2017 Fall Bicycle and Pedestrian Count

Sign up to help count bicyclists and pedestrians!

Sign up to help count bicyclists and pedestrians!

Please help Bike-Friendly Kingston with our 2017 bicycle and pedestrian count! Volunteers are asked count bicycles and pedestrians that pass an intersection on Broadway in Kingston for a two hour time slot. There are three locations counted at all three times. Forms and instruction will be provided.

Why is this important?

We don’t have a great picture of how many people are walking and biking through the Broadway corridor in Kingston. Cars are easy to count and therefore roads have been designed for cars. By counting walkers and cyclists we can fill out a picture of where and how many people are using active transportation. Then, we can push for streetscapes to be designed for all users. And hopefully, as road designs change, we can see how many more people are walking or riding their bikes. 

The times are: 

  • Wednesday, September 13th, 4pm-6pm,
  • Thursday, September 14th, 4pm-6pm, and
  • Saturday, September 16th, from noon - 2pm 

The locations are:

  • Broadway & Cedar & Cornell St.
  • Broadway & Andrew St.
  • Broadway & Prince/Grand/Pine Grove Ave.

What you will get

We will send you a location map, counting instructions and counting forms to fill out. You will also get good karma and the satisfaction knowing you are making your community a better place. :-)

What you need

You will need a clipboard or hard book to write on, a pen or pencil, and anything else to make yourself comfortable (chair, sunscreen, jacket, water bottle, etc.). 

A training session is scheduled for Sept. 8th, 6pm at the Anchor, 744 Broadway, Kingston. For more information on the training session see our Facebook event or email info@bikefriendlykingston.org.

Please email with any questions: 

Email: info@bikefriendlykingston.org

 

BFK Letter of Support for the Streetscape Project on Broadway

BFK is proud to support the City of Kingston's Streetscape Project. Here is our submitted comment. 

The preliminary designs are available online at www.kingston-ny.gov/KingstonOnTheMove and comments can be submitted by March 24thto Broadway@kingston-ny.gov or mailed to City Hall, 420 Broadway in Kingston, N.Y. 12401.

Mayor Steve Noble said this 5.5 million dollar project will be the largest investment in the midtown corridor since 2001.

This will be an opportunity to improve safety for everyone who uses this main road. In this project area, 11% of the traffic accidents in the City of Kingston happen around the Sunoco on Broadway. To combat this safety issue, the four lanes will be reduced to three with a turning lane in the center. Reduced travel speeds will calm traffic making it safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. But travel will be more efficient with the new signalization of traffic lights, so that it will take less time to travel through this area because the lights will be synchronized. Because of this, there will be less stop-and-go traffic which reduces vehicle emissions. 

New pedestrian signals, crosswalks and sidewalks will be ADA compliant. New benches, bus stops, plantings and trees will give midtown an inviting facelift. With those plantings are storm water drainage systems that prevent chemicals from the road to go into the Esopus Creek.

Did I mention the bike infrastructure yet? A protected two-way bike lane will go from St. James to Grand St. with bicycle signals and left turn boxes. It will be protected by a line of parked cars and possibly vertical tubes to mark the boundaries. This bike lane should be on Broadway so that cyclists are encouraged to frequent those businesses. It will also connect with the larger Greenline System that the Kingston Land Trust and others have been developing. 

Please submit a comment by March 24th to Broadway@kingston-ny.gov or mailed to City Hall, 420 Broadway in Kingston, N.Y. 12401. 

2016 Fall Bicycle and Pedestrian Count

Sign up to help count bicyclists and pedestrians!

Sign up to help count bicyclists and pedestrians!

Would you like to help Kingston be more pedestrian and bicycle friendly in a simple concrete way? Sign up for a 2-hour shift counting cyclists and pedestrians. The times are: Wednesday, October 12th, 4pm-6pm, Thursday, October 13th, 4pm-6pm, and October 15th, from noon - 2pm. The information collected will be used to better understand where and how many people walk and bike on Broadway in Kingston. Volunteers will be given instructions and materials for the count. Let me know any questions: info@bikefriendlykingston.org. Sign up here: www.volunteersignup.org/3RJFM

30 Bikes Repaired at the Repair Cafe!

Thank You to all the volunteers at our free bike repair event!

Thank you to Rose Quinn, the organizer, of The SUNY Ulster  Mid-Hudson Health and Safety Institute, who provided free helmets, and helmet fitting station for about 15 people.

Thank you to Steve & Sam Leibowitz from Revolution Bicycles. Sam was amazing when she taught the fix-a-flat workshop. She helped many people!

Jeremy Scott and the other 6 people from the Burderhof Community were a huge help!

Kevin Godbey of Kingston Happenings provided great support.

Thanks to the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County and specifically, Tom Polk, the hero of the day, who received a Park Tools Community Grant for his repair kit.

Thanks to Gai Galitzine, host of the Repair Cafe in Kingston and JohnWackman, organizer of the Hudson The Repair Cafe Project.

 

Central Hudson Employees Donate Bikes to YMCA Bike It! Program

From left, Central Hudson employees Kris Mead, Vincent Boughton, and Eric Kiszkiel,  YMCA President and CEO Heidi Kirschner and Bicycle Educator Tom Polk, enthusiastic youths and (far right) Central Hudson employee Michael Dooley present and accept 9bicycles for the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County to benefit the agency’s Bike-It! program. 

From left, Central Hudson employees Kris Mead, Vincent Boughton, and Eric Kiszkiel,  YMCA President and CEO Heidi Kirschner and Bicycle Educator Tom Polk, enthusiastic youths and (far right) Central Hudson employee Michael Dooley present and accept 9bicycles for the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County to benefit the agency’s Bike-It! program. 

Employees of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation combined a team building exercise with a gesture of community support by donating bicycles they assembled to the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County.

“We conducted a team building exercise with employees in our transportation group by holding a friendly bike-assembly competition,” said Eric Kiszkiel, manager of enterprise support services for Central Hudson. “As we prepared for this exercise, we considered what we would do with the finished bicycles, helmets and the specialized tools used for assembly, and decided to donate them to the YMCA to support their Bike-It! program.”

Bike-It! is a bicycle education program for children ages 10 to 15 offered by the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County, with sessions held in the spring, summer and fall.

“We thank Central Hudson for supporting our Bike-It! program,” said Tom Polk, bicycle educator for the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County. “These nine bicycles will enable us to offer the program to more children, which teaches safe riding, bicycle repair and much more while encouraging outdoor activity. This is a great example of how a local business is willing to serve the needs of the community.”

“We’re very pleased to offer these bicycles to the YMCA, as they will put them to good use for the benefit of the children they serve,” said Kiszkiel. “Our employees found value in assembling the bikes, made all the better by knowing they were also assisting a vital community organization.”

For more information about the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County, visit www.ymcaulster.org; and for more on how Central Hudson supports communities, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Community.