Category Archives: Southern Tier Bicycle League

New Elmira-To-Big-Flats Trail Planned For Bicyclists! Here Is How To Get Involved, Says NY and PA Bicycle Law Lawyer

Chemung County and the City of Elmira want to build on the success of their Lackawanna Rail Trail (above and below) by building a path that links Elmira and Big Flats.

Chemung County and the City of Elmira want to build on the success of their Lackawanna Rail Trail (above and below) by building a path that links Elmira and Big Flats.

Twin Tiers bicyclists who have been seeking a safe bicycle route from downtown Elmira to the shopping areas in Big Flats can learn more and speak out starting Tuesday at one of two community meetings on a proposed bicycle path’s three routes.

Lackawanna Rail Trail 01Many people say they would love to ride their bikes but they are concerned about the dangers of riding on the road. (And no one wants to ride a bike on the Miracle Mile!) Dedicated bike trails give these people a safe, secure place to ride their bikes. Also, these trails are a wonderful place to teach children how to safely ride their bikes.

Of the three proposed routes, it is Route 3 that Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council transportation analyst Mike Perry told the Elmira Star-Gazette is the best and safest choice.

He’s right!

It takes bicyclists along David Street to Oakwood Avenue in Elmira Heights to Grand Central Avenue in Horseheads.

The first meeting is the Tuesday meeting of the Southern Tier Bicycle League at 3 p.m. at 400 E. Church St., in the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce at the Lake Street intersection.

Learn more about the proposals here.

If you miss Tuesday’s meeting, the transportation council’s Bicycle Advisory Committee and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meet at 10 a.m. April 15, also in the chamber offices.

The Elmira-Chemung Bicycle Pedestrian Trail 2035 Plan, a study finished a year ago, used community ideas to establish a network of bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly routes.

Labella Associates mapped out the following routes to the Arnot Mall:

  • Route 1, the Miracle Mile, would cost $4,116,000 to build.

  • Route 2, which follows Madison Avenue, Lake Street and Main Street, would cost $849,000.

  • Route 3 would cost $793,000.

If Route 3 is selected, there will be a lot of work to be done. A railroad crossing in Elmira Heights would need work. A culvert on Upper Oakwood Avenue would have to be wider. Grand Central Avenue near Interstate 86 would need to be wider, too, as well as the shoulders on Sing Sing Road, Colonial Drive and Arnot Road.

Construction could begin as soon as sometime in 2017, transportation officials said.

I would encourage area bicyclists to get behind the project and learn more about it. A SAFE bike and pedestrian path connecting Big Flats and Elmira would benefit all parts of the county!

Thanks for reading — and please get involved by learning more about the options and speaking out!

Jim

James B. Reed
NY & PA Bike Crash Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

 

Take A Free Ride This Summer, Thanks To Bike-Sharing Program, Says NY Bicycle Crash Lawyer

Bike-sharing programs in some of our bigger cities will cost riders some money, but not the programs in the Twin Tiers. They are free.

Bake sharing program in some bigger cities will cost riders some money, but not the programs in the Twin Tiers. They are free.

Bike sharing is catching on in the Twin Tiers just in time for the summer. People who can’t afford to buy a bike, or don’t have access to a bike for some other reason, have at least three really great options to find bikes to borrow in the Southern Tier:

  • Near the walking trail at Sperr Memorial Park in Big Flats, between Kahler and Hibbard roads.
  • At the Water Street entrance to the Lackawanna Rail Trail in Elmira.
  • At the Watkins Glen Village Marina Bar and Grill at 2 Seneca Harbor in Watkins Glen.

Bike shares are an awesome resource for riders from many different walks of life, including those who don’t have their own bikes; travelers who regularly ride but don’t want the hassle of dragging their own bikes along on their trips; and people who haven’t ridden bikes in years and want to try a short ride.

A bicycle is such a great way to explore a new area because you can quickly cover a much bigger area than you can walking and you can see more remote, quieter areas in a much better way than being trapped in a car on the busy main roads.

