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.

A full summary of the project can be found here.


Albany Public Library & Albany Bicycle Coaltion

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

City of Cohoes Bike Rodeo

In 2016, The City of Cohoes held a Bike Rodeo in Silliman Park which included safety training, an obstacle course, and helmet giveaways. The City has made the bike rodeo an annual event, receiving support from CDTC in 2017 and again in 2018 for the event. The City has created partnerships with Capital Roots and the Albany County Department of Health to enhance and expand the program each year.

Town of Bethlehem Bike Skills Course

The Town of Bethlehem's Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee worked with the Bethlehem Police Department to plan and design a bike skills safety course and rodeo event. The event was located in the Middle School parking lot and featured a series of stations where youth and families visisted to  learn about bicycle and pedestrian safety. Participants could earn prizes, such as LED bike lights, stickers, and other engaging and educational materials. The last station was a skills course laid out in the parking lot that presented typical obstacles that a bicyclists may encounter while cycling in their neighborhood and community. The eventt was well attended and proved to be a fun approach to bike safety education.

SCEAC's bike safety table at the Schenectady Greenmarket

Schenectady County

The Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council (SCEAC) is made up of volunteers who have a strong commitment to environmental resources and sustainability in Schenectady County. The SCEAC advises and makes recommendations to the County Legislature, plan and coordinate events, and conduct outreach and education on environmental programs and projects. CDTC has supported SCEAC's bike helmet giveaway and bicycle safety event through the mini-grant program, since 2016.

Watervliet Civic Center

The Watervliet Civic Center received mini-grant funding in 2016 to support it's youth summer recreation program. The program distributed bike helmets and provided bicycle safety education to local youth that attended the program.

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.

Friends of Saratoga Battlefield

Friends of Saratoga Battlefield supports programming at the Saratoga National Historic Park and received funding through the mini-grant program to sponsor a Park Ranger in becoming a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor (LCI) and celebrate the installation of a Fix-It Station. The newly LCI- certified Ranger will lead regular bike skill classes at the Battlefield.

New York Bicycling Coalition

In 2017, the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC), partnered with the Capital District YMCA to develop a bicycle safety curriculum and teach it in after school programs in the Albany City School District.

Hudson Crossing Park

A Friends Group applied and was awarded funding through the program to support the installation of a bicycle Fix-It Station at Hudson Crossing Park in Schuylerville. An event to celebrate the new Fix-It Station was complemented by group bike ride on the nearby Champlain Canal Trail.

Capital Roots Demonstration Projects

2nd Ave Road Diet Pilot, Watervliet

Enhanced Intersection Treatments, Downtown Schenectady

South End Cycle Track, Albany

Capital Roots received mini-grants in 2017 and 2018 to conduct demonstration, or "pilot" projects throughout the Capital District. These pilot projects are sometimes referred to as "tactical urbanism" and use temporary, flexible, low-cost materials to demonstrate new bicycle and/or pedestrian infrastructure. Pilot projects allow communities to test new road designs and move long-term goals related to safety, public space, and development forward.