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Albany officials use annual bike to work day to promote city’s growing cycling infrastructure

Albany officials use annual bike to work day to promote city’s growing cycling infrastructure

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan was joined by city police and several bike enthusiasts for a 2-mile Bike to Work Day ride that began at the…

Thursday, Jun 02

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan was joined by city police and several bike enthusiasts for a 2-mile Bike to Work Day ride that began at the U.S.S. Slater. Albany’s observance of National Bike to Work Day Wednesday celebrated the completion of the Skyway — the new waterfront connection that repurposes an old highway ramp.

Democratic Mayor Kathy Sheehan was joined by city police and several bike enthusiasts for a 2-mile ride that began at the U.S.S. Slater, stopping off to greet reporters in the park at the corner of Clinton Avenue and North Pearl Street.

"We are really seeing an incredible increase in cycling," said Sheehan. "We have seen it, we saw it, during the pandemic, as people got out, enjoy and enjoyed our bike infrastructure with fewer cars on the road. And we have seen a huge uptick in the CDPHP bike share program, which is overseen by CDTA. It’s been running for six years, it’s hard to believe that it’s been that long. But just to highlight how much that increase has been, over a period of three years, in 2019 CDTA saw 20,700 rides in Albany just in the city of Albany, we know we have these bikes throughout the Capital Region. In 2021. It was 54,400 rides in just three years, it went from 20,700 to 54,400. So that’s 170% increase. This is a great win for the city of Albany. It’s a great win for the Capital Region."

Sheehan noted that the city continues to build out the […]

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