Upcoming Events

Jul
1
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6:30 pm El Cerrito Active Transportation... @ El Cerrito City Hall/Council Chambers
El Cerrito Active Transportation... @ El Cerrito City Hall/Council Chambers
Jul 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
El Cerrito Active Transportation Plan Community Open House @ El Cerrito City Hall/Council Chambers | El Cerrito | California | United States
Come help our neighbor to the North, El Cerrito, shape its bicycle and pedestrian future! The Open House for El Cerrito’s Active Transportation Plan will begin with a short presentation about the planning process and[...]
Jul
6
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6:30 pm Urban Cycling 101 Classroom Work... @ UC Berkeley, Wheeler Hall, room 20
Urban Cycling 101 Classroom Work... @ UC Berkeley, Wheeler Hall, room 20
Jul 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Urban Cycling 101 Classroom Workshop – UC Berkeley @ UC Berkeley, Wheeler Hall, room 20 | Berkeley | California | United States
Want to ride more but don’t feel confident enough? Here’s a FREE bicycle skills class, courtesy of Bike East Bay (with support from the UC Berkeley Police Department.) Learn basic rules of the road, how to share[...]
Jul
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6:30 pm Bike About Town Family Rides @ Bikes on Solano
Bike About Town Family Rides @ Bikes on Solano
Jul 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Bike About Town Family Rides @ Bikes on Solano | Albany | California | United States
Grab your bikes and invite your friends & family – it’s time for the annual Bike About Town rides! Join the City of Albany’s Department of Recreation and a bunch of your fellow Rollers as we[...]
Jul
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4:00 pm AS&R Meeting – You’re Invited!
AS&R Meeting – You’re Invited!
Jul 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
AS&R Meeting - You're Invited! @ Albany | California | United States
Have a gripe, an idea or some input about anything that would further cycling and pedestrian conditions here in Albany? Then join us at our next meeting (every other month – odd-numbered months) where we discuss policy and[...]
Jul
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5:30 pm Urban Cycling 101 Classroom Work... @ Albany Library/Community Center
Urban Cycling 101 Classroom Work... @ Albany Library/Community Center
Jul 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Urban Cycling 101 Classroom Workshop – Albany Library/Community Center @ Albany Library/Community Center | Albany | California | United States
Want to ride more but don’t feel confident enough? Here’s a FREE bicycle skills class RIGHT IN OUR BACKYARD, courtesy of Bike East Bay! In addition to the regular first-Mondays classes at UC Berkeley, they have now[...]

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Discounts

Become an AS&R member and get discounts at local bike shops and businesses.

Berkeley Bikes and Skateboards: 15% off labor, parts and accessories.

Bikes on Solano (formerly Wheels of Justice): 10% off labor, parts and accessories.

Marie Bowser Acupuncture: 25% on all visits.

Blue Heron Bikes: 10% off parts and accessories.

Offers are valid to members of Albany Strollers & Rollers and their households. Tell your friends!
Contact us with questions.

2015 Arts & Green Festival Wrapup

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Photo courtesy Francecsco Papalia

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Photo courtesy Ken McCroskey

AS&R had another successful Albany Arts and Green Festival on Sunday, May 3rd!
We parked more than 60 bikes & scooters and talked to lots of people about what AS&R does and what they want to see in and around Albany to make it better for strolling and rolling.
The giant laminated map that Preston made was a great conversation starter with passers-by and we got many informative comments with the dry-erase markers. I promise you’ll see that map more often at future events and functions!
To those 26 people who just signed up for our email list, hello and welcome! We look forward to your input on issues and at events, and to seeing you around town.

Kelly was one of 6 winners of a great bike bell, donated by Blue Heron Bikes!

