Friday May 16, 2014 was Bike to Work/School Day! Bikeatoga sponsored the Saratoga Bike to Work Challenge in conjunction with the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC). CDTC organized concurrent challenges in Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady counties. Overall we had 337 people register – if everyone rode, we burned a collective 158,770 calories and saved 148 gallons of gas.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Saratoga Bike to Work Challenge, including the breakfast on Broadway. Although we had to cancel the after party due to rain, participants had a great time. Trophy winners include:
- Gear Head (highest percent participation for organizations with more than 10 employees): Kitware Weasels
- Chrome Crank (highest percent participation for organizations with 10 or fewer employees): N/A
- Steer Head (largest number of riders): Skidmore College
- Golden Fork (longest bike commute): Chris Harris
- Wheel of Knowledge (school with most riders): Lake Avenue Elementary School
Saratoga Springs mayor Joanne Yepsen delcared May 16, 2014 as Bike to Work Day. Here’s the proclamation:
Bike to Work Day is an annual event held each spring across the United States and Canada that promotes the bicycle as an option for commuting to work. Leading up to Bike to Work Day, national, regional, and local bicycle advocacy groups encourage people to try bicycle commuting as a healthy and safe alternative to driving by providing route information and tips for new bicycle commuters. Bikeatoga is an active supporter of the Bike to Work/School initiative in our community.
The streets of our cities and towns are an important part of the livability of our communities. They ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or skateboarder. But too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams.
Now, in communities across the country, a movement is growing to complete the streets. States, cities and towns are asking their planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone.
Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
Bikeatoga fully supports the implementation of Complete Streets policies in our community. On May 2, 2012 Saratoga Springs City Council adopted a Complete Streets policy. For more information, you can read the article here.
Our volunteer members have prepared a proposed map of bike boulevards and lanes for Saratoga Springs. A bike boulevard is a street that is optimized for cycling traffic while remaining accessible to motorized vehicles. Please view the proposed map at: Saratoga Springs Bike Boulevards and Lanes
Cycling is an efficient, fun, and healthy way for children to travel to and from school, and it’s a growing part of Safe Routes to School programs nationwide. Safe Routes to School programs enable community leaders, schools and parents to improve safety and encourage more children to safely walk and bike to school. In the process, programs are working to reduce traffic congestion, and improve health and the environment, making communities more livable for everyone. Visit the National Center for Safe Routes to Schools for more information.
The Bikeatoga Workshop is a volunteer-run bicycle recycling program established to repair used bikes and get them back on the streets.
Located in the basement of The Church of St. Peter at 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. Open Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. Please view our Calendar for details.
Earn-a-Bike Program: Community residents of all ages may earn a bicycle of their own. We require each recipient to complete 6 hours of work in the Workshop to earn a bicycle. Work could include mechanical repairs/maintenance, or cleaning.
We welcome donations of any bikes, parts, tools, or cash at the Workshop (during operating hours), or at announced bike collection days. We’re always looking for volunteers to help repair and restore bikes throughout the year.