2016 Capital Coexist Mini-Grant Projects

Saratoga Springs & Bikeatoga

The City of Saratoga Springs worked with Bikeatoga to plan a pop-up event as part of the Henry Street Bike Party. The event included a bicycle parade and story ride for kids, bike decoration contest, bike rodeo, helmet and safety gear giveaways, and safety instruction.

In addition to the pop-up bike safety event, 2 Saratoga Springs residents were sponsored to attend the League of American Bicyclist's Traffic Skills 101 course, as part of a process to becoming a League Certified Instructor.

Albany Public Library & Albany Bicycle Coalition

The Albany Public Library installed public FixIt Stations outside three branches in the City of Albany - Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch, Bach Branch, and Delaware Branch. The Albany Bicycle Coalition assisted the Library and helped plan a celebratory bike ride.

“One of the objectives of CDTC’s Traffic Safety Ambassador grant program is to make bicycling easier and safer in the Capital District. The Albany Public Library’s installation of the bicycle repair stands in three locations in Albany will accomplish this objective, and will help bicyclists make repairs when those unforeseen and sudden needs arise.”

~ Michael Franchini, CDTC Executive Director

Troy Bike Rescue

The Troy Bike Rescue (TBR), in partnership with Capital Roots and Transport Troy, hosted four bicycle safety classes culminating in the sponsorship of one student becoming a League Cycling Instructor and two Cycle the Sam community bike rides.

Participants in the bicycle safety classes received a bike helmet, rechargeable bike light, and $20 Bike Barn gift certificate. The Cycle the Sam Rides traversed Troy and the surrounding communities of Cohoes and Green Island to highlight the Uncle Sam Bikeway as a safe bike route within the City of Troy.

City of Cohoes

The City of Cohoes held a Bike Rodeo in Silliman Park which included safety training, an obstacle course, and helmet giveaways. The City also installed bike path signs and conducted a gropu bicycle ride to highlight bike safety and connections to the bike path and trails.

Watervliet Civic Center

The Watervliet Civic Center worked with the Albany County Traffic Safety Program and the Watervliet Police Department to offer bike inspections, skills training, helmet fitting, and a bike rodeo class during their summer recreation program. The program serves boys and girls ages 4 through 13 for eight weeks during the summer.

Town of Bethlehem

The Town of Bethlehem planned a Bike Expo. The Expo included bicycle safety instruction by the Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee members. The Committee also set up a table and asked parents to sign the ROLL Model Pledge which promotes safe driving, walking, and cycling. The event also featured a group ride and bike gear giveaways. The Bethlehem Police Department handed out free ice cream coupons and helmets, which were properly fitted to each kid.

Schenectady County

The Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council (SCEAC) Transportation Committee coordinated with Electric City Bike Rescue to host a table at the Schenectady Greenmarket as part of an "Education Series." Each week at the market, the SCEAC distributed bike safety materials and fitted children for helmets and volunteers from the Electric City Bike Rescue performed bike repairs.

The SCEAC conducted their first-ever solarize bike tour whose route highlighted areas of the City which could benefit from bike lanes and other facilities. The event helped promote other environmentally-focused activities and projects within the County.