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      Federal funding has been approved and if all goes according to plan a bike sharing program will debut next summer in four municipalities in western Massachusetts. 

     The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is coordinating the project. 

     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with chief planner Christopher Curtis.

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The first phase of Albany's Madison Avenue “road diet” is now a reality.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the latest step to make the Capital City — and one of its busiest streets — more bike-friendly.

In New York’s Capital Region, "getting from here to there" has long meant traveling by car, bus or taxi. Times have changed: more people have taken to bike riding and walking — and that has raised new safety concerns.

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  The 10th Annual Ride the Ridge Bike Challenge at High Meadow School in Stone Ridge, NY will take place on June 5th. 

The Ride welcomes cyclists of all-levels with five distinct routes that traverse the scenic Shawangunk and Catskill Mountain regions.

Jeff Miller is the chair of this year’s Ride the Ridge Bike Challenge and he joins us now along with Head of School, Michelle Hughes.

A Creighton Manning official addresses the gathering at Albany's College of St. Rose
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Albany is forging ahead with plans to radically remake a busy stretch of Madison Avenue. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the College of St. Rose Wednesday night for a public meeting on the “road diet.”

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Getting drivers and bike riders to safely share the road is one of the main goals of the New York Bicycling Coalition, which works to move the bike movement forward in areas including bike safety, tourism, recreation, law enforcement and infra-structure. The coalition’s Executive Director, Paul Winkeller, says New York has a long way to go in promoting bicycling, as it came in 29th in a recent bike-friendly state ranking by the League of American Bicyclists.

Bicycle enthusiasts are pressing for the upcoming "Road Diet" recommended for Albany's busy Madison Avenue to include protected bike lanes.

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More than 125 cyclists are making their way across Massachusetts on a two-wheeled trek known as the Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour.

  The Tour de Habitat is making a comeback this year after a few years off. The cycling event is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Capital District and is set for September 26 in Albany.

There are four different routes in lengths of 10 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles, and 100 miles - making their way through both Albany and Rensselaer counties. All routes start and end at Druthers Brewing on Broadway in north Albany.

Tour organizer, George DePiro, joins us as does Christine Hmiel-Schudde, Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Capital District and Jeff Clark - Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties to tell us about the importance of Habitat for Humanity.

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Albany is trying to become a more modern city, with a new focus on downtown projects and housing and a conversation about transportation alternatives. Earlier today, activists delivered about 250 postcards to Mayor Kathy Sheehan from residents, business owners and visitors who want protected bicycle lanes on Madison Avenue.

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As part of National Bike to Work Day, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan cycled her way through her morning commute...

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More than 30 law enforcement agencies in New York, Illinois and California are splitting nearly $9 million in assets seized when authorities busted a cross-country marijuana ring involving buried gold and a former world mountain biking champion.

Federal attorneys in Albany say 33 agencies have received more than $8.9 million of the $12.5 million in assets seized when the pot ring was taken down by authorities in 2009. The rest of the assets went to the U.S. Department of Justice.

It’s a busy weekend at an upstate resort. Windham Mountain is playing host to the Mountain Bike World Cup.

  This Sunday, June 1st the High Meadow School, located in Stone Ridge, New York, will hold its 8th Annual Ride The Ridge Bike Challenge to raise funds to benefit the new High Meadow Performing Arts Center.

Bicycling Magazine has identified Ride the Ridge to its nationwide readership as one of the best cycling events in the month of June!

All bike routes go through Ulster County in the beautiful Hudson Valley beginning and ending at the High Meadow Performing Arts Center located on Rt. 209 in Stone Ridge, New York.

Here to tell us more are Michelle Hughes, Director of High Meadow School and Paul Rakov, Chairman of the Ride the Ridge Bike Challenge.

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This is Bay State Bike Week.  The annual event began 15 years ago as a small regional effort in the Pioneer Valley to promote riding bicycles to work.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Josiah Niederbach of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission one of the organizers of bike week.

Albany Bike EXPO 2014

May 5, 2014
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The future for bicycling throughout the tri-cities is bright. Just ask anyone who attended Sunday's Fourth Annual Bike Expo in Albany's Washington Park. 

The expo precedes National Bike to Work Day, an annual event across North America promoting the bicycle as a commuting option.  Bike to Work Day is coming up on May 16th.

The Carey Institute in Rensselaerville is organizing a large cycling festival, to take place this fall.  To gear up for that, the Institute has taken a stand on doping in the sport of cycling: tonight they are screening the "Armstrong Lie" documentary to be followed by a panel discussion featuring professional cyclists.

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An analysis of the 100 largest urban areas in the country found that since 2000, fewer commuters are using cars to get to work. In fact, in most cities, the use of public transportation has been rising since 2005, and more people are biking to work — even in winter.

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Although bike lanes are a common sight on many urban streets, the third- largest city in Massachusetts only recently opened its first designated lanes for bicycles.  But plans are in the works to make Springfield a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly city

   About a dozen bicyclists braved the below freezing weather Monday afternoon to peddle along the newly marked bike lanes on Springfield’s Plumtree Road with encouragement from Mayor Domenic Sarno. The mayor joined city residents, bicycling advocates and urban planners to celebrate the completion of the bike lane project.

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A community forum focused on biking in the Northern Berkshires was recently held, where panelists discussed the challenges and future for expanding the potential for biking in the region.

Jonathan Butler, Adams Town Administrator, said that that the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail – an 11.2 mile railroad corridor turned bike path that runs from Lanesborough up through Adams – has had an impact on the town’s economy that he calls “nothing short of significant”.

Green Your Commute

May 17, 2013
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Today is the day to embrace "People Power" across the land.

That "People Power" is being expressed as "pedal power" - it is "National Bike To Work Day," celebrated annually coast-to-coast on the third Friday in May, which happens to be National Bike Month. The New York adaptation is "Green Your Commute Day" - it is being championed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.

Safe streets are the goal of every major city. Albany is no exception, as details begin to surface regarding plans to improve traffic flow while accomodating pedestrians and cyclists. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

If you are so inclined, and your legs are up to it, you could bicycle all the way from lower Manhattan to Albany with the help of a new booklet that outlines the routes and the points of interest along the way. The booklet, Cycling the Hudson Valley - A Guide to History, Art and Nature on the East and West Sides of the Majestic Hudson River, is published by Parks and Trails New York. Martin Daley is the organization’s project manager. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.