Capital District Clean Communities (CDCC) has started developing a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Plan for the Capital Region, which will act as an update to the Capital District Electric Vehicle Charging Plan, completed in 2016, and build upon its recommendations. The primary purpose of the plan is to document the progress made since 2016, document current conditions for ZEVs in the Capital Region, identify gaps in the Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure, and identify potential corridors in the region that could be designated as EV-ready corridors. As part of the public outreach associated with the ZEV Plan CDCC has developed a brief survey to gain some insight on the public perception of ZEVs in the Capital Region. Click the survey link below to give us your opinion on Electric Vehicles!
Survey Link - https://forms.gle/2N7uUHZomyGwPFLC9
The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) announces the winners of the Bike to Work Day Workplace Challenge (#b2w518) for employers in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties. Bike to Work Day is an annual event held each spring throughout the country that promotes bicycling as a fun and healthy way to commute to work. This year 678 people registered, a 30% increase over last year. Participants rode 6,732 bicycle miles, conserved 270 gallons of fuel, prevented 2.7 tons of CO₂ from being released, and burned about 310,700 calories. Pictures from the event are posted at www.cdtcmpo.org/biketowork.
CDTC is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization carrying out Federal requirements for cooperative transportation planning and programming in the four county Capital District area. As part of these efforts we encourage regional commuting by transit, carpool, vanpool, and bicycle.
In Albany County: The trophies for Largest Team and Highest Participation Rate (Large Employer) go to Honest Weight Food Co-op, with 43 riders and 22% participation. The trophy for Highest Participation Rate (Small Employer) goes to Parks and Trails New York with percent (38%) participation. BERP’s Mike Soucie won for Longest Commute, at 82 miles. Hamagrael Elementary continues to hold onto the school trophy for Largest School Team, with about 350 kids riding.
In Rensselaer County: New York Independent System Operator won the trophy for Largest Team with 13 participants and Capital Roots won in the Highest Participation Rate (Large Employer) category with 28% of its staff participating. For the first time since the Workplace Challenge began in 2014, a trophy was awarded to a team in the Highest Participation Rate (Small Employer) category. That prize goes to Alta Planning + Design with 57% participation. New York Independent System Operator’s David Hooper won the trophy for Longest Commute, at 66 miles.
In Saratoga County: The Saratoga Springs Public Library won for Largest Team and for Highest Participation Rate (Large Employer) with 24 riders and 24% participation. The trophy for Highest Participation Rate (Small Employer) goes to Bean Sprouts Daycare with 33% employee participation. Ken Williams at the Waterford-Halfmoon Central School District won the trophy for Longest Commute, at 52 miles. Lake Avenue Elementary continues to hold onto the school trophy for Largest School Team, with about 150 kids riding.
In Schenectady County: The trophy for Largest Team goes to Union College, with 35 riders. The trophy for Highest Participation Rate (Large Employer) goes to NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Region 4 Office with 11% employee participation. The trophy for Highest Participation Rate (Small Employer) goes to LAndArt Studio NY, with 100% employee participation. Donald Guest, of the NY DEC Region 4 Office, won the trophy for Longest Commute, at 59 miles.
This year’s Municipal Challenge winner is the City of Watervliet, with 20% of its staff participating. When hearing the news, Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning stated, “I’m proud that our team competed in this worthy event, but winning makes it even more special. Thanks to our team captain Amanda Austin for the inspiration and the whole team for participating.”
Mike Franchini, CDTC Executive Director, said, “It’s great that every year our registration and attendance increases. More and more people now realize how fun, and sometimes how difficult, biking to work can be.”
CDTC would like to thank all participants for bicycling to work, and everyone who helped make this event possible. Congratulations, winners!
Trophies were donated by Bikeatoga, Albany Bicycle Coalition, Troy Bike Rescue, Steven Rolf Kroeger, and the Albany Public Library. Trophies will remain with this year’s winners until Bike to Work Day 2020.
Municipalities in the Capital District are encouraged to join the Green Your Commute Challenge. The Challenge allows municipalities to demonstrate their climate leadership and go head to head to see which employees can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions the most by greening their commutes over the course of the summer. The event will run from June through the end of August.
Learn more through the Department of Environmental Conservation Webpage.
CDTC’s Capital District Clean Communities Coalition is collecting fleet data on operations from January through December 2018! Please Complete the 2018 Fleet Survey to help us put together a snapshot of how much petroleum and greenhouse gas emissions the Capital District reduced in 2018. Your data will help us reflect to the rest of the U.S. all the activity and initiatives happening in the Capital District.
The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) released the final Capital District Trails Plan following a years-long effort of collecting data, meeting with local governments, and conducting public outreach. This master plan outlines a strategy to complete a network of multi-use trails and bike routes connecting cities, towns and villages throughout Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties.
For the full press release and more information on the Capital District Trails Plan click here.