Bicyclers push for protected lanes in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A rally was held in Albany on Monday in support of bicycles and some new infrastructure to make their use safer.

A coalition of neighborhood associations, students and bike groups called on officials to create protected bike lanes in that area.

It’s a growing trend across the country. Protected bike lanes are more than just painted lines on pavement. They would actually feature a physical barrier between the bikes and cars on the road.

The barrier could be made up of posts, planters, curbs or parked cars.

Rally participants said the PBL’s should be a key element in a Madison Avenue Traffic Calming Project to be designed this year. Advocates said the lanes would cut down on the risks cyclists in the city face every day.

“Opening car doors, cars going right next to me; I don’t really ride on the street with my son,” Albany Protected Bike Lane Coalition member Jim Maximowicz said. “It’s just a little hairy. We usually take to the sidewalk, which we shouldn’t do. We should have lanes for cyclists so we can ride safely and more comfortably.”

The rally took place ahead of a public meeting scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. where the city is set to review several lane configurations and options for the Madison Avenue Project.

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