To learn more about bike sharing and how it works, check out the Southern Tier Bicycle League.

The Star-Gazette newspaper earlier this month featured the new Sperr bike share shed, which got a boost recently from Brendan Marshall of Big Flats, a junior at Horseheads High School who worked on the shed as his Eagle Scout project.

Brendan made many repairs, including painting the shed, replacing a wall and reshingling the roof.

“I used to ride my bike all the time before I got a car. This is one of the most useful things I’ve come across in my life,” Brendan told the Star-Gazette. “I believe it’s valuable for the community that everyone can have a mode of transportation that’s quick and easy. Everyone could use a bit of exercise.”

The bicycle shed has been at the park for about a year.

So go enjoy the ride. It is free and fun!

Thanks for reading,

Jim
NY & PA Bike Accident Lawyer

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James B. Reed
NY & PA Bike Accident Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

 

 

 

 

 

Bicyclists Should Take Survey To Help Guide Bicycling Master Plan In Elmira Area, Says NY and PA Bicycle Lawyer

Share-Road-Sign-K-4296The Southern Tier Bicycle League is surveying local bicyclists to ensure our voices are heard as the Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council develops a Bicycling Master Plan for our area.

Make sure to let our local planners know what you’re thinking — and please urge your friends to come to our website to get their copy of the survey as well.

Here is the survey: Bicyclist User Survey 2014 Ziff Law Firm.

Every voice counts. Maybe you just ride casually in Elmira, Corning or Bath, or down in the Valley in Waverly, Sayre or Athens. Perhaps you’re a seasoned rider from Big Flats or Mansfield or Horseheads.

Your skill and interest level don’t matter. If you enjoy riding a bike a little or a lot, take a few minutes and answer the survey questions.

One of the key questions: On which streets in the Elmira area would you like to see safety improvements be a priority? And what improvements are needed on the streets? You can also suggest a high-priority street, and they also ask you about the importance of making the following streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians: Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira and Southport; Main Street; Church Street downtown and in West Elmira; Water Street; Broad Street in Horseheads; Lake Street; Grand Central Avenue; College Avenue; Hoffman Street and Broadway.

Take a ride now that it is warming up and see what you think, then come home and take the survey!

Please submit completed surveys to Kent Goben of the STBL by April 2.  His email is [email protected].

Learn more about the STBL here and here.

Thank you for reading and please tell me the following below: what one or two area streets are the most dangerous, and why? What do you suggest local officials do about the conditions? I will pass on your comments to the STBL.

Jim

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James B. Reed
NY & PA Bike Accident Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

 

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Donate Your Gently-Used Bicycles So More Children Can Have Bikes, Says NY and PA Bicycle Lawyer

Help more children in the Twin Tiers discover the joy of riding a bicycle by donating your old, unused bikes today.

Help more children in the Twin Tiers discover the joy of riding a bicycle by donating your old, unused bikes today.

Spring is coming (we hope!), and it’s time to clean out your garage.

You have old bicycles — still in top shape — sitting unused in a corner and you’ve been wondering: What do I do with these?

The Southern Tier Bicycle League is accepting gently-used bikes, which will be refurbished and given to children who don’t have bicycles of their own.

Your garage nuisance can be a child’s treasure!

The Southern Tier Bicycle League (STBL) is a great local advocacy group that works hard to promote safe cycling in the Southern Tier. The bike donation program is just one of the many programs they offer. To learn more about its great programs and how to join, go to its website or Facebook page.

To donate a bicycle, contact:

In Waverly, Sayre and the Valley: Bill Fischer, (607) 731-2737 or [email protected]

In the Elmira, Horseheads and Big Flats area: Jack Chaney, (607) 483-4418 or [email protected]

In the Corning and Steuben County area: Scott Glaesemann, (607) 346-2479 or [email protected]

Help us make a child smile!

Thanks for reading, and please share your comments below if you have previously donated a bicycle to STBL or have received one from this great organization!

