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

Fall/Winter Cycling Tips

The seasons have changed and the carefree days of summer are gone.  But you’re still going to ride your bike, right?  For work, errands or pleasure, fall riding is completely doable – and to stay safe and comfortable, here are a few tips…

BE SURE YOU HAVE LIGHTS.  NYS law requires cyclists who ride from half an hour after sunset to the half hour before dawn to be equipped with a white headlight visible from at least 500 feet away, and a red taillight visible from at least 300 feet.  These are minimums…the cyclists’ mantra should be THE BRIGHTER, THE BETTER.

Headlights:  You really should aim for the brightest lights you can afford.  Your life is way more valuable than the cost of any of your bike gear, so go for what you can.  Lights are rated by lumens, a measurement of the total amount of visible light emitted – the bigger the number of lumens the brighter the light (and the higher the price!).  Here’s what you get for your buck:

  •  25-50 lumens: Safety lights to let drivers see you
  • 100-200 lumens: Bright enough to actually be able to see with
  • 200-300 lumens: Great for road riding
  • 400+ lumens: Appropriate for road and mountain bike riding
  •  600+ lumens: So bright motorists will think a UFO is about to abduct them

Taillights: Most range from 30-65 lumens and have steady and flashing modes…the flashing mode catches a driver’s eyes more readily.  And don’t be afraid to use more than one.  Put one on the bike, by all means, but one on your clothing or backpack is a good idea.  Also, ankle or arm bands that light up will add to your safety.

For more detail, check out the Performance Bike online “Basic Guide To Bike Lights” at www.performancebike.com

Reflectors-YES!  The law requires them on your wheels or tires, and they are very important when crossing intersections.  In addition, there are a number of creative products that actually light up!  Reflective strips on your clothing add more visibility!

Clothing: staying warm – particularly your extremities – is key to enjoying cool weather rides.  Full-finger gloves, or glove liners you wear under half-finger cycling gloves are good for relatively mild conditions, but for cold mornings and at night, don’t be afraid to bring out your snow gloves.  Cycling-specific glove known as “lobster mitts” are also worth considering.  They give the warmth of mittens but allow you to grip the handlebars/brake levers/gear shifters that regular mittens would not.  Cycling caps or a headband can fit under your helmet and keep your ears warm, while wool socks are light, breathable and comfortable.

Layers:  Multiple layers of clothes are more versatile than a single, heavy one.  A base layer, followed by a light fleece/soft shell jacket/long-sleeve shirt and a windbreaker/hard shell/water resistant layer on top allows you to take one off as you warm up or the temperature rises.

Visibility: Wear clothing that is bright – and like with lights, brighter is better.  Think neon – safety green, international orange, high-vis yellow.