BikeCNY

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Cycle in the City Ride this Sunday 7/16

Posted by Steve Reiter on July 13, 2017

A message from John Allen: Sorry to be a little late this month – things are crazy at home.

This months ride repeats one from last year. The short ride (10.5 miles) is primarily and intentionally in bike lanes. It goes through the university area, which means that it goes up the hill on University Avenue and then up more hill on Comstock. There is one more hill coming back on E Genesee Street. I would not describe it has particularly hilly but there were some people last year who considered it hillier than they liked.

The longer ride (14.5 miles) follows the same route but includes a loop along Nottingham Road, which involves some uphill and then a good downhill to Jamesville Road. Good brakes are needed. We will pass the future location of the DeWitt Library, which is on Jamesville Road.

The rides begin at 9 am from the Creek Walk trailhead in Armory Square. Jefferson Street next to the M.O.S.T.

Sorry that I missed the June ride. My back has pretty much recovered, even surviving a solo drive to North Carolina and back last week. I may be a little slower than usual, having done a total of 18 miles in the past five weeks.

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Posted by Steve Reiter on July 9, 2017

Please come to a DPW Committee meeting to give support to the proposed Euclid Bike Lane plan. The meeting is this Tuesday, July 11th at 5pm in the Common Council Chambers, on the third floor of City Hall, 233 East Washington St. 13202

Members of BikeCNY were given an opportunity to review the current plan and were pleased. We believe it will create a much safer cycling experience and is an acceptable compromise with those who believe that parking must be maintained.

We can expect that there will members of the loyal opposition in attendance, making their position known.  A strong presence by bike lane supporters will help the plan move forward.  

 

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Pop-Up Bike Lanes

Posted by Steve Reiter on June 20, 2017

While not a brand new idea, this article shows how it can work.  It’s something that we believe should be considered on new lanes in Syracuse.  Try it and get feedback before going to the much larger expense of installing permanent lanes.

Click Here for Bicycle Times Article

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Meeting Location Change

Posted by Steve Reiter on June 18, 2017

Please read the note in the column to the left.

Thanks.

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Cycle in the City

Posted by Steve Reiter on June 13, 2017

The June Cycle in the City rides will be on Father’s Day, June 18th, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Creek Walk trailhead on Jefferson Street near the M.O.S.T.

The rides are a variation of a ride we did last year that, for the long ride, includes the Bear Trap Creek trail that runs next to 81N. While there are some hills on the routes there are no steep hills.

In May we had enough people on the longer ride that it would have been better to have divided into two separate groups. If anyone is interested in leading a group on the upcoming long ride, let John Allen (john.allen1@verizon.net) know and he will send the map so that you have time to become familiar with it. He expects that he would lead the second group and probably ride a little slower than the first group.
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Posted by Steve Reiter on April 28, 2017

A Bike Lane for Euclid? from Jessica Suarez on Vimeo.

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German Superhighway for Bikes

Posted by Steve Reiter on March 10, 2017

Is the best we can expect in the US an occasional stripe of paint?

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germans-invented-autobahn-now-theyre-building-superhighway-bikes-180962446/

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Governor Cuomo Proposes 750-Mile “Empire State Trail”

Posted by Steve Reiter on January 19, 2017

Elevating Erie is thrilled.  So are we.  Read about it here:

http://www.elevatingerie.com/from-us/2017/1/17/governor-cuomo-proposes-750-mile-empire-state-trail?ct=t(RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN)

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October’s BikeCNY Meeting has been Canceled

Posted by Steve Reiter on October 18, 2016

Sorry for the late notice, too many of our core members have conflicts tonight.

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Cycle in the City 10/2

Posted by Steve Reiter on September 27, 2016

Wow! It is almost October.

The next, and last for the year, ride will be next Sunday, October 2nd, beginning around 9 am at the Creek Walk trailhead in Armory Square (Jefferson Street on the circle around the M.O.S.T.)
The short route (10 miles) is relatively flat with the major hill being on Summit Avenue going to Upper Onondaga Park.
The long route (16 miles) follows the short route but with a 6 mile loop that has significant hills since it passes by the lower entrance to Onondaga Community College.
On the long route, John Allen plans to lead the loop in the opposite direction than indicated on the map. This means that the uphills will be steeper and the downhills less steep but longer. It is safer because it avoids speeding down Glenwood Avenue past the Bellevue Country Club and having to stop to check the traffic on Bellevue and it avoids the steep downhill on McDonald Rd that, to him, could result in a serious accident, and having to stop at Velasko Rd. Anyway, we have done the route in the map direction twice, but never in this direction. Walking part of the hill is permitted.
Hope to see you for the rides.

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