Jim

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James B. Reed
NY & PA Bike Accident Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

 

 

 

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Local Bicyclists Deliver Meals On (Two) Wheels For Chemung County Seniors

My cycling buddy Joe Pasquarelli, the chief meteorologist at WETM-TV in Elmira, recently teamed up with another local cycling friend of mine, Kent Goben, to deliver meals to elderly residents in Chemung County.

imagesJoe and Kent took advantage of our great recent weather and hopped on a tandem bicycle to deliver hot, nutritious meals to senior citizens. They combined two of my feel-good activities, cycling and delivering Meals on Wheels, to help our senior neighbors!

WETM-TV captured Joe and Kent in action, delivering to Gladys Rice, one very appreciative senior, who said: “It helps me out a lot because I can’t get out and do too much.”

Kent, who works in the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care, which oversees Meals on Wheels, knows firsthand how great the need is for donations and volunteers.

“For many of our clients, if we did not have Meals on Wheels, they would be in nursing homes so much earlier,” Kent said. “And it is amazing how important it is to get good nutrition, and basically it is saving them money, keeping them more independent and it’s saving the state tons of money.”

It was a great way to draw attention to an often-overlooked program that provides a valuable service in our community and helps our older folks stay in their homes and remain independent!

You can learn more about Meals on Wheels of Chemung County here. Find out how you can help today!

Joe and Kent are active bicyclists in the Twin Tiers and part of a proud tradition of bicyclists looking out for their community!

Joe is a member of the Rogue Race Team, a biking-running-triathlon team sponsored by the Ziff Law Firm. Kent is very active in the Southern Tier Bicycle League.

Thanks for reading, and I hope all cyclists from Elmira and Corning to Bath and Hornell to the west, and Sayre and Waverly to the east, will follow their example and help their communities!

Thanks for reading!

Jim

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James B. Reed
NY & PA Bike Accident Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

 

 

 

 

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Thanks To Boy Scout and His Friends, Bike Share Program Taking Off In Big Flats Park

A group of Scouts had fun painting some of the bikes for the new bike sharing program.

A Big Flats Eagle Scout is leading a project that is putting the finishing touches on an awesome new bike sharing program at Sperr Memorial Park in Big Flats.

My congratulations to Eagle Scout candidate Brendan Marshall and other Scouts from Troop 3097 in Big Flats, who spruced up and repainted an old shed and a bunch of bikes for the bike share. What a great community project by some terrific youngsters!

The white bike-sharing shed, which will soon have a sign, is located at the west entrance of Sperr Park near the intersection of Winters, Hibbard and Maple roads.

Look for this white shed to borrow a bike while visiting Sperr Memorial Park.

Brendan’s mother, Kim Marshall, said Brendan was helped by six to 10 other Scouts and some Scout leaders in replacing some rotted boards and old shingles, installing shelving and hooks, and painting the shed and the bikes.

“The boys really had fun painting the bikes so they’d stand out,” Kim said.

She also said the trail around the park was busy the day Brendan and his friends were working on the shed, and the project drew a lot of interest.

“The parking lot was full almost all day, and several people stopped to ask what we were working on,” Kim said. “Once they learned about the bike share, they thought it was a great idea. If the number of people using the trail that day was pretty typical, the bike share should get a lot of use.”

Sperr Memorial Park is a memorial to slain state Trooper Andrew J. Sperr, who was shot to death on March 1, 2006, by two fleeing bank robbers. The gunmen were captured later that day.

Trooper Sperr would be proud of these young men, who have pledged to make a positive impact in their community.

So go take out a bike and go for a ride around Sperr Memorial Park. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy our beautiful fall weather and celebrate the achievement of these fine young men and their families.

To learn more about other bike share sites in Elmira, Corning and the Twin Tiers, visit the Southern Tier Bicycle League, and even better, become a member of STBL and help support great programs like this.

The bike share project was supported by STBL, the town of Big Flats and a grant from the Community Foundation of Elmira Corning and the Finger Lakes Inc.

