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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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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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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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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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Ride for Euclid Bike Lanes

Posted by Steve Reiter on March 24, 2015

Bill's Euclid Image Just found this posted to our Facebook page:

The rumor is that there will be a mass ride on Saturday, March 28th to demonstrate support for installing real bike lanes on Euclid Ave. If you are interested in showing your support, ride over to the corner of Euclid and Westcott at 10AM. The route is supposed to be short, and the cyclists are supposed to be obey all traffic laws. Please pass it on, post on all your lists, share, like, and so on.

What a great idea!  Please share widely.  And please join in!

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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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