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The Bike Lane Blockade in Syracuse | NYBC

Posted by Steve Reiter on April 13, 2015

The New York Bicycling Coalition picked up the story on the closed University Ave. cycle track.  Read their article here.

The Bike Lane Blockade in Syracuse | NYBC.

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Study shows people favor bicycle lanes on Syracuse’s Euclid Avenue | WRVO Public Media

Posted by Steve Reiter on April 13, 2015

ESF professor Melissa Fierke was interviewed by WRVO’s Ellen Abbott. It was broadcast tonight.

Study shows people favor bicycle lanes on Syracuse’s Euclid Avenue | WRVO Public Media.

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Cyclists, City of Syracuse Want Bike Lane Reopened | WRVO Public Media

Posted by Steve Reiter on March 24, 2015

Bookstore Sign

This news report on the covered-over cycle track on University Avenue aired on WRVO on March 23rd. (Note that the audio is cut short. There is additional paragraph in the text that was originally aired.)

Cyclists, city of Syracuse want bike lane reopened | WRVO Public Media.

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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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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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Biking in Syracuse in the Winter

Posted by Steve Reiter on November 12, 2014

An article just appeared in the Syracuse New Times about cycling in the winter in Syracuse. Here it is: http://www.syracusenewtimes.com/two-wheeling-tundra/

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Wow! Pittsburgh’s Bike/Ped/Transit-friendly Mayor

Posted by Steve Reiter on November 6, 2014

From the description by the creators of this video:

Pittsburgh’s Mayor Peduto Wants to “Leapfrog” Your City in Bicycling & Livability

from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

Mayor Bill Peduto is putting the rest of the United States on notice. His city is on the rise and he fully intends on implementing bicycling, walking and complete streets policies that enhance and make his city more attractive to young talent and business. For the first time in over half a century, Pittsburgh is expecting an increase in residents as the trend in the number of people moving back to cities grows.

In September, the ProWalk ProBike ProPlace conference took place in Pittsburgh and the energy of the city was on display as was Mayor Peduto, who was very active at the event. The hope local advocates have for the mayor is apparent as Pittsburgh has implemented its first true protected bike lanes downtown and is looking to create a more multi-modal city that more fairly balances transportation modes.

When talking with the Mayor it's immediately obvious how well-versed in urbanism and the history of cities he is. Even so, he went on a study tour with The Green Lane Project to experience some of the best bicycling in Denmark this past summer.

Our interview with Mayor Peduto touches on quite a few topics of Streetfilms' audience will love. There is a real momentum: cities across the country have been electing mayors who understand one of the keys to growing a city is having equitable transportation policies that work for all people.

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Cycle Track in on Waverly and Comstock

Posted by Steve Reiter on October 30, 2014

I just rode my bike back from an event on the SU campus, on Waverly, near Comstock.  I was surprised that the cycle tracks were already in place along Waverly and Comstock south to Euclid.

The cycle track runs along the south side of Waverly and connects with the track on the west side of Comstock.  Both roads have been reduced to two lanes of auto traffic.

On Waverly, bike traffic is separated from auto traffic by marked parking for a row of cars and a 2-foot striped strip (to decrease the possibility of dooring).  With some minor exceptions, all the cars were parked where they were supposed to be, providing a comforting barrier between where I was riding and moving traffic.

It was a pleasure to use them, actually… but being it was dark, and not knowing how the left turn was supposed to work, I just kept going south on Comstock past Euclid.

Paul Mercurio mentioned that there will be more happening to facilitate access to the cycle track from Euclid, but it is not clear to me when that will occur or what it will look like.  My understanding is that the cycle track also connects with the University Ave. cycle track, which now makes the University Ave. track more valuable to get to and from downtown (with the obvious exception of the dirt covering the track at the stalled bookstore construction on University Ave).

Go give it a try.

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Diane Rehm Show on Cycling Safety Today

Posted by Steve Reiter on October 30, 2014

Here’s the link to listen to the show.  There was some concern that the majority of the time would be spent looking at a recent safety study, the validity of which has been questioned… but it was an interesting and mainly positive discussion.

http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2014-10-30/sharing_the_road_adapting_to_a_new_culture_of_cycling

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