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Bike Lanes on Euclid Give Cyclists Safe Space to Ride

Seven Years of Advocacy Leads to New Lanes

The cutting of a ribbon strung between two bicycles signaled the official opening of bike lanes on Euclid Avenue Aug. 29.

ESF's Dr. Melissa Fierke, a strong proponent for the lanes and vice president of the Southeast University Neighborhood Association (SEUNA), cut the ribbon alongside Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, Syracuse Transportation Planner and ESF alumnus Neil Burke, and fellow advocates Kathy Downing and Bob Dougherty.

The ribbon cutting and the group ride that followed represented close to seven years of advocacy, said Fierke.

"I'm so happy our students will be safer and that more folks may take up biking," said Fierke of the new lanes. "I very much look forward to safer cycling for all our neighbors, children and students at ESF and SU, and to seeing lots of cyclists on our new beautiful Euclid bike lanes."

Close to 50 people turned out for the ribbon cutting and inaugural ride organized by AdaptCNY.

Numerous people and organizations were involved in bringing the project to fruition, according to Fierke, including Damien Vallelonga and Brendan Rose; Bike CNY, especially Steve Reiter, Don Hughes and Peter King; ESF and its Bike Safety Committee, including Jordan Brinkley and Alex Poisson; and members of the Syracuse University community.

"A special thanks to Assemblywoman Pam Hunter for securing the funding for a complete mill and repave of Euclid, as well as to the Common Council for accepting the financial assistance, Andy Maxwell and Mayor Miner, and Neil Burke and Mayor Walsh for the final push through to the reality of bike lanes on Euclid," said Fierke.

For those who want to start cycling or ride with a group, Downing and Dougherty recently established SlowRoll Syracuse which rides on Monday evenings starting from a local point of interest in different parts of Syracuse. SlowRoll Syracuse can be found on Facebook.