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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:


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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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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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Daily Orange article about Euclid Bike Lanes

Posted by Steve Reiter on April 2, 2015

Check it out.

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Euclid Bike Ride Cold and Fun

Posted by Steve Reiter on March 30, 2015

Gathering Before the Ride

Gathering Before the Ride

Despite the 18 degree temperature, 16 brave soles (hah hah, I meant “souls”, though our soles were brave, too), including 2 children!, came out for Saturday morning’s (3/21) ride in support of bike lanes on Euclid Ave.  That’s only slightly less than 1 cyclist per degree fahrenheit!  Wait until it gets warmer. Starting at the corner of Euclid and Westcott, we rode west on Euclid, following the cycle track that begins at Comstock down Waverly and University, and continuing on the bike lanes on E. Genesee to Almond St., where we turned around and retraced our path back to the start.  Some of us then joyfully commiserated over hot drinks and snacks at the Mello Velo Cafe. Members of BikeCNY were among riders from BikeEuclid, SEUNA, WNA, and ESF who also came out to show their support.

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Construction delays, lawsuit prolong building of Syracuse University bookstore, result in bike lane closures | The Daily Orange

Posted by Steve Reiter on March 25, 2015

BikeCNY was interviewed by the Daily Orange yesterday about the covered bike lane on University Ave. The article appeared today:

Construction delays, lawsuit prolong building of Syracuse University bookstore, result in bike lane closures | The Daily Orange.

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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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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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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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