Make city and county more bike-friendly
Schenectady city and county have a long way to go if they want to be bicycle-friendly places that make residents and visitors feel welcome and safe.
An important step in that direction is a comprehensive new signage and wayfinding plan made public last week.
It’s an excellent plan, and Schenectady County and Metroplex Ray Gillen — who saw the need, funded the plan and found the right consultant to draft it — deserve a big thank you.
While there is still precious little bike infrastructure, such as bike lanes, in Schenectady, there is a very nice, heavily used trail — the Mohawk Hudson Bike Hike Trail (part of the larger Empire State Trail).
Schenectady is one of only a few cities in the state where the trail doesn’t just go near the city, but through it.
But there are few signs to let you know you are on it, or where you are on it, or how to behave on it, or where nearby attractions are.
The plan thoroughly and intelligently addresses all those things.
The public comment period is open until Dec. 31.
My organization, Cycle Schenectady, will be commenting favorably, while offering a few ideas to make the plan even better.
We encourage all cyclists and would-be cyclists to read and comment on it.
Here is the link: https://schenectadycounty.com/sites/default/files/2021-11/Schenectady%20Empire%20State%20Trail%20Plan.pdf
The writer is president of the bicycle advocacy group Cycle Schenectady.
Spread the habit of showing appreciation
Giving thanks is an expression of appreciation, and if often used, catches on with most people. Such habits could be a good thing.
Paying it forward when it is possible; holding a door for someone who did not expect the gesture; saying, “Nice job!” to someone who has just done you a service while smiling.
Those are the things that are remembered and that tend to be imitated by humans.
As a resident of Saratoga Springs, it is hard not to notice that our city’s Public Works, Safety Department and other city workers are doing an outstanding job. Christmas and other holiday decorations are in plain view. Streets are clean and for the most part not obstructed by those who tend not to express the positive.
Such things leave you with the desire to say, “Happy Thanksgiving,” don’t they?
Allen R. Remaley
Act with urgency to address climate crisis
The climate conference news from Glasgow is distressing.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres succinctly stated that “promises ring hollow when the fossil fuel industry still receives trillions in subsidies…or when countries are still building coal plants.” (As reported in the Nov. 12 Gazette “U.N. chief: climate change goal is on ‘life support’.”)
The global community seems incapable of confronting this disaster. Yet, this dismal impasse is an opportunity for New York state, led by Gov. Kathy Hochul, to show leadership by enacting the Clean Futures Act, which would prohibit the development of any new electric plants powered by fossil fuels, and the Advanced Clean Trucks rule, requiring manufacturers to sell an increasing number of zero-emission trucks beginning in 2025.
The climate crisis is real and requires urgent action. The world has already warmed 1.1 degrees Celsius (2 degrees F).
We can’t let greed and corporate lobbyists ruin the lives of our children and grandchildren.
Our federal representatives should also give full-throated support to the climate features of the Build Back Better Bill.
The UN’s sobering assessment of COP26 is yet one more reminder that the climate is in crisis.
Our job as citizens is to keep reminding our legislators, in both Washington and Albany, that they must persist in addressing this crisis and act with the required sense of urgency.
Focus on the action, not on yourselves
Broadcasts of football and baseball games should utilize personnel who actually cover the action on the field instead of pontificating about their own accomplishments.
To see how good A-Rod and the Manning brothers were need only watch their broadcasts.
But what’s happening on the field?
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