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 […]

Running in the Summer Heat: How to Stay Safe

Whether you are training for a race, or you like to run simply for the fitness and well-being, summer running raises two distinct safety concerns: how to keep your body from becoming overheated, dehydrated or exhausted on hot, humid days how to protect yourself from injury on roads shared by runners and motorists, particularly where […]

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 […]

Is Jaywalking Really a Crime?

You may be wondering: just exactly what is jaywalking? Merriam Webster defines it as follows: “to cross a street carelessly or in an illegal manner so as to be endangered by traffic.” Ok, so what constitutes “an illegal manner”? According to NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law, if there aren’t any crosswalks, signs or signals, the […]

Bike Accident: What to do After the Crash

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, many of us will be enjoying the outdoors on our bikes. We have promoted safety throughout May as part of National Bike Month, however, we know that accidents will happen, no matter how many precautions we take. And while there are many types of bike accidents, those involving […]

The 3-Foot Law: Why NYS Needs It

As we continue to celebrate May as National Bike Safety Month, and this week as Bike to Work Week, we encourage everyone to consider keeping the car at home and using two wheels to get into the office. And we encourage motorists to remember to share the road, not only because it keeps everyone safer, […]

May is National Bike Month

The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy spring in upstate New York. For many of us, getting outside means hopping on a bike and exploring the many trails and bike paths in our area. And just in time – May is National Bike Month, […]