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    Albany, NY: Winter status of Mohawk Hudson Bikeway?

    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to the forums, so I'm sorry if this has already been asked (I've checked here and googled a decent amount, but haven't found any definitive answers). Is the Mohawk-Hudson bikeway plowed over the winter?

    I may be moving to Albany in the near future, and was hoping to get by commuting by bike. My two main living options are Troy and Albany. If I were to choose Albany, I'd most likely commute via the bikeway. If it's not plowed, I'm not too sure how easy it'd be to get to work.

    Thanks so much.

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    Bike paths in this area are left to those who cross country ski or snowshoe. Some years ago there was some talk of opening them to snowmobiles http://www.mhbht.org/news/gazette_03jan21.htm.

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    It is not plowed. Where will you be working? You could easily take Broadway that runs between Albany and Watervliet, almost completely parallel with the bike path. Route 32 on google maps.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=albany...ed=0CC8Q8gEwAA

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    When I went to school in Troy I got around pretty well by bicycle and CDTA.
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for your answers. I'll be working in Clifton Park. Good to know the path isn't plowed. If I were to live in downtown Albany, both Broadway and London Rd seem like good options. Do you guys agree?

    Doohickie, if I can ask, what did you think about living in Troy? Did you find that you would've preferred to live in downtown Albany, or was there enough going on in the Troy area for your tastes?

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    Oh, on a side note, do people generally bike across Mohawk River via London Rd, or is that suicide? From google maps, the bridge seems pretty menacing for bikers, but I don't know of a really better option...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsulmol View Post
    Oh, on a side note, do people generally bike across Mohawk River via London Rd, or is that suicide? From google maps, the bridge seems pretty menacing for bikers, but I don't know of a really better option...
    That bridge doesn't look to bad to me, I think I have crossed it before, but I'm not 100% on that. I would be more concerned about riding up route 9 and the intersections with routes 2 and 7. Those see some very heavy traffic. Route 9 is heavy traffic most of the way too, but it has a decent shoulder. I have ridden all around Albany county, so if you want to PM the address of your place of work, I can try to suggest some alternate routes for you, if you'd like.

    Quote Originally Posted by nsulmol View Post
    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for your answers. I'll be working in Clifton Park. Good to know the path isn't plowed. If I were to live in downtown Albany, both Broadway and London Rd seem like good options. Do you guys agree?

    Doohickie, if I can ask, what did you think about living in Troy? Did you find that you would've preferred to live in downtown Albany, or was there enough going on in the Troy area for your tastes?
    I currently live in Troy. I love it. There's plenty of stuff to do and Troy is going through a bit of a resurgence right now, with a some new businesses coming in and some redevelopment projects going on. Of course, where in Troy you would live is important. We are in East side, not really downtown. I would like to move downtown, if we could find the right place. Troy seems to be more of an alternative type night scene, where Albany has the clubs and such. You can't go wrong either way though, I would move back to Albany if it made sense for us, but logistically it doesn't.

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    I'm actually a current Albany resident(at school), and like everyone else pointed out, the path is not plowed in winter. Now, you can ride route 32 up through Waterveliet, and if you want a nice(if slightly long) commute ride you can take Route 32 up about 3 lights out of Albany, bear left, cut through Menands, and ride the 12 miles or so up Route 9 to Clifton Park. Weirdly I work in Clifton Park as well! I've plotted this route out as a "potential," but haven't ridden it for commuting yet.

    You can cross the Mohawk and/or the Hudson safely over any bridge that doesn't feature highway-type exits. None of them are ideal, but none of them go out of their way to be dangerous to cyclists.

    Best of luck with your new job, and with getting around this area! If you see a goofy looking college kid on a blue Schwinn or an Orange Motobecane, give a yell because that's me!

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