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Rally For Bike Lanes In Albany Monday


As Albany gets ready to reconfigure busy Madison Avenue, some city residents will rally Monday for protected bike lanes.

The city already plans to reduce the number of lanes on Madison Avenue at some of its busiest parts, where leafy neighborhoods and row house-lined streets give way to often hectic commuter traffic near the Empire State Plaza.

Organizers say the rally set for 11 a.m. will bring together neighborhood associations, bike groups, and business who want protected bike lanes on Madison. Leah Golby is a Common Council member and advocate of making Albany more bikeable.

“Protected bike lanes tend to bring out a lot more people who are really interested in bicycling but are too concerned about riding with traffic, so it helps to get more people on the road,” Golby says.

The rally will include speakers who were victims of car and bike crashes as well as other experts.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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