Kelly was one of 6 winners of a great bike bell, donated by Blue Heron Bikes! Photo courtesy Amy Smolens

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These kids were so excited about winning a bike bell that they didn’t even take their helmets off before coloring! Photo courtesy Francesco Papalia

Our second annual kids’ coloring contest was a huge hit. More than 40 kids, aged 3-13, enjoyed drawing their visions of biking, walking, skateboarding and scootering in Albany. They took their time and seemed very focused on winning the cool bicycle bells donated by Blue Heron Bikes. There was so much creative art that we had a very hard time picking only 6 kids to give the bells to – we could have found even more winners! We really appreciate Rob Allen at Blue Heron’s support and donations at our events!
Our other consistent community supporting businesses are Pat Boonyalak Viboonlarp’s Bua 

Angela & director Mac were among the many volunteers who keep the Bicycle Valet Parking flowing smoothly. Photo courtesy Francesco Papalia

Angela & director Mac were among the many volunteers who keep the Bicycle Valet Parking flowing smoothly. Photo courtesy Francesco Papalia

Luang and Tay Tah, who sponsored our Bicycle Valet Parking and supplied delicious lunches & Thai Iced  Tea for all of our volunteers!  That certainly helped  fuel us through the rest of the event. All the volunteers also received personalized coupons for either Bua Luang or Tay Tah, a great extra thank you for your time!
Both Pat and Rob stopped by our table to say hi while they enjoyed the Festival. We truly appreciate their continued support of AS&R’s efforts to make cycling more convenient & safe here in Albany and nearby.

2015A&GFBvpBuaTayBannersMacAngelaPaulCropFP 2015A&GFBusyAS&RBoothFPNick, Michael, Kim, Shauniece, Britt (a superstar with her organization and by bringing her Xtracycle with electric assist,) Eileen (awesome with setup, too!,) Francesco and I staffed the AS&R table. Everyone engaged passers-by into meaningful discussions, found kids who liked to draw and encouraged them to color their ideas of biking/running/scooting/playing in Albany, sold “Check for Bikes” clings & stickers, signed up 26 new members to bring us past the 600 mark – all while enjoying great music! Jean and Michael were absolutely stellar in the wrapup, breaking everything down and making sure everything was neatly packed up and organized.
Mac McCurdy ably directed the Bicycle Valet Parking from the early morning setup with Ken, as he’d been working on the organization for the past weeks … thanks to the help of Jean, Marcia, Mark, Barb, Anne, Angela, Paul and Joan (who replaced a late cancellation.) Everyone helped where needed and had fun in the process!
2015A&GFMarsalisSLCWorkBannerFPCory and Marsalis from Street Level Cycles did their usual great job giving FREE tuneups to anyone who rolled up with a bike! The good news is that every year there are fewer and fewer tuneups needed, which means that people are riding more and keeping their bikes in working order! They also gave a free “How to Fix a Flat Tire” clinic to festival attendees. Thanks for your hard work and for getting more bikes functioning well and safely!!
Thanks again to all of you who volunteered, parked your bikes, stopped by, chatted and bought “Check for Bikes” clings or stickers! Let’s do it again sometime!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES GALORE!!

Spring is the AS&R’s busiest time of the year so we need your help to make these events fun for everyone!!
AS&R's booth is always busy! Photo courtesy Angela Armendariz

AS&R’s booth is always busy!
Photo courtesy Angela Armendariz

AS&R's Bike Valet Parking was hopping all day! Photo courtesy Angela Armendariz

AS&R’s Bike Valet Parking was hopping all day!
Photo courtesy Angela Armendariz

ARTS & GREEN FESTIVAL Sunday May 3: Help our efficient Bicycle Valet Parking operation, talk to passers-by about bike and ped stuff around town, help judge the kids’ art contest… all while you enjoy the music at the Festival! And you get delicious free lunch, thanks to sponsoring local businesses Bua Luang and Tay Tah!

BIKE TO WORK DAY Thursday May 14: Volunteers needed to count cyclists, hand out swag bags and goodies, outreach at tables and just to provide a smile and a wave to passersby. We also need folks beforehand to contact businesses for donations and to help stuff swag bags.

FOOD, SWAG, FUN AND SMILES FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS!!
Please respond to Amy Smolens at calamari@alumni.duke.edu to let us know which events and times you are available to help with.

{Unfortunately, the APAL BIKE RODEO had to be postponed until the fall. No doubt we’d love to have your help at that time to blend up frosty smoothies with the Bike Blender, help fit kids’ helmets (Ken McCroskey will give you on-site training) and answer cycling questions from parents and kids.}

Albany Neck & Bulb Transition Improvement Plan NEEDS YOU!

The racks are perfectly situated for folks who want to enjoy the beach, a hike or just enjoy the beautiful view

The racks are perfectly situated for folks who want to enjoy the beach, a hike or just enjoy the beautiful view. Let’s make sure we still have recreational access to the Albany Bulb & Neck!

