post-Standard:

The federal government will provide almost $10 million to extend the Onondaga Creekwalk in Syracuse and build a new section of the recreation trail looping around Onondaga Lake.

The grant money also will pay for $475,000 worth of additions to the Connective Corridor linking Syracuse University to downtown, New York’s two U.S. senators said Wednesday.

The $10 million had been earmarked for other Syracuse-area transportation projects in 2005, but for unexplained reasons it was never spent. Federal rules blocked the grants from being used for other projects.

U.S. senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand backed legislation that gave the Federal Highway Administration and state Department of Transportation the flexibility to repurpose the money. The grants will help pay for:

› An extension of the Onondaga Lake recreation trail for 2.8 miles from the New York State Fair area to the southern shore in Syracuse. The federal government would provide $5 million toward the $13.3 million project. When complete, it would connect the lake trail with the Onondaga Creekwalk and Erie Canal trail.

› An extension of the Onondaga Creekwalk from Armory Square south for 2.2 miles to West Colvin Street. The federal government would provide $4 million for the pedestrian and bike trail along Onondaga Creek.

› About $475,000 worth of improvements on East Genesee Street as part of the Syracuse Connective Corridor. The corridor provides bike paths and other infrastructure to link Syracuse University with downtown Syracuse.

Under new federal rules, the Federal Highway Administration can now redirect federal funds earmarked for specific projects if the money remains unspent for more than 10 years.

Schumer had previously supported Onondaga County’s application for a $10 million competitive federal grant for the lake trail project, but the county did not make the final cut for funding. Contact Mark Weiner by email or at 571-970-3751.

Cyclists pedal along the west shore trail around Onondaga Lake last year. Money will go to make improvements and extend the trail. Michael Greenlar/mgreenlar@syracuse.com

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Remaining Bike Month Events Announced

Posted by Steve Reiter on May 10, 2016

Bike Month Events
May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. Syracuse will be celebrating Bike Month through the end of May. Several events are planned  throughout the City. This Bike Month there are five remaining events for you to choose from:
Cycle in the City Part 1: Ride
When: Sunday, May 15th from 10:00am – 11:30am
Syracuse’s Cycle in the City free monthly guided bike ride program kicks off its 2016 season by giving participants the options of 5, 10, or 15 mile rides that will depart from the Creekwalk Trailhead at the MOST.  For more information contact Bob at bdougher11@gmail.com.
Cycle in the City Part 2: 40 Below Cycle Syracuse Bike Celebration
When: Sunday, May 15th from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Join bike riders all along the 100 block of Montgomery Street for a pop up gathering of cyclists and bicycle enthusiasts from across Central New York.  Cyclists can enjoy free bike parking and relax outdoors with food and beverage on sale from Recess Coffee, J Ryan’s and Wolff’s Beirgarten.  In collaboration with 40 Below and Cycle in the City, the event will begin immediately following the ride on Sunday morning (see event above).
Bike to Work Day, and Lunch Time Cycle in the City Ride
When: Wednesday, May 18th from 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Bring your bike to work on Wednesday and join in the lunchtime ride, presented by Cycle in the City. The ride will start and end at the Creekwalk Trailhead at the MOST and will take participants through Downtown and up to the University neighborhood.  The ride will last about 30 minutes and will be a great lunchtime activity.  For more information contact Bob at bdougher11@gmail.com.
Downtown Living Tour Bike Share
When: Saturday, May 21st from 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Be a part of Syracuse’s first public bike share program, organized by 40 Below.  40 Below volunteers will be stationed at three stops along the Downtown Living Tour. Tour-goers will have an option to participate in the bike share program, and ride from Tour Headquarters, located at 110 Walton Street to select tour stops along the route.
The cost will be $5 per individual to ride for the afternoon.  This is a great opportunity to learn about Syracuse’s bike culture first hand!  For more information about the Downtown Living Tour, please visit downtownsyracuse.com/downtownlivingtour
To sign up, click here.
Cuse Cruise
When: Wednesday, May 25th from 6:15pm – 8:15pm
This event will be a slow bike ride that is perfect for children 12 and over who are comfortable riding on the street.  The slow pace will give riders a unique perspective of Syracuse and its neighborhoods.  This 10 mile ride will start and end in Hanover Square.
To sign up, click here.

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Bicycle Commuting 101 Workshop Cancelled

Posted by Steve Reiter on April 2, 2016

Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled due insufficient participant numbers to meet the minimum numbers set by the leaders, who were driving in from Albany.

Perhaps we will attempt this again.

Do take part in the rest of local Bike Month activities, which will be listed shortly.