Thanks for reading!

Thanks, Jim.

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James B. Reed
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

 

 

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NY Must Be Safer, More Welcoming For Bicyclists, Says NY and PA Bicycle Accident Lawyer

The League of American Bicyclists lists NY No. 42 in its national ranking of Bicycle Friendly States for 2012.

The League of American Bicyclists, in honor of National Bike Month in May,  recently released its latest Bicycle Friendly State Program rankings, and New York was a dismal No. 42 in the national ratings, the League’s fifth annual assessment.

As a new Board Member of the NY Bicycling Coalition (NYBC), a statewide bicycle advocacy group, I was disappointed to see that NY was rated so poorly. There is lots of room for improvement in making NY a safer and more hospitable environment for cyclists.

The good news is that certain cities (i.e., Rochester) are making great strides forward in designing and implementing cycling infrastructure.

The bad news is there’s lots of work ahead of us but it is my hope that groups  like the NYBC and their many devoted volunteers will continue to make incremental improvements in making the Empire State cycling friendly.

According to a news release from Brian Kehoe, the NYBC Executive Director, the state’s ranking was based on many points, including infrastructure and funding that provide on-the-ground bicycle facilities; education and encourage programs that promote cycling; and passage and enforcement of bicycle-friendly laws that make it safe and comfortable for people of all ages to ride.

New York’s recently enacted Complete Streets Law was noted as a positive achievement, according to the news release. Tips for improvement included adoption of a state bicycle plan and the establishment of a statewide bicycle advisory commit­tee to oversee its implementation.

To learn more about the national rankings, click here.

To see the report card on NY, click here.

Read all about the bicycling renaissance in Rochester by clicking here!

Washington state was No. 1 in the national rankings, followed by Minnesota and Massachusetts.

Pennsylvania was No. 15.

Nebraska, Kentucky, New Mexico, Montana, Alabama, West Virginia, North Dakota and Arkansas ranked lower than NY.

RESIDENTS of Elmira, Corning and the Twin Tiers, what can we do to make NY more welcoming and safer for bicyclists? Please share your comments below!

Ride safely, and thanks for reading!

Jim

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James B. Reed
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Mailto: [email protected]
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Web: www.zifflaw.com
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

 

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Donate Old Bicycles To Make A Child’s Christmas Brighter

Child cycling

Make a difference in a child's life this holiday season by donating a bicycle.

Let’s face it. Regardless of how old we are, we’d all like to find a new bicycle under the Christmas tree. Or at least next to it.

We all remember the Christmas when we received our first bike. Now many of us have had the chance to watch our children or grandchildren enjoy the same thrill.

Not much has changed for children when it comes to new bikes.

Eventually, though, new bikes become old bikes, and old bikes end up in the back of the garage, gathering dust, or on the curb with a “FREE” sign.

Remember other families in need this holiday season when you plan to dispose of your old bike.

The Southern Tier Bicycle League, a group of riders who promote riding year-round, is looking for bikes that your children have outgrown or stopped using. The donated bikes will be refurbished and given to children who will really love them!

Click here to read more about the League’s Bike Renewal Program.

Or to learn more, call or write Bill Fischer at 607-731-2737 or [email protected], or Jack Chaney at 607-483-4418 or [email protected].

For riders from Elmira and Corning, Waverly and Sayre, and Wellsboro and Mansfield, now is the time to become a member of the Southern Tier Bicycle League.

You can become a member for $10 in annual dues, or qualify by volunteering four hours of your time at STBL events.

Your membership will introduce you to bicycling events in the area and benefit various charities.

And it will help make old bikes new again and put them in the hands of people of all ages who will love them.

In the spirit of the holiday season, isn’t that enough reason to join right now?

Thanks for reading!

Thanks, Jim.

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James B. Reed

NY & PA Bicycle Accident Attorney

Ziff Law Firm, LLP

Mailto: [email protected]

Office: (607)733-8866

Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)

Web: www.zifflaw.com

 

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