Upcoming Events

Jan
15
Tue
6:00 pm Public Forum for I-80/Gilman Int... @ James Kennedy Recreation Center Community Room
Public Forum for I-80/Gilman Int... @ James Kennedy Recreation Center Community Room
Jan 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The planned I-80 Gilman Interchange Project will improve travel for all users of that area, including people who bike to the Bates Fields, Berkeley Marina and south on the Bay Trail. CalTrans has adopted a[...]
Jan
16
Wed
7:00 pm AS&R Meeting – You’re Invited!
AS&R Meeting – You’re Invited!
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AS&R Meeting - You're Invited!
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[...]
Jan
24
Thu
7:00 pm Traffic & Safety Commission Meeting @ Council Chambers, City Hall
Traffic & Safety Commission Meeting @ Council Chambers, City Hall
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The monthly Traffic & Safety Commission Meeting, the Fourth Thursday of every month, is a great place to make your ideas known, find out about the transportation issues and projects in Albany, and help improve[...]
Feb
2
Sat
1:00 pm Urban Cycling 101 Classroom Work... @ Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Urban Cycling 101 Classroom Work... @ Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Urban Cycling 101 Classroom Workshop @ Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley | Berkeley | California | United States
Want to ride more but don’t feel confident enough? Know anyone else who fits this description (partner, spouse, parent, teenage or older child?) Here’s a FREE bicycle skills class, courtesy of Bike East Bay (with support from[...]
Feb
28
Thu
5:00 pm AS&R Happy Hour Meeting – eat, d... @ Everest Kitchen
AS&R Happy Hour Meeting – eat, d... @ Everest Kitchen
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
AS&R Happy Hour Meeting - eat, drink & problem-solve!! @ Everest Kitchen | Albany | California | United States
Come and talk about walking and cycling in Albany, while eating delicious Nepali & Indian food! All are invited. Got a gripe, question or idea that would make cycling or walking better? Hungry or thirsty?[...]

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: 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!
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Questions for the 2012 Albany City Council Candidates

City Council Candidate Questionnaire

The Albany Strollers & Rollers met and selected seven questions for the seven candidates from among the many suggestions, after having solicited ideas for questions on our email Discussion List. The answers appear below in the order received. Choosing good questions was a struggle, and we are grateful to the candidates [read more…]

City Council Candidate Question 1: The role of bicycling and walking in civic life

1. What do you see as the role of bicycling and walking in our civic life?

[Sheri Spellwoman] I am a huge bicycling and walking enthusiast! My family and I walk and bike many places for transportation, for exercise and to spend time outdoors. One of the things I love most about Albany is its [read more…]

City Council Candidate Question 2: Safety on the Roads

2. Are you aware of the number of people that are injured on the roads in Albany each year? Do you think that conditions for bicycling or walking in our city could or should be improved?

[Sheri Spellwoman] This is a great question. The Albany Police Department does not keep statistics of traffic accidents, [read more…]

City Council Candidate Question 3: Active Transportation Plan Funding

3. Albany’s Active Transportation Plan (ATP) (http://albanypedbikeplan.fehrandpeers.net/) was approved by City Council in Spring 2012. Are there particular elements of this plan that you support or oppose? Most projects included in the ATP are unfunded. Would you fund implementation of these projects? If so, how?

[Sheri Spellwoman] I support Albany’s ATP. I want to have [read more…]

City Council Candidate Question 4: Reducing speeds for safety

4. Traffic during the times when children arrive and depart from school is heavy. Reducing traffic speeds by 1% reduces the probability of fatalities by 5%. http://bikeportland.org/2010/09/01/in-london-20s-plenty-fast-enough-38816). Would you support reducing speed limits to 15mph near schools during these times?

[Sheri Spellwoman] I would be open to hearing arguments for and against this idea. I [read more…]

City Council Candidate Question 5: Sidewalks

5. Sidewalks and roads are public infrastructure on public land. Roads are maintained by the public, in part through a parcel tax, while sidewalks are expected to be maintained by private property owners. AS&R’s 2011 sidewalk census (http://www.albanystrollroll.org/current-projects/sidewalk-census/) shows that many of our sidewalks are impassable or hazardous to many users. How would you address [read more…]

City Council Candidate Question 6: University Village Development

6. The current design of the University Village Mixed Use project does not include any cycling lanes or paths connecting to or through the proposed project from any of Albany’s cycling routes. (http://www.albanystrollroll.org/university-village-mixed-use-project-legal-action-and-negotiation/) The traffic it generates could form a barrier to safe cycling connections that are important to Albany families. (The bicycle routes that [read more…]

Question 7: Safeway design

7. The current Safeway design does not have an adequate bike parking area and has the potential to negatively impact sidewalk users on Solano. Will you require resolving these issues prior to approval?

[Sheri Spellwoman] Yes! I strongly believe the project should include state of the art bicycle access and parking, including spaces for bike [read more…]

Election 2010: City Council Candidates Respond to ASR

Joanne Wile did not answer the questionnaire.

Marge Atkinson states in response to question 11 that there is a cycling/walking master planning workshop on October 25th. Please note the workshop is actually on October 23rd from 9 to 4 at city hall.

Marge Atkinson’s response failed to note she voted against the upcoming Pierce Street [read more…]