Bike Lanes & Traffic Calming: Albany’s Madison Avenue Project

Albany city officials have recently implemented on Madison Avenue bike lanes in both directions from Allen Street to Delaware and Lark Streets. The 10-block expanse opens a significant corridor connecting downtown and uptown locations to (hopefully) safer bicycle travel. Bicycling enthusiasts living in an urban area—especially those who commute a significant distance to work or […]

How Do Bicyclists Defend Against Distracted Driving?

As if we hadn’t had enough disturbing news about distracted driving and the upward trend in bicycle and pedestrian traffic fatalities, last month the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that fatal hit-and-run crashes have reached the highest point on record in 2016, having increased by 61 percent since 2009 (more than 7 percent every […]

Ticket The Messenger: Cracking Down On Texting While Driving

Driving while talking on a cellphone? The consensus is that this activity is distracting—and therefore potentially dangerous—although reasonable people can (and do) debate the degree of danger it poses, especially while the call is in progress and the driver’s eyes are focused on the road ahead. Texting while driving is even worse. There also is […]

State Police Crack-Down on Distracted Driving

Traffic fatalities have been on the rise over the past few years, especially deaths of pedestrians and bicyclists resulting from collisions with cars. While statistical reporting methods have not fully caught up to the changes in how we live, drive and communicate, many experts believe that distracted driving—specifically cellphone use while driving—has contributed significantly to […]

A ‘Crash’ Course in the Language of Automobile Safety

A car collides with another car, or with a pedestrian, bicycle, or streetlight. Is it an accident, or a crash? Some people don’t think it’s an important distinction to make. If you agree, and don’t think the word choice matters, consider this take on the history of how manufacturers learned to tilt the language of […]

Bicycle-Friendly Cities Are Good For Everyone

The willingness of so many city officials to move forward with plans to better accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic is a sign that change really is coming. The automobile industry and some motorists may not like it, but the public is demanding bike- and pedestrian-friendly urban design. Leaders are realizing that their cities’ attractiveness—especially to […]

Bicycle- and Pedestrian-Friendly Cities: Is a New Era Upon Us?

Is the “Automobile Age” coming to an end? While this might sound like wishful thinking on the part of mass-transit, bicycling and pedestrian advocates, there is increasing consensus among urban planners that cities need to adapt to the growing demand for shared roadways, walkable neighborhoods and public spaces designed for people, not cars. From London […]

3 Foot Law Fails to Come to the Floor: What Next

If you’re a bicyclist, you’ve been there—hugging the shoulder of the road as tightly as you can without your tires going off the edge, while a car passes you too closely for comfort. With no specific road rules to persuade them otherwise, motorists do this all too often, whether out of negligence, indifference, or in […]

Capital Region Bike-Sharing Program Announces Locations

The CDPHP Cycle! bike-sharing program, a joint initiative of the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and the Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP), continues full steam ahead since we blogged about it earlier this year. Last week, CDTA and CDPHP announced the locations of 38 bike-share stations across the capital region. The CDPHP Cycle! program […]

Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Accidents: What are Your Rights if You’ve Been Injured?

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo announced a $15 million investment for improvements to Route 787 in Cohoes that will enhance safety while creating a pedestrian-friendly gateway to the city. This is an important step in helping make one of our busiest Capital Region roadways safer. And these improvements are desperately needed. On average, New Yorkers […]