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Albany marks #BikeToWorkDay

Elected officials and Albany bike patrol officers gather for the city's annual #BikeToWorkDay ride
Dave Lucas
Elected officials and Albany bike patrol officers gather for the city's annual #BikeToWorkDay ride

Albany marked its annual Bike to Work Day ride this morning.

City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar welcomed cyclists on Whitehall Road.

"Today we're joining cities across the country and leading a bike to work ride is a fun and healthy way to build a community," said Shahinfar. 

Accompanied by Albany Police bike patrol officers, riders traveled to and down New Scotland Avenue with a coffee stop before proceeding to their own final destinations. David Galin is Mayor Kathy Sheehan's chief of staff.

“We have new bike lanes on new Scotland Avenue from Martel's all the way to Manning Boulevard that we're going to use part of and then ride to Mr. Bumbles for some coffee and pastries. But when people disperse from there, they can use a variety of new bike infrastructure across the city including Madison Avenue, along Clinton Avenue,” Galin said, adding "biking is a great way to see the city."

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.