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Posted by Steve Reiter on December 1, 2015

The Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council will host a public meeting this Thursday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. to share potential permanent route options for connecting the Erie Canalway Trail between Camillus and DeWitt, as well as conceptual ideas for transforming specific locations along these routes.

The meeting will take place at the Museum of Science & Technology (500 South Franklin Street) in Syracuse (use entrance across from Sound Garden).

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Crucial DPW Committee Meeting on Monday

Posted by Steve Reiter on November 27, 2015

THE CITY OF SYRACUSE COMMON COUNCIL DPW COMMITTEE MEETS MONDAY NOVEMBER 30TH AT 5:00 PM in Common Council Chambers to Discuss the University Bike Plan.

The Council has been asked to approve funds for designing and implementing this project and there are many questions about it and there is also opposition to it.

If you want to have improved bike infrastructure in the University Area, then please come to this meeting and demonstrate and voice your support.

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Cycle in the City Ride Sunday Oct 4th

Posted by Steve Reiter on October 2, 2015

The October Cycle in the City ride will be this coming Sunday (October 4th) at 9 am beginning at the trail head of the Creek Walk in Armory Square (Jefferson Street). This is the last ride for this year.

Both the short ride and the long ride will use the same route, with a couple of extensions to make the long route longer. The short route is about 11.6 miles long. The long route has an additional loop of about a mile and then a ride out the Creek Walk to Onondaga Lake (and back) at the end.

The route uses a few streets that we have not used (or used much) including Milton Avenue, Green Street, Butternut Street, and Rugby. The routes should be on the City and County (Health Dept) website in the next day or two, hopefully, at http://www.ongov.net/health/documents/October2015Routes.pdf

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Setting Our Focus for the Coming Year

Posted by Steve Reiter on September 12, 2015

Our September BikeCNY meeting is scheduled for this coming Tuesday, September 15th, at 5:45 in the upstairs meeting room at Beauchamp Library.  Beauchamp is on E. Colvin Street at the corner of S. Salina.
As a group whose purpose is to advocate for improvements in cycling infrastructure, we see much work to do. The focus of this meeting is to prioritize our activities and set goals for the coming months and, possibly, years. Some of the issues before us are–

  • more bicycle infrastructure, including bike lanes for Euclid, connecting existing bike infrastructure, Creek Walk phase 2, Canal Trails
  • increased safety through better infrastructure, such as adding bike boxes, bike traffic lights
  • education of bicyclists and other road users, including news editorials, bike rodeos, bicycle commuter training
  • Bike Month 2016 events
  • be an advisory committee to the new city transportation planner and DPW/traffic planning
  • assist the city in applying for Bike Friendly City status
  • collaborate with other groups who are promoting bike safety, bike infrastructure, etc.

You may have other ideas. Please join us to share your thoughts and concerns.

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Cycle in the City – Sunday Sep 13th

Posted by Steve Reiter on September 10, 2015

Join a bevy of other folks, both new and experienced cyclists, for another Cycle in the City
When: Sun, September 13, 10am – 12:00 pm
Where: Creekwalk Trailhead, Jefferson St., at the west end of the Armory, Downtown, Syracuse, NY (map)
CYCLE IN THE CITY is a series of FREE guided bicycle rides through Syracuse on various Sundays throughout the year. The last two for 2015 are this coming Sunday, September 13, and Sunday October 4. Please note the new location. The Rides this Sunday start at 10:00 a.m. No registration is required. The Basic ride is 13 miles, but there is also an 18 mile route.
Helmets are required! Riders must be age 12 or older. Questions? Call 435-3280.
Here is a link to the ride maps for this Sunday.
Routes will be posted the week before each ride at ongov.net/health

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Cycle in the City this Sunday 8/16

Posted by Steve Reiter on August 14, 2015

Cycle in the City

Free Guided Bike Rides in Syracuse

Choose a 10 or 16 mile Ride.

Rides start at 9am, Sunday August 16 at Jefferson Street in Armory Square at the Creekwalk Trailhead.

MUST WEAR A BICYCLE HELMET

RIDERS MUST BE 12 OR OLDER

Route for this Ride: http://www.ongov.net/health/documents/August2015Routes.pdf

Other dates:  September 13, October 4

For more information call 435-3280

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New App Tracks Bike Use for Advocacy

Posted by Steve Reiter on July 1, 2015

Bikes vs Cars is a new movie that is now premiering at events around the world.  I participated in funding its production through kickstarter and was excited to see it in a pre-release period a few months ago.

As part of Bikes vs Cars’ overall objective of increasing ridership and safer conditions for doing so, they have set up a way to collect data from riders using several existing apps as well as their own.

The data can be used to demonstrate location and frequency of trips by bike to planners and politicians.
If you would like to use this or pass it along, please read through the information on this page and pass it on!

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