Do you ride your bike, walk, hike, jog or otherwise enjoy the Albany Bulb & Neck areas? Do you want to continue to have access so you can enjoy the Albany Waterfront to its fullest? Both pieces are scheduled to be transferred to the East Bay Regional Park District and some groups and individuals want to curtail recreational use and bicycle access.

The City is embarking on the “Albany Neck & Bulb Transition Improvement Plan” and want your input in order to ensure that the Waterfront area is something that can be enjoyed by all.

Representatives from Albany Strollers & Rollers and Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay were invited to a recent Stakeholder meeting with Albany City Staff and the Planning & Design Consultants, and we were able to voice our opinions.

BUT it is crucial that City Staff, Consultants and City Council hear from YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO SET FORTH PRIORITIES and a plan to communicate to EBRPD.

Want bike trails like this along our beautiful Bay? Speak up!

Want bike trails like this along our beautiful Bay? Speak up!

Bike & hiking paths? Bathrooms? Bike racks? Picnic tables? Improved bicycle access from all directions?
What would make this a great recreational area, like the areas that Berkeley has in its Marina?

The public meeting tomorrow, February 19th  – the FIRST PUBLIC FORUM TO SAY THAT YES, RECREATIONAL ACCESS IS IMPORTANT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

More details will be posted as we have more information but please save the date to make sure we have access to OUR WATERFRONT!
We risk losing access to our Bay if we don’t speak up!

Documents related to this effort are included here:

1. Conservancy Staff Report 05-29-2014

2. WRT_Albany Neck & Bulb Stakeholder Meeting_Access and Recreation

3. Scope of Consultant Services for Albany Neck and Bulb Transition Plan

Pass on the Gift of Bike Safety for the Holidays!

The original “Check for Bikes” cling, AS&R’s safety initiative. What is it? Go to ww.checkforbikes.org to find out more!

The original “Check for Bikes” cling, AS&R’s safety initiative. What is it?
Go to www.checkforbikes.org to find out more!

Sending out holiday cards or notes to your friends, family and colleagues?

The original “Check for Bikes” windshield/window cling reminds drivers to look for bicyclists before they open their door or make any sudden move – please pass the idea on!!

Albany Strollers & Rollers member Lynn Eve Komaromi came up with a great idea about how to spread the gift of cycling safety by including Albany Strollers & Rollers ‘Check for Bikes‘ clings in her cards – why don’t you do the same?

These are clear, repositionable, vinyl clings for drivers to put on the inside of their windshield or window – a simple and friendly reminder to watch for bicyclists on our roads while driving. AS&R members – your neighbors – conceived and designed these, and you can buy any quantity at 5 clings for $1.

A bike child seat is the perfect place to put a "Check for Bikes" bumper sticker!

A bike child seat is the perfect place to put a “Check for Bikes” bumper sticker!

We also have NEW bumper stickers, which are great to put on helmets, bike toddler seats, trailers, and yes – car bumpers!

For the cost of a few lattes or a beers you could help keep cyclists (yes, you!) safe out there on the road!
Email Amy Smolens at calamari@alumni.duke.edu to get them or if you have any questions.

Donate to AS&R, Help Albany and Get a Tax Deduction!

25 of these attractive and useful “Bike Bike Racks” around town and counting!! And YOU can help us get more!

25 of these attractive and useful “Bike Bike Racks” around town and counting!!
And YOU can help us get more!

2013’s donations by AS&R members Lynn Eve, Catherine, Jim, Len and David helped fund those great Bike Bike Racks you’re using around town now!
Do you like the Bike Bike Racks around town and want more? Are you thinking there are other ways Albany Strollers & Rollers (AS&R) could spend money to make cycling and walking safer and more enjoyable if AS&R were a bit better funded? Well, here’s an easy way to help, while getting tax benefits as well. If you and/or your employer donate money to AS&R via our fiscal sponsor, Bike East Bay, it will go to important projects in Albany such as more bicycle parking where you and your neighbors needed it or more bike valet parking racks at local events. And yes, you and/or your employer will get a tax write-off if you make the donation through our fiscal sponsor by the end of the year!

Busy busy busy! Our Bicycle Valet Parking service is so popular we could use more of these bike valet racks! And YOU can help!

Busy busy busy! Our Bicycle Valet Parking service is so popular we could use more of these bike valet racks!
And YOU can help!

