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Assemblywoman Pat Fahy shares a laugh with Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins as Councilor Owusu Anane checks his cycling time outside the Down Tube Bike Shop.
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Albany's annual bike ride to work was a wet one this morning.

What has become an annual spring tradition went on despite the rain...

Next year, cyclists and pedestrians will be able to travel from Amenia to Copake Falls without dealing with traffic or detours.

The final stage of construction on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail will connect the two segments of the former Harlem Valley rail line turned hiking and biking trail.

The eight-mile segment, the construction of which began last month, will create one continuous, 23-mile trail. The newest segment will begin begin at Main Street on Route 44 in Millerton and end at Under Mountain Road in the Town of Ancram.

Tree clearing to begin the project is underway, with October 2020 slated as the estimated date of completion. The total trail will begin at the Wassaic Train Station in Amenia and end at the Copake Falls area of Taconic State Park in Columbia County. Dick Hermans is the Chairman of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association.

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500 cyclists are geared up to raise funds for Type 1 Diabetes research Saturday. 

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan annopunces the completion of the major components of the 2nd and final phase of the street calming initiative along Madison Avenue.
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Albany's claim as a "walkable and bikeable" city has been kicked up a notch, with the completion of the Madison Avenue Street Calming Project.

An Albany police officer signals Mayor Kathy Sheehan it's time to ride down Clinton Avenue on Bike To Work Day 2018.
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It's become a rite of spring in New York's Capital City:  "Bike To Work Day."

New York state and local leaders joined recreation enthusiasts at the capitol Thursday to recognize the area’s biking, hiking and walking trails and call for more options.
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New York state and local leaders joined recreation enthusiasts at the capitol Thursday to recognize the area’s biking, hiking and walking trails and call for more options. 

The New York Bicycling Coalition is hosting an electric bicycle demonstration at the Empire State Plaza in Albany to kick off bike month.

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The first season of the Capital Region's bike-share program is being hailed as a major success.

Like countless other kids, Phil Gaimon grew up dreaming of being a professional athlete. But unlike countless other kids, he actually pulled it off. After years of amateur races, hard training, living out of a suitcase, and never taking “no” for an answer, he finally achieved his goal and signed a contract to race professionally on one of the best teams in the world.

Now, Gaimon pulls back the curtain on the WorldTour, cycling’s highest level. He takes readers along for his seasons in Europe, covering everything from rabid, water-bottle-stealing Belgian fans, to contract renewals, to riding in poisonous smog, to making friends in a sport plagued by doping. Draft Animals reveals a story as much about bike racing as it is about the never-ending ladder of achieving goals, failure, and finding happiness if you land somewhere in-between.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Grocery Shopping In Third Gear

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The food scene in the Hudson Valley – forget the Hudson Valley, I just mean on our road – has become developed enough that we can purchase everything we need to make an excellent dinner during our Saturday morning ten-mile bike ride.

Like New York, Chicago, Boston and others before it, the Capital Region entered the bike share era today. This morning Capital District Physicians Health Plan and the Capital District Transportation Authority officially launched the "Cycle!"  program in Albany's Washington Park.

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A group of cyclists led by Mayor Kathy Sheehan celebrated Bike to Work Week Tuesday morning in Albany.

Jeff Pangburn of Creighton Manning Engineering says phase two begins in July; it will bring the new configuration all the way downtown.
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A successful radical remake along a busy stretch of Albany’s Madison Avenue will extend to where the street meets Lark and Delaware further downtown. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the College of St. Rose Thursday night for a public meeting on phase two of the “road diet.”

While summer may seem far off, organizers of one local racing event are looking to recruit participants now, so they can train for the meet.

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The Capital District Transportation Authority has officially launched its Navigator smartcard system.

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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.

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