The best way to do this is to write a check made out to “Bike East Bay for Albany  Strollers & Rollers” and send to Harry Chomsky, Treasurer, Albany Strollers & Rollers, 1127 Curtis St, Albany, CA  94706. More questions? Email Amy Smolens at calamari@alumni.duke.edu or Harry Chomsky at harry@chomsky.net and we’ll get you going. And soon you’ll see the fruits of your donations right here in Albany!

 

 

Another Successful Solano Stroll!

AS&R's volunteers parked about 250 bikes at two lots at the Solano Stroll!

AS&R’s volunteers parked about 250 bikes at two lots at the Solano Stroll!

Albany Strollers & Rollers had another successful day at the 40th annual Solano Avenue Stroll on September 14th.
For the first time, we managed the Bicycle Valet Parking service not only at the Pumpkin Patch lot, but on Solano Ave’s eastern end at the Wells Fargo lot. Because of the expected volume, in addition to our own 16 “Moved By Bikes” Valet Racks, we rented some racks from neighboring organization Rich City Rides. That’s a good thing, BikesAndFlowersbecause our volunteers parked more than 250 bicycles over the course of the day! Can you imagine if even half those people had come by car? We’re providing such a valuable service to our communities!

Thank you to all our Bicycle Valet Parking volunteers, led by Sylvia Paull, Ken McCroskey and Mac McCurdy – Alan Hsiao, Anne Malamud,  Barb & Mark Altenberg, Eli Cochran, Eric Appelquist, Floy Andrews, Ian, Iris Miranda, Jane Lenoir, Joseph Friedman, Judith, Marcia Crump,  Momoe,  Shawn Blakely and Sheri. Some of you have helped us at previous events and some of you were first-time volunteers for us. Your organized and energetic work was appreciated by everyone!

Lynn Eve Komaromi takes a well-earned Pad Thai break - thanks, Bua Luang!

Lynn Eve Komaromi takes a well-earned Pad Thai break – thanks, Bua Luang!

Our "Check for Bikes" bumper stickers and clings were a real hit and help bring awareness of bicyclists on the road to drivers

Our “Check for Bikes” bumper stickers and clings were a real hit and help bring awareness of bicyclists on the road to drivers

Lynn Eve Komaromi, Preston Jordan, Nick Pilch and I (Amy) had a great time engaging people and doing outreach on behalf of AS&R and cycling in general. We spoke to so many festival-goers of all ages, answered questions about all aspects of bicycles and bicycling, signed up some new members, sold a bunch of “Check for Bikes” clings and bumper stickers…all while enjoying the music on a sunny day.

A big shout-out to local business Bua Luang Thai Cuisine for again sponsoring our BVP service and providing delicious lunches & drinks for all the volunteers, as well as personalized coupons for each of the volunteers to use over the next few months. Pat’s support is so important and we really appreciate the effort she puts into helping us out.
A final thank you goes out to the Solano Avenue Association, which makes Bicycle Valet Parking a priority for this huge regional event and puts us in a position to succeed every year. It’s an honor to be associated with one of the region’s longest-running and best street fairs!

What a great team effort – what all our volunteers do truly makes a difference and helps make our community more bike-friendly and safe!

Bikes, bikes and more bikes at the Solano Stroll!

Bikes, bikes and more bikes at the Solano Stroll!

We saw quite the variety of bicycles all day!

We saw quite the variety of bicycles all day!

Spend a Buck for Safer Cycling!

Would you spend a dollar if it meant cycling more safely? You can, because the NEW  “Check for Bikes” Bumper Stickers are here!
Many of you are familiar with our “Check for Bikes” clings, the vinyl window/windshield clings to remind drivers to look for bicyclists before opening their doors, turning right, or making any sudden move.

A bike child seat is the perfect place to put a "Check for Bikes" bumper sticker!

A bike child seat is the perfect place to put a “Check for Bikes” bumper sticker!

Well, by popular demand we’ve made 4×4″ square bumper stickers with the same image!

We also have the clings and bumper stickers in Spanish!

We also have the clings and bumper stickers in Spanish!

Spread the message by putting these on your windshield, bike’s child seat, scooter, helmet, computer, car bumper – wherever you can stick something!! They only cost $1, four for $3! So buy a few to give to friends, colleagues and neighbors!

The original "Check for Bikes" windshield/window cling reminds drivers to look for bicyclists before they open their door or make any sudden move

The original “Check for Bikes” windshield/window cling reminds drivers to look for bicyclists before they open their door or make any sudden move

Want a combination of bumper stickers and clings to pass along?
Pick up one of our $10 COMBO PACKS:
8 bumper stickers + 25 clings
12 bumper stickers + 15 clings.
Get any amount in English or Spanish! Go to www.checkforbikes.org or email Amy Smolens to get them.
It’s never been so easy to pass on the gift of safe cycling and driving safely!

Spanish or English if you see this image, you'll check for bikes on the road!

Spanish or English if you see this image, you’ll check for bikes on the road!

The original “Check for Bikes” cling, AS&R’s safety initiative. What is it? Go to ww.checkforbikes.org to find out more!

The original “Check for Bikes” cling, AS&R’s safety initiative. What is it?
Go to www.checkforbikes.org to find out more!

Successful Weekend of Bicycle Valet Parking at Berkeley Kite Festival!

Bikes, bikes, bikes, bikes, bikes, kites, more bikes!! Photo courtesy Rich City Rides

Bikes, bikes, bikes, bikes, bikes, kites, trailers, bikes, child seats, scooters, bikes, more bikes!!
Photo credit Rich City Rides

Albany Strollers & Rollers partnered with Richmond’s Rich City Rides to provide free Bicycle Valet Parking at the 29th Annual Berkeley Kite Festival at César Chávez Park this past weekend.

Najari Smith checks in a family riding a road bike, a trail-a-bike and a Burley trailer Photo credit Francesco Papalia

Najari Smith checks in a family riding a road bike, a trail-a-bike and a Burley trailer
Photo credit Francesco Papalia

Organizer Tom McAlister runs a huge regional event so we knew we would have to pull out all the stops in order to park all the bikes – he expected as many as 1000 over the weekend.

Crunch time! Photo credit Francesco Papalia

Crunch time!
Photo credit Francesco Papalia

Both organizations brought all our portable bike racks (a total of 36) and volunteers who were ready to work hard, and that’s a good thing –  we parked MORE THAN 1200 BIKES over the weekend! With many of the bikes accommodating more than one person – some as many as 4 per vehicle – that’s a lot of people who took advantage of our services to get to the festival in the most fun, healthy, stress-free and convenient way possible.

Najari checks out the variety of bikes that we parked Photo credit Francesco

Najari checks out the variety of bikes that we parked
Photo credit Francesco

There were unicycles, scooters, cruisers, sleek road bikes, tandems, kids’  bikes, trail-a-bikes, mountain bikes, Xtracycles, folders, folding tandems, bikes with all types of child seats, balance bikes, plenty of parents towing trailers, combinations of the above, strollers… I must be forgetting something! Every one of them was entrusted to Albany Strollers & Rollers and Rich City Rides. Their owners and passengers enjoyed a fabulous festival, and when they were finished we returned their bikes to them – no need to lock or worry! Our “Moved by Bikes Valet Racks” were equal to the task, easy to set up and sturdy for the loads.

Yes, there were kites! Photo credit Amy Smolens

Yes, there were kites!
Photo credit Amy Smolens

A handful of the volunteers from both RCR and AS&R had the special privilege of attending the event’s Wrap Party & Dinner Cruise courtesy of Tom McAlister, a Hornblower Cruise on the Bay. We went under the Bay Bridge, along the San Francisco City coast, up-close-and-personal past Alcatraz and back to the Berkeley Marina – a beautiful reward for a job well done!
Thanks to all of AS&R’s volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to help out this past weekend – Angela Armendariz, Joseph Friedman, Preston Jordan, Ken McCroskey, Tenisha & Griffin Neal (12-year-old Griffin was an incredibly hard worker!,) Francesco Papalia, Nick Pilch, Sherie Reineman and John Steinberg.
To give you an idea of just how slammed we were, I didn’t have a meaningful conversation with one single new person about advocacy or issues – for those of you who know me, you understand that means we were parking and retrieving bikes consistently all day from setup through wrap. A mathematical way to look at Sunday is this: the Festival ran from 10a-6p, which is 8 hours, which is 480 minutes. We parked 700 bikes Sunday, meaning 1400 transactions (park + retrievals) – so that’s almost 3 transactions a minute for 8 straight hours.
We hope the rest of you will consider joining us next year, or at our next Bicycle Valet Parking endeavor – we sure could have used you!
Special thanks go to to fellow New Yorker Najari Smith, Director of Rich City Rides, for working with me over the past few weeks to organize this daunting undertaking and recruiting so many enthusiastic RCR volunteers.  He’s a pleasure to work with and I’m sure our organizations will be teaming up again in the future!

For many volunteers, a hard day of work was capped off by a beautiful Hornblower Dinner Cruise on the San Francisco Bay, courtesy of event organizer Tom McAlister

For many volunteers, a hard day of work was capped off by a beautiful Hornblower Dinner Cruise on the San Francisco Bay, courtesy of event organizer Tom McAlister. Photo credit Francesco Papalia

Cycling Route Paint and Signs Advancing

Albany has the second highest percentage of people biking to work of cities in Alameda County and the third or fourth highest in the Bay Area. People are voting with their wheels that Albany is a good place to ride.

For the last decade, Albany has focused on implementing complicated and/or expensive infrastructure projects that support cycling.  First, it built the path under the freeway onramp to make the journey to the waterfront safer.  Then it installed cycling lanes along Marin east of Cornell.  The cycling path along the northern portion of Pierce was next. And just recently, the Ohlone Greenway path was rebuilt wider, and the Buchanan path and cycling lane were installed.

These facilities are great, and more like them are yet to come, such as closing the cycling lane gap on Marin between San Pablo and Cornell in the next couple of years.  However these facilities alone don’t provide a cycling network. Such a network covering the town was proposed in Albany’s first Bicycle Master Plan drafted in the late 1990’s and was updated in Albany’s Active Transportation Plan (ATP), adopted in 2012.  During the development of the ATP, and the previous adoption of the Climate Action Plan, AS&R successfully advocated for including deadlines for actually implementing the cycling network.  After all, most of the routes require just some paint and signs and so have a high benefit-to-cost ratio.

The adopted targets are to implement 50% of the route length by 2015 and 90% by 2020.  This led the City Council to include striping and signing the cycling routes by the end of 2015 in the City’s strategic goals.  The City subsequently contracted for design of the striping and signage plan for these routes.  AS&R is thankful for the consideration and discussion of its input regarding this design by the Traffic and Safety Commission, City staff, and the Fehr & Peers design team, headed up by Ryan McClain.  This discussion led to a number of plan improvements.

Most of the routes will be indicated by sharrows and bike boulevard symbols. These will be centered at least 12 feet from the curb to guide people out of the door zone (some had originally been proposed at 11 feet). Where there is sufficient street width for cycling lanes, they will be striped 13 feet or more from the curb to provide space outside  the door zone (some had originally been proposed at 12 feet).  The cycling lane symbols will be offset toward the traffic lane side to guide people to cycle out of the door zone, and some visual cue as to the position of the door zone at the start of each block may be included.

Besides on Marin and Buchanan, the ATP proposes cycling lanes on Washington east of Pomona, Posen eastbound (generally uphill) from Peralta, and Jackson between Solano and Buchanan.  AS&R successfully advocated for the addition of the following cycling lanes:

  • uphill on Peralta between Posen and Sonoma,
  • uphill on Portland east of Carmel,
  • southbound on Key Route north of Solano, and
  • westbound (generally downhill) on Posen.

The southbound cycling lane on Key Route extends the lane from Ashbury in El Cerrito.  Northbound Key Route is unfortunately slightly too narrow for a cycling lane and so will receive sharrows, as called for in the ATP.  With cycling lanes in both directions on Posen, the design specifies a wider cycling lane in the downhill direction.

Unfortunately Jackson between Solano and Buchanan was determined to not be wide enough for cycling lanes in both directions.  AS&R successfully advocated for installing a cycling lane in the southbound direction to provide more separation between students riding to Ocean View and motorists commuting to work in the morning.

AS&R’s understanding is that some of these routes will be painted as part of this year’s paving project occurring now and the rest of the routes included in the design (all but Kains, Adams and Brighton) will be painted next summer.  So look for implementation of a more complete cycling network in the next year and a half.

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The Buchanan Bike Lane has been repaved and restriped, so is much safer than before! Head on out to the Waterfront!

The Buchanan Bike Lane has been repaved and restriped, so is much safer than before! Head on out to the Waterfront!

As for Albany’s ongoing paint, signage and paving projects, here’s an update:
*BUCHANAN BIKE LANE – REPAVED nicely and is oh so smooth! The lane was striped the 2nd week of July and looks great! The new stripes are 7 feet and 13 feet off the curb (the previous stripes had been 8 and 13 feet) so motorists will park closer to the curb, and bicyclists will have a wider lane & more easily be able to ride outside the dreaded door zone. Love it!

Where do you want to go? Check the signs!

Where do you want to go? Check the signs!

*The first new Albany-branded way finding sign is on the Buchanan/Pierce landing. It has valuable information for folks who may not know how to get where they want to go.

 

 

 

The long-annoying "Bicyclists Dismount" sign has finally been taken down by the City!

The long-annoying “Bicyclists Dismount” sign has finally been taken down by the City!

*The irritating BICYCLISTS DISMOUNT SIGN HAS BEEN REMOVED from the underpass toward the Bay Trail!

Great new signage directs people how to get to the Bay Trail and the Eastshore Freeway (Target)

Great new signage directs people how to get to the Bay Trail and the Eastshore Freeway (Target)

 

*New WAYFINDING SIGNS ON THE UNDERPASS TRAIL direct people toward the Bay Trail, Buchanan Bikeway and East Shore Highway. More to come – stay tuned.

*A LEADING PEDESTRIAN/CYCLIST INTERVAL has been implemented crossing Buchanan from Pierce St. to the Buchanan Bikeway. Peds and cyclists now have a 4-second head start, increasing their visibility and safety. Thanks to daily bike commuter Lynn Eve K for bringing this situation to AS&R and the City, and for suggesting this specific fix.
*A similar phase is also in effect crossing Jackson from the Buchanan Ped/Bikeway (Sherie R had brought up that intersection as being a danger for right hooks.)

*OHLONE GREENWAY – temporary ped/bike icons have been drawn, and already people seem to be more clear on their lane. The permanent ones will be painted soon.

*OHLONE GREENWAY CROSSWALKS AT MARIN & SOLANO – Britt T and Alan E had both brought this to our attention. BART restriped those intersections so Albany Public Works is trying to get them to fix the surface. Discussions are ongoing and we will keep you posted.

*MASONIC – when the sewer work was done it left the surface much worse than it had been.  Masonic and some other streets are scheduled for more environmentally friendly rubberized pavement in 2015, for which the City got a grant. So this may not get fixed for another year. Personally, I now ride closer to the center of the street where the surface is much smoother and safer, so you can do that if you feel comfortable.

We always appreciate the suggestions coming from AS&R members via the Discussion List and they have truly led to improvements!

Got SECURE Bike Parking? We Do, Right Here!

Insert your card, follow the directions and voila - your bike is safe and secure from theft, vandalism and weather!

Insert your card, follow the directions and voila – your bike is safe and secure from theft, vandalism and weather!

Ever want to ride somewhere but are wary of leaving your bicycle locked up outside? Want to take BART without your bike and have your bike, lights, panniers and everything else still be there when you get back? Heading to downtown Oakland or SF on the train but afraid it may rain and don’t want to sit on a soggy saddle? Well, worry no more – AS&R has a  simple and inexpensive solution!

Just roll your bike into any locker at any time for safe storage at 3¢ - 5¢ an hour!

Just roll your bike into any locker at any time for safe storage at 3¢ – 5¢ an hour

FOR BETWEEN 3¢ to 5¢ AN HOUR (seriously!!) you can park your bicycle and your belongings inside SECURE lockers throughout the Bay Area. BikeLink, a company based in Berkeley, has secure lockers throughout the Bay Area and beyond – including most BART stations – 96 at El Cerrito Plaza, 80 at North Berkeley- as well as at Berkeley Amtrak, the Alameda Ferry Terminal and hundreds of other locations!
Albany Strollers & Rollers is now a vendor of these great cards – preloaded with $20, which will can get you at least 400 HOURS of secure bike parking!
Want a card and thousands of new parking spaces for your bike?  Come to one of our events, meetings or Happy Hours or email Amy Smolens or contactus@albanystrollroll.org .
For more details, go to www.bikelink.org

Here are some of the 96 BikeLink lockers at nearby El Cerrito Plaza BART

Here are some of the 96 BikeLink lockers at nearby El Cerrito